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Creating more storage and a better flow throughout their kitchen and bar area were top on the list of these homeowners’ priorities when remodeling their kitchen. They worked with Normandy Designer Chris Ebert to achieve their goals, and were ecstatic with their award winning kitchen and bar area’s renovation.
“I recommended removing the existing peninsula, which was creating an unwanted barrier between the kitchen and seating area, and not utilizing the full potential of the space. The peninsula was replaced with an island, meeting several of the homeowners’ needs. The new island created a better flow in the kitchen, added storage space and more seating than the perimeter had provided,” says Chris. It also opened up a corner to add a desk area facing the windows. A custom furniture piece was also added to sit between the family room and eating area to house large platters and necessities for entertaining, as well as to provide a buffet area. An earthy, neutral porcelain tile was chosen for the kitchen’s backsplash, not only for the easy cleaning, but to ensure that it wouldn’t compete with the beautiful view from the kitchen windows.
“To further enhance the flow of the room, we removed the majority of the structural wall that blocked the bar from the kitchen,” commented Chris, “We then enlarged the bar countertop to fill in where there was dead space to make everything proportional, allowing better workspace and increased storage behind the bar.” A recycled glass and quartz countertop was selected, providing not only a beautiful but durable surface as well.
The final result exceeded the homeowners’ goals and hopes for their kitchen, and true to Normandy’s standards, was on time and within the proposed budget. To really top things off, this kitchen recently received a Remodeling Excellence Award from NARI Chicagoland. To achieve your ideal space, schedule a complimentary, in-home consultation with Chris today.