Remodeling Stories: A Modern Farm House Kitchen Designed for Canning Homemade Goods

For someone with a passion for canning and crafting homemade goods, her kitchen layout caused more headaches then enjoyment. This kitchen remodel was much more than improving the day-to-day life, but also to expand and encourage their household’s emphasis on healthy, homemade meals.

Strawberry Jam Preparing to Can - Canning Jam in the Kitchen.

The original kitchen design had several issues, including a cooktop that consumed most of the space on the island.

The original kitchen. Before photo of the kitchen remodel.

More storage and workspace was also needed.  A few items on the wishlist included a pot filler to relieve the burden of carrying heavy pots of water and also re-positioning their off-center kitchen sink for a better view of their gorgeous garden.

They decided it was time to call in an expert and contacted Molly McCabe, AKBD, CGP, CAPS of A Kitchen That Works, LLC. Molly took some time to get to know the homeowners, their lifestyle and, the structure of the home.

Modern Farm House Kitchen Remodel

For style, the couple wanted a more modern farmhouse look.  They also love the “cranberry” red of their original kitchen island. Molly created a combination of door styles and finishes to help them create the right look and helped find a perfect shade of "cranberry red" using Dura Supreme’s Personal Paint Match program.

A cranberry red kitchen island design with a butcher block wood countertop in a modern cottage style.  Featuring Dura Supreme Cabinetry.

She started by slightly reconfiguring the space, placing the frig where the doorway used to be, then extending the counter space and working storage horizontally. With the vaulted ceiling, they extended the wall cabinet height adding additional storage vertically.

Before and After Kitchen Remodel Photo showing the replacement of the kitchen door to expand the storage and counter space on the wall.

The cooktop was moved off of the island and to the wall where the double ovens once sat. A larger, ventilation system was installed along with a pot filler.

Before and After Kitchen Remodel Photo showing the change made to the double wall oven and new range and hood to make more counterspace.

They were able to tie in the "Cranberry" red color the homeowners love into the tile work around the pot filler.

After photo removing the large clumsy brick hearth and switching from a wood powered fireplace to a gas fireplace.

The kitchen sink was centered to enhance the view to the garden and deep apron sink was selected not only to fit the farmhouse style but also to accommodate the emptying of large pots of water used in canning.

Before and After of the kitchen sink area, now with a centered sink view and open shelves for a comforting space.

For the new, spacious island, a butcher block countertop was selected creating a larger workspace that makse food prep and clean up an easy chore for this kitchen’s crafty chef.

The kitchen designer was able drastically increase the size of the island without sacrificing a comfortable walk way space throughout the kitchen. A butcher block countertop was selected creating a large workspace that will make food prep and clean up an easy chore.

“The kitchen island is chuck full of storage!”explained McCabe. Great consideration of the homeowner’s hobby were taken into consideration when designing the island. Some of the features include, a pull-out waste bin to help with cleanup after prepping food on the butcher block, a bookcase to keep her favorite cook books close at hand, a dishrack drawer within easy reach from the dishwasher and sink, and a wine rack facing the living room and dining room for entertaining her guests with her homemade ciders. There’s even space for seasonally used items to be stored out of the way, yet easy to find.

There’s even space for her seasonally used items (or seasonal line up) to be stored out of the way, yet easy to find.

The kitchen island is chuck full of storage!” stated designer Molly and she wasn’t kidding. Great consideration of the homeowner’s hobby were taken into consideration when designing the island.

To make working at the island as comfortable as possible, a selection of cable and rail lighting was added. A large decorative fan was also added to help keep a comfortable room temperature and assist in circulating the air when steaming large amounts of water.

Lighting was increased dramatically to improve visibility while working at the kitchen island and throughout the kitchen along with a large ceiling fan to help with additional cooling and air circulation.

In the end, all the “headaches” of the original kitchen were solved along with several new additions to allow the homeowner to truly enjoy her passion.

The enhanced kitchen window view with a white apron sink, and bay windows facing their charished gardern.

A beautiful white and red kitchen design with a modern farmhouse style. Featuring Dura Supreme Cabinetry.

 

Designer: Molly McCabe, AKBD, CGP, CAPS of A Kitchen That Works, LLC. Learn more at: akitchenthatworks.com

Dura Supreme Cabinetry:
Perimeter cabinetry shown in Highland door style with Antique White paint finish. Island cabinetry shown in Craftsman Beaded door style with the Personal Paint Match finish in Salute #SW 7582.

 

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