Posted by on May 11, 2015 in Kitchens, Project Spotlight, Remodeling | 0 comments

Like many homeowners today, these Wilsonville clients wanted to open up their living space and remodel their kitchen. The 1988 floorplan felt too cramped, cluttered and drab.

Before 1a

The new design called for removing the wall that separated the kitchen from the dining room. This would open up the floorplan and allow for more seating around the dining room – two of the homeowners’ main goals. However, this presented a structural challenge because it was a load-bearing wall that also contained plumbing, electrical and HVAC ducts.

To support the second story, a beam was recessed into the ceiling, and along with it, the mechanical items were also relocated. It was a real challenge to fit everything into the ceiling space, but we did.


To open up flow around the kitchen, which was another goal our clients, the size of the island was actually decreased – but with that, more functionality was added. The island now has back-to-back cabinets, an end bookshelf, a microwave drawer, and plenty of cupboards and drawers.


The clients also wanted to put their nook area to better use with a desk for their kids to use for homework. This is being requested more and more because families want a dedicated spot for their children to do their studies. Often, the ideal place is a nook near the kitchen so the adults can help while also preparing meals. There was ample space to accommodate seating for both kids as well as a file cabinet drawer.


The cabinetry is maple with a caramel finish, and the countertops, fabricated by Crowley’s Granite, is a Verde (green) granite. The windowsill above the sink is also granite, which is a nice touch since dish water sometimes splashes that area and over time, could ruin another finish.


The backsplash is a rhomboid tile pattern with a 1” glass tile accent. Above and below the glass tile, a ½” liner was used to pull it all together. The kitchen floor is a DuraCeramic luxury vinyl tile. This large format tile (16” x 16”) is often chosen for baths and kitchens because homeowners like the look of tile, but the practicality of vinyl. The carpet in the dining room, living room and family room was replaced with easy to clean wood-look laminate.


As a final touch, the homeowners wanted to incorporate the wine tile (pictured here) they received as a wedding gift in their renovation. The perfect spot was found where beautiful lighted glass-front cabinetry and wine rake could be tucked into the corner between the kitchen and dining room.

See more photos from this project here.

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