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Two kitchen makeovers share one common goal

When two outdated kitchens are given dramatic facelifts in just a few short weeks, it is inspiring to think about what you could do with your own space. We found two Tampa-area couples that share much more in common than just their new kitchens.

Wilwant kitchen

“It started off with Eric and Jenny Wilwant calling us in to build them an outdoor kitchen which then turned into renovations of the master bathroom, children’s bathrooms and the kitchen,” David Patton, Couture Kitchen & Bath’s director of construction and sales says of the Wilwant’s kitchen project. “They initially were going to hold off on the kitchen because of their busy lifestyle with triplets. When I told her we could get this done in two and a half weeks, they decided to go ahead.”

In this kitchen, the footprint remained the same but they opened up the soffits, added new custom cabinetry and upgraded the appliances. Additionally, new windows and lighting were added to brighten up the space. “We started out with an outdated kitchen that was falling apart with our hectic lifestyle,” Jenny says.

The centerpiece of this kitchen is the massive center island, designed to accommodate a trio of kids for homework, meals or snacks. “I loved the way they incorporated a new island on the same footprint of the old one and I love the character of the cabinets with the storage niches and bulky legs,” Jenny says.

It was important to Jenny to have lots of places to put things away so storage drawers were built into the large island for easy stashing of books and toys, and the pantry was done over as well to provide more space.

New cabinetry with a Brandywine stain and ebony glaze complement the creamy Crèma Royale granite countertops. In the breakfast nook, new built-in wall cabinetry and an elegant new chandelier accent the owners’ own table and chairs.

Cabinet designer Don Miller collaborated with Jenny’s cousin who is a kitchen designer in Atlanta, on this project. “We love our new kitchen. Everything is just so much more polished now,” Jenny says.

Kerr kitchen

Like the Wilwants, Dr. Thomas Kerr and his wife, Holly, began their renovation odyssey with a new outdoor kitchen being built by Couture behind their Cheval home. A broken icemaker in the inside kitchen opened the door for the new project. “My old kitchen was outdated and had a lot of cabinets blocking the view of the golf course,” Holly says.

This renovation had two prerequisites: first was that it had to be done in time for the Kerr’s annual Christmas party, just three and a half weeks away. “We had 80 people coming and we just made it,” Holly says. “That morning, we had someone in to paint the baseboards but we made it!”

The second requirement was that it had to incorporate a stone hood over the stove. “The main thing Dr. Kerr said was ‘I don’t care what you do in this house as long as I get my stone hood,’” Patton says with a laugh.

Dr. Kerr’s request was met. The dramatic natural stone hood covers the new gas stovetop which is backed with an elegant backspash of 6x6-inch tumbled marble tiles with granite inlay. Special niches were built behind the stovetop and elsewhere to hold cooking supplies and decorative elements. Glass fronted cabinets were included in the design to provide attractive places to showcase Holly’s collectables, including her collection of French chef figures.

While both kitchens feature similar cabinetry colors, the island in the Kerr’s kitchen features a different shape and incorporates more perimeter cabinets and golden-toned Mascarella granite countertops that tie into a Tuscan color scheme. Elegant window treatments by Casa Bella Interiors complete the picture and frame their new view outside.

“We spend more time in the kitchen now and it really opens up the area more. The outdoor kitchen flows into the indoor kitchen. It really makes it more of a party house,” Holly says.


Designers: Don Miller, David Patton; Architect and contractor: Couture Kitchen & Bath; Flooring, countertops and backsplashes: International Granite & Stone; Cabinetry: Medallion Gold; Sinks, faucets, appliances and lighting: Ferguson Enterprises; Paint: Sherwin-Williams


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