North Shirley Kitchen Reno | Before & After

I'm excited to share another amazing kitchen renovation! Kitchens are one of my most favorite design challenges. Being able to rethink the "what is" and turn it into something amazing and functional is hands down one of the best perks of being a designer. A kitchen renovation is also usually one of the most intimidating remodels for most homeowners. Part of my job as a designer is to help take the overwhelming fear and turn it into the kitchen on my clients dreams.  

The North Shirley kitchen reno started just that way. With clients that had dreamed of remodeling their dated kitchen for years and never knew where to start or how to accomplish their goals. After meeting we worked out a game plan with their must haves for their new kitchen. First on the list was to open up the space for a "open concept" kitchen, dining and living area. Also on the must have list was to create more storage plus a farmhouse sink!

North Shirley Before
North Shirley Before
North Shirley Before

The kitchen and dining room spaces were cramped, dated and both required a complete update to the floor plan. In the kitchen I suggested moving the range to under the second large window and to center the farmhouse sink under the other window. This required us to get rid of the small peninsula in the middle of the space and allowed us to run the cabinets round the entire perimeter, creating ample counter top space and better flow between appliances. The wall between the kitchen and dining room as well as the doorway to the hall were also removed to help with the "open concept". 

North Shirley Kitchen Floor Plan

Another key in creating a larger and more usable kitchen and dining room was to build an island which connected the two spaces. The island not only provides a great buffet area but also acts as the back to a large built-in seating area for the dining room. With the new build-in seating the family can now easily host dinners for up to 10 guests!

The last key in completing the "open concept" feel was to create a large cut out in the wall between the entry door and dining room. Since both spaces are on the smaller size keeping the wall was a must to ensure the most usable space. But, by opening up a large portion of the wall you can now look straight into the kitchen from the entry. The space is now bright and feels 10 times larger.

North Shirley Design Board
North Shirley Kitchen layout

As with most designs this was a bit of a compromise between the hubby, who wanted dark cabinets and the wife who wanted to create a comfy and traditional space. To help create a more traditional feel to the dark maple cabinets we used a warm color palette and beautiful cabinet hardware. The floor also got a makeover with a hand-scraped hickory engineered hardwood and one of my favorite design details was the backsplash. A fun twist was given to a traditional subway pattern with the use of an accent band and a change of orientation of the tile for the top row. 

The end result is stunning and most importantly, highly functional! 


Are you getting ready for a kitchen renovation? We would love to help! Contact us to set up your own design consultation to let the fun being! Check out more photos of the fully renovated kitchen and family room in my portfolio under North Shirley Kitchen Renovation

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After pictures by the talented Shannon Addison | Carpentry done by James Hurlburt of Ideal Carpentry