Kitchen Stories: Design Collaboration with Beautiful Results!

"The original kitchen was SO expansive, the homeowner felt "lost" in her kitchen with too many cabinets and an inefficient layout that had her walking all over the kitchen to cook a meal.  And the sad thing was, she loves to cook but did not enjoy spending time in her old kitchen," explained Tara Hutchens, CKD, CBD of Splash Kitchens and Baths in LaGrange, GA.

A beautuful rustic kitchen remodel with gray stain "driftwood inspired" cabinets, a grand copper hood, subway-tile, wood floors and warm tones throught the deisgn.

The right layout can make all the difference in the world and this kitchen is a perfect example of that.  "The original kitchen was just too large," said Hutchens.  "There were long rows of cabinetry but the layout required lengthy walks between the sink and the cooktop.  The peninsula cabinetry closed the kitchen off from the rest of the home which kept the cook isolated from family gatherings taking place in the other room."

Before Photo of a Kitchen Remodel Story

The homeowner already had a good idea (she had consulted with CO designer Kellie Cost who developed an excellent overall floor plan design) on how she wanted to reconfigure the floor plan and the team at Splash helped her bring it all together and create a kitchen that matched her dream. 

Adding a wall to create a pass-through butler's kitchen and walk-in pantry made the space more efficient and concentrated the work zones and storage spaces into separate, convenient areas.  "We also positioned the sink in the island directly across from the cooktop so that cooking and meal prep became much more centralized.  The overall result is that the family is enjoying cooking meals in their kitchen instead of going out to eat all the time.  She LOVES her new kitchen!"

For the long wall in the kitchen that is most visible from the great room, Hutchens selected a stunning copper hood as the focal point and then centered the island in that space with the large refrigerator to the right. "By centering the island sink directly across from the cooktop, and then designing the open area above the refrigerator, the space still feels symmetrical and balanced."

A warm and rustic kitchen design with Dura Supreme Cabinetry

Working collaboratively with the team at Splash, Hutchens focused on the floor plan and layout while Cathy Winslow of Splash developed the color combinations for the kitchen.  Winslow explained, "The home is a hidden treasure, nestled in the trees of a large wooded property.  With that beautiful forested landscape, we wanted to create a color scheme that blended better with the surroundings.  For such a large kitchen space with views to the woods beyond, we selected wood tones with a soft gray undertone to create a warm and inviting environment."

A warm and rustic kitchen design with Dura Supreme Cabinetry

Interestingly, despite the popularity of white kitchens right now, this homeowner replaced a white kitchen with a softer palette of warm woods and soft grays.  Knotty Alder wood species creates a slightly rustic look that tones down the more formal look of the furnishing in the rest of the home.  The combined talents and expertise of Hutchens, Winslow, Cost and the homeowner resulted in a kitchen that is truly functional, efficient and beautiful!

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