Gina's Kitchen Switcheroo

Gina's Kitchen Switcheroo

Misty Adair
Mar 30, 2010

"It literally changed the dynamics of our entire family", says Gina of Austin. No, she's not talking about family counseling, but about her recent kitchen reversal and remodel. Gina modernized her 1950's floorplan by flip-flopping the kitchen and dining room and creating an open, functional living space.

[new floorplan]

When Gina and her husband bought their vintage cottage, they knew the kitchen had to evolve beyond the 1970's (when it was last remodeled). Gina knew exactly what she wanted and it wasn't a cheap band-aid solution. She stuck it out for six years in her anachronous kitchen, enduring a stove with only two functional burners and a boxed in kitchen with no windows. Did we mention the green linoleum and "wood" laminate backsplash?

After a consult with DK Studio, a local architecture firm, they decided to move the kitchen to where the dining room was and create a new dining room that opens to the living room. A hallway used to run behind the kitchen, but a wall was removed and storage was built into the new space.

Gina found her color inspiration from a singular item that she loved and purchased long before her remodel began. Drawing from the fiery tones in a blown glass pendant, she chose a red glass backsplash by Hirsch that is anything but demure. Gina's beautiful pecan cabinets were custom made by Euro-Tex and her countertops are Caesarstone's Lagos Blue.

We're impressed that Gina had the patience to wait six years for the kitchen remodel she really wanted and that she wasn't afraid to use bold color for dramatic impact. Oh, and one more thing that impressed us. . . all the construction work was done by Transformations Remodeling, a female owned company. We can't resist saying saying "anything boys can do, girls can do better" in our most sassy seven-year old voice. Please excuse us for our juvenile ways.

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