2018 Remodeling Excellence Award

Small But Mighty Kitchen

This Wilmette 1920’s house had a kitchen that was in need of an update. The finishes were outdated, there was too much glass cabinetry, no tile backsplash and the flooring was inconsistent. The countertop was also loud and didn’t match with the style of the home. The microwave oven was in an awkward location and needed to be moved. Normandy Designer Vince Weber stepped in to help with the project.

“The kitchen had a tight layout and we weren’t adding to the footprint, so we had to keep everything basically in the same location,” said Vince.  “There was just some minor shifting of the new range and hood area and we relocated the microwave adjacent to the refrigerator.”

Side by Side double oven, stainless range hood“Even though the kitchen was small, we were still able to fit in the large appliances that they needed,” noted Vince.  “We were able to utilize a closet behind the refrigerator to pocket the fridge into, allowing for a large, deep refrigerator, while making it look as shallow as possible. By relocating the microwave, we were also able to fit a double-oven into this tight space with a large, slide-in range. We paneled the dishwasher as a clever way to hide its awkward spot.”

Aesthetically, the kitchen boasts a fresh updated look featuring white painted cabinetry and a geometric Updated kitchen with backsplash, cabinetry fixtures and hardwareceramic backsplash that allows for ease of cleaning, along with a little more of a contemporary flair. “We chose a man-made quartz countertop to provide interesting detail as well,” says Vince. “Now, the kitchen has the look of marble without the maintenance.”

Brushed-brass hardware, faucet and decorative light fixtures brought warmth to the space. New oak flooring was chosen to match the rest of the home for consistency.

In addition to the kitchen, the eating area was updated with banquette seating for informal meals or gatherings. A food pantry was also able to be squeezed in, for some additional storage.

Breakfast room, built in bench seatingThe updated style and function of this kitchen earned it a Remodeling Excellence Award from NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry) Greater Chicagoland. This award, which is selected by a panel of experts, recognizes beautiful and well-thought-out designs in the Chicagoland area.

Set up a time to meet with award-winning designer Vince Weber to discuss your kitchen remodeling needs. Or, register to attend an upcoming workshop to learn tips and tricks on how to make your kitchen space work for you.  You can also follow Normandy Remodeling on FacebookTwitter and Instagram or check out the Normandy photo gallery for more design ideas and inspiration.

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