This kitchen makeover in a home in the Squirrel Hill area of Pittsburgh had a similar theme to many home improvement undertakings: create more usable space. However, what sets this remodel apart from some is the fact that the existing kitchen was an addition to a house originally built in 1920.
“The original kitchen was dated, worn out and less functional,” says Dan Meade, president of Prime 1 Builders and the lead contractor for the project.
Prior to Meade and his team coming in, the homeowners worked closely with architect Paul Levine to achieve the exact design they wanted, including an important eat-in function to the new kitchen.
The project was worth it in the end, but it wasn’t a simple task.
“The most challenging part of this kitchen remodel was working with the existing kitchen, which itself was an addition to the original house many years ago and was poorly constructed,” Meade says.
Despite some tough elements in working with an older home, the end result is beautiful.
The homeowners added stainless steel appliances to go with light colored quartz countertops and new hardwood flooring. A breakfast bar, which meets the homeowners’ desire to be able to eat in their kitchen, rests at one end and separates the kitchen and the family room. A quartet of brown leather chairs cozy up to the bar and add a nice accent color to the space.
An off-white tile backsplash blends in nicely with white cabinets. Meade particularly likes the custom cabinetry the homeowners chose.
“The white cabinets really look spectacular,” Meade says, “and the clients were blown away by the finished product.”
Resources: Architect and kitchen designer: Paul J. Levine; Builder: Prime 1 Builders; Paint: Sherwin-Williams; Flooring: Armstrong Kennedale Maple Cappuccino; Floor tile: Vallelunga Inline Copper, ProSource; Windows and doors: Anderson, 84 Lumber; Cabinetry: Hollow Creek Kitchens; Countertops: LG Hausys Viatera Quartz Mulholland, M&M Creative Laminates; Backsplash: Bliss Element, ProSource; Oven, dishwasher and microwave: Bosch, Don’s Appliances; Refrigerator: KitchenAid, Don’s Appliances; Sink: Kohler Vault