As their family continued to expand and the kitchen began to fail, this couple found that the outdated appliances, worn-out linoleum floor, and ugly green countertop wasn’t making weekly family dinners enjoyable. The couple decided that they needed more room for preparation and seating, as well as appliances that could support meals for thirteen. The oversized island is perfect for cooking with the grandkids, canning from the garden, and homemade ravioli nights. The large drawers and abundant cabinet space make for easy organization and storage. Working with the owner’s ideas and budget, Padgett was able to create a kitchen fit for a gourmet or just a grandmother making loving meals for her family.
This newly married couple purchased their first home in Glen Carbon, IL knowing they were going to do immediate remodeling. The home provided ample space but the design of the kitchen and flooring finishes throughout the first floor were not to their tastes. Working with the homeowners, Padgett Building came up with a design that removed the walls of the sun room and removed the wall between the kitchen and the family room. The new design provides an open floor plan where the kitchen, hearth room, dining room, and family room all flow together as one. A 13’ island in the kitchen provides plenty of space to entertain friends and family while simultaneously the master chef can make dinner on the 6 burner gas stove. Two Empire Comfort Systems gas fireplaces were installed: one in the hearth room and one in the wall of the family room. And what happened to the ugly flooring? It was replaced by ¾” raw oak flooring that was custom finished on the job.
Family, that’s what Tiffany & Mike had in mind when they purchased a home that was neglected and needed allot of repair. Their growing family needed more space and this home was perfect. The kitchen and laundry room were much dated and needed work. The blue countertops and white cabinets were definitely a thing of the past.
The original design idea came from a Houzz photo that the central focus was the large island and a stone vent hood. The laundry room cubbies and the much used washer and dryer working area were also considered. With our design agreement and product selection process we were able to pull the project together to both fit their growing family needs and to have a kitchen straight out of a Houzz photo.
Family – that’s what it’s all about.
During the renovation process the entire kitchen was completely demolished by removing cabinets, flooring, pantry, closets, old electrical wiring, and lighting. Bracing of the 2nd floor had to be installed by building temporary walls to support the load of the second floor as we removed load bearing walls between the family room and the kitchen. Once the demolition was complete, a structural beam was placed in order to support the load of the second floor. The new lighting layout allowed all new wiring to be installed along with can lights, decorative lights, three way switches, and a service upgrade to the house. New plumbing was installed to accommodate the revised floor plan of the kitchen. This included relocating the water line for the refrigerator and gas to the stove. New plaster board was hung throughout the kitchen ceiling and walls and the entire kitchen was plastered. When the old tile flooring was removed along with the underlayment, it left very rough and uneven surfaces throughout the kitchen and hallway all the way to the front door. New plywood flooring had to be installed in these areas to create an even surface to lay our new floor on.
The next phase of the project included the finishes. Painting on all the walls and installing new tile flooring brightened up the space. Cabinets and granite tops followed this along with installing all new base trim, casing, transition strips between tile and existing hardwood floors, interior doors, door hardware, and installing all new stair parts in the stairwell. The formal living room also had a new fireplace insert installed inside the existing masonry fireplace
New plumbing fixtures, lighting fixtures, and appliances were the final touches that completed the renovation. The kitchen, breakfast, and the family room now opened up to one another with flow and purpose. The family now can enjoy each other in the same open area while they cook, watch television, read, or just hang out with each other.