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Love to Entertain?

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It’s a wonderful feeling to have a home that reflects your personal style, and a trendy, functional kitchen only makes it better when it comes time for guests to enjoy the space too. After all, try as you might to keep guests mingling elsewhere, without fail, they always end up in the kitchen.

A majority of our clients are telling us that having a kitchen they can entertain in is a high priority on their wish list. So we put together a few must-haves to consider in the design process:

  • First on the list for a great party is counter space for food prep and food layout. A simple, stylish, and popular choice is an island, as it really allows for full use of the space. Depending on how large the home, an island can range anywhere between 4 and 10 feet yet any size adds tremendous functionality. It’s understandable that many homes just don’t have the room for a whole lot of counter space, however it truly is the design that makes all the difference.

Glen Ellyn Kitchen Remodeling

  •  Second on the list is seating. You want plenty of space for guests to take a rest because hours of chatting about recent vacations, kids, pets and work, while fun, can be exhausting! It’s best to respect these necessary breaks and provide ample room for them. Stools or hightop chairs can be added along one side or end of an island, or, with a more open floorplan a nearby table can bring extra comfort to the space.

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  •  Third is outdoor access. When the kitchen has easy access to the backyard or deck, it immediately adds significant room for guests to spread out and explore. Also perfect for summer barbeques, a screen door or sliding door can truly brighten the night. Check out a recent job, a wonderfully bright kitchen that opens right to the outdoors, literally…

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  •  Fourth may be a few extras such as a beverage center or speakers that carry from room to room. What’s great about our process is that everything is completely customizable. Whether you’re big on entertaining, comfort, style, functionality or a blend of all of these, our designers ensure a pleasant process that prioritizes your needs and desires through completion.

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A Fresh New Look

THE KITCHEN

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One of the best things about my job is getting to meet new people, and I had so much fun with this Glen Ellyn client who, after many years of contemplation, came in to remodel her kitchen and bath. We planned to tear out her old kitchen and master bath and replace them with new, fresh designs that would feel at home with her cottage style home, take into consideration her love for the outdoors, and tackle some aging-in-place challenges.

Before and After Kitchen Remodel

The original kitchen was dark and dated and not very functional. We replaced that with a soft white painted kitchen, moving the peninsula to the opposite end of the space as a divider and workspace between kitchen and casual dining area.

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The space was outfitted with lots of overhead lighting as well as under-cabinet lighting making the space very accessible and easy to operate in.

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A wood hood with bead board accents, cabinetry furniture details and simple subway tile give the kitchen a nice fresh cottage-y feel. 

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The L-shaped layout makes for an easy to use work triangle, and an oven and microwave installed at the easy-to-reach height, along with a small drop spot for hot items, make this petite kitchen efficient and safe.  

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THE MASTER BATHROOM

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The master bath was a very tight space with an awkward vanity, tub and toilet.

Before & After Bathroom

For ease of use, the client wanted to eliminate the tub and add a shower, so we transformed the tub into a zero threshold shower with a small flip-down bench and hand shower so that she can shower sitting down if needed and there is no risk of tripping on the shower curb.

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A small cone shaped vanity provides a unique look and provides storage. A wall hung toilet helps address some clearance issues, and grab bars at shower and toilet address safety concerns. There was even room for a small built in cabinet across from the toilet for towel and toiletry storage. Antique lighting and wallpaper combined with modern plumbing fixtures keep the space looking cottage-y but also up-to-date.  

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Here’s what the client said about her new kitchen and master bath:

“The Kitchen Studio of Glen Ellyn designed and remodeled a beautiful kitchen and bath in my 93 year old home. As a senior citizen I decided to “live in place” and incorporate safety features in my kitchen and bath. The Kitchen Studio of Glen Ellyn fulfilled my requests.

I cannot find enough words to express my complete satisfaction with The Kitchen Studio of Glen Ellyn. Not only are the owners, staff, and workmen talented and professional. They are kind and caring and such a pleasure to know and work with. The staff and work crews were a joy to work with. They all went above & beyond in their designs and workmanship and the project was well worth living in a “construction zone” for weeks.”

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