Traditional Kitchen Remodel with a Unique Island Cooktop and Range Hood
American Wood Reface Medina, Ohio
Olmsted Falls, OH
As this family of six grew, the kitchen was no longer meeting their needs. They called on our team to improve the storage, organization, functionality and aesthetic appeal of the space—while also keeping costs low without sacrificing quality. In addition, it was important to the family that we tried to reduce the amount of materials from the remodel that would be sent to a landfill. The overall layout of the kitchen was working for the family, which made this project a perfect candidate for economical and “green” cabinet refacing.
Since the layout of the kitchen didn’t need to change, more than half of the existing cabinet boxes were left in place and refaced with 1/4” solid hardwood cherry. All existing plywood panel oak cabinet doors were replaced with solid mitered cherry doors. Additional cabinetry was custom built to match the existing cabinets that were refaced. Cabinets and doors removed during the remodel were donated to a non-profit organization to be reused. Low-maintenance dark granite tops with an undermount sink and tile backsplash ensured the durability required for this large family. Since the overall layout was not changed, the existing tile floor did not need to be replaced.
To meet the expanded needs of the family, cabinetry had to be modified for larger appliances that the homeowners wanted to add. Pantries and drawer bases were added to flank the new 48” refrigerator. The kitchen range was replaced with a drawer bank and a double wall oven was installed. The island was rebuilt to incorporate a 36” cooktop. A drawer bank was installed under the cooktop with two base cabinet pull-out organizers on either side of the drawer bank. The back of the island, which originally had an overhang capable of seating only two, was replaced with a more useful 12” deep cabinet for cookbook storage.
To help hide the clutter of everyday life, a pullout trash-bin was added and a custom message center was built into the side of a pantry to provide a home for messages, keys, and important papers. At one end of the base cabinet run, the countertop was extended over solid cherry shelving to showcase treasured items.
With so many people using the kitchen, noise from constant slamming of cabinet doors and drawers was eliminated by installing soft-close devices. Heavy usage was causing the existing 3/4 extension stapled drawers to come apart, so all drawer boxes were upgraded to solid wood dovetail construction with full-extension glides to improve drawer content accessibility. Most new base cabinetry was built as drawer banks to improve space utilization.
This family’s new kitchen was a vast improvement in appearance, quality, storage space, and functionality, as well as an economical and environmentally sound approach to a kitchen remodel. Because of our team’s approach to the project and how it turned out, we are proud to say that this kitchen helped us win a NARI Contractor of the Year Award!
The homeowners wanted to replace their outdated appliances for larger, higher quality ones that would all coordinate together. We adjusted the cabinets to accommodate double wall ovens and replaced the free-standing stove with a drawer bank. The island was then rebuilt to incorporate a 36” cooktop with a sleek vent hood overhead.
When choosing a kitchen range, it’s important to consider both functionality and style. In the case of these homeowners, they knew they wanted double wall ovens, which meant that a typical range wasn’t necessary and all they needed was a cooktop. The decision to place the cooktop in the island with an overhead hood was out of accessibility and style. Now they are able to look out to the rest of the kitchen and dining area while cooking, plus the cooktop and stainless steel hood combination makes a statement and gives the entire kitchen an upscale look.
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