EUROPEAN KITCHEN REMODEL IS ECO-FRIENDLY This kitchen is a good example of a remodel that successfully kept cost and waste down while improving function and updating the look in true eco-friendly fashion. The house is a 30 year old Tudor style. The kitchen was dated and not as functional as the clients would like. Yet they did not want the expense of ripping everything out and starting all over again.
I designed the kitchen to coordinate with and be part of the adjoining great room which I redesigned at the same time. The “bones” of the kitchen are classic with the cherry cabinets and raised panel doors but it needed to be opened up and redefined. It felt dark and dated. We wanted a new kitchen with European styling which would stay true to the home’s design. It is always my goal to design interiors that fit the architectural style of the home.
The cherry cabinets were in good shape but all were stained in the dark finish and the floor and counter tops were small ceramic tiles. We decided to remove the center island but keep the periphery cabinets. The island was Z shaped and awkward to use so I redesigned it in an L shape with the sink at one end and a 2 sided breakfast counter (with storage underneath) at the other. This allowed for better traffic flow and function. Details like pilasters, corbels and raised panels were included. The island was glazed in soft off white to contrast with the cherry finish on periphery cabinets. This opens up the whole kitchen. All counter tops were replaced with Cambria in “Nottingham”, a wonderful brown/black.
A new cook top hood was designed with same detailing as the island but stained to match existing cabinets and new wall tiles were added. A new larger crown molding was added to all the cabinets to improve their status. And under cabinet lighting was installed.
Old wallpaper was stripped and the walls painted. New window coverings were added in the breakfast nook. The French Country dining table and chairs were kept as part of the overall re-design and European style. The chairs were recovered with fabric that coordinates with the great room furnishings. New 18" porcelain floor tiles were laid on point in the kitchen and cut into a herringbone pattern in the breakfast nook to give the effect of an area rug. The porcelain tiles look like stone at a fraction of the cost and are easy to maintain.
This kitchen remodel is a good eco-friendly example of less waste: the center island cabinets were given away and the floor tile was covered up with the new tile eliminating tear out. Cambria counter tops are a sustainable product made in La Seur Minnesota. Some of the existing appliances were kept since they were only 5 years old and in good condition. A new dishwasher uses less water. And the periphery cabinets and coffee bar cabinets were kept in place and embelished while the new island was designed to fit in.
The end result is a beautiful new kitchen done in a traditional European style that is functional and more elegant than before and still fits the architectural style of the home.
Watch for my next blog which will discuss the adjoining redesigned Great Room. For more info on Master Plan Design and Project Management visit my website at www.letitialittle.com or go to Main Website at upper right of this blog.
Letitia Little is a licensed,award winning interior designer in Minneapolis, MN