Now we're cooking

Contractor - Rob Jahn , Interior designer - Myra Jean Lewis , Kitchen designer - Paul Kemna

Written by: Christina Kleiner

With inexpensive oak cabinets, 40-year-old appliances and limited counter and storage space, the Williamses knew they had their work cut out for them if they were going to turn an outdated kitchen into the culinary space of their dreams. They turned to interior designer Myra Jean Lewis to help them create a functional kitchen. “We weren’t going to knock down walls, so we had to find a way to accommodate all their needs and desires in a relatively small space,” Lewis says.

They worked with Paul Kemna, of The Requarth Co./Supply One to help them find the perfect cabinets. “Since Diane is short, we chose to lower the wall cabinets a bit to make it easier for her to access things,” Kemna says.

In addition, they installed 15-inch deep cabinets rather than the standard 12-inch cabinet. And, unlike the old cabinets, which stopped beneath a soffit, the new cabinets are flush to the ceiling. “This is probably the number one recommendation for anyone remodeling a small kitchen,” Kemna says.


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