Modern Sophisticated Kitchen – Oswego, IL

The Setup

The original intent of this project was to replace the island, hood, countertops, and a few appliances. A primary bath remodel was the main priority. But once the couple realized certain features would enhance the functionality of the kitchen – not to mention completely change the aesthetic – they put the master bath on hold and decided to remodel the entire kitchen first.

Design objectives:

  • Omit separate table, plan for a larger island that would seat 7 people
  • Simple, clean lines  – no rounded corners or weird angles
  • Nothing trendy – use modern classic details
  • Uncluttered countertops
  • Better pantry storage for food & small appliances
  • Integrated major appliances
  • Coffee bar
  • Avoid “1 color on perimeter with second color on island”
  • Integrate a harmonious variety of finishes
  • Integrate black & handmade metals

The Remodel

Design challenges:

  • Island shape to fit within confines of existing half wall between kitchen & family room & bay window/door to backyard
  • Narrow kitchen with major walkway
  • Planning for 7 seats at the island
  • Keep guest social area away from the cook’s zone
  • Place appliances according to use
  • Point-of-use storage for an avid cook within a relatively small space
  • Integrate colors without looking too busy

The New Kitchen

  • While the island is mostly rectangular, the seating area utilizes the bay extension without interfering with the exterior door
  • All seating is placed on the outside perimeter of the island, giving the cook dedicated prep space
  • The L-shaped seating area & adjacent coffee bar encourage guests to gather on the outside edge of the kitchen where they can still interact with the cook
  • Island prep space includes 5 feet of versatile drawer storage, double waste basket and an open paper towel dispenser
  • One pantry designated for food; the other for small appliances & bulk storage; creates visual armoire look
  • Microwave drawer in island faces refrigerator for easy access & less interference with cook’s zone
  • Appliance garages avoid clutter on the countertops
  • Off-white upper cabinets make the kitchen look larger while the black bases offer contrast without closing in the space

Once the client committed to remodeling her entire kitchen, she had a good idea of the direction she wanted the space to take. Even so, there were many details that remained open to explore & contemplate. The end result is modern, clean and ultimately transitional – a creative vision anchored in functionality and artistry!

A powder room remodel was added to the project that beautifully complements the kitchen aesthetic. The entire staircase, all trim & doors were painted in the same tones as the kitchen, transforming the entire first floor into a cohesive & welcoming space. It was a great collaborative partnership!

  • Brand: Grabill
  • Finish: White & Ebony on Maple
  • Door style: Madison Square
  • Brand: Vadara
  • Type: Quartz
  • Color: Marbella


  • Brand: Vicostone
  • Type: Quartz
  • Color: Majestic Black
  • Sharp microwave drawer
  • Wolf gas cooktop
  • Wolf steam oven
  • Best ventilation system
  • Sub-Zero refrigerator
  • Sub-Zero freezer drawers
  • Bosch dishwasher
Size of Space:
  • 18.5’ x 15’
Special Features:
  • Paper towel dispenser in island
  • Natural rift-cut oak accents on island base, hood trim & fridge/pantry armoire
  • Iridescent glass backsplash surrounding cooktop wall & entire window wall including window box
  • Antique Carolina mirror coffee bar backsplash
  • Contrasting countertops on island
  • Etched sconces on each side of the window
  • Rustic island pendants balance the black base cabinets & add drama

“My husband and I are DIY’ers, but for this project we wanted someone to push us more than we would push ourselves.  Drury understood our vision and took it to another level.”

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