Removing walls to increase kitchen size
ORIGINAL KITCHEN: This house is located on the west side of Carmel and was built by the current homeowners in 1992.
WHY REMODEL: According to the owner, “It was not convenient to use the kitchen, especially when we entertained. There were many bottleneck areas. Everyone would get in my way. If you opened the oven or refrigerator, no one could get in to the kitchen. When we originally built the kitchen, I thought the compactness would be convenient because everything would be easily accessible. But, I was not thinking about how the kitchen flowed.”
DECORATIVE LIGHTING: “I found the lights over the island online by using Houzz.com. They are designed by Louise Campbell, winner of the prestigious gold International Forum Design Award in 2005.”
ISLAND DESIGN: The owner commented, “I love the island and the space. The placement of the appliances is very convenient, with everything being one step away. The prep sink is very handy. Even though I have a bigger kitchen, it is more user-friendly.”
INSET CABINETS: The new perimeter cabinetry is maple semi-custom in polar white. The island and wet bar area includes cherry semi-custom cabinetry with a dark espresso stain. According to the owner, “The full-inset cabinets have very clean lines, and the hardware makes a statement. I have always wanted a warming drawer, and we use it a lot. I am learning how to use the steam range properly.”
FAVORITE FEATURES: The owner commented, “The new large island suits the flow of the kitchen better. Now there are many ways to get around. The black granite countertops are a favorite also. I shopped all over Indy to see all of my granite options. I knew I would know what I wanted when I saw it. I like the reflection it gives off without being overwhelmingly shiny. The island granite is great because you cannot see the water spots and crumbs.”