2010 WRA Wisconsin Remodelers Gold Award – Kitchen
The homeowners were looking to remodel their dated 50’s Kitchen, to something more in keeping with the remainder of their home. Originally, the home experienced a kitchen fire, early after initial construction, and the rebuild was not in keeping with what was originally designed. The existing layout was not ideal for functionality or aesthetic beauty, so it was deemed it best to start fresh, and completely gut the entire space down to the rough framing.
The laundry facilities were also located in this space, which were part of the kitchen and dinette. The removal of the laundry area, and corresponding walls, were the crux of the situation in restoring the space to what it once was.
The addition of an island cabinet was a challenge, due to the hydronic heated slab on grade construction. An infrared camera was employed in order to cut out an electrical service trench for the island power for the microwave and countertop outlet.
A load issue was discovered after demolition, due to the fire restoration. The restoration crew had to add a load bearing header, which was not part of the original construction. The three main 4×12 posts were temporarily supported, while we replaced the undersized header with an exposed para-lamb beam.
New custom constructed cabinets were installed, with full wood face frames, and smooth MDF flat doors. Cambria counters were installed, with some unique features, such as side splash on island and the south end of the cabinet run. A new downdraft range system was added, in lieu of the standard range hood, which was not an acceptable look for this kitchen. The cork floors were installed over the slab on grade floor, which really helped to tie the whole room together, and add some earth tone colors to the project. The fabrication of the rift sawn oak upper open shelves, with a concealed groove for the frosted glass panels, truly gave this kitchen a uniquely desired quality. The locker cabinet provides a storage solution for the children’s clothes and what not, complete with outlets for charging of personal devices. The pantry cabinets employed Hafele pull out pantry racks, with baskets, which are easily moved for ultimate space saving and storage solutions. Low-voltage monorail track lighting was utilized at each main cabinet run, with moveable track heads. LED under cabinet lighting was used for countertop and task lighting.
“Conclusion” With the original home in mind, the project fully achieved the objectives of the homeowner. The new space became simple and clean, with modern minimalistic architecture, that complements the remainder of this beautiful home.