From Grim To Grand

This home was built to be grand. Located in an exclusive golf -course community in North Scottsdale, the home had a lot of great things to work with but it had become very outdated.

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BEFORE: A bad layout made the kitchen lack functionality and didn’t offer a place for people to gather. Dated features and details also left the kitchen without a focal point.

In the early 90’s, it was all the rage to run a soffit all around your kitchen and limit the height of your cabinets… And why have one island, when you can have two awkward triangle islands instead? Yes – That is definitley my sarcasim, but thankfully things have definitlely changed since then, and all for the better when it comes to kitchen design. For such a high-end home, the kitchen lacked functionality, flow, and style.

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AFTER: The improved configuration provides a functional layout. The increased cabinet height maxamizes storage, and the massive island created ample useable counter & seating!

We demoed the soffits to extend the height of the cabinets and take advantage of the tall ceilings. New two-tone cabinets gave a fresh look to the space, compimented by sleek oil-rubbed bronze cabinet hardware. We did away with the two little islands, and instead created one massive island that ran the length of the kitchen offering counter seating with bar stools on one side, and space with a secondary undermount stainless steel sink and secondary Bosch dishwasher on the other side (In a kitchen this size, why not have two sinks and two dishwashers!) Both sinks have have coordinating oil rubbed bronze faucets to help unify the separate work spaces. We ran gas to the wall so that we could do a stunning 48″ Wolf range as the focal point of the kitchen, which was a major imporvement from the tiny 30″ electric cooktop they had in the island previously! We kept most of the recessed lighting, but an island of this size deserves chandeliers… So we hung three large orb lanterns over it enhance the lighting in the space.

To see all the AFTER photos from this project and all of the sources, please click here to go to the Happy Valley page. If you see one of the sources high-lighted, you can click it and it will take you directly to the site for purchase!

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