This kitchen is much like many all over Colorado Springs. You enter through the front door and find vaulted ceilings with the vaults meeting at the peak in the center of the large room. Walls divide the living room from the kitchen and often from the dining area as well. These partial, non-supporting walls have electrical and vent work within them, but they can come down, opening the area to one large room.
Paul and Kathy wanted the walls gone and wanted to do much of that work themselves. I worked with them to re-design the area into a very large kitchen to include a large island, pantry storage, and special features in their new cabinets. Kathy was resourceful in researching before she came to me, so she knew much of what she wanted—just not how to make it all work.
These first six pictures, taken by Paul, show you much of what was there before the walls came down. The kitchen area, as you will see, was small and confining with very limited storage and countertop space.
As you view the different pictures of the finished remodel, note the beautifully amazing tiger-wood flooring and the Cambria Quartz countertops. Their cabinets are from Dynasty by Omega. Here’s a view as you come through the front door. Now that differs vastly from the before pictures with all the walls that sectioned the room off. What’s special about this kitchen is what is inside the cabinets. One unusual area is an entry closet created from a typical tall pantry cabinet. A standard tall cabinet is only 24" deep, 22-1/2" on the inside, which is insufficient for hanging clothes. So, we made the cabinet 27" deep and put a hanging bar in the lower section along with a few shelves top and bottom—now you have a very nice coat closet!
The next area is the multi-storage area built over on the garage wall. Look at the storage possibilities inside those cabinets! See how the blind corner opens, and the first section pulls out, then folds left? You can reach inside and bring roll-out shelves forward, allowing total access to everything stored in that awkward blind corner. Above the ovens are the tray dividers, and in the corner wall, a lazy Susan sits with adjustable shelves.
Moving to the island, they put in a large gas cooktop with a large retractable downdraft system behind. Now they’re all set for those big family meals!
Except for a few minor things, Kathy’s comment, when I asked her what she’d change if she had it to do all over again, was “Nothing!”
Our goal at Kitchens by Design is to work closely with every client to achieve the very best possible end results. Whether it is a large project like this one or a small one like many of our others, the process is the same. We work together with our clients to make sure that when we conclude a project, our clients not only feel they have received the very best quality and service for their investment, but that they will enjoy their new kitchen for many, many years to come.