Legacy Kitchens

The oversized island in the kitchen with additional power outlets is the perfect gathering place for this family of six.

Family-Friendly Transitional Kitchen and Home Renovation

Legacy's Total Reno • Kitchen team applied keen aesthetic and functional expertise to transform this dark and dated home. We asked our designer, James, for a peek behind the curtain of the Total Reno • Kitchen process; as you read the details below you will see our team's sharp attention to detail and understanding of the client's wishes on display throughout.


For this family of six, designing storage, accessories and function around the family's specific needs was a top priority for this renovation. In the kitchen, James added tall upper cabinets to maximize storage. Long drawers beside the fridge allow for easy access to commonly used items such as lunch kits and containers.
Other kitchen accessories include a mixer stand, drawer inserts and pull-outs for spices and knives. Seating around the island was optimized for use as a homework space. The island was also outfitted with multiple power outlets to charge kids' technology and to create a natural central gathering space.

Lighter flooring and paint colors were selected to achieve brightness throughout the home. Additional light fixtures were included to make the space feel light and airy. In the family room, the fireplace was updated with built-ins that draw visual focus and increase storage. A custom TV inset was included in the same color as the built-ins and kitchen island. Matching ceiling moldings give the space a refined and unified look. In the laundry room, a bench was replaced with an entire wall of cabinetry. Tiles were added behind the laundry bar to prevent water damage and a countertop was included as a workspace.

The homeowners love the elements of Transitional style that James was able to balance throughout the project. Our client wanted to keep some of the original woodwork including all railings, landings and bookshelves. The older elements needed to blend in with the new, so similar colors were added as accents on the kitchen island. This visual connection allowed the old and new to work together. The end result was a home that feels cozy and inviting, exactly what the homeowners wanted.
An open-concept kitchen with white perimeter cabinets and a large dark brown island with seating for four.
Dark wood tones made this kitchen feel heavy and dated.
White shaker cabinets and a large kitchen island make this kitchen feel spacious and refreshed.
With the same wood stain as the kitchen cabinets, the old fireplace made the family room feel dark.
A family room with a tall river rock fireplace with dark brown cabinetry on either side.
A laundry room with two cabinets and several rows of wire rack shelving.
Neutral-toned laundry room with a washer, dryer, sink and cabinetry.


Additional Information About this Total Reno • Kitchen


Designer James Ellis
Perimeter Cabinetry Cloud White with Corn Silk glaze
Island Cabinetry Walnut Morocco with Black glaze
Countertop Cambria Berwyn
Knobs Amerock Highland Ridge Series in Aged Pewter
Handles 1 Amerock Highland Ridge Series in Aged Pewter
Handles 2 Amerock Blackrock Series in Satin Nickel
Backsplash Stone Source Crackle Mosaic
Backsplash Grout Custom #09 Natural Grey

Laundry Room

Cabinetry Melamine Grey Cortina
Countertop Wilsonart Classic Linen 4943-38
Backsplash Ames White Gloss 4x16
Backsplash Grout Custom #381 Bright White
Floor Tile Cassa Roma Cassini Hex Tobacco
Floor Tile Grout Custom #183 Chateau
Hardware Amerock Blackrock Collection G10 Finish

Powder Room

Cabinetry Walnut Morocco with Black glaze
Countertop Cambria Berwyn with 6 in. backsplash

Home Office

Cabinetry Maple Gauntlet Grey
Countertop Wilsonart Crisp Linen 4942-38
Hardware Amerock Blackrock Collection G10 Finish


Euro Tile Bosco Collection Focus Grey
Grout Mapei #11 Sahara Beige

Paint Plan

Walls Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter HC-172
Baseboards Benjamin Moore Cloud White
Window Trim Benjamin Moore Cloud White
Interior Doors Benjamin Moore Cloud White


Fireplace Mr. Fireplace
Stone K2 Stone
Stone Install Mr. Stone
Lighting Cartwright Lighting
Plumbing Fixtures Plumbateria