Rescued From Rats

Located in a prestigous Central Phoenix neighborhood, this home featured a galley-style kitchen that was almost entirely closed off from the rest of the house. Despite the home being in a historic neighborhood, the kitchen had been remodeled in the past. Even so, it was definitely in need of some further attention. The awkward kitchen window looked at the roof of the master bedroom, the layout didn’t function well, and the kitchen sink had been leaking for so many years that the cabinets had completely rotted away causing floor damage, and allowing easy access for rats! Seriously. RATS!!


Needless to say, we completely gutted this kitchen! We removed the window without a view and changed the configuration of the kitchen to create a U-shape instead of a galley-style. With this new space, we placed the range at the center of the main wall where the sink was previously to create a nice focal point. The sink moved to the end of the “U” and became part of the peninsula with counter seating in the newly-opened wall to the dining room. When we opened this space, we did a large arch to compliment the others in the home. The result was an open-concept feel that still maintained the home’s original compartmentalized style. Moving the location of the exterior side door made the biggest impact to this new configuration. The door was originally centered on the wall, but in order to create a more functional space, we moved it to the far corner. This allowed us to center the fridge on the same wall and create a proper working triangle in the kitchen.

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We installed new dark wood cabinets and extended them to the ceiling with large crown molding from J&K Cabinetry. A beautiful 36” gas Viking range created an excellent focal point and I complimented it with a very affordable exhaust hood above it – no one would ever imagine the hood only cost $179 when it’s mounted above that range! Dark gray glass subway tile added a modern flair and created a nice contrast next to the Cararra marble countertops. A traditional chrome sink faucet caters to the historic nature of the home and its original traditional style. Bright chrome cabinet hardware compliments the faucet and adds “pop” against the dark wood. A 24” stainless steel under-mount sink is always a great kitchen solution to maximize counter space because it’s still an ample sink but doesn’t take up so much room. All of these changes created an extremely functional kitchen, full of style, and very welcoming to guests (except the rats –they won’t be coming to dinner!).

To see all the AFTER photos from this project and additional sources, go check out the Granada page!


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