A Kitchen Remodel Journey

Are you tired of your cramped and outdated kitchen? Yearning for a more open and inviting space where you can cook, dine, and entertain with ease? A kitchen remodel might be just the solution you’re looking for! In this blog, we’ll take you through the exciting transformation of a kitchen that went from closed-off and outdated to open and stunning.


Problem Areas in the Original Kitchen Design

  • Poor Layout – Too much wasted space between the island and back cabinets
  • Insufficient Storage – Needing additional base cabinet storage
  • Dark & Closed Off – Wall separates kitchen and dining

The Starting Point: Closed Spaces and Dated Design

Our story begins in a cozy suburban home where the kitchen, though functional, left much to be desired. The existing kitchen layout had over five feet between the back cabinets and the kitchen island, leaving an awkward waste of space in the center of the room. The island also had a floor to ceiling wall located at the very end, which separated the kitchen from the dining room and blocked the natural flow of traffic, creating a feeling of confinement.


Step 1: Opening Up the Possibilities

The first step in this kitchen remodel was to remove the floor tile and tear down the wall that separated the kitchen from the dining room. By removing this barrier, the two spaces could merge, creating a more spacious and cohesive environment. Impact Construction contractors were brought in to carefully assess the structural integrity of the wall and to ensure its safe removal. Ultimately, we lucked out and the wall was not load bearing, so no additional bracing or beams had to be added.

Although we did not have to add bracing, we did discover that all power to the island was coming from inside the wall we were removing. Because of this, we had to cut into the slab a bit to properly run electrical wiring to the new kitchen island location. With floor tile already coming out, this step was pretty easy to accomplish.



Cabinet Color                                                                                     Wall Color

Benjamin Moore: Inner Balance 1522                                         Sherwin Williams: Creamy SW7012

Step 2: A Fresh Coat of Life

With the barrier gone, attention turned to the cabinets. Rather than replacing them entirely, the homeowners decided to give their existing cabinets a makeover. A fresh coat of paint can work wonders, and in this case, it was no exception. The dated, dark cabinets were transformed with fresh, brighter hues that would compliment the existing granite countertops. A neutral color palette with a hint of warmth created a welcoming ambiance, enhancing the new open layout and breathing new life into the space.


Step 3: Custom Island Creation

Now that the space was open and the cabinets revitalized, it was time to reimagine the kitchen island. Instead of utilizing the existing island, which was over five feet away from the back cabinets, a custom island was designed to fit seamlessly into the new layout. The new island would add double sided storage and a counter height over hang vs a bar height counter, creating one continuous surface. Collaborating with a skilled carpenter, we were able to bring the homeowner’s vision to life.


Step 4: Installation and New Floors

As the custom island was put in place, the kitchen began to truly come together. The installation process was meticulous, ensuring that the island was level, secure, and aligned perfectly with the surrounding elements. The island features a beautiful quartz countertop that adds warmth and character to the space, while also coordinating with the existing countertops located on the perimeter cabinets. A new mercury glass chandelier above the dining table provides both ambient lighting and a touch of elegance to the overall design.



The Final Reveal: A Dream Kitchen Realized

As the dust settled and the final touches were put in place, it is hard to believe the transformation. What was once a closed-off kitchen with a nonfunctioning island is now an open, inviting space where cooking, dining, and entertaining seamlessly converge. The removal of the wall and extending of the kitchen island not only increased storage in the area but also helped foster a sense of connection and togetherness.




Benefits of the New Kitchen Design

  • Increased Property Value
  • Improved Functionality
  • Increased Storage
  • Enhanced Aesthetics


In this remarkable kitchen remodel journey, the homeowners’ vision of a functional, stylish, and inviting space was brought to life. The redesign of the kitchen island and the demolition of the wall were pivotal steps that paved the way for the transformation. With the right team, careful planning, and attention to detail, any outdated kitchen can be rejuvenated into a modern masterpiece. So, if you’re considering a kitchen remodel, remember that a little creativity and a willingness to embrace change can lead to a truly remarkable transformation.

Ready to transform your kitchen? Contact us today to schedule a consultation with our design team and get started on creating your dream kitchen.


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