VanderBeken Remodel

The owners of this 1980's split level home dreamed of an open plan kitchen, dining, and living room instead of the original closed-off rooms. Removing the wall between the kitchen and living room created significantly more usable space, while raising the ceiling dramatically increased the spacious feel in the rooms.

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One challenge we faced was balancing the open floor plan with the need to design around the load bearing section in the center of the space. We achieved this by keeping the dual fireplace wall, creating a sense of separation without enclosing either room. Over-sized glazed Italian porcelain wall tiles maintained the character feature in a modern way.

The natural finishes in this updated kitchen echo both cozy country and sleek city living. Lightly varnished, custom walnut cabinetry emphasize the natural lines and color of the wood, while sleek, textured stainless steel hardware seamlessly tie the cabinets together with the stainless-steel appliances.

Quartz countertops in Fresh Concrete are both durable and modern, without stealing the limelight from the cabinetry. A dark limestone tile backsplash behind the stovetop pairs nicely with the natural colors of the counters and wood cabinetry without overwhelming. Finally, to optimize the flow and space of the room, we designed and built a custom island with an eating bar, plenty of space for food preparation, seating, and storage—including open shelves to display accent pieces or cookbooks.

What We Love:

The custom walnut cabinets steal the show in this kitchen, providing rich color and texture throughout the room while also tying together with the matching custom dining room hutch.

Our Favorite Detail:

The multipurpose custom island provides a central social, cooking, and storage point for the kitchen.

What We Did:

  • Installed custom walnut cabinetry and china hutch
  • Caeserstone concrete countertops
  • Installed glazed Italian porcelain wall tiles in “Coliseum Gray” on dual-fireplace load-bearing wall
  • Installed “Vogue Brown” Bedrosian brushed limestone tile kitchen backplash 
  • Built out unique kitchen island with eating area and open book shelves
  • Optimized space to create better flow in the room
  • Removed doors and walls to create open floor plan

Meet the Builder