Best Use of Remodeling Space with the Right Blend of Style and Functionality

The owner of this 1942 Cape Cod home was looking to update the kitchen with a remodeling project that would add property value while improving the kitchen’s design and appeal.

It began with a dated kitchen that needed a total makeover: New appliances, taller cabinets, and natural materials like oak flooring and granite countertops. It required “gutting” the kitchen and beginning with an empty room or “clean sheet of paper.” Another goal was use materials that would look great and wear well for years. And like most homeowners, the project needed to be completed within a budget that balances total cost with appreciated property value.

When Rick Jacobson took the project he recommended moving the existing stove/oven and ventilation hood to the outside wall. Ventilation hoods and microwave hood combinations can be vented either outdoors or indoors. Indoor venting simply recirculates air through a filter that does little to eliminate moisture and cooking odor. Venting to the outdoors keeps cooking moisture and oils away from the kitchen, and is the preferable solution. Another reason relocating the stove/oven/hood to the outside wall was to enhance traffic flow, making it easier to get around the kitchen.

The kitchen’s existing medium oak floor looked great, and natural oak flooring is easy to clean.

“To the ceiling” white panel kitchen cabinets add storage space, while soft close drawers and cabinet doors add a touch of elegance. A Lazy Susan corner cabinet with an accordion door is the most efficient way to use corner space.

The kitchen remodel design included natural granite countertops over the white lower cabinets, a stainless steel, double basin, under mounted sink, and a brushed nickel single handle gooseneck faucet.

Rick Jacobson has always been an advocate of dimmers on light switches. Balancing ceiling and under cabinet lighting makes the kitchen more inviting. Every light is on a dimmer, including the under-cabinet LEDs.

The remodeled kitchen is both functional and fresh, enhancing both a lifestyle, and property value.