No, this isn't my own kitchen, unfortunately. This beautiful new kitchen belongs to Chris's Aunt Neesie. Neesie lives in a gorgeous oversized cape in a picturesque neighborhood in Washington. Chris and I have been eagerly following her kitchen makeover via email over the last few months.
Her new kitchen is bright, clean, and uncluttered. This isn't a large space, but it certainly packs a lot of design punch.
A remarkable change over what it looked like previously!
Neesie agreed to humor me by answering a few questions
Q: The countertops are beautiful. What is the name of the granite you used?
A: The granite is called Bellisimo Lumineaux (or White Galaxy).
Q: How long did the renovation take?
A: The kitchen portion of the project took about a month; however, because I remodeled the family room fireplace wall, the powder room, and put in new hardwood floors throughout, the total project took about two months.Q: What do you love the most about your new kitchen?
A: It is hard to pick one thing. I have been dreaming of a new kitchen for 20 years and spent hours pouring over kitchen magazines. The overall design of the kitchen came out exactly as I envisioned. I love how open it feels without the upper cabinet over the peninsula.
Q: Is there anything you wish you'd done differently?
A: The opening for the fridge is a bit too tight which makes it hard to open the left door. The cabinet maker warned me about it, but I didn't want to sacrifice any more cabinet space. I had my heart set on a counter depth French door refrigerator with custom panels which was wider than the standard refrigerator.
Q: Where did you splurge and where were you able to save some money?
A: I splurged on the French door refrigerator with custom panels and on the induction stove. The induction stove is amazing. You can boil water in a minute and it is really sleek looking. My biggest savings was hiring a very reasonable contractor who did an outstanding job. He
is my new best friend.
Q: What advice do you have for someone about to undergo a major kitchen remodel?
A: Do your homework, don't be afraid to ask a lot of questions, be flexible, and be prepared for the unexpected. You never know what is behind the walls, so have a contingency built into your budget. Also, make sure you have a great contractor who can handle things in your absence. Talk to people who have worked with the contractor and cabinet maker.