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This St. Charles kitchen remodel was a large undertaking. Prior to our arrival, the lower level was set up with essentially two bathrooms, a large sauna, outdated kitchen and sunken family room.
Everything was broken up with walls and in desperate need of some updating. Our goal was to create a more open, better utilized, concept for our clients who truly are the life of the party! Their must haves included a large kitchen with oversized island and seating, a new “lounge” area and a very low profile style.
By blowing out a majority of the walls, we were able to come up with a floor plan that made sense. We reframed several new openings in the kitchen which created better flow, as well as, kept site lines open to the dining room and screen room.
We also strategically oriented our new walk in pantry over an existing concrete slab and area of lower ceilings. This also created a perfect little corner to orient our new powder room. Lastly, we raised a portion of our sunken screen room and created a new lounge area for elevated viewing.
LONG GROVE, ILLINOIS
LONG GROVE, ILLINOIS
Our clients love mid century modern design and had vintage light fixtures that they were really wanting to incorporate into the new kitchen design. They wanted to keep things bright, but also love black elements for a pop against the warmth.
To keep the kitchen open and airy, we opted for a low profile design that was well thought to maximize storage and function. We selected a lot of natural elements such as walnut wood accents to bring in texture and color.
We selected a floor tile has depth and variation, and an engineered hardwood in a light wood tone for the surrounding spaces. We utilized Taupe kitchen cabinets with a slate glaze and a brushed technique. This added some additional texture and character to an otherwise simplistic, modern style.
The soapstone countertops added contrast to the kitchen. Not only is the soapstone warm and natural, but it’s non porous than other natural stones. This held up well next to our ceramic tile backsplash that has white/ivory color variation. Brushed brass cabinet pulls, plumbing fixtures and lights pulled in another element that helped soften the kitchen styling and really pull everything together.
Before the kitchen remodel the lower level was broken up into many different hallways and smaller rooms. Not only was the space choppy, but it was also in need of some TLC. The kitchen had old ceramic tile floors that were wobbly and cracking.
The old kitchen cabinets were extremely outdated and had their fair share of wear and tear. While a sauna is a fun feature, it was in the middle of the home, and sadly needed to go to allow for an expanded kitchen and overall better flow.
The kitchen had a signifiant amount of demolition to complete before we were able to truly see the open concept vision. The existing space was divided up between several areas, including a kitchen, sunken family room, powder room, shower room, sauna and hallways.
We were also challenged with a small hallway that was on a slab, as well as a very uneven, poorly structured, and borderline scary, subfloor.
After assessing the structure in the crawl space, we deemed it necessary to redo the entire subfloor. While this added time to our project, it was crucial for ensuring a proper install of our floor tile and cabinetry.
With a clean slate, we started framing and drywalling our new kitchen. From here, we were able to cruise through tile install and then proceeded with install of our engineered hardwood in the surrounding rooms.
Portmore White 4×4 Glazed Ceramic