The Kitchen

I was reminded that I hadn’t yet shown you the completed kitchen! Everything wrapped up two months (almost to the day) after we started this project. Or I should say, two months after we moved out in July, and construction began.

Just to remind you of the old tile and the walls, here’s a picture from Halloween 2013:

old kitchen


remodel_first days (7)After meeting several companies in town, we hired Kitchen Concepts to remodel our kitchen. They. understood the vision we had for the remodel (which included knocking walls down), and produced layouts to meet that vision. He provided various options for cabinets to fit our budget, and the quality of the cabinets we selected was excellent. Any questions we had were answered quickly, and the showroom at Kitchen Cabinets allowed us to visual better the quality of the cabinet construction. During the remodel, the cabinet installer at Kitchen Concepts worked with us to tweak the location of cabinets once they were onsite to our specifications.

kitchen  (1) kitchen  (3) kitchen  (4) kitchen  (6) kitchen  (7) kitchen  (10)The contractor (BMR Home Improvements) that Kitchen Concepts works to execute the remodel was outstanding. We had a few difficult issues to work around, (removing walls, relocating plumbing – which required trenching, & electrical upgrades). Their work was done in an exemplary fashion, and they even finished the job early! Every time we visited the job site, folks would stop their work to explain what they were working on – without us even asking. We felt fortunate to have found two trustworthy companies to remodel our kitchen.

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Our Bosch appliances were purchased through Tucson Appliance Company. Our dealing with this company was the only hiccup during the remodel. When I called to schedule our delivery date two weeks prior as I was told, I was suddenly informed that the stove we selected was no longer being made. They didn’t know what the replacement options would be…it seems they hadn’t wanted to call me to let me know of the changes. It took some time, several phone calls, visiting the store, and haggling…but finally, we knew what stove we were going to be offered instead. A bit ridiculous, if you ask me. This lack of communication continued right up until the moment they finally arrived to install the appliances. Four days after we moved back in the house – and I had small kids to feed! There is still a small fix they need to complete, but honestly, I’ve dreaded calling them again for anything.  As for the appliances, I’m thrilled with how well they work and look!

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Our counter top and wooden shelf carpenter was Norm Ulmer. Norm has worked on a number of projects with us – he is fantastic! The counter tops are zebra wood – and they are beautiful! The walnut shelves are also lovely – it’s so nice to have an open shelf-system so everyone can see where things are located & can help themselves!

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The paint color is by Sherwin Williams. The wall color is Repose Gray and the trim is Gauntlet Grey. It is very modern, but all the wood in the room really warms the space. We order the Meadow Green tile from Health Ceramics. Somehow we managed to order more than we needed, so we were able to increase the height of the back splash along the sink/stove counters, and add splashes to the bar and landing zone areas. We also increased the height of the tile around the fire place. The tile color is just so lovely – the variations of green really warm up the space. The new concrete floor overlay was installed by Ruben Reyes. I just love the distressed leather look – and it cleans up so easily!

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kitchen  (18)I made new slipcovers for our old Poang chairs in dark grey suede. The colors look nice by the green tile fireplace, and the material is so cozy! I found a shaggy white rug at Target – it washed up easily. Helpful with the pets. The kids don’t make messes on it (the animals do!), but they do love to roll on it. So do I…

The table is the Mid-Century table from West Elm, and the Globus chairs in wood are from Design within Reach. The lighting fixtures are the Firefly Pendants Lights from CB2. The stools are from Target.

I still want to install some new artwork on the walls. It’s a minor thing, but I would like to have some canvas-stretched pictures of places we love to visit on the walls. Soon. More reason to travel!

My favorite thing about the new kitchen is all the light that comes in, now that the laundry room wall is removed. It really makes a new space. Now that the kitchen is complete, I couldn’t have asked for a better experience or a better product in the end. Our kitchen is a timeless classic that will continue to bring us joy for many, many years.


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