Warm, Inviting Kitchen – Elmhurst, IL

Designer: Diana Burton

The Setup

Senior Designer Diana Burton’s client loved her sixties-era home – it just needed some work. The cozy galley kitchen was narrow and mostly closed off from the family room. A  pass-through window served as a limited pipeline for treats and chatter. The appliances were failing, too. It was simply time for an overhaul.

Design Objectives:

  • Remove load bearing wall and open kitchen to the family room
  • Omit large unused fireplace in family room
  • Increase work surfaces and overall storage solutions
  • Dedicated small countertop appliance storage
  • Seating for 3 or 4 at island
  • Add pantry storage
  • Offer solution for lack of mudroom
  • Upgrade all appliances

The Remodel

Design Challenges:

  • Finding a location to hide structural support for new beam
  • Reworking awkward configuration of existing walls
  • Adding a walk-in pantry
  • Creating mudroom storage
  • Allowing room for large sectional in family room 

Design Solutions:

  • Add a discreet column by the fridge to hide essential support
  • Flush out wall by bath to be even with the range wall, where the new walk in pantry exists
  • Use void space behind new wall for large appliance garage
  • Create combination walk in pantry/mudroom by adding bench with shoe storage and hooks
  • Maintain island depth for comfortable seating without infringing on space for the sectional

The Renewed Space

This cramped, dated kitchen has a new lease on life! Opening it to the family room dramatically transformed the space. Diana’s client now has plenty of storage, a big island for food prep, and an open-concept space that’s perfect for entertaining and hanging out with friends and family.

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Size of Space:
  • Kitchen – 18′ 8″  x 10′ 3″
  • Pantry – 9′ x 4′ 2″

Drury Select Custom Cabinetry

  • Perimeter: Maple custom stain
  • Island: Mahogany Custom paint
  •  Brand – Vadara
  • Type – Quartz
  • Color: Sereno gold
Special Features:
  • Large island with lots of storage and seating for three
  • Lovely marble-look quartz counters
  • Custom metal hood with brass detail
Appliances / Plumbing:
  • Wolf induction range – 36″
  • Wolf steam oven
  • Wolf microwave
  • Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezer
  • Cove dishwasher
  • Brizo Litze Touchless faucet and pot filler, Luxe Gold
  • Elkay Sink

“There were definitely a few times when Diana pushed the ideas outside the box – I am so glad I trusted her. My new space makes it so easy to host my family and watch my grandkids. It completely changed the way I live in the space.”

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