The kitchen is a cornerstone in any home. It’s where we cook dinner and where we gather with friends and family. Everyone wants a beautiful kitchen, but remember, this is a functional space as well. Choose finishes and materials that will stay on trend for years to come.
Complete Kitchen Transformation
Liberty Bay Cabinetry & Interiors
The homeowners wanted a full remodel of the home after purchasing it. They acted as their own contractor, working with Nicole Hanni of Liberty Bay Cabinetry for the placement of the two islands and the hood, as well as the general flow of the kitchen space.
Walls were removed to create an open area and better space arrangement of the beautiful kitchen. Paint colors were customized to match the rest of the home renovation.
Hanni designed the cabinets, which were made by Canyon Creek Cabinets of Monroe. Custom doors were also made out of cabinetry material for the pantry. Hanni drove the selection of color, materials and style, with the homeowners selecting the sinks, faucet, countertops and flooring.
The homeowners love the end result, especially the two islands, the coffee bar and the large hood over the range.
Completely Refreshed Look for a Beloved Kitchen
LaMont Design, Inc. | Creekside Cabinet & Design, Inc.
Al and Eloise Anunson have lived in their home for 53 years. They still love it, but after purchasing another lovely piece of waterfront property, they had the choice of either staying where they are and remodeling or starting from scratch and building a brand-new home.
After many ups and downs in the real estate market and after waiting several years, the couple decided to sell the new property and stay in the home they’ve loved all these years and refresh it. The kitchen was the first room they tackled.
Everything needed to change in the kitchen — cabinets, countertops, flooring, appliances and paint. The cabinets, especially, hadn’t been updated for 33 years, and it was definitely time.
The Anunsons acted as their own contractor and hired Connie LaMont of LaMont Design to pull together the design. LaMont seemed to know exactly what the couple said they needed — even their tastes in materials and colors. The layout remained the same for the most part, but LaMont also recommended adding a small office space on one side of the kitchen where they keep their laptops. This provided the couple an office with a view, and they love it.
- An additional 14 inches of storage capacity for all of the upper cabinets, plus deeper cabinet depth above the refrigerator for vertical storage area for trays, etc.
- A lazy susan incorporated into the corner to the right of the range for maximum.
- An additional double-receptacle trash pullout and a 10-inch-wide pullout for oils and tall spices.
- Quartz slab countertops with a single-basin, undermount sink.
- Full-height, glass-mosaic tile backsplash that juxtaposed the large fireplace with horizontal stacked volcanic rock.
In the breakfast nook and daily office area, a full-height wall of cabinetry was lengthened about 30 inches toward the living room for maximum storage and accessibility. An added wall of cabinetry has two appliance garages to store some of the computer and printer components, hiding them when not in use. A simple, cost-effective laminate countertop was installed. To lighten the space, the trim, post and beams were painted with Benjamin Moore’s “China White.”
The homeowners said they’re extremely happy with the results and can’t think of a single thing they would change. They found the entire team top-notch, performing excellent work.
The Anunsons’ favorite part of the kitchen is the overall design and colors, as well as the charming cabinets and beautiful yet easy-to-maintain flooring.
The Team and suppliers
- Connie LaMont Design
- Ferguson Plumbing (Elkay quartz kitchen sink and faucet)
- Floor Decorators (LG Aria quartz countertops, laminate, Karndean luxury vinyl plank flooring)
- Creekside Cabinet & Design (Columbia Cabinets)
- Albert Lee Appliances (GE Café Series, white-with-bronze appliances)
- Benjamin Moore Paints
- Seattle Lighting
- Ferguson Plumbing
- Moran Painting; SignWorks (painters)
Beautiful, Functional Space to be Enjoyed with Friends and Family
MD Design Group
While lovely for the time it was created, this kitchen had become dated and didn’t function well for the family. Storage was limited and there was no connection to the family living space. In addition, only one person at a time could effectively work in the kitchen. The windows and doors were also very small and didn’t take advantage of the waterfront views.
