Project Spotlight: Strategic Design & Smart Selections Take Center Stage in This Kitchen

Kitchens are the focal point of most homes. It’s where you cook, entertain, and dine as a family and upending that space to remodel can be a headache. One of our recent projects was with a couple whose lifestyle included working nights and traveling often, so naturally they were hesitant to bring construction into their home. We are happy to say that not only were they thrilled with the results of transforming their outdated kitchen but they had minimal disruption to their lifestyle during the process.

During the design phase, we worked closely with the homeowners to check everything off the list of their dream kitchen. From making the kitchen feel more connected to the other main level living spaces, to improving storage and redesigning the kitchen ventilation system to vent cooking smells outdoors, we were able to add all their requests into the final design.

The clients had a galley style kitchen and, with the exception of a small pass-through window, the kitchen and adjacent family room were closed off from one another. The existing espresso stained cabinetry darkened and narrowed the kitchen and the brown tiled floor and bright blue walls gave the room an over-all outdated look. 

Our design involved removing a portion of wall between the kitchen and family room making the space feel larger, more open and bright. It also connected the kitchen to the living room and allowed the two spaces to flow freely into one another. Having a new open area allowed us to extend the granite countertop to create a bar with additional seating and adding new LED recessed lights, under-cabinet lighting, and pendant lights over the bar made the kitchen brighter.

The material selections were integral in transforming the space into a personalized dream kitchen. Our clients chose a maple cabinetry with an oak stained tumbleweed finish and modern hardware paired with creamy granite countertops. The square tan colored tile along the walls were replaced with a pearl tumbled travertine backsplash in subway style. This change modernized the space and elongated the walls, giving it a streamlined and “unfussy” look. A few standout features that added character to the space include a set of floating shelves, concrete farmhouse sink, and mercury glass pendant lights. Flooring throughout the first level was updated to an easy-to-maintain synthetic wood floor.

I am in love with our kitchen every single day. It’s still hard to believe the transformation it went through, but the function is infinitely better, and the beauty and quality is incredible.
— The Homeowners

The homeowners are happy that they can now cook, entertain and dine in a space that was designed specifically for their needs and that reflects their style! Are you ready to love your home again? We would love to talk with you.

Let The Light In! Before & After Kitchen Transformation

Everyone loves a great remodeling story, especially when it's told with before and after photos that show the changes that took place. In this coastal home remodel, Benson Homes had the pleasure of transforming a dark, closed off kitchen into a beautiful, light-filled open concept kitchen, dining, and living room space. Our design goal was to make the kitchen the heart of the home and to improve the overall function and flow of the main living areas.

Watch the transformation video!

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To begin, a large section of wall between the living room and kitchen was removed to open the floor plan and allow light to enter from the living room windows. There is now an unobstructed view and easy traffic flow in and out of all of the connected spaces.


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New, white raised panel cabinets reflect much more light into the space than the darker stained ones they replaced. Custom cabinet doors were built for the Wolf refrigerator, allowing it to blend into the layout and lend a lighter feel to the space.


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This gas stove saves on cook time and the new hood vent is a design focal point. The white on white color palette creates an airy and spacious feel, and couldn't be further from the dark cabinets and walls that previously closed in the space.


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The new, uninterrupted view from the kitchen island.


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Lastly, a hallway shortcut was filled in to make room for a new wine bar just off of the kitchen.


The new kitchen space has set the tone for the first floor of the house and the open floor plan better accommodates the living patterns of the family. It feels and functions like a completely new home!

If your coastal home doesn't suite your current lifestyle, send us a note or give us a call and let's discuss how we can help you fall in love with your home again.