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Move-in Ready Kitchen? Yes, Please!

Move-in Ready Kitchen? Yes, Please!

Amy is a lucky lady. When she purchased her rowhouse four years ago, the kitchen had already been renovated. The previous owner did an outstanding job selecting quality materials and creating an efficient and attractive space. Amy didn’t have to make a single change or endure any stressful renovation projects.

Although we don’t have any “before” pictures, I saw the kitchen before it was updated (I live in the house next door), so I can attest to its once dismal state. There was no dishwasher and almost no counter space. The cabinets and the walls were both painted the color of key lime pie. While I love key lime pie, I don’t think I would love it in my kitchen.

In the photo below, imagine a wall instead of the large island (see the before photo from this post to get a better idea).  The island provides much-needed counter space as well as storage underneath.  The previous owner could have installed upper cabinets, but opted for a more open concept. Mechanical ducts and water lines in the wall were nestled neatly into the far outside wall. And note how the curve of the cabinet handle matches the curve of the microwave handle — nice attention to detail!

kitchen reno after

The large island is perfect for prepping or serving meals.  There is an electrical outlet on the side and there are drawers! I’ve seen several kitchens in Del Ray (even renovated ones) that don’t have a single drawer. Because the island is so large, Amy maximized dining room space by purchasing a banquette which she placed in the far corner.

kitchen reno after

The new 42-inch cabinets replaced 3o-inch cabinets and an unused bulkhead, also increasing the storage space. The current undermount sink aligned to the far right replaced a center-aligned sink. The faucet is positioned in the corner. To meet code requirements, the electrician installed an additional outlet along the wall.

kitchen reno after

The contractor bumped the refrigerator wall into the living room (as seen here), allowing easier access to the basement and opening up the kitchen. The large island would not be possible without moving the refrigerator into the living room. There is now plenty of room for more than one person to work in the kitchen.

The slate tiled floors tie together the brown tones of the cabinets, the silver of the appliances, and the blue walls, creating a cohesive and warm color palette. Amy loves how the slate, unlike other surfaces, does not get slippery when wet. The dark color also hides dirt. You’ll see these tiles again in a future post about the home’s renovated bathroom (more on that soon!).

kitchen reno after

I spoke to the previous owner who designed the kitchen. She said she purchased all the materials at Lowe’s and Home Depot with coupons. She said these stores will usually accept coupons from their competitors so it pays to be a smart shopper.

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