Project Description

This gorgeous kitchen is located adjacent to a comfortable breakfast and living area. The kitchen itself was small with a functional design, but it lacked proper lighting that made it appear dark and dated. The client had recently purchased a new, larger white refrigerator and wanted to replace the old stove, microwave and dishwasher with new white appliances. This renovation resulted in major change for a minor kitchen renovation expense. The owners should recoup most of their investment should they decide to sell their home.

Palmer’s Project Goals and Challenges

  • Maximize the client’s budget and minimize the time that the kitchen was down for this busy family.
  • The existing cabinets were in great shape and were of good quality construction, but they lacked the style the homeowners sought.
  • The old slider stove occupied a 27-inch space, while the new range required a 30-inch space.
  • The client wanted to install a new quiet disposal and switch the disposal to the opposite sink drain, which required moving drainpipes.


  • The existing cabinets were custom painted to match appliances, and the new cabinets were designed to match perfectly when painted. This decision saved the homeowner from replacing good cabinets and making a major financial investment in new cabinets. Nickel hardware was installed for a nice finishing touch.
  • We built two custom cabinets that were installed adjacent to the new range and allowed for the required 30-inch opening.
  • The backsplash was created with 4″ x 4″ Puebla Crosscut tumbled marble tiles that were installed on the diagonal, adding warmth and texture to the kitchen. The new granite countertop anchored the kitchen, added warmth and has big visual and tactile impact. The width of the granite was extended 12 inches on the bar to provide more island serving and working space. Natural stone remains the favorite high-end countertop choice. Stone offers high heat resistance, durability and a wide variety of colors and textures, such as this beautiful Tropic Brown granite.
  • New Xenon lighting was installed in four counter areas and eight can lights were installed to create efficient working light. New fluorescents were installed in an adjacent laundry room and pantry.
  • Larger sink basins accommodate larger cooking pots, while the under-mount sink makes counter cleanup quick and easy. A new nickel faucet with sprayer and soap dispenser was also installed.
  • Adjacent rooms on the main level were newly painted with fresh, updated colors from Benjamin Moore.
  • This project was planned to keep downtime of the kitchen to a minimum of two days and to be completed in less than eight weeks.

Before and after kitchen renovation

Lack of lighting made the original kitchen look dated and dark

Before kitchen renovation

New kitchen lighting, countertops, backsplash and sink were good investments

After kitchen renovation