The goal for the project was to open up the views, connect the kitchen with the indoor and outdoor living spaces, and create a functional, hardworking chef’s kitchen that provided meaningful storage, logical work zones and lasting beauty.
Michele Doyle at MD Design Group and Jay Volz at Jay Volz Architect, LLC were the designers (since the start of this engagement, the two companies have merged as one — Bluefoot Architecture & Design LLC). Steve Morris of Seaview Homebuilder served as the general contractor responsible for coordinating every aspect of this extensive remodel.
The entire floor plan, including the kitchen, pantry, laundry and bathrooms on the main floor, changed to create more logical and functional spaces. Access to the kitchen and living spaces was expanded by opening a wall, adding structural beams, extending the flow from interior to exterior with bifold doors and gas strut window, and rerouting hallways to a new butler’s pantry and larger laundry with bathroom and dog wash.
In effect, the entire first floor was completely reimagined. The full scope of work also encompassed the second floor, including a redesign of the master suite.
Materials were selected to align with the client’s aesthetic preferences while creating harmony with the architecture of the home. Because of the extensive use of cherry in the home, cherry for cabinetry was selected for the kitchen, while accenting with a bolder choice for the island. Exterior doors and windows were upgraded throughout the house and were stained black on the interior.
The original grass-cloth wallcovering was replaced with a modern, hand-painted paper to give the walls depth and interest. Soapstone now graces the countertops throughout the main floor, with the exception of the mudroom.
Instead of extending the oak flooring into the kitchen, beautiful limestone was used, which creates a transition to the outdoors since the new accordion doors open onto the patio. The limestone flooring continues from the kitchen all the way through the butler’s pantry and into the laundry room, which also sees its share of traffic from inside to outside.
To keep the kitchen feeling open without sacrificing cabinet space around the Wolf induction cooktop, a metal fabricator was hired to create cabinet framework that can be seen through all sides. This allowed for the handmade tile backsplash to be dramatically displayed through the cabinet structure. The hood was custom fabricated as well so that all the metal finishes would look the same.
The homeowners’ favorite part of the new kitchen is the oversized island, which now allows them to enjoy the process of creating meals with their family and friends. But they also love other functionality, including the extension of the kitchen into the patio spaces where they can pass food from the kitchen directly to the entertainment area of the patio, the comingling of the living room and kitchen that now keeps all family and friends connected and social, and the immense amount of smart storage and workflow they now enjoy.
And the best part is that the homeowners’ tastes are now reflected in the finishes, from the tile to the wallpaper to the cabinetry and countertops.
This remodel has been in the works for the better part of two years and has included nearly every corner of the home. There’s still a small amount of work to be completed in the interior and the patio area. But for now, the homeowners are truly loving being back in this beautiful space and setting, and are looking forward to enjoying it and sharing it with their family and friends for years to come.
The Team and suppliers
- Seaview Homebuilders
- Bluefoot Architecture & Design, LLC
- Counter Intelligence | countertop fabrication
- Integrity Home Integration | Crestron, electronics, home automation, audio/visual and security, window coverings
- JT Tile
- Marci Blakney Wallcoverings | installer
- SJW Studios | custom wallcovering
- Chown Hardware
- AnEwhere Plumbing
- Sunlight Woodenworks | cabinetry
- Lyons Painting
- Classic Window Products
Kitchen with a View
A Kitchen That Works LLC
Photography courtesy Iklil Gregg
This kitchen was outdated, dark and cramped. It wasn’t equipped for entertaining family and didn’t have easy accessibility throughout. Additionally, the lighting was inefficient for working in the kitchen, and the homeowners didn’t enjoy being in the space. Among the high priorities was the addition of counter space and storage.
The owners hired A Kitchen That Works LLC for design specification and execution of construction; they also collaborated with the company for selecting all the materials.
