May 29, 2014

Remodeling A 1947 Fairview Park Classic: Part 2 In Series

For this three-part renovation project, we began with the most labor-intensive and time-consuming segment of the job first—the kitchen. As you can see in this photo, the kitchen had been remodeled, yet functional cabinets, work space and countertops were non-existent. Soffits with lighting elements brought the ceiling lower and made the space feel small and confined.

The project required a complete gut, all the way down to the studs. The previous owner had new electrical devices installed but never replaced the old knob and tube wiring. We didn’t know this until the drywall was removed. (This is a sneaky way for people to make things appear to be updated.) As a result, all electrical wiring needed to be updated and we installed a new subpanel in the basement to bring the electrical up to code and to manage the load.

Venetian Gold Countertop

Opting for a warmer palette in the kitchen, the homeowners selected cabinetry (Waypoint 450S in Maple Cognac) and countertops in granite (New Venetian Gold). The new kitchen layout separated the range and refrigerator, eliminated the peninsula and added a central island with a sink. The new design also included removing a cramped pantry closet and creating a larger pantry for more storage, as well as the addition of a display wall with glass-front cabinets with lighting for collectibles. The homeowners’ favorite color is blue, so we tied that in with a tile backsplash (6.5X6.5 Marazzi Campione Armstrong Porcelain Tile); Accent: AOT Highland Ridge HR53 Mountain 6X6); and in Tiffany-style pendant lighting over the counters.

In my next post, we’ll move on to the master bath…The result is not only beautiful, it’s incredibly livable. With more storage, ample prep area, new-found display space and a smart, efficient flow to the room, the homeowners are thrilled with their new kitchen.

The best is yet to come,
Beth Orr

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