This is what it looks like when the traditional colonial home goes through a stunning first floor renovation.

Every little detail reimagined and every living space with a fresh purpose, this home is ready for exciting new phases of enjoying adult children and their families. A complete remodel from foyer, into kitchen, dining, living room, and all the way through the laundry room and half bath.  Removing walls between foyer and office (and eliminating an unnecessary half bath), a wall between office and family room, and then also between family room and kitchen, allows the natural light to fill every special nook.

The existing kitchen was in a u-shape, which fit just about 1 cook who was separated from family room, except for the pass through cut-out. Taking down the wall allowed for a true island, with ample seating, open view to dining space with all the warm feels of the traditional brick fireplace.

Reimagining spaces by removing walls, knowing when to keep just the right amount of original character, and choosing light and timeless finishes… it just feels like home!

Simply fresh and simply charming. This old farmhouse had been loved over the years, but when our clients purchased it for their young family, they desired more than a simple update. Remodeling the eat in kitchen it into a fresh, bright, chic, and modern family-style kitchen was high on their list. Adding an island with seating was a must and allows for a more central location for the sink and dishwasher. Maximizing storage with more cabinetry all while delivering a custom and cohesive design that will endure.

Maintaining the charm starts with keeping the existing brick chimney and authentic pine floors. A fresh version of white subway tile for the backsplash, as well as modern version of cup pulls on the base cabinets are the ode to traditional charm.  New cabinet layout and design includes cabinets to the ceiling, built in pantry cabinets at narrow section of kitchen, beautiful exhaust hood and interior lit glass front upper cabinets for a focal point of the new space.  Reduced depth cabinetry at side window makes for a perfect coffee bar.

Beautiful design details include:

  • Showplace cabinetry Concord 5-piece drawers in a light mocha stain
  • Storage solutions include an integrated pantry with roll-out trays cabinet and a utensil pull-out
  • Cambria Quartz countertops in Smithfield
  • An Elkay farmhouse apron-front sink, and under mount bar sink 
  • Daltile backsplash
  • Moen faucets
  • Under-cabinet lighting
  • Pot filler faucet at range
  • Beverage refrigerator

Also, don’t miss the new half bath powder room we added in the landing area just inside the back door. Such a smart value- adding decision.

Powder Room converted from a closet:

In Springfield, Illinois and built in 1940’s, this bungalow home was equipped with a very typical, very small, galley style kitchen. Unique, however, was a room addition on the back of the home. When kitchen remodeling discussions began and the creative energy began flowing, the “what-if” questions quickly became, “What if we turned the room addition into the new kitchen and the old kitchen into a multifunctional mudroom/pet space/workspace?”  Brilliant!

Inspiration for the newly imagined kitchen included pretty green cabinetry and the wish list included maximized light, increased countertops/workspace, and enhanced cabinetry storage.

A short wall of new kitchen boasts pantry cabinets on each side of existing window, creating a custom built-in space for both the refrigerator and the wall oven/convection combo, as well as providing great landing space for coffee bar.  Other perimeter cabinetry includes the coveted drawer storage and amazing countertops.

Details and special features:

  • Showplace EVO frameless cabinets
    • Pierce Door and 5 piece drawer fronts
    • Paint – Green Sprout, satin finish
    • Crown molding to drool over
  • Panel ready dishwasher
  • Daltile: Mesmerist, Charm (to ceiling)
  • Butcher block countertops
  • Hafele blind corner pull-out component

And about that old kitchen space…. The new multi-functioning mudroom? 

Efficient design allowed for combining new cabinetry and using existing cabinet boxes for a very custom layout. The mudroom is all about plants, pets, and a few human comforts.

Much of the old cabinetry stays in place and face frames are painted Sprout Green to match the kitchen.  New doors and drawer fronts for the old cabinets now fit nicely with new pantry style cabinets on opposite wall. Laminate countertops with integrated stainless steel sink, open shelving for shoes, and vertical applied car siding complete this new space.