The back wall was moved out 3 feet, the sliding door was removed and access to the backyard was relocated to the laundry/craft room. As a result, the square footage in the kitchen went up 125 percent. A larger window was added, as well as a new connection to the dining room.
This project started as a kitchen renovation and wine room addition, and quickly turned into a whole home remodel. That made the home much more accessible and enjoyable for the homeowners.
The homeowners love their new kitchen and their ability to comfortably entertain family in a space they’re proud of. “From our first meeting to job completion, everything received from Molly and Clive of A Kitchen That Works was of the highest quality,” they said. “The guidance received was immeasurable and exceeded our expectations. We are more than pleased with what we received as a finished product.”
They especially love that now they have enough open space to cook and converse with family and friends who are sitting at the dining room table. The addition of the window lets the homeowner enjoy the view of their backyard while working in the kitchen.
The Team and suppliers
- A Kitchen That Works LLC
- Day Road Electric
- West Sound Plumbing
- Aqua Painting
- Creative Countertops, Inc.
- Linden Salvage
- Novaks Gutters
- Nyman Construction
- Tracy’s Insulation
- Appliances: Bosh, Zephyr Samsung
- Cabinetry: Dura Supreme
- Countertops: Formica (180fx, laminate)
- Tile backsplash: Daltile
- Faucets: Moen
- Chandelier and pendant lights: Minka-Lavery
A Crystallo Kitchen Remodel
Creative Countertops, Inc.
The owners purchased their home knowing they would be remodeling it. The project began upstairs, but soon expanded downstairs to several rooms.
The kitchen was totally rebuilt. It used to be a galley kitchen, but the builder opened up the entire middle area. A steel I-beam was added when bearing walls were taken down.
The finished remodel highlighted a large, impressive Crystallo island and a smaller island. Quartzite’s Crystallo is very transparent, so the countertop had to be painted to prevent the Canyon Creek cabinetry from showing through. Full-height Crystallo backsplashes were added throughout. The entertainment island is black moon quartzite.
The owners chose unique Rohl cast farm sinks, Wolf range, Miela dishwasher — all appliances from Metropolitan in Seattle. Distinctive lighting was chosen to set off the impressive kitchen design.
The Team and suppliers
- Fairbank Construction
- Creative Countertops, Inc.
- Johnson Squared Architects (Chelsea Clark, lead)
- Approved Plumbing
- Lyons Painting
- Peninsula Electric
- Washington Wood Floors
- McGraw Zecha Cabinetry
Remodeling to Fit a Lifestyle
Kitsap Kitchen & Bath Co.
The owners bought the home three years ago. They loved the fantastic views but the dark interior and heavy finishes didn’t fit their style. They felt that clean lines and natural colors would enhance the view. Additionally, the kitchen needed upgraded appliances.
They love to cook and to entertain, hosting large groups of people and their daughters’ families. But the previous owners didn’t like cooking and the existing choice of appliances and kitchen layout reflected that. For example, the small island didn’t have electrical outlets, the cabinets had few features and the appliances were low- to mid-end.
The homeowners had previously remodeled a home in Idaho and knew exactly what they wanted. One of the things on their wish list was a Galley sink system — they had one in their previous home and knew they had to have one again.
The couple hired Kitsap Kitchen & Bath to provide the design, hire subcontractors and manage the project. Some of the changes included a larger island, which provides space for wide drawers to hold dishes and cookware; an enlarged opening between the kitchen and great room; and increased bar seating from two to four. The south wall was also opened and upper cabinets were eliminated to achieve a more open look.
Upgrades included glass fronts for upper cabinets, better pantry and Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances. The front and side doors were replaced for a more modern look. The new white quartz countertops have a beachy design, as does the sea-glass backsplash. The cherry hardwood floors and the carpet were replaced with cork. The couple like the natural look of cork, as well as the greater comfort and easier maintenance.
The owners are very happy with the results. The new space now fits them and their lifestyle.
