Column: Contemporary kitchen remodel adds better storage, function

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EXISTING KITCHEN: This home is located on the Northside of Indianapolis near the White River. Lack of storage and functionality were a few of the reasons the owners decided to remodel. “As we stepped inside our front door, we were greeted by a cluttered office, an untidy laundry area and dated kitchen. The space did not give off a warm and welcoming feeling.” The goal was to create a more efficient entry, hide the laundry and create a functional yet contemporary kitchen.

ENTRY & LAUNDRY ROOMS: The previous office was transformed into an enclosed laundry room featuring a modern frosted glass door. A custom storage bench with wood top was placed in the entry to help organize clothing accessories.

BAR AREA: The former laundry area was converted into a wet bar using new poplar cabinetry in a chocolate brown finish featuring frosted glass fronts. Coffee-brown granite countertops and a “Catalonia” tiled backsplash added warmth.

ISLAND: The existing island offered ample storage, but lacked the proper overhang for bar stools and did not offer enough countertop space for everyday purposes. A new, larger multi-functional island was installed featuring decorative corbel supports. The expanded island now serves as a central spot for cooking, eating and conversing.

APPLIANCES: To better accommodate the homeowners’ lifestyle, an induction cooktop was added to the enlarged island. A stainless vent hood was added above the cooktop and an under-counter convection microwave was installed freeing up valuable countertop space needed for prep work.

FINISHING TOUCHES: Tying together the desired warm and contemporary style, the couple chose a heated slate floor tile in a herringbone pattern for the kitchen and adjoining rooms and selected a warming “copper wire” paint color for the entry and kitchen walls.

FINAL RESULT: “One of our favorite features of the whole remodel is the vent hood. It is so functional and gives the kitchen a contemporary look. We love it.”

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