Timeless Elegant Kitchen – Naperville, IL

The Setup

Once these empty nest homeowners decided to stay put, they knew a new kitchen was in order. Passionate about cooking, entertaining, and hosting holiday gatherings, they found their existing kitchen inadequate. The space, with its traditional style and outdated layout, was far from ideal. They longed for an elegant, timeless kitchen that was not only show-stopping but also functional, seamlessly catering to both their daily routines and special occasions with friends and family. Another key factor was its future appeal to potential buyers, as they’re ready to enjoy their new kitchen while also considering downsizing in the future.

Design Objectives:

  • Create a more streamlined, open space
  • Eliminate traditional elements
  • Improve flow for entertaining and everyday use
  • Omit dated posts and soffits
  • Include storage for small appliances to keep counters clutter-free
  • Address mail organization and phone charging concerns

The Remodel

Design Challenges:

  • Compensate for lost storage from omitted wall cabinets
  • Revise floorplan to feature a single, spacious island
  • Enhance island seating proximity for a more engaging atmosphere
  • Address awkward space above existing built-ins
  • Improve natural light blocked by wall cabinet near the window
  • Create a highly functional space tailored for entertaining

Design Solutions:

  • Tall cabinetry and pull-outs maximize storage efficiency
  • A generous single island promotes seamless flow and ample prep space
  • Strategic island seating arrangement fosters easy conversation
  • New built-ins fill arched openings, ensuring a custom, clutter-free look
  • Replace wall cabinet with lighted open shelves for an airy feel
  • Galley Dresser and Workstation offer impeccable organization and versatility, creating the perfect setup for entertaining with everything easily accessible.

The Renewed Space

The new kitchen exceeded every expectation, thrilling the clients with its revitalized, expansive design and thoughtful functionality. The transformation brought to life an open space adorned with marble accents, a state-of-the-art steam oven, and the seamless integration of the Galley Dresser, crafting a kitchen not just to be used, but to be cherished. This is more than a culinary space; it’s a new heart of their home, ready to host countless memories and culinary adventures.

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Size of Space:
  • Main Kitchen Area – 19′ 9″ x 21′
  • Fireplace/TV Area: – 9′ x 15′

Drury Select Custom Cabinetry

  • Perimeter: Maple, paint
  • Island and built-ins: Rift-cut oak
  • All interiors: Walnut
  •  Type – Honed marble
  • Color: Calacatta gold
Special Features:
  • Custom maple and rift-cut oak cabinetry and built-ins
  • Stunning, super functional Galley Dresser
  • Galley Work Stations and taps
  • Honed marble counters and full-high backsplash
  • Elegant custom metal hood
  • Custom Katonah hardware
  • Beautiful brass lighting to elevate the space
  • 36” Sub-Zero refrigerator column
  • 36” Sub-Zero freezer column
  • Sub-Zero refrigerator drawers
  • 48” Wolf range top
  • Wolf convection steam oven
  • Wolf microwave
  • Wolf wall oven

“We had a double-island situation and the second island was more of a collector’s area instead of something useful. We knew we needed one big island with a seating area more inclusive to the kitchen.”

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