After Remodel: New Island Provides Storage & Counter Space

Designed by Amy Mood, AKBD, CAPS

Private Residence

The new island provides both storage and a much needed work space in this small kitchen. There was a half wall removed between the kitchen and dining room and the new peninsula replaces what was once a small kitchen table. The toffee cabinetry in the new island complements the coconut-colored cabinetry on the perimeter and brings warmth to the space.

Perimeter Cabinetry: Schrock Parker Maple

Island Cabinetry: Merillat Avenue Maple
Finishes: Coconut (perimeter cabinets), Toffee (island cabinets)
Countertops: Silestone Mountain Mist

Contractor: Tom Stewart of Handyworks, Mansfield, MA

Using basically the same cabinetry footprint, the new light colored cabinetry makes the room feel larger and the traditional style makes it timeless. The same window is over the sink, but it appears larger with the valance removed and decorative shelves added on each side. Both task and pendant lighting also brighten the space.

Before Kitchen Remodel in North Attleboro, MA

BEFORE: This small kitchen has served its family well for many years. But it’s ready for an update. The dark cabinetry makes the room feel small, and the cabinetry style with the scalloped valance makes it look dated.

The lack of open counter space in this kitchen is quite obvious and more storage is needed.