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Kitchen for Entertaining

Kitchen for Entertaining

The owner of this two story home in Glendale has a very large and growing family with the addition of with more grandchildren yearly.  During the holidays, they had been squeezing the entire family in a sectioned-off kitchen and family room.  The homeowner asked our design team to create a space with his kitchen and family room that would be more open and accommodating for entertaining his large  family.  JM Remodeling was able to provide a design that maximized the available floor space to create a kitchen for entertaining as well as everyday living.

The first thing JM Remodeling did to create a kitchen for entertaining was removed the existing peninsula and increased the opening between the family room to help create an open concept and increased traffic flow.  We removed a set of bi-folding closet doors that were used for a pantry and tucked the refrigerator in the location of the existing pantry. In order to tie in the family room with the kitchen, we cut an opening in the adjoining wall of the rooms directly above the kitchen sink.  We then added a solid quartz top, bridging the two rooms to allow easy serving between the rooms.

More storage and cabinet space were added by eliminating the 12” soffits above the existing cabinets and installing in its place, larger 42’’ upper maple cabinets.  Larger upper cabinets, along with angled lower maple cabinets and the use of super susan cabinets more than made up for the storage space that was lost from re-purposing the old pantry space. The kitchen also features an entertainment and serving area complete with arched doors with glass inserts, wine rack, and soft close drawers and doors.  And all of the cabinets were finished with a 5” crown molding and a valance over the sink.

The old kitchen and family room didn’t provide much lighting besides a few table lamps and an out- dated ceiling fixture.  To highlight this beautiful new space we installed a total of (22) 5” white baffled recessed light fixtures, 18” & 24” under mount cabinet lights, and six dimmer switches for countless lighting options on any occasion.

The kitchen floor was tiled with a 20” x 20” Arte Bianco porcelain tile and epoxy grout that extended throughout the home into the hallway, bathroom and front foyer.  The backsplash above the solid quartz countertops was tastefully tiled with 3” x 6” honed travertine and glass lined inserts for a dash of color.

The homeowner had an established budget of $60,000.  JM remodeling proposed a contract within that budget leaving room for small changes.  This enabled the homeowner to have different options during the project if they felt the need to add extras later on.  We also gave product allowances in the original contract detailing how the dollars were being spent, helping the homeowner understand where their dollars are being spent and what values they are receiving.

JM Remodeling’s design team and skilled craftsmen, along with a strong vision from the homeowner created a remodeled 1st floor and a kitchen for entertaining that will allow this large family to enjoy holidays and get-togethers for years to come.