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Posted by on Aug 27, 2015 | 4 comments

Christina and Brad’s Del Ray Rowhouse Remodel, Part 2

Christina and Brad’s Del Ray Rowhouse Remodel, Part 2

Earlier this year, we took you on a tour of Christina and Brad’s Del Ray rowhouse, just weeks before construction on a 3-floor renovation was to begin. Now, three months later, we’re back to show you the reveal of one of the completed projects, their gorgeous new kitchen.

To recap, here was the kitchen before work started. It was an original Del Ray galley, closed off from the main living area with very little usable space.




What the house did have, however, was a small addition off the back used for kitchen storage.


But even with the addition, the kitchen wasn’t functional. Christina and Brad hired MW Construction to do what other Del Ray homeowners have done, tear down the wall between the kitchen and the dining room, add more counter and cabinet space and modernize the look of the kitchen.

Christina sent me these photos of the construction underway. It was a complete gut job.



The view of the closed-off kitchen from the dining room:


Former location of the fridge (the wall was removed and the new fridge will sit about a foot to the left of its original spot):


The former home of the dishwasher, sink and stove, to be replaced with a larger stove and more counters:


At the same time, they also renovated the bathroom upstairs (more on that in another post). Opening the ceiling to the bathroom helped with reconfiguring pipes and duct work, but they also discovered something quite unsettling. Their home, more than 70 years old and seemingly solid, had significant structural issues. The floor joists did not extend the entire width of the house when it was built, meaning their sink and toilet had not been completely supported all these years.

The view from the kitchen up to the bathroom…. something’s missing!


The view from the bathroom down to the kitchen:


MW Construction immediately fixed this and stabilized the second floor. Renovating the kitchen and the bath together — though creating more construction mess — proved to be a wise decision.

And now, here is the fabulous finished kitchen:


Christina and Brad chose white cabinets with stainless pulls, dark gray wide plank tile floors (from The Tile Shop in Springfield), stainless steel appliances and granite counters (from Pyramid Granite in Springfield). They painted the walls on the main level Benjamin Moore HC-169 Coventry Gray and all the trim Benjamin Moore CC-20 Decorators White.

Where there was once a wall dividing the kitchen and dining room, there is now a full-sized peninsula with a sink and dishwasher and plenty of space in the dining room for their existing table and chairs.


Standing in the kitchen, instead of looking at a depressing wall, you now have this open view:


The new stove sits in the middle of the wall of the original kitchen. Building codes require a certain amount of space between a wall and a stove, so they decided to put the stove in the middle of the wall with counter space on either side and the sink in the peninsula. They chose a unique tile backsplash and under-cabinet lights.


They also moved the fridge a foot or so to the left giving them a narrow space for cabinets on the right. You can see in the picture below how the dishwasher sits snug under the peninsula.


And finally, they continued the kitchen into the bump-out addition, gaining even more storage space, counters and an upscale wine bar.




Christina says they are glad they waited a few years after buying the house to renovate because it helped them determine what they really wanted and how to make the most of the space. If you have any questions for Christina and Brad about their kitchen, feel free to comment below!

Kitchen Sources:

  • Tile floors: The Tile Shop in Springfield
  • Granite counters: Pyramid Granite in Springfield
  • Walls: Benjamin Moore HC-169 Coventry Gray
  • Trim: Benjamin Moore CC-20 Decorators White

We’ll be back with more about their home renovation including photos of their updated second floor bathroom and finished basement.


  1. I love the backsplash tile – where did you get it (and what is the name?)

    • Sorry Anna – just saw this! It’s from The Tile Store in Springfield. Sorry that I don’t recall the name – they have a collection of it in different colors.


  2. Hi Christina!

    I believe you all used M&W correct? I’m talking to them about my spot (I think I actually live right down the road from you). How did the process go and what did you do through them? Would love to see the work if you do live near me! I’m over on Nelson!

  3. Hello there,

    Did all of the mechanical contents (duct-work, plumbing, and electrical) have to be reconfigured out of the removed wall? Where are the new ducts placed? Also, where are the new drain pipes and dishwasher? Did you remove the basement door? Do you allow visitors?


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