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After 25 years of marriage, one Kaneohe Bay husband knew exactly what he wanted to give his wife for their anniversary—a spectacular new kitchen remodel. So, at the Building Industry Association (BIA) Hawaii Home Show, he sought out Brenton Liu of Design Trends Construction (DTC). Together, they came up with a design for the kitchen remodel and a plan to make the couple’s silver anniversary one to remember.
To watch the video blog and hear kitchen designer Brenton Liu discuss the kitchen remodel, click on the photo below.
The first thing on the kitchen remodel agenda was opening up the space by removing a wall. “We had a wall that was dividing the kitchen and the living space, really making each area feel claustrophobic, not too functional, so one of the goals was to open this section up,” says Liu. Now the two rooms are a cohesive space connected by a large center island.
With the wall gone, Liu turned his attention toward the ceiling. For interest, he painted the beams of the vaulted roof, contrasting with the natural wood throughout. But the real challenge of the kitchen remodel came when it was time to install the lighting. “Anybody who does open beam ceiling configuration, the challenge is how to light,” commented Liu. DTC was able to devise a unique solution. “We actually put LED cables in between all the rafters. It didn’t take much away from the feature of the ceiling, the nice warm tone, lap style ceiling.” The result is practical as well as romantic, with lights that resemble stars twinkling above.
In turning the kitchen into a showplace, DTC never lost sight that the kitchen remodel was to be a gift, and wanted it to reflect the homeowner’s personality. Liu says, “She loved a lot of different colors and materials, so to find an effective way to blend all of these, that was a part of being involved with this project.”
Throughout the kitchen remodel, DTC used a variety of finishes, all designed to blend beautifully. The countertops are engineered quartz in two different complementary colors. For the perimeter, Liu chose a solid dark sand tone by Samsung, while the island features a cream and brown marble design by Cambria. The backsplash sparkles with translucent glass tile, providing eye-catching movement. The satiny white Katana-style cabinets are by Canyon Creek and have features that are in demand today, such as modern hardware and a soft close mechanism. For more contrast in the kitchen remodel, the island cabinets are solid Alder with a graphite stain.
The floors are an ultra-premium vinyl plank in a silver bell color by Paradigm. They provide a rustic feel and look like wood, but unlike natural wood, are waterproof. Cylindrical pendants by Tech Lighting and ceiling fans complete the lighting for the kitchen remodel.
In the end, the kitchen remodel truly brought the couple closer. “Overall we created a unified space,” says Liu. “She couldn’t imagine a better anniversary present, 25 years celebrating marriage.”
To see how Design Trends Construction can help you with your home or kitchen remodel, or to see more of their projects, just click on anywhere you see the company name or “DTC“, or on any of the photos above.
Category: kitchen remodel
Type: full; cabinets, countertops, flooring, lighting, appliances