Traditional Meets Modern, An Award-Winning Home Renovation – Week 2

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Last updated on December 10, 2022

This is week 2 of the Traditional Meets Modern Home Renovation Series. Just in case you missed it, here’s Week 1. This week we’re going to take a closer look at the kitchen renovation. The kitchen hadn’t had any updates since the house was built but was in great shape. So, the plan was to leave the kitchen layout virtually the same with the exception of the island and the hearth room just off the kitchen.

Kitchen Cabinets

The cabinets, while original, were in excellent condition and their layout fit the homeowners’ needs. Gayle Jagoda, Debby Schloegel, and the homeowners decided the best course of action was to paint the existing cabinets and make a few modifications. The first modification moved the microwave from the wall cabinet alongside the refrigerator and relocated it to the island. The microwave cabinet was then rebuilt to match the cabinets.

While the kitchen layout was a good fit for the family, the hearth room was not. The existing cabinets took up a large portion of the space leaving little room for furniture. So, the second modification removed the cabinets in the hearth room. After Andy and his team removed the cabinets the area instantly felt much larger. With new light grey paint and white trim, the updated hearth room is now a spacious and comfortable space with plenty of room for new furniture.


Kitchen Island

We mentioned last week the kitchen island had a unique exhaust setup. Gayle’s updated kitchen design removed the old island, soffit, and column and replaced it with a new larger island. The homeowners requested an island similar to the one Schloegel had installed in their previous home. They loved the conveniences built into the island and the unique periwinkle finish. A pop-up vent behind the cooktop solves the exhaust issue and doesn’t block the view from the island to the hearth room.

Kitchen Before

Not only does the new island look beautiful in the kitchen but it provides plenty of additional countertop space and conveniently houses the cooktop and a drawer microwave. 

Kitchen Counters, Lighting, and Finishes

The elegant finishing touches in the kitchen help tie the space together. Different granites were installed on the island and the wall cabinets, providing just the right contrast. The perimeter cabinets granite is Silver Cloud while the island’s granite is Jet Mist. A simple and classic 3” x 6” beveled tiled backsplash in Starry White was installed.

Debby and Gayle’s selections for the kitchen add beauty and provide the right amount of light. Lights were installed under the cabinets, new can lights were installed while the old can lights were updated to LED. The glass bauble chandelier above the table really adds a wow factor and the pendant lights provide subtle elegance.

The window trim in the breakfast nook was painted a contrasting color to really make them pop. The old window treatments were also removed, letting plenty of natural light flood over the space and providing unobstructed views.

Don’t miss next week’s Traditional Meets Modern, An Award-Winning Home Renovation post where we’ll take a look at the stunning new foyer and dining room.

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Gayle Jagoda

Gayle joined the Schloegel Design Remodel team in 2000 and has been involved in the residential remodeling industry since 1992. She delights in working through the entire remodeling process with her clients—initial ideas and dreams, project development and production. Her zeal for her work continues to grow with each new project and client relationship.

Debby Schloegel

In addition to her degree from the University of Kansas, Debby has an Associate of Applied Science in Interior Design from JCCC and is an Allied Member of A.S.I.D. Colors, textures and fabrics have always intrigued her and she looks forward to helping complete your total design with her innate sense of style.