Aloha Hawaii Home & Garden Network,
For an Oahu family living in Royal Summit, the kitchen has always been a favorite gathering place—for everyday dinners, as well as for special celebrations with their entire ohana. The only problem was, as the family grew through the years, the kitchen remained stuck in the 1990s so a kitchen remodel was definitely needed.
When the homeowners met Brenton Liu of Design Trends Construction (DTC), they discussed the possibilities for remodeling the cramped space into their dream kitchen. “They had the potential to turn it into the kitchen they always wanted,” says Brenton Liu, DTC’s Design & Sales Manager V.P., of the kitchen remodel. “They did have a large family and they needed something bigger to accommodate everybody.” Luckily, a small laundry room behind the kitchen provided the needed space for the expansion. “We demolished the laundry room and we actually bumped the kitchen out another 7 feet,” says Liu. “So we were able to open it up to the living room and expand their kitchen size by about double.”
To watch the video blog and hear kitchen designer Brenton Liu discuss the kitchen remodel, click on the photo below.
ENLARGING THE SPACE HAD ITS CHALLENGES
However, Liu says the kitchen remodel came with some major challenges. “We had to remove a load-bearing wall. It was basically holding up the back portion of the roof,” comments Liu. Using their construction expertise, DTC was able to replace the wall with a ceiling beam running the length of the kitchen. At the same time, they relocated the laundry room and reframed a small stairway that led into the area. What used to be a closed-in kitchen became open and airy, with room for the whole family.
BRINGING THE KITCHEN INTO THE 21ST CENTURY
Along with providing a more functional space in the kitchen remodel, Design Trends Construction gave the kitchen a 21st century look. The cabinets, by Canyon Creek, are in two different styles—Shaker and flat panel. The countertops are also contrasting; Cambria quartz for the main areas, along with black granite featuring gold and silver flakes for the center island. “It really brought out a nice dimension to the overall design,” comments Liu. “Those two counter colors worked well with the space.” The backsplash is made of clear glass with epoxy grout that’s easy to clean. The flooring is a porcelain tile in onyx sand by MS International, with the same epoxy grout, which also resists mold and mildew. Lighting throughout the room is by Halo. LED recessed canned lights are color corrected to a pure white that plays well off the warm tones of the kitchen. The kitchen remodel took full advantage of the complementary designs, colors and lighting to achieve that 21st century look.
A PERFECT PLACE FOR A FAMILY CELEBRATION
The kitchen remodel was completed just in time for the homeowners to throw a graduation party for their daughter. “These were great clients to work with. A warm local family, and this kitchen renovation meant a lot to them,” comments Liu. “So being able to help them achieve these goals, it’s a big part of what we do.”
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Category: kitchen remodel, home remodel
Type: full; cabinets, countertops, flooring, appliances, lighting