The Story of My Brick Ranch Kitchen Addition – Week 8 [The Reveal]

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Last updated on October 21, 2022

This week is the reveal of my (Amy Girard) kitchen addition, it was supposed to be more construction, but I'm too excited to wait! I've been sharing the journey of my kitchen addition through an eight-week series. Did you miss some of it?

Week 1 - Existing Kitchen
Week 2 - New Kitchen Design
Week 3 - Prepping for Construction
Week 4- Foundation, Framing, and the Roof
Week 5 - Rough-ins, Hood Vent, and Insulation
Week 6 - Drywall, Floors, and Windows
Week 7 - Cabinets, Counter, Paint, & Tile

We’ve been officially moved in for a few months but wanted to wait for professional pictures to share. We love it so much. I look at Calvin, my husband, nearly every single day and say, “You live here!” Which is really just my way of saying this is incredible. Thank you Matthew Anderson for the amazing photos!


Just a reminder if what our kitchen looked like before

And now!

Kitchen Remodel

This photo is in the same spot. The old kitchen ended at the left of the hood vent. The addition doubled the size of the kitchen, and it is unbelievable what a difference it makes. The ceiling height is 8" but feels much more significant with cabinets that go to the ceiling.
I love the mix of organic colors with the warm white and the hood Randy Shepherd built!! It's one of my favorite parts. Our goal was for it to have vintage vibes with an English touch and maybe mix in some mid-century. I don't think there is a coined style for that mix but think we landed somewhere close.


White oak kitchen cabinets

We thought we would use the island seating for breakfasts, but we use it for all meals, work, homework, and EVERYTHING. We have five seats on the island.
The two pantry cabinets sit where our door to the garage used to be. It took our dog a bit to figure out it's no longer a door. I love having all the storage space. We use one for food and the other for appliances, mixing bowls, etc.

Sink Wall

I love to bake and now have a baking zone; bet you won’t find that in the design rules! The cabinet in the island stores the mixer and the two large drawers contain sugar, flour, cooking decorating accessories, measuring cups, etc. A drawer microwave is at the far end.
Our new 36” gas Thermador is spectacular. I’ve put that and the range hood to the test many a time already. 

Kitchen remodel - sink wall

I still don't love doing dishes, but I must say this setup is helping the cause. To the left of the sink is our paneled dishwasher. To the right are a garbage roll-out and a stack of drawers. We have a silverware organizer and two drawers with pegs for dishes.
I'm obsessed with the Brizo Rook faucet, and we LOVE our Kohler Cairn sink. It ties in perfectly with the Silestone Charcoal Soapstone quartz counters. We worked with Neenan Showroom, and they helped us find the perfect options.

Green kitchen island

The cabinet on our counter has an appliance garage for our toaster and we store some of our antique dishes in the glass cabinet.

Kitchen Beverage Bar

kitchen coffee bar

The beverage bar was a bonus in our design, and it's pretty amazing. There's finally a designated space for our espresso machine and somewhere to mix cocktails. Secretly tucked behind the cabinet doors is our laundry chute. Brilliant!



I told Nina the mudroom might end up being the coolest room in our house. We brought up the quartz for the backsplash and added a little ledge. The single lever Brizo Invari wall mount faucet is so cool. A pocket door sits in the door frame to close off the mudroom.

Mudroom Bench

This scenario may have lived in my dreams for years. So that you know, it NEVER actually looks like this in real life. Typically it's covered with backpacks, coats, shoes, and papers; you get it. It's incredible to have somewhere to store these things. Also, I had no idea how big the bench would be. You could literally take a nap on it!

We selected a honed slate tile so it wouldn’t slippery when wet and laid it in a herringbone pattern. We love the varying slate colors.

Kitchen Remodel

All new hardwoods were laid through our family room, dining room, and kitchen. Their stain is warm gray. We also replaced the window in the family room with a sliding door.




Stained Cabinets - Shiloh Rift White Oak in Almond

Island & Coffee bar – Shiloh SW Laurel Woods

Hardware – all in honey bronze

Pulls – Top Knobs Charlotte

Knobs – Top Knobs Brookline

Cups – Top Knobs Charlotte Cup Pull 

Latches – Top Knobs Transcend Cabinet Latch 

Sink - Source Neenan Showroom

Kohler Cairn 

Faucet – Source Neenan Showroom

Brizo Rook in luxe gold 

Countertops - Source CKF

Perimeter – Silestone Charcoal Quartz

Island – MSI Calcutta Trevi


Backsplash Tile

Bedrosians Cloe in white 

Windows - Marvin


Window Sconces – Mitzi Lupe in aged brass 

Island pendants – Olde Brick Lighting 

Beverage Bar Sconce – Visual Comfort Cabinet Makers Light



Range – Thermador

Fridge – Dacor

Microwave – Sharp

Dishwasher – Thermador 


Same cabinets, counter, & hardware as kitchen

Faucet – Brizo Invari 

Sink – Kohler Cairn Bar Sink 

Lights – Olde Brick Lighting 

Tile – MSI Montauk 6x24

A special thanks to my amazing remodeling team Nina Schmidt, Leslie Hatfield, Katy Culwell, Ryan Waters, Andy Gower, Don Richeson, and Joe Meagher, for making our kitchen dreams a reality! 

Thanks for following along! If you're ready to update your home, give us a call and speak to one of our amazing team members.