Transitional Cedar Grove Home

 In Cabinetry, Interior Design, Kitchen & Bath Design

Our clients came to us seeking help for a kitchen renovation to improve their current home. They loved their home and neighborhood, but the existing layout lacked cabinet storage and worksurface space. They also envisioned a larger island for informal eating and gathering as they frequently entertain family and friends. Initially, the project only included the kitchen remodel, but we found more opportunities within the surrounding rooms, resulting in a complete renovation and first floor reconfiguration!

After analyzing the first-floor layout, we offered to relocate the dining room to add additional laundry and mudroom space. The client previously shared how the front living space was rarely used so repurposing it to a dining room was not a sacrifice at all!


                                          EXISTING FLOOR PLAN                                                                                           NEW FLOOR PLAN

Before Floorplan      After Floorplan




We presented different design solutions for the clients. The clients chose to remove the back kitchen entrance to create a continuous U-shaped kitchen layout. This allowed for increased storage and countertop surface.

The original island had limited storage and seating for two. We elongated the island increasing storage, adding a double waste cabinet, and creating a conversation friendly seating for four!

The pantry closet was too deep and an inefficient use of space. A new pantry with adjustable shelving and a shallower depth helps to find items more easily. A deeper pantry is not always better! Relocating venting allowed us to add a broom closet to maximize storage.

Soffits were removed allowing the cabinetry to go up to the ceiling for increased storage.

The sink remained in the same location, centered below the window. The dishwasher was relocated just outside of the main work triangle for ease of use.

View of Kitchen, Refrigerator Wall   View of Kitchen, Sink Wall

The microwave was originally above the range. We commonly see this application, but it is unsafe to reach over a cooking surface. In addition, a microwave above the range is typically 12″ higher than one placed in an upper cabinet. We conveniently relocated the microwave next to the refrigerator placing it in an upper cabinet, which is a safe height for all users.

Other cabinetry features include wooden rotating shelves, deep drawers for pots & pans, and vertical storage.

View of Kitchen, Range Wall  Kitchen Drawer Detail Image


Mudroom & Laundry:

The mudroom now has a great drop zone with an organizing station on the opposite wall. Outlets with USB ports create a convenient charging location. The mudroom is also a perfect location for the dog’s dishes and extra food storage.

The new and improved laundry room was a favorite of all the clients’ new spaces. The washer and dryer sit on a raised platform to allow for laundry baskets underneath. A plethora of new storage includes drawers and two tall storage units for home maintenance supplies. The space between the windows was perfect for an added pull-out drying rack.

Drop Zone Area with Coat Hooks and Baskets Mudroom Opening with Barn Doors Laundry Area


Powder Room:

This is a room where the client wanted to have fun! A quartz countertop and Kohler Artist Edition vessel sink rest on the furniture style vanity cabinet.

The walls used a combination of painted shiplap and a statement-making mermaid wallpaper. To polish off the room, we painted the ceiling and vent fan Benjamin Moore – Black Forest Green.

Powder Room


Living Room:

The flooring updates included removing the existing carpet and continuing the LVT flooring into this space.

Honed white stone, installed floor to ceiling, replaced the existing faux stone. A clean beam mantle modernized the room’s focal point.





Cabinetry: Woodharbor Custom Cabinetry | Stockman Door | Snow White & Hale Navy enamel finishes

Countertops: Quartz – LG Viatera Nimbus

Hardware: Top Knobs


The Designer: 

Mary Grunow CKBD, our certified kitchen and bath designer, worked with the clients over several meetings to achieve this result.  By focusing on educating the client and attention to detail, her creativity and passion makes every project a success. Her natural ability to establish deep, long-lasting relationships makes our clients know their concerns are heard and being cared for.



If you’d like to know how we can help with your future project or home renovation, contact us here to schedule a consultation. If you’d like to see more of our work, check out our portfolio, other blog posts, and our social media pages!




Mary Grunow                                   Ashley Albinger
Kitchen & Bath Specialist          Interior Design Assistant
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