black kitchen with exposed brick

Modern Kitchen with Character

When we first met with our client to renovate the kitchen in his newly purchased home, we saw just how poorly the space was utilized. The previous owner had removed some walls and added an island, but didn’t make use of the space as you come in the front door.

original kitchen floor plan

The working space of the kitchen was cramped all to one side, with a large open area and angled cabinet at the front door. The oak island had a bar height top and a bulky column hiding a telepost to support the ceiling. All in all, it was pretty inefficient and out of date.

oak and white cabinet kitchen before

Our client had been considering the kitchen for some time, and had begun discussing new layouts with Cupboard Brothers. The vision was to make use of the entire space and update the look. Appliances would be moved, the island would change, and finishes would be updated. The finished look is a gorgeous contrast to the original, with black cabinets, open wood shelving, and a touch of old charm by uncovering an existing brick chimney.

final floor plan for kitchen

In order to complete this look, we had to pull out the existing cabinets and flooring, and also remove a bulkhead near the entrance. Upon removing the bulkhead, we realized there was some structural issues that needed to be addressed. It seems the previous owner had removed load bearing walls without considering how it may affect the structure of the home, and a new beam was needed to prevent further damage.  After fixing this, as well as adjusting the teleposts beneath, we were able to patch the ceiling, install potlights and lay the flooring.

The final look is stunning, and most importantly, functional. Our client loves how it all turned out, and we’ve been working with him on his ensuite bathroom as well!

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