Bungalow Kitchen Remodel 6

If you have ever wondered “when” is the right time to remodel a kitchen, then you probably realize the answer will vary depending on who you ask. Still functioning is not the same as still in style. This is the case with this 25 year old kitchen. These homeowners were ready for an exciting fresh and modern look for their sweet home.

It still looks clean, functioning, sufficient storage, etc., however, arched top medium oak cabinet doors, laminate tops, drop in shallow depth stainless steel sink, fluorescent light fixture and small islands are not really “in” items in current kitchen design. Kitchen desk spaces from the 1990’s are rarely used and the refrigerator topper cabinet, well, there are just so many better options when creating a custom kitchen design.

Features to love about this Springfield, IL kitchen renovation include:
  • Island
    Replacing the small peninsula at end of kitchen space to a large kitchen island that seats four and now opens up to dining table and family room more nicely. Electrical outlets added.

  • Lighting
    Updating the lighting (all on dimmer switches and connected to homeowners Alexa system) to multiple can lights to disperse ambient light throughout, pendant lights over island serve as task lighting and also a design feature, LED lighting under the cabinets is a huge improvement from the small yet bulky individual fluorescent fixtures of the past.

  • Cabinetry 
    Gorgeous Showplace Cabinety, stained frameless cabinets in a tawny stain and satin finish. Tall upper cabinets reach to ceiling with crown moulding polishing off the look. Specialty mixer lift cabinet component in island, tall pantry cabinet design creates built in space for refrigerator, and former desk space becomes a fantastic coffee bar.

  • Countertops and backsplash
    Granite countertops, Blanco Silgranite under mount sink, black stainless Delta kitchen faucet, and artisan style tile by Glazzio for the backsplash.

If your sweet home has matured itself gracefully, but now is out of style, then we would love to come alongside you for your kitchen renovation.

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From a heavy, dark and dated space to this remodeled kitchen that is a true showstopper! The new design has a Modern Tuscan vibe and an amazing list of features to brag about, both visually and functionally. The quick takeaway from this project is this, in a large home a kitchen island will trump a kitchen peninsula almost all of the time.

Starting with the before pictures will make the transformation even more dramatic.

When the original space was absolutely large enough for a beautiful island, it is amazing that the 1990’s tempted the builders into this dysfunctional peninsula. So let’s start the laundry list of opportunities in this kitchen that go well beyond just the dated style.

  1. Peninsula, even more importantly the angle placement. Notice the location of the dishwasher in the first before picture above. When the dishwasher door is opened, literally all of the interior peninsula cabinets are not accessible. If you enjoy cooking and entertaining guests even the slightest little bit, this particular design would be pretty difficult.
  2. Layout defines a pretty small footprint for kitchen. In relation to the rest of the home, this kitchen is quite small. The “wet bar” incorporated in the peninsula and the upper cabinet for stemware, basically cuts off the usable kitchen counter space well short of where it should which hurts the space visually and also as far as functionality. The pictures above show the countertop outer edge butting up to the corner, which pushes the upper cabinets about a foot into true kitchen space.
  3. Tall corner cabinet with appliance garage. In theory, hiding countertop appliances can be a good idea. In this particular situation, some of the most valuable prep space in the entire kitchen is sacrificed. There is very limited landing space by the cooking area. And as you notice, landing space near microwave and refrigerator are limited also.
  4. Limited seating area. Again, for the square footage available, only having room for 2 to 3 counter stools is not ideal.

