The new kitchen at this home was a traditional country style complete with a brick fireplace which also fed into the living room on an opposite wall. The kitchen was separated by a wall with a small window that allowed for passing of food or other items into the dining room, flooring was different in both areas as well. The brick and wall took up a lot of space in the home. By eliminating this wall it would give the owner an opportunity to expand the kitchen and add more storage space.
Aside from new cabinetry and counters, the job also included painting of walls, texturing of ceiling, new lighting as well as new windows and sliding door for rear.
The New Kitchen
This new kitchen at Spring Valley was designed with complete new cabinetry and counters. The owner and designer spent a good amount of time choosing the best material for the job. At the same time our crew began demolition of the kitchen and give way for the new one.
The first challenge was to remove the wall separating the kitchen from the dining room. There was a microwave and refrigerators, along this wall with wall plugs for counter, fortunately it was not a Bearing Wall . Once all wiring was removed through the attic, they were reorganized and or reassigned. Our licensed electrician completed this process.
When a wall is removed, whether bearing or not, it is always best to support the ceiling with a beam and posts to ensure ceiling does not cave in. This was also important because when new ceiling is up, textured and painted, the ceiling must be level from wall to wall with no visible bumps or other imperfections. At this job, trusses were reinforced in attic per engineering calculations.
When planning on removing walls at any part of your home, always consult with a licensed contractor or an engineer. The staff at your City’s development department can even answer your questions without any charges. Best to do it right.
The old kitchen island used to house an electric stove. We removed it while also filling the hole in floor where vent used to vent out and installed new electrical wiring for this island, mainly for required plugs. This island had a darker color than rest of cabinetry. It gave the kitchen a great look and contrast between flooring and white cabinetry.
Rest of Kitchen
Our South wall completed the look with floor to ceiling cabinetry and deep drawers. These cabinets had lighting and or undercounted lighting installed. The cabinetry replaced a walk-in pantry, part of which is now a receiving/entry counter from garage.
The flooring was set with bamboo flooring through ought the house; entry, dining, living room and kitchen. Some areas of the floor were leveled or filled in prior to flooring going down.
We removed two small kitchen windows as well as a double door on back wall. Headers were added at these locations for support. The New Kitchen now has bigger windows framing a hood over the stove. A large screen TV on wall finished the look. On the dining room side, the sliding door and larger new window at end of wall allowed for more light into an area previously dark.
Pendants illuminate over the island and counter with two additional Skylights bringing in daylight into a kitchen that even when lights are off, it remains well lit.
The New Look