Before & After: Kristin's Reconfigured Bungalow Kitchen

Before & After: Kristin's Reconfigured Bungalow Kitchen

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Denver, CO
U.S. Owner
My room makeover::
I loved our 1910 bungalow house from the moment I laid eyes on it: the wooden arches, creaky floors, amazing fireplace mantle. However, the one thing I was not crazy about was the closed off kitchen. Originally there was a wall and an actual door that separated the kitchen from dining room. While very typical to a home of it's era - it didn't work well for us; especially when we were entertaining. By removing a wall and re-configuring the layout we not only have a more functional kitchen - it completely changed the entire feel of the house. I worked really hard to pick materials that match the overall style of the home and I think that really paid off. This took about 6 weeks from start to finish.
My makeover advice::
Kitchens are becoming the most social part of our homes these days therefore it's essential that they feel open and apart of the rest of the house. Because of this, I can't stress enough how important it is to keep the design in line with the rest of your home so the kitchen fits in seamlessly. Chose materials that match the overall style of the house i.e. we did cherry cabinets to match the cherry trim/arches prevalent in our dining and living room. We also did soapstone for our counter tops. While they can be a bit more high maintenance than granite, I love their matte finish and overall vintage look.
What I love most about my new space::
I love how it completely transformed our entire house by re-doing just one room. We added more storage which is huge for us. I also love the unique design on the floor. I had a vision to do a "tile rug" and I am so pleased with how it turned out.
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