Wednesday, August 22nd 2012
Glen Ellyn Kitchen Design and Remodel | Before and After
Posted by Jim Drury
Category: Kitchen Design
Located in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, this house was built by the homeowners as a place to raise their family. Now that their children are adults with children of their own who live nearby, the home’s kitchen and dining room were too small to accommodate larger family gatherings.
Glen Ellyn Kitchen Remodeling Project Makes Room for the Next Generation: Before
The homeowners worked with Drury Design to come up with a plan to entertain three generations at family celebrations. After remodeling the upstairs bedrooms and bathrooms, the homeowners decided to update not just the kitchen, but the entire first floor. The kitchen remodeling project design and transitional kitchen design elements flow into the adjacent dining room, the laundry room and the powder room.
Not surprisingly, the original kitchen and dining room were out-of-date and poorly lit. Soffits around the perimeter, along with the soffit over the island, made the room feel closed in and smaller than it actually was. Crammed into a long, narrow and crowded footprint, the kitchen’s storage, capacity and seating was inefficient. The desk/message center was overburdened, and there was no pantry storage.
Kitchen Remodeling Ideas Overcome Challenges: After
Removing the soffits, changing appliance locations and extending the island made all the difference. An efficient work area on the inside of the island keeps guests close by, but out of contact with the cooking center. Two windows were added on the range wall to stream in more light.
The island had to be large enough to handle seating for as many grandchildren as possible, and still accommodate intimate seating for adults when entertaining for a smaller group. Six bar stools are tucked into the straight run of the island to bring total seating capacity up to 10-12. To integrate the dining room and to maintain continuity between the spaces, Terry matched the kitchen cabinetry in the dining room to the island’s rich, dark finish.
Look for more information about this Glen Ellyn remodel project on the follow-up post about the trend of multi-room kitchen remodels. And, see more kitchen and bath design ideas on our portfolio page.
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