Photo by Mark Ehlen
Sometimes a room is more than simply a room. Sometimes it’s a new beginning.
For one homeowner in Plymouth, it was time to say goodbye to her dark, outdated kitchen in favor of a bright, open, inviting space.
The homeowner chose Crystal Kitchen Center, based on the recommendation of her son who also has Crystal Cabinet Works cabinets. After arranging a meeting, Mary Maney, Associate Kitchen & Bath Designer, ASID, sat down with the homeowner and together they looked at photos, talked, researched, and brainstormed together. “The end result was a combination of her ideas and my suggestions for a kitchen that really works for her,” Maney says.
No remodel is without some challenges, and this kitchen was no exception. The original plumbing was concealed by the soffits, the new maple floor had to be carefully laced into the old, and there was no room for measurement error with the new large appliances (particularly the refrigerator and microwave/warming drawer cabinet).
There were design challenges, too. Rather than installing brand-new white cabinets and leaving them as-is, Maney says they needed to make sure the cabinets looked natural in the older home. Her solution was to give the cabinets a slightly aged appearance through a special brushing, wearing, and distressing technique.
The Wolf range, beautifully recessed niche, wood hood, and detailed molding evoke a timeless elegance; the lighting is much more functional (bright for cooking or more subdued for entertaining—controlled through a dimmer switch); and the countertop is a mix of creams and yellows, a completely different look from the somber black that was once there.
“The kitchen is warm and cozy now,” Maney says. “It draws you in and makes you want to stay.”
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