The homeowners asked C&R to open up the space and remodel the kitchen.
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Kitchen Open To New Possibilities

When Less is More

This house suffered from the original builder’s over-thinking the design. The kitchen/dining area included large archways and overbearing soffits that effectively separated the kitchen from all other living areas. The kitchen also had a dropped ceiling and other details that created a claustrophobic atmosphere.

Homeowners’ goals:

The homeowners asked C&R to open up the space and remodel the kitchen. They especially wanted to include a large island for gathering the family around while cooking and cleaning up.

Our plan:

  • Remove the arches, soffits, and the kitchen dropped ceiling.
  • Completely demo the kitchen.
  • Continue the dining room ceiling vault through the kitchen to make it feel like one great room instead of separate zones.
  • Install new cabinets, appliances, hardware, plumbing fixtures, and electrical.
  • Create a color palette for the new materials to complement the existing colorful walls

Our challenges and solutions:

One of the goals was to maximize storage throughout the kitchen, and we accomplished that by installing multiple storage solutions in the new cabinetry. We put kidney-shaped swing-out shelves in the blind corner and added narrow built-in wall pantry on the left side of the kitchen. This also functions as overflow countertop space.

We maximized the lower cabinetry storage by using large full-extension drawers instead of doors/shelves. Above the refrigerator, we created an open shelf specifically designed as the homeowners wished. This now stores display dishes and wine.

Instead of using island legs or corbels to support the countertop overhang, the homeowners opted for steel supports hidden under the countertop. To accommodate these steel slats, we custom modified the lower cabinet doors, allowing space for them to swing freely. We also installed custom push-to-open hardware on those doors, making them easy to access.

The homeowners wanted to keep their original accent wall color, and we selected new paint colors and tile to coordinate. The crisp white cabinets, soft gray walls and deep blue island beautifully complement the orange.

Client comments:

“C&R Remodeling did a phenomenal job remodeling our small and dated kitchen to be the kitchen of our dreams! Everything from the estimate and planning to full completion was above and beyond our expectations. Beth, Andrew, and the rest of the crew were so easy to work with. They were kind, accommodating, and available when needed. We will definitely call them again for future projects.”

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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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