Many homes are purchased with dreams of a new kitchen or addition to transform a great house into the perfect home. For Lianne and her family, it was a big step to leave their Boston lifestyle behind and venture into the Boxford suburbs where there are more trees than people. The family felt it was important to move before their daughter started school, so in 2004 they bought their split level contemporary home in Boxford, Massachusetts.Lianne said “… they liked the open concept (meet Lianne on YouTube). While they knew they’d be updating the 1970s house, it was structurally sound and it felt really nice.”
With their kitchen remodel done, Lianne and her family couldn’t be happier. They wanted an open concept kitchen that brought the outdoors inside, a contemporary kitchen with an elegant look. Lianne feels they “… got so much more than they hoped for, and appreciates the work of her kitchen designer Linda Janhunen and remodeler, Greg Greene.” Learn more about the design details that went into this project.
The Planning Process
Many kitchen remodels really start to take hold when the homeowner visits a kitchen and bath showroom. Vacationing in Maine meant Lianne had free time to visit the Atlantic Design Center in York, ME. After seeing her ideas in the showroom, Lianne knew it was time to start planning her dream kitchen. Initial planning provided this list of requirements:
- Lots more storage – resulted in the wall against the living room getting 12 inch deep cabinets. With this innovative design, no walls had to be moved.
- More counter space – was created with a highly functional island and a wider countertop opposite the dining room.
- Better integration with the adjoining dining room – was accomplished by removing the 12 in high ledge around the fireplace and replacing it with slate flooring.
- More light in the room – was accomplished by combining a skylight for natural light plus under cabinet, task lighting.
The Kitchen Design
With floor plan details completed, it’s time for the aesthetics of the design – the cabinet style and materials, countertop materials and backsplash, appliances and special features to make life in the kitchen easier. Lianne loves her prep table (lower left photo) in the center of the room, allowing her to easily move items from storage, the refrigerator or stove to her work place. There’s a new eating area with 3 fun, chrome seats at the end of the freestanding countertop.
Creating the New Kitchen
While no walls moved, the remodel was a total “gut job” with everything in the old kitchen removed down to the framing. Lianne feels “For Greg, nothing is a problem. He’s very comfortable and easy to have working in the house. He’s also flexible and was willing to schedule the project around her family’s vacation.”
Projects Beyond the Kitchen
These homeowners were so impressed with Greg’s team, his customer service and very reasonable pricing that they asked him to tackle a few more projects while he was there.