The Team and suppliers
- Kitsap Kitchen & Bath
- Canyon Creek Cabinet Co.
- Sound Glass
- Sunset Electric
- Swift Plumbing
- Albert Lee Appliances
- Olympic Hardwood Flooring
New Look for a Dated Kitchen
Brittany’s Design | Creekside Cabinet & Design, Inc.
This kitchen was dated and the homeowners felt it was time for a change. The space was completely gutted to update all the fixtures, from cabinetry, countertops and appliances to plumbing and hardware. The main objective was to create a space that felt updated and cohesive with the bathroom remodels that were accomplished during previous projects. Additionally, the homeowners wanted to address two issues: the function of the space in the corner walk-in pantry and the lack of overall storage.
Little changes in this space made a huge impact. These included removing the corner pantry, designing the wall cabinets to meet the ceiling, increasing the size of the island and updating the fixtures and finishes — creating a stylish yet classic look to enjoy for many years to come.
Brittany’s Design worked with the homeowners’ vision and created a layout that reworked all the issues to create a functional and stylish design. The firm assisted the clients every step of the way, shopping for each material selected for the space to create a cohesive, beautiful collaboration of textures, colors and styles. From there, general contractor Andrews Construction LLC removed the pantry and completed the entire remodel based on the design.
The remodel exceeded the homeowners’ expectations on every level, including design, style and the craftsmanship of the installations. They said they love everything about the remodel and had a great experience with the entire team.
The Team and suppliers
- Andrews Construction LLC
- Brittany’s Design
- Creekside Cabinet & Design, Inc.
- Lakewood Countertops
- Water Concepts (plumbing fixtures)
- Ferguson (sink)
- Contractor Furnishings Mart (backsplash tile)
- Proline Range Hoods
- Four Aces Drywall
- Day Road Electric
- Helmer Construction
- Mabbutt Plumbing
Kitchen Remodel with A ‘Wow’ Result
Bethany Reilly Interior Design
Photography courtesy Zander Grey
Haley and Dana Warr were eager to remodel the dated kitchen of their 1991 home both for aesthetic and functional reasons. The original kitchen only allowed for one cook at a time, the layout was closed off to the family area, and they were looking to upgrade appliances and cabinetry.
They worked with interior designer Bethany Reilly Interior Design. Reilly, who also managed the project, recommended Joel Pacheco of First Home Services as the general contractor who provided demolition and installation services. They worked together previously and make a great team.
The small, closed-off kitchen was completely demolished, with reusable resources being donated to Habitat for Humanity. This opened the possibility for a larger island and a more open feel.
New cabinetry, appliances, lighting and countertops were installed to create a beautiful, farmhouse-style kitchen to blend in with the rest of the home on acreage. Benjamin Moore’s color of the year for 2021 was used as an accent to draw attention and design detail.
The materials selected included:
- CFM Floors cabinetry
- InTown Granite & Marble quartz countertops
- NW Millwork & Door wood countertop
- Bedrosians Tile backsplash
- LaToscana apron sink
- Signature Hardware faucet
- Advanced Flooring floors
- Fulgor Milano range
The homeowners are thrilled. The final stages of the project were completed while they were away on vacation. “Wow, just wow,” was their response when they returned. They love the color scheme and the way the kitchen was designed to look bigger and brighter as well as the color scheme. They especially like the farmhouse look with the mix of materials — quartz and walnut countertops, matte black and stainless finishes.
The Warrs had never expected to have such a bright, open and inviting kitchen within the same footprint. They are so pleased with the work of their interior designer and general contractor that they have referred them to numerous friends and family.
Kitchens are a big investment in a home, but whether you are remodeling to sell or for your own use and enjoyment, you will see a financial and functional return on investment, Reilly advises. Plan as far in advance as possible to counterbalance current shipping delays.
- Bethany Reilly Interior Design
- First Home Services
- Downpour Electric
- Bronson Plumbing