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Chicago Vintage

Chicago Vintage White Kitchen

This Chicago client was tired of living with her outdated and not-so-functional kitchen and came in for an update. The goals were to update the look of the space, enclose the washer/dryer, upgrade the appliances and the cabinets. The space is located in turn-of-the-century brownstone, so we tried to stay in keeping with that era but provide an updated and functional space.

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One of the primary challenges of this project was a chimney that jutted into the space. The old configuration meandered around the chimney creating some strange configurations and odd depths for the countertop.

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We finally decided that just flushing out the wall along the chimney instead would create a cleaner look and in the end a better functioning space. It also created the opportunity to access those new pockets of space behind the wall with appliance garages to create a unique and functional feature.

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The new galley kitchen has the sink on one side and the range opposite with the refrigerator on the end of the run. This very functional layout also provides large runs of counter space and plenty of storage. The washer/dryer were relocated to the opposite side of the kitchen per the client’s request, and hide behind a large custom bi-fold door when not in use.

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A wine fridge and microwave are tucked under the counter so that the primary visual is the custom mullioned doors with antique glass and custom marble backsplash design. White cabinetry, Carrera countertops and an apron sink complete the vintage feel of the space, and polished nickel hardware and light fixtures add a little bit of bling.

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More BEFORE photos:

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Modern Family Kitchen and Bath

Modern Family Kitchen, white cabinetry

Transforming their dated kitchen into a more family-friendly space to use on a daily basis for cooking family meals and for entertaining friends was the primary goal for this Glen Ellyn couple. The existing kitchen was quite chopped up with multiple soffits and ceiling heights.

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To create a better flow, we borrowed an unused desk area from the adjoining hallway and reconfigured a neighboring bath. Getting it to work on paper was fairly straightforward, but there was a bit of complicated beam work involved as the new kitchen flows through what was an old exterior wall. The new ceiling is now completely flush as we were able to hide the support in the ceiling joists.


A new, larger window was added at the sink, the doorway to the dining room was widened and the resulting space creates a better connection from dining room to family room.



White inset cabinets, white marble tops and an apron sink keep the space feeling simple yet original to the home’s traditional styling.


Ship lap siding on the back of the island and at the pantry storage ceiling, a walnut butcher block, and antique brass details give the space a fresh updated look.

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Professional stainless appliances are functional and beautiful. In addition to the large built-in fridge and 36″ range, a second oven is housed in the island for flexibility.


The pantry area has a convenience station that houses the family’s espresso machine along with the microwave drawer. Another large bank of cabinets in the same area serves as pantry storage for dry goods.


The bathroom was also remodeled as part of this project. The full bath has a vanity, shower and convenient baby changing area.

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The floor is encaustic tile, a type of concrete tile recognizable by its bold graphics. The pretty hexagon mirror and industrial sconce add modern touches in line with the owner’s personal style.

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More before photos…

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