Modern Colonial Kitchen & Dining Room Renovation Reveal
Today we’re sharing our Modern Colonial Kitchen reveal and you won’t believe the before and after pics! This kitchen went from dark and cramped to open and bright! It still has tons of storage and features to make it an overall great space.
Working with Ridge Point Building & Remodeling (MA), we opened up the wall to the dining room, which used to go largely unused, but now is a place they always gather. This also allowed us to add a great island. The renovation also included updates to their mudroom/laundry room & a new 1/2 bath, we’ve put those in a separate post, which you can find here.
The overall goal of this kitchen was to create better flow, maximize space and increase the natural light. Of course we also wanted to make sure they have plenty of storage and functional features.
So let’s take a look at the BEFORE:
Our clients wanted to expand the kitchen and add an island both for prep and seating. We initially planned to take over the breakfast nook to make that happen, the only challenge was we didn’t want to loose that large window – after all one of the primary goals was increasing the natural light. So we need to figure out how to utilize the bump-out/nook within the kitchen run. The kitchen space was also very closed off from the dining room and living room. (The dining room is on the other side of the dated desk space). So we wanted to open up that space while staying true to the style of the house.
We tried a few different solutions in that space, but ultimately decided to keep the nook and make it part of the cooking space. We love the way it came out and the homeowners are so happy, which is always our #1 goal. You can see more detail about the layout and a process overview in our Modern Colonial Remodel post.
Before we get to the AFTER pics, let’s talk about the selection choices. Most of the house had beautiful hardwoods, so we ran those through the kitchen to have a nice consistent flow. The homeowners really wanted white cabinets with a navy island, we helped them select a warm white for the perimeter cabinets to soften it some. The white countertops keep it fresh and bright and the picket backsplash tiles add a fun but subtle pattern.
Now here it is! AFTER:
Before we go, I just wanted to highlight some of the features we put in this kitchen to make it even more special. Of course it has all the basic features that we consider must-haves. You can read about that full list in our Must Have Kitchen Features post. Above and beyond those, this kitchen features a wine fridge, microwave drawer and second oven in the island. A gorgeous and functional wall mounted pot filler and a utensil pullout to keep those countertops nice and clear! We love the large single basin sink with touch activated faucet too for handling those large pots and pans.
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Cheers to another joyful space!
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We are design experts but not financial ones…but we know people often debate the best way to finance their home improvement projects or maybe aren’t aware of all the options. That’s why we’ve brought in an expert on this post. Welcome to our guest blogger, Jennifer Nunes who will take us through home equity, 203k loans and other financing options.