“The finished product is more than a wonderful area to cook and eat, it is a centerpiece of our home where everyone can feel comfortable while doing homework, paying bills, socializing or even helping the chef.”
- The Fletchers
CASE STUDY 3
With the recent birth of their first child and the addition of highchair and other accoutrement, this couple realized that their cramped, badly planned kitchen would not service a growing family. They researched properties within the area they had grown to enjoy and came to the conclusion that, despite the upheaval, it would be more beneficial and economical to remodel and add footage to their existing family home.
It was at this juncture Cheryl took on the challenge of re-organizing the space and updating product and surfaces more suitable to the family’s growing needs. Ten feet was bumped out to the home both on the lower level at the kitchen and the first floor at the master suite.
This gave a sizeable new footprint for the kitchen necessitating the planning of independent zones for different tasks. Cheryl designed a work zone for Cindy providing a food preparation surface on the island, installing appliances within easy reach and a preparation sink opposite the range top. The counter was raised at the island to accommodate a breakfast bar and comfortable socializing spot out of the cooks busy triangle. Appliances in the island include a dishwasher for the pots so they don’t need to be transported across the room to the wash-up area.
A separate baking area between the range top and wash-up sink provides double ovens, warmer drawer and microwave at close proximity to a sizeable preparation counter.
Marty’s relegation to the helper’s wash-up zone is enhanced by a beautiful new arched view window overlooking the lushly landscaped garden.
The layout includes a desk area for household accounting and family event planning.
Probably the most inviting feature of this kitchen is the “big old farmhouse” style table in the middle of the room where friends and family gather without inhibiting the busy cook and helpers.
For my wife and I, the journey down the road to our kitchen remodel started off as a bumpy one. It was only after our fifth visit to a “Kitchen & Bath Design” store we finally realized that the more accurate term for their businesses would be “Cabinet Retailers with the Same Basic Computer Design Program.” -Clearly, they were NOT Designers.
After some internet-education we learned how to find certified kitchen designers in our area and ultimately selected Cheryl. I remember our first meeting when we gave her our rough design and asked her to use it as a starting point. Cheryl agreed to our request, but also asked if we would mind it if she came up with her own concept from scratch.
Fortunately we let her create her own. Simply put, it was perfect.
Cheryl’s concept and the ultimate design of our kitchen remodel was based on the results of a very thorough study she did on how we use the kitchen in everyday life. Not just who cooks and what they cook, but every activity we routinely perform in the kitchen.
The finished product is more than a wonderful area to cook and eat, it is a centerpiece of our home where everyone can feel comfortable while doing homework, paying bills, socializing or even helping the chef.
Cheryl was wonderful to work with and was involved with every aspect of the project. She was in constant dialog with our General Contractor and worked through every issue that arose as part of a team, rather than an outsider. Because of this, we ended up having her design our master bath, workout room, family room, wine closet, and a huge backyard entertainment area complete with an outdoor kitchen and fireplace.