Carol and Bill were referred to Mark Jensen by a local architect that he’s known for a while. After originally finding the architect on Angie’s List, they were recommended to call us as a general contractor that he trusted. Contacting several contractors, they chose McAdams Remodeling & Design because of the straight-forward answers they received from Mark and the initial design sketches of their project.

The couple loved to cook and desired a full kitchen remodel within the existing 100 square foot area, but needed an experienced remodeler that was capable of walking them through the design process in order to capture their wish list that included: better cabinetry, a peninsula with a more open design and additional storage capacity. They wanted to keep the existing hardwoods in the kitchen and add hardwood to an accompanying entryway that would blend with the original. Part of the project would also be to update a small powder bathroom and refinish nearby stairs.

McAdams Remodeling & Design’s Sales Manager, Mark Jensen, and Clint Noyes with KC Fine Cabinetry put together a kitchen design that met Carol and Bill’s wish list along with recommending a more open plan than their current design allowed. They opted to keep the stove in its current location since it maintained the recommended appliance triangle and moving the venting would have wreaked havoc with the design and added to the cost of the project. New stainless steel appliances replaced the old. The cabinets previously had a soffit but would now go to the ceiling, giving an extra shelf in each. This allowed Mark and Clint to remove the few upper cabinets that separated the kitchen from the living room to create a great open floor plan for entertaining while also increasing storage. In addition, they removed an existing pocket door that separated the dining room and the kitchen also contributing to better flow. The only other entrance to the kitchen, from the front entry contained a narrow pocket door which was removed and a five foot entrance was made.

The kitchen contained a small walk-in pantry, which Mark and Clint kept because it was functional and contained a structural wall. A fresh coat of paint on the shelves and the door made it look and feel brand new. The existing business center was replaced with new Alder wood cabinetry with a brandy stain and a Cambria countertop in the color Devon, consistent with the rest of the kitchen. The new area contained a 26 bottle wine and spirits refrigerator, perfect for these wine aficionados.

A unique feature to this kitchen design was the round raised kitchen bar with a complimentary Cambria countertop that stood 42 inches high that also served as the peninsula and eat-in kitchen nook. Not only did it provide a great standing work space, but also a place for the couple to informally dine during the week and it opened up the walkway to the deck. During parties, it provides the perfect spot for guests to congregate near the kitchen while still allowing for movement in and out. The adjacent 36 inch tall angled bar has storage on both sides, maximizing overall storage capacity.

New switches and outlets were installed throughout to match the new color palette of the countertops and walls. Task and under-counter LED lighting were added along with peninsula pendants for an attractive focal point.

Carol and Bill love their new kitchen. It’s more functional, is better for entertaining and fits their lifestyle. Plus, with the remodeled powder bath and refinished stairway, they feel like their 1979 builder grade home has a new lease on life.

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