Open Concept Kitchen Remodel – Kildeer, IL

The Setup

Our journey began with a familiar face — Alicia had previously transformed the client’s mother’s home, establishing a trusted relationship that naturally led to this personal project. The client desired a kitchen that truly reflected her own style while facilitating seamless entertaining.

Design Vision:

The original kitchen, segregated from the dining area by a wall, hindered the flow of interaction and space. Our client envisioned a unified area where she could engage with guests in both the kitchen and dining room simultaneously. Moreover, the space lacked a central island, relying instead on a floorplan anchored by cabinetry in a u-shaped layout.

Design Objectives:

  • Open up the space for an airy design conducive to entertaining large gatherings
  • Modernize the kitchen to be both stylish and functional
  • Integrate the design with the home’s new black-framed windows and doors
  • Relocate the cooktop to a central position to enhance usability and interaction

Design Challenges:

  • Removing the wall between the kitchen and dining room would necessitate the rerouting of existing HVAC ductwork that services the upper floor
  • Limited pantry space in the existing kitchen
  • The existing u-shaped layout of the kitchen restricted functionality and storage options
  • Insufficient space for wine storage
  • The client desired a raised-furniture look for the island, but without showing a new downdraft vent

The Renewed Space

Design Solutions:

  • We added a second HVAC unit to the upper floor and rerouted the existing ductwork in that wall
  • Created tall pantry pullouts on either side of the fridge to maximize dry goods storage
  • Designed a long island to facilitate cooking stations and dining moments
  • Created a stylish open display cabinet for wine
  • Engineered a dual-design island with a footed floating aesthetic on one side, and a full floor reach on the other to conceal the new downdraft ventilation.

Paired with the newly opened adjacent dining room featuring a wet bar, the kitchen has become a stylish and highly functional space for cooking and entertaining. Following a large baby shower hosted by the client (which seamlessly accommodated an 80-person gathering!), it is clear that the new design not only meets but exceeds the needs for hosting and everyday living. This project was a harmonious blend of the client’s vision and Alicia’s innovative design solutions, resulting in a kitchen that truly embodies personalized elegance and functionality. 


27’ x 12′ 


Brand: Drury Select Custom Cabinetry

Perimeter: Shaker door, Balboa Mist paint

Island: Walnut, reeded, custom stain

Glass/metal cabinet: Walnut interior 


Perimeter & Window Ledge: Laminam porcelain, Adrisia Nero, 12mm, textured finish

Island: Laminam porcelain, Adrisia Blanc, 12mm, textured

Island (upper piece): Carrara honed marble, 3cm

  • Galley Workstation 48” sink
  • Galley countertop recessed knife block
  • (2) Brizo faucets in matte black
  • Delta glass rinser
  • Subzero 42” refrigerator
  • Wolf 24″ microwave drawer
  • Wolf frameless cooktop 30”
  • Wolf downdraft
  • Cove dishwasher
Special Features:
  • Super-thin countertop look, supported by a robust steel frame.
  • Walnut display cabinet backing and island cabinetry. A custom reeded pattern was created for the island cabinets.
  • Carrara marble backsplash to match the adjacent dining room’s carrara marble slab table and the second level of the island. The backsplash marble is honed with a reeded pattern to match the island’s reeded cabinetry directly opposite from it.
  • Metal-framed glass door display cabinets, faucet hardware, pendant lights, and over-the-sink lighting to harmonize with the home’s new black-framed windows and doors.
  • A galley workstation featuring a bar-style glass rinser and a recessed countertop knife block for enhanced functionality.

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