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The idea of losing a kitchen island might be disappointing for some people, but our homeowner was actually reenergized by the open space!

Remodeling this 1990’s kitchen was the finishing touch for a lake house renovation. While the original layout worked, the redesign by Joyce Zuelke, ckd created a fresh and seamlessly efficient design.

This kitchen proves that an island is not the solution to every kitchen remodel. The redesign created an open floor that improved circulation in this bustling center of family activity.  We were even able to hold renovation costs down by not moving the plumbing and electrical.

Removing the tiny island opened the kitchen up to receive a whole new look from Shiloh Cabinetry.

Scooching the refrigerator over provided space for a full height pantry.

We included roll out shelving for improved organization and accessibility.

Placing the microwave under the counter means clear counter space.  It minimizes visual clutter at eye level and also lets everyone enjoy the beautiful flowing Brittanica pattern on the Cambria quartz countertop.

Lighting was a priority.  It was greatly improved by adding a stylish wall mounted fixture above the sink and replacing the ceiling fan light with seven recessed cans.

The new peninsula added even more counter space with two stools for casual dining or conversation.  Adding the display cabinet above with glass doors allows our homeowner to feature her colorful collection of tableware.

Centering the range balances this kitchen perfectly and improves workspace on each side.

The slim hardware pulls in Brushed Nickel are from Schaub.

We’ve tucked extra storage into every corner of this kitchen, even under the peninsula overhang, it works well for storing small appliances.

 

What better endorsement for a remodel is there than the words of our lovely homeowner,

“Our two daughters and their families love the dramatic change.  I had become disinterested in cooking and baking, and now I want to spend my time doing just that for company and when our five grandsons, ages 4 to 10 visit.  Loving our kitchen!

Just call us when you need cabinetry inspiration for every room of your home.  Our team is always ready to help!

201 Geneva National Ave S

Lake Geneva, WI

262-245-9600

 

There are two types of kitchen people, those who love theirs and those who are under-whelmed every time they pass through.   Shouldn’t you adore one of the most important rooms in your home?  It’s possible to completely change your disposition with a kitchen remodeling assist from Geneva Cabinet Company, LLC.

Kitchen remodel by Geneva Cabinet Company before and after view

We’re sure you’ve heard the advice, “start with a plan”.  We like to simplify the planning process into tips that will change your BEFORE into an AFTER you love!

#1 Scrutinize your kitchen layout

What currently works and what just feels dreary? We recommend a comprehensive assessment to start you on the right track before you begin any kitchen remodeling project.

#2 Work with your existing footprint when possible

You’ll notice in the floor plan below that we opened up the space by moving the bathroom to the outside corner.   A closer look reveals that the plumbing is actually in the same location.  Any time you can renovate a room without disturbing plumbing you are on the side of savings.   Kitchen Remodel floor plan before and after by Geneva Cabinet Company LLC

 

#3 Consider traffic patterns and work flow to avoid bottlenecks

Yes, the kitchen work triangle is still relevant.  Start by considering the choreography of people who are in the kitchen together.  Don’t force everyone to wiggle around obstacles, and each other.  Notice that the refrigerator in this AFTER plan has been moved to the outskirts of the work triangle to avoid a crash and possible burn near the cooking surface.

#4 Add storage not just space.

We’re not saying that because we sell cabinetry.  It is more cost efficient to maximize storage space without adding square feet.  We like to design with tall cabinets that reclaim wasted wall space. They are perfect for storing seasonal and rarely used pieces. For more storage ideas click here.

Geneva Cabinet Company Kitchen Remodeling Before and After add storage

#5 Configure for Convenience

Doors or drawers? It’s important to know how you will use each area before you choose the type of cabinet storage.  Drawers offer natural organization and easy access.  Cabinets are ideal for versatility and storing bulky items.

#6 Keep It Open

You  will use things more often when stored on open shelving for top-of-mind awareness.  Even the interior of your cabinet door can be updated with visible storage for often used condiments.

 

#7 Divide and Conquer

Move over Maria Kondo, we have organization tools that will definitely change your life.  Not only do door and drawer organizers keep you efficient, just opening the cabinet will give you joy!

Geneva Cabinet Company drawer dividers

 

#7 The Landing Zone

To keep the entire home clutter-free we love the idea of a landing zone, this one is just off of the kitchen.  Dedicating a space to collect things like keys and jackets will keep your home tidy.

Before and After Kitchen Remodel landing zone mud room

We thoroughly enjoyed working with Schilthelm Builders on this kitchen remodeling project! Cabinetry from Plato Woodwork, Inc. was used in their crisp Arctic White finish on the Artisan style door.

Enjoy this kitchen from every angle right here in a video that walks you through Before, Elevations and After.

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Photography by S Photography – Shanna Wolf

Kitchen Design by Natalie Spiniolas

We have even more  tips and ideas for your home!    Take a look at our Get Started guide then stop in to explore the beautiful products on display in our designer vignettes.

Geneva Cabinet Company, LLC

201 Geneva National Ave.S, Lake Geneva, WI

262-245-9600

 

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