Before and After, Interiors, Kitchen

Before and After: A Kitchen Renovation in Littleton, Colorado

This kitchen was recently featured in Colorado Homes & Lifestyles Fall Kitchen Issue and I am honored to be in their lineup of gorgeous kitchens.

When my clients first saw this 1980’s home in beautiful Littleton, Colorado they fell in love with the views, the huge lot and the location. They knew they could change and update the look of the home and were not bothered by the “Back to the Future” vibe of the original interiors.  Here’s a before photo:

before kitchen
BEFORE: The client tackled the lowered ceiling in this room first. The ceiling concealed pipes for the Master Bathroom that’s directly above.  This was not a quick and easy fix, but it was doable!

We immediately knew we wanted to raise the ceiling in the kitchen to eight feet to match adjacent breakfast area.  Sometimes in remodels like this there’s nothing at all in the ceiling or the soffit. I can’t help but wonder if some people just love dropping ceilings just to drop them.  (High fives all around for lowering that ceiling Bob!)  Most of the time, there’s a little something up in a lowered area.  This ceiling had quite a bit of plumbing extending down and it was a job to tuck everything up in order to get the ceiling to eight feet.

Before kitchen photo
BEFORE: Here’s another view of the kitchen and the dropped ceiling. We also removed the wall on the left to almost double the size of the kitchen.
During renovation
Here’s a lovely view of the kitchen during the ceiling demo. Check out all the pipes in that ceiling…

The existing kitchen was a little small for this family of five. In addition to raising the ceiling up we pushed walls out, removed a window at the side of the home (with no view) to make room for a stove, and enlarged the window over the sink to capture the beautiful views of the Front Range.

rustic elegance kitchen
After: We made room for a large refrigerator, double ovens, a 48″ stove, 2 sinks, 2 dishwashers, a large walk-in pantry and a long island (phew!). (Photo by Sara Yoder and Styling by Kristy Oatman for Laura Medicus Interiors)

The client knew she wanted white cabinetry, but she didn’t want an all white kitchen. We found the Calacutta quartzite for the counters after a long search and used the blue veining in that to select the island color.   The Colorado-made cabinets (by Oak Tree Classic Woodworks) are knotty alder with a glaze over them to bring out the knots and the fine cabinet details.

rustic kitchen denver
The secret door leads to the pantry on the left. You can also see a little bit of the “wine hallway”. (Photo by Sara Yoder and Styling by Kristy Oatman for Laura Medicus Interiors)

I love a secret door and you really can’t tell that there’s an entire little pantry room behind the cabinet-clad wall.  We paneled most of the appliances in this room too;  I think it helps the Wolf range shine a little brighter.

rustic beam over stove
I think that the rustic beam warms up the stove area perfectly. (Photo by Sara Yoder and Styling by Kristy Oatman for Laura Medicus Interiors)

I found the beam at Barns 2 Home and immediately called the client to see if she would be up for using it over her stove.  The beam shows the hand of the craftsman and looks great next to the handmade tile from Lilywork.

I’ve been back to this home for several big parties recently and it’s such a joy to see it getting used and enjoyed by the family.  I think that’s part of why I really love designing kitchens.   I like knowing it’s a room that will get a lot of use (unlike a formal living room) and I like creating a layout that helps support family togetherness.

“Nothing is better than going home to family and eating good food and relaxing.” Irina Shayk


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