2012 Remodeling Excellence Award

Contemporary Design Recognized as Remodeling Excellence

Before and after kitchen picturesKitchen remodeling is not a cookie cutter project where “one size fits all”. Homeowners have very specific needs and tastes, and this project was no different. The must haves for these homeowners were first and foremost a dramatic change to the room’s aesthetics. Additionally, their cooking surface needed to have proper ventilation, which was currently non-existent, functional lighting was needed for the entire kitchen and a grand focal point was also a must.  Their home is a contemporary style structure, so the elements included in the design needed clean and simple lines, following the transitional style the homeowners were drawn towards.

The homeowners met with Normandy Designer Kathryn O’Donovan, and they hit it off right away, getting caught up in what was soon to be their family’s ideal kitchen. “Changing up the work triangle and adding more preparation counter space was key to the success of this kitchen transformation,” commented Kathryn, “The existing kitchen perimeter wall was under utilized and in need of a new direction, so it made sense for it to house a range and work space, contributing to an overall efficient layout.” The approach for the homeowners’ lighting dilemma was to include a layered lighting effect; with recessed cans on the sloped ceiling for general light, under-cabinet lighting for task light and a couple more decorative, pendant lights to top off the space.

A defined focal point came about in a refrigerator by Sub Zero that looked like a unique furniture piece. The homeowners absolutely loved Kathryn’s selection of a metallic silver finish with a black flecking, which perfectly complemented the dark perimeter cabinets.

The homeowners are so happy with their new kitchen, and the mixed finishes are spot on with 2013 kitchen trends.  Kathryn also received a Remodeling Excellence Award from NARI Chicagoland for this highly functional, contemporary kitchen design. Get a jump start on your ideal kitchen by scheduling a complimentary, in-home consultation with Kathryn today.


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