large 70’s kitchen transformed.

A rambling ranch bungalow built 40 years ago needed a lift,  for the new family moving in. It particularly needed a kitchen update. When built, this kitchen shows the design and finish tendencies of those times: a) walling off of the kitchen from the rest of the house, i.e. fridge wall between dining room and kitchen; b) white appliances; c) dark wood cabinetry with raised panel cabinet doors, c) gloss oil paint on ceilings and walls; d) limited lighting, i.e. one fixture over table and sink only; d) eat in kitchen concept with table and chairs; e) dropped ceiling over uppers forming a ‘bulkhead’. The only improvements had been a backsplash and granite top. Three major changes gave the kitchen a totally new aspect although square footage did not change. By taking down the fridge wall between dining room and kitchen; removing the bulkheads / dropped ceilings; and removing a boxed in chimney and the chimney itself, we achieved completely opening up the space to the rest of house.

kitchen update: before & after.

Below you will find photography from before our custom kitchen was remodelled, as well as afterwards for comparison.
Click and drag the arrows on the bar, to see a real time revitalization.

making changes.

Next was adding the lighting: in-ceiling LED lights, under upper lighting and pendant lighting over large work island. Finally, painted cabinetry in a light finish called ‘Irish Cream’; light travertine like 12 x 24 porcelain floor tile; and, quartz countertops by two different manufacturers in a light cream but complimentary colors. These changes and finishes plus the ‘Classic’ design cues, i.e. running uppers to ceiling and providing a custom canopy hood for the stove, brought this remodel into what is current yet still timeless in style.


Practical features tailored to the clients’ needs included: 1) large working island to allow daughters and extended family to work in kitchen at holiday times; 2) Coffee station hidden by pocket doors; 3) seating in peninsula to allow Master and Mistress to have a quite dinner while watching the large screen in the living room/den. Another client touch was to have a different island top color to accent the island, augmented by our idea of making the island top thicker than standard and using an upside down edge treatment. And of course, overall there is tons more storage.

finishes & features.

Semi-custom Canadian cabinetry by Decor Cabinets; Perimeter Quartz Top by Vicostone an excellent Vietnamese product in marble like finish; and lastly the island top is made from a Super-Sized Slab by Cambria, a highly sought after American maker of quartz tops.


All lighting equipment is readily available, most electricians are conversant with it. Porcelain floor tile and wall colors compliment the cabinetry and heighten the feeling of space.