Wide Open: A Transitional Before & After

Designer Paul Wedel has been with Legacy Kitchens for more than 30 years. During that time Paul has developed a technical approach that balances his clients’ needs for functionality with an understanding of aesthetics. You’ll see the results of this approach on full display in the dramatic before and after photos below. We also asked Paul to share some insights into how the aesthetic and functional details work together to create a cohesive kitchen design.
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Transitional Kitchen Renovation
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Transitional Kitchen Renovation

What was your client’s primary goal?

The kitchen and nook area were completely cut off from the great room. There was a wall with a single door and double French doors that separated the kitchen from the great room; this separation made it very difficult to entertain and socialize. The client wanted to open up the area but retain the existing hardwood floor and ceilings without requiring repairs.

How did you meet that goal?

We removed the doors and cut away only the top middle section of the wall to avoid disturbing the hardwood floor and ceiling.

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Transitional Kitchen Renovation
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Transitional Kitchen Renovation

Were there any unique challenges?

Initially the homeowner only wanted to replace the island which had been previously damaged by a flood. We discussed the replacement of the island but we could not match his existing cabinetry. I suggested that he not only replace his island but also improve the function of the perimeter cabinetry as there were many existing items he found to be dysfunctional. The biggest challenge was to redesign the complete function of his kitchen space while keeping to the existing cabinetry footprint and retaining the existing tile floor.
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Transitional Kitchen Renovation
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Transitional Kitchen Renovation

What other design and functional details would you like to highlight?

The initial kitchen suffered from extreme lack of counter space on either side of the cook top, and an island that provided a difficult workspace because of awkward sink placement. In the new kitchen design we reduced the size of the hutch area adjacent to the window, allowing us to move the fridge farther away from the cook top. We then relocated the wall oven tower to the far end away from the cook top. This change improved the working space on either side of the cook top and provided visual balance for the cabinetry on the back wall. We also reduced the size of the hutch area and added some increased depth on the base cabinets; this improved the function of the beverage by making space for a new wine fridge. We increased the overall length of the island and placed the sink centrally. This improved the working space on either side of the sink and allowed us to include an eating bar across the back. These alterations facilitate better socialization with people sitting at the bar and in the adjacent great room.

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Transitional Kitchen Renovation
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Transitional Kitchen Renovation

What is your homeowner’s favorite part of the new kitchen?

The homeowner loves how the reorganized open space allows him to host large dinners and entertain his family without being separated by a wall. Aesthetically, he loves the “X” shaped details on either end of the island – that was a personal touch.

Additional information about this kitchen:

Cabinets Allura MDF MFP440 White Matte
Countertop Black Wave Polished Granite by Alberta Marble

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