Our customer had a problem kitchen. Poor space utilization and uninspired finishes were the primary problems in the house they purchased in 1998. Although it had been recently remodeled, the floorplan of the kitchen did not fit their needs at all. Gourmet cooks and accomplished entertainers, the homeowners wanted a kitchen that reflected their style, good taste and commitment to quality, plus allowed room for cooks and guests to “kibbitz” during dinner preparation.

They wanted a design that blended well with their 1930s-era home but showcased modern appliances and design approaches. Then there was the budget. The homeowners wanted to stay within a reasonable budget, yet their tastes leaned toward fine finishes. Suzi had her heart set on a solid granite countertop. The first two estimates they received from contractors were higher than their budget and did not include the granite countertop they wanted. We worked with them to keep the project within their budget and still produce the quality and look they wanted. The homeowners came into the project with a strong design sense and collaborated with InterWorks to develop the details of the design. The homeowners saved money by doing some of the work themselves. They also shopped wisely for appliances and cabinets with assistance from InterWorks. In the end, smart buying got her what she wanted. And InterWorks won the regional Contractor of the Year 2000 award for Kitchens Under $30,000.

Clean design lines and a neutral color palette allow the food to take front stage in this kitchen. The ambiance is elegant and refined with a touch of playfulness and warmth. The kitchen features shaker-style maple cabinets with an antiqued lacquer finish. Lighting fixtures were repositioned and added to improve the lighting for all the work stations within the kitchen. Granite slab countertops give a luxurious look to the kitchen. The clean design line was enhanced by the under-counter mounted sink, surrounded by polished granite edges. Stainless steel appliances, including gas range, hood fan and dishwasher, provide high quality, professional level performance. The dishwasher was elevated to allow for easier loading and to provide visual balance. White “subway” tile was used throughout the kitchen with a full height back splash. Preserving a link with the home’s history, a stained glass window was relocated to the back doorway,. The ceiling was covered in a vinyl wall paper that looks like the tin ceilings of old. An old-fashioned plate shelf was added above the sink to showcase family heirlooms and collectibles. The oak floor was refinished and stained in a red tone that brings out the subtle pigment of the cabinets and adds warmth to the room. Quality workmanship, attention to detail and a collaborative approach between the homeowners and InterWorks resulted in a beautiful kitchen at an exceptional price!