So the gorgeous and smart details included in this kitchen remodel in Panther Creek Subdivision…

  • Showplace Cabinetry cabinets in Linen with Walnut, vintage finish and matte sheen. 5 piece headers on all drawers
  • Extended stacked crown molding
  • Glass front cabinets over sink, with glass shelves
  • 3 x 6 subway tile in Elemental Tan
  • New lighting scheme includes additional can lights, reconfigured pendants over island, undercabinet lighting and in cabinet lighting in glass front piece
  • Gialo Napoili granite top on island (101″ x 50″) and perimeter
  • Ruvati stainless steel workstation sink with cutting boards, racks and colander
  • Pot filler faucet at range
  • Drawer microwave in island as well as 24″ wine and beverage frig
  • Island features usable cabinet storage on both sides
  • Seating at island for 4 generously sized counter stools
  • Gorgeous Wolf appliances and vent hood

Continuing both the upper cabinets and base cabinets across the full length the back wall of kitchen, as well as wrapping them around the corner, accomplishes several things. First, storage. Kitchen storage is always a factor in kitchen design. Second, the extended countertop means extra prep space for a 2 cook kitchen. Thirdly, the wrapped corner and short wall of cabinets create a specialty space. Useful for a coffee machine, a dedicated dry bar area while entertaining, or maybe a great space for cookbook storage.

Are you curious about how what it would take to transform your kitchen? If so, then pop on over to our contact page and let one of our Designers answer your questions and get the process started.If you are wondering if DreamMaker is the right fit for your project, then we hope you will check out what we think makes us different than most other remodelers… our Code of Values.

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For these homeowners, expanding the footprint of their L-shaped kitchen was a dream in the making for a number of years. Pushing the back wall (stove and refrigerator wall) into the adjacent room where their office was located, opened up the kitchen for this beautiful island, new French doors to the backyard, and a convenient place for washer dryer upon entering through the garage. As the homeowner prepped in advance with popcorn removal from the ceiling, wallpaper removal, etc, design plans were made to totally transform this tired kitchen into a bright and beautiful new version of itself.

We will try to guide you through this kitchen remodel with before pictures, keep in mind that the kitchen window was moved and French doors are new. The best reference points when comparing before pictures with the after pictures are 1. the wall at left of pantry cabinets and 2. door leading out to the garage. Both of these items are in original positions.

The list of exciting changes and fantastic finishes chosen in this eat-in kitchen include:

  • Additional square footage from adjacent office
  • Soffits are removed throughout
  • New French door added
  • Dedicated washer/dryer space at entrance from garage
  • New LVT floors
  • Cherry kitchen cabinets with Russet stain from Showplace Cabinetry with crown moulding
  • Tall pantry kitchen cabinets to left of refrigerator
  • Roll trays in lower cabinets, including floating pull-out lazy susan alternative
  • Large island with custom curved corner
  • Fantasy Brown Granite kitchen countertops
  • Custom tile backsplash
  • Undermount stainless steel kitchen sink
  • All new kitchen appliances

Sometimes getting a new kitchen is a “pull and replace” where most everything is pulled and out and new materials are put in the same places, same floor plan within the same walls. Sometimes a new kitchen means an “update” with new countertops, backsplash, sink, faucet and maybe paint color and lighting. And then there are those kitchen renovations where the space is so totally fresh and new that you think you are in a different home! Welcome to this Expanded L-Shaped Kitchen Remodel by DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen.

Just as kitchens come in all shapes and sizes, kitchen remodels come in all sizes too. Are you ready to get started on your new kitchen plans? We have a great place for you to start – check out our upcoming events schedule and join us soon!

Farm style kitchen with all the pretty bells and whistles that invite you in over and over again. It’s pretty, comforting and functional all in one.

Details in the cabinetry and trim set this apart – inset style doors, paint cabinets in complementing Gun Smoke (perimeter), Naval Blue (island), and White (hutch), bead board facing at island front. Opening up to the family room required removal of some original walls, brick exterior, and patching and refinishing the existing wood floors.

Countertop choices help to define the spaces and so beautifully create the individual personality and lived in look. LG Quartz Minuet on the island and perimeters, walnut butcher block at baking area as well as hutch. Glass front cabinets here and there and detail to lighting throughout. We are almost sure you haven’t missed the gorgeous farm style porcelain sink!