Editor’s Note: This is a guest post written by Rob Glieden, a member of Medallion’s Custom Quotes team, about remodeling his very own kitchen.
Working in the industry, one might expect to see all the bells and whistles packed into our little kitchen—hidden drawers, pull-outs, and all the accessories to make our lives easier. I think our guests sometimes expect the same—they expect to see a showroom!
Don’t get me wrong, we still snuck in some pretty cool features like the integrated wastebaskets and pull-out workspace, but the kitchen was just one piece of the puzzle. Truth be told, our story is probably more like the many rather than the few; we all have a budget. What you don’t see is the rest of the project that was being worked on simultaneously—a new metal roof, steel siding, deck, floors, paint, hvac, baths—everything but the kitchen sink. On second thought…we changed that too!
No doubt you’ve seen couples go through a remodel and know how taxing it can be. One thing that made a huge difference is that my wife and I have a very similar style, and things really just fell into place. She’d propose an idea, I always liked it, maybe with a slight tweak here or there for practicality and that all-important budget in mind. Throughout the house we wanted to keep the mid-century vibe, and the kitchen was no exception. It took us a long time to find a house with the “right” look; we devoted a lot of time to exploring our options. We were looking for simple style that lasts. Classic white, slab fronts throughout, and a wood contrasting island gave us the vibe we wanted in a design that won’t go out of style anytime soon.
The house was new to us when we bought it—we didn’t have the luxury of living in it before getting to design the kitchen. The day we closed on the house was the day we started tearing it apart. With the kitchen space being what it was, so limited in space, we worked almost entirely with drawers to maximize the space while keeping clean lines in check. We worked beforehand with our contractor to make sure plumbing and gas could be routed with ease; this was huge for keeping the budget in check. Choosing a ductless vent helped keep it simple mechanically as well.
My wife gets all the credit for the layout. As you can see in the before-and-after pics, we completely flipped/rotated the layout and it flows brilliantly. We get to watch the seasons change right out of the large back windows, preparing food to grill out on the deck is perfect, there’s plenty of space around the island for hosting large gatherings, and a mid-western number of outlets for Crock Pots.
It sounds silly I know, but the main joy I get from our space is unloading the dishwasher. My wife does 90% of the cooking, and I’m designated clean-up crew. The entire dishwasher can be unloaded without moving my feet, shy of a few upper-shelf stretches. It’s the little things, right? All our washing tools and key recipe ingredients are at arm’s length, and the large island workspace gets put through it’s paces on a regular basis.
One thing you don’t see, is behind the kitchen, there’s a large sliding door pantry where all of our odds and ends are stored together with a little coffee bar/mail station. This is one place where we added a wall rather than tearing down. The sliding doors are original, we just replaced the old ugly louvers with oak fillers.
We’ve been here going on four years now, and couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. We still haven’t had to, or felt the need to add any more accessories, which goes to show that a little it of foresight can really go a long way when it comes to keeping budget, function, and style all in check.