Project info

  • Project: Kitchen Remodel
  • Town: Holliston, MA

The design selections in this kitchen included crisp white cabinets, luxurious marble tile, low-maintenance porcelain floors, and quartz countertops. These selections are both up-to-date, but also timeless so that a future buyer could enjoy them for years to come. And because the quartz countertops and porcelain tile floors are so low maintenance, they won’t have any issues with the longevity of these materials. The kitchen looks like a million bucks, but the clients did not have to spend a fortune on expensive custom cabinets or ultra-high end materials.
One of the major issues in the old kitchen was storage. The insides of the cabinets were bursting at the seams, and nothing was organized or easy to find. The pantry closet, in particular, proved to be difficult to organize and frankly, unpleasant to look at. Nothing had a proper home. In the new kitchen, spices and canned goods have a home to the left of the range, cooking utensils live in the top drawer of the island, and the old pantry closet has been converted into a floor-to-ceiling pantry unit with roll trays inside so nothing will ever get lost in the back of the pantry again.
The kitchen pre-remodel did have some recessed lights, but they were poorly placed and ineffective. The new lighting plan features recessed lighting over the counter surface so that the light is given where it is needed (over the counters instead of casting shadows). Pendant lights and a dramatic chandelier were added over the island and table. These act as both decorative lighting (as they fit right in to the transitional styling of the space) and also task lighting. Another form of task lighting in this kitchen is undercabinet lighting, which provides extra task lighting at the perimeter prep area. It also doubles as ambient lighting when used alone to provide a “warm and cozy” feel. One of the unique challenges in this project was working with the 9’ tall ceilings. While high ceilings are the desired element, it can be tricky working with them when the clients aren’t doing custom cabinetry. The semi-custom cabinetry line used on this project maxed out the mounting height of all cabinets at 96”. That left a full foot of “air” above the cabinets, just like in the old kitchen. The goal was to get the cabinets and crown to reach the ceiling, so the height of the ceilings could be highlighted. The cabinet line also did not offer a 12” tall stack molding, so several molding pieces, soffit pieces, and crown moldings were configured in a way that allowed the crown to hit the ceiling. Now, the tall ceilings are a true statement! One of the unique features of this project is the painted blue hutch. The original light maple hutch was one of the first furniture pieces the homeowners purchased after they got married. It had been sitting in their kitchen for over twenty years, but it never received any love. It was just a spot to drop the mail. When it came time to remodel, there was a discussion of getting rid of this piece. However, the piece ultimately had more sentimental meaning than the clients thought, so it was decided that this piece would not only remain in the new kitchen but also be an important design feature. Sanding the hutch down and adding a few coats of navy blue paint was all it needed to go from being dumpster material to being the pop of color this kitchen needed!