CLEVELAND HOME DESIGN & REMODELING: A Charming Kitchen Update with Island Storage & Seating – Part 2 of 2

July 20, 2022

Picking up where we left off in the last blog: This Cleveland-area kitchen remodel pays homage to the home’s historic charm while creating a new open-concept space with modern-day functionality. We created harmony in the disjointed kitchen-living space by removing the wall between the kitchen and dining room, adding an island and reworking the kitchen layout. 

charming open kitchen

The Kitchen Before and After

before renovation kitchen after remodeling

The New Kitchen Features 

To achieve a clean kitchen aesthetic that flows seamlessly with the style of the home and its original millwork, we used stock cabinets (Waypoint 660d in linen) along with custom appointments. Removing the soffits and extending the cabinets up to the ceiling creates more usable space and draws the eye upward, making the room look larger.  

The new kitchen not only looks bigger, but the new layout creates more usable space for added features including tall pantry cabinets with rollouts for easy-access storage, a double oven and a convenient microwave drawer. By design, the home’s original built-in display cabinet and laundry chute remain in place. 

Before & After 

cabinets before         cabinets after after view of kitchen

New Kitchen Surfaces

For a clean, classic look in the kitchen, the homeowners chose quartz countertops in Carrara Marmi that offer a bright surface with just a hint of blue. For the backsplash, we used ceramic tile: International, Delray, in White Caps Crackle, 3×6. For the inlay above the range, Pratt + Larson tile in Mono 6×6 Filigree, Color P145 provides texture and color.

Before & After 

before double oven    White-Modern-Kitchen

For plumbing fixtures, we reused the homeowners’ existing Moen faucet and installed a new Kohler Porcelain Riverby Sink.


Creating the Kitchen Island

The island was crafted using stock cabinets and finished with custom trim work to make it look like a piece of furniture, with loads of extra storage capacity. Plus, it offers the added seating the homeowners desired and lots of surface area for entertaining. We positioned it at precisely the right angle to make the island part of the new kitchen but within direct view of the TV in the family room. 

kitchen island kitchen island with seating

The Details That Tie It All Together 

To provide ample lighting for the all-new kitchen, we upgraded the electrical system and added undercabinet lights, recessed can lighting and new fixtures throughout. Finally, we toothed in new hardwood planks to match the home’s original flooring and then refinished all the hardwood to create a harmonious flow.  


Your Team for Cleveland-Area Kitchen Remodeling 

If you are in Northeast Ohio and are looking for a professional resource to help you remodel your kitchen, bathroom, or other space in your home, reach out to us at Dover Home Remodeling. Our design team and master artisans can help you bring your unique sense of style to your renovated living space. 

The best is yet to come, 

Patti Saracusa