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modern kitchen remodel barrington

First-Floor Remodel Updates a Home Built in the 1960s

Clean Neutrals and a New Layout for Arlington Kitchen and Bath

The homeowners were a young family who had outgrown their tiny and outdated 1960s kitchen. The original kitchen was a small U-shaped kitchen with low soffits and inconvenient cabinet storage and layouts. The kitchen and dining areas were separate rooms with a large wall between the two. It was not the ideal space to entertain their friends, nor was it a space the whole family could enjoy when cooking together.

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Mealtime Reimagined with an Open Floor Plan

Chicago Home Buyers Prefer an Open Concept 1st Floor

Together, the homeowners and our designer created their dream space. We removed the wall separating the dining room and kitchen, which allowed us to open up the whole back of the home and create their dream first floor. They now have a spacious U-shaped kitchen with a peninsula for their children to do homework while they cook. There is space for a separate dining table that still feels connected to the rest of the home.

The other side of the kitchen was brightened up by replacing the back patio door with a full glass door and sidelights. Now the whole first floor is light-filled, modern, and inviting. 

Elegant Alder Wood for
Timeless Design

The Natural Beauty of Alder Shines in Cabinets and Flooring

Because of its consistency, versatility, and sustainability, Alder is one of the most sought-after woods in the Chicago market for custom kitchen cabinetry and furniture. In addition to those functional benefits, the wood offers a gorgeous natural honey color and an elegant smooth finish which is perfect for today's transitional and natural chic kitchen designs. 

Gunderson Key Award Entry

Design Selections for this
Custom Kitchen

  • White and grey granite countertops
  • Brushed silver cabinets handles and pulls and faucets
  • Duotone grey on walls with bright white trim
  • Bright white subway tile backsplash- a new modern, classic
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Inviting Powder Room Upgrade Completes the First Floor Remodel

Delight Guests from Beer Fridge to Bathroom Faucet

When these homeowners have guests over, they can be sure the new home feeling extends to the guest bathroom. The first-floor powder room was remodeled to match the kitchen to help give a feeling of unison throughout the first floor.

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