Riverton Bay Window Kitchen

Riverton Oak Island/Bay Window Kitchen Remodel

Riverton Oak Island/Bay Window Kitchen Remodel

Here's a beautiful kitchen remodeling project in a rich oak stain. The beautiful oak cabinetry was fabricated by Cabinet World, installed by the Contractor. A former small return wall, peninsula, and upper cabinets were removed to really open this kitchen to light and the adjoining dining area. The custom tile flooring, countertops, and backsplash are durable. GE refrigerator, GE Spacemaker microwave, GE cooktop, and wall oven were provided by Sure Appliance. The suspended seats at the island swing and stay out of the way, whenever they're not occupied at the center of family action!

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Bearing Wall Kitchen

Canyon Rim Kitchen begging for a new life

Canyon Rim Kitchen begging for a new life

Here was my own (Contractor’s) kitchen, when I bought my house in 1997. It had been remodeled previously in the early/mid 1960's. Note the wonderful warm yellow laminate countertops and backsplash. The dark walnut stained cabinets have Morrocan style pulls, echoed in the vinyl floor pattern. Heh, heh, I hope yours isn't as bad as this! You see my workspace in it's entirety (well, almost, there was 2' over the dishwasher, too). After considered thought, I applied a great kitchen remodeling re-design that required moving a bearing wall supporting the roof. Tip: don't consider moving a bearing wall unless you have to. Then, consult experts. Let’s see what was involved to bring this home, built in 1947, up to date. (See sample remodel plans for more details, David Taylor Kitchen, in the "See for Yourself" menu.)

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Sandy Refinished Kitchen

 

Sandy kitchen remodel granite countertops

Sandy Kitchen Granite Countertops

All this kitchen remodeling needed to come back to life was new granite countertops! At least that's what the homeowners thought four years ago. Intermountain Stone fabricated and installed the beautiful Violetta granite in 2 pieces, including the sink area and peninsula bartop. A new Swanstone undermount double sink, a Moen PureTouch water filter pullout spray faucet, and stainless steel appliance fronts had this Sandy family feeling proud! 

 Sandy Granite Kitchen Remodel redux

Sandy Granite Kitchen Remodel Redux 

Then, time came for change, again. Sometimes, a complete kitchen remodeling can be accomplished with an extensive update. The owners wanted to use the existing cabinets, which I usually don't recommend. And by the way, could the granite countertops be saved? That's the remodel challenge I faced. 20 year old original mid-range contractor cabinets like these usually show too much wear, but these weren't too bad, so ahead we charged. This same kitchen is now completely remodeled using most of the existing cabinets (with some significant changes and additions to the upper/wall cabinets) and same granite countertop. I did have to carefully remove and replace the granite desk top on the refrigerator wall, but I was able to slide a new cabinet in under the peninsula granite top to replace the obsolete trash compactor. The cabinet boxes were stripped of their original yellowed oak sealer and spray painted with an opaque cream stain on site. Cabinet doors and drawers were taken back to the shop for treatment. The peninsula upper cabinets were removed and space replaced by the glass wall display cabinet to the right. Oak crown molding was added. The china hutch and desk were shifted to make room for a built-in refrigerator cabinet. A 1970's style dropped ceiling flourescent light trough was at the height of the upper cabinet tops. We removed the drop and added 16 recessed lights in the new kitchen ceiling, and another 10 recessed lights in the adjoining family room area. All electrical improvements were installed by Cornerstones Electrical.

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