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Mid-Century Modern Kitchen With a Twist

Jo Koenig

One of the many great pleasures in remodeling is having the opportunity to work on a Mid-Century Modern home. When C&R was asked to re-design and remodel this kitchen we could hardly contain our excitement. Creating a design and then remodeling one of Salem’s treasured gems was truly an honor.

Possibilities Abound When the “Bones” Are Good

As with most Mid-Century homes, the “bones” were great but the finishes tired and worn. We created a design that retained the primary structural elements and enhanced the Mid-Century spirit. Strategic modifications improved work flow and layout while the soaring ceilings and abundant natural light sources remained intact.

Mid-Century kitchen gets complete makeover in Salem, Oregon

In addition to the updated kitchen, renovations included the laundry room and powder bathroom. Amenities for the new areas include:

  • New custom Cherry cabinets
  • New Quartzite countertops
  • All new appliances and plumbing fixtures
  • New lighting plan and fixtures
  • New hardwood flooring
  • New tile backsplash
  • New, larger kitchen window
  • New kitchen island

Meeting the Challenge

One interesting feature that came with the original kitchen was a masonry encased indoor grill (built into the back side of the fireplace). Removing the grill was a delicate operation as we needed to support the overhead brickwork during the process then build in a new structural system. We also had to carefully modify the brick opening to accept some new custom-built Cherry cabinets.

Kitchen floor plan revised and updated.

Re-Purposing Under-Utilized Space

We transformed the existing laundry room into a gorgeous Butler’s Pantry. It is adjacent to the kitchen and provides an unexpected level of convenience. The new design relocated the laundry room to a separate, previously under-used space.

The homeowners recently commented, “We can’t believe how much bigger everything feels now, even though we didn’t add any space.”  We are pleased that our design works so well for them!

Laundry room transformed into Butler's Pantry

We were able to bring this Mid-Century Modern home into the 21st Century without robbing it of charm and character. It is a great example of how careful planning and design can include current amenities and conveniences that fit nicely with the nostalgic beauty of times past.

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Five Stars
From the initial meeting with Beth to the closeout visit, working with C&R was a pleasure. Beth listened, offered advice, and was willing to work within our budget. Every worker who came to our home was punctual, courteous, and cleaned up each day. We truly could not have asked for a better experience!
Nancy B
Five Stars
Staff were so skilled, knowledgeable, and professional. The design team was so easy to work with and immediately saw our vision. The result is so beautiful! We highly recommend this company, you will never be disappointed.
Dick and Joi Hayden
Five Stars
Excellent service and workmanship. We could not be happier with our kitchen remodel. Beth helped design the perfect kitchen and our Lead Carpenter completed the work in a timely and professional manner. Everyone we came in contact with at C&R was great—we are already working with them on a second project!
Roslyn Owen
Five Stars
C & R did a kitchen remodel for us November-December 2021.  From start to finish, they provided EXCELLENT service.  Beth guided us expertly through making decisions on products and design.  Mark led their team of professionals to expertly …
Christy Austin
Five Stars
We just completed a remodel of a 1980 sunroom to utility room, as well as expanding the downstairs bedroom, bath, half bath and closet and are thrilled with the result. It was a pleasure to work with C & R. We were so impressed with the …
Janet Lorenz
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