Mixing old and new: Updating 1980s kitchen


Original kitchen: This home, located in the Brookshire addition in Carmel, was built in 1980 and the owners have lived in the home for 21 years. The owners are retired now and have completed a few remodels over the years. “There were a lot of little things that bugged us about the kitchen, and you tend to live so long with those things you begin to ignore them.Once we found the right design/build team, we were ready to make changes. We love our kitchen now.”


Project goals: The homeowner decided against gutting the entire kitchen, but still wanted several functional and aesthetic upgrades. The goals for the remodel were toremove a large, outdated ceiling light box; make the refrigerator look built-in; remove the hanging cabinetry between the kitchen and dining area; update the built-in shelves in the pantry; and build in the microwave above the stove. The homeowner noted, “The 3-D graphics system allowed us to actually see our finished kitchen before they (the workers) even started the job.”

Matching old with new: One of the challenges was ensuring the new cabinet changes blended seamlessly with the original cabinets. New matching cherry-wood moldings and cabinet door and drawer fronts were custom ordered to fit the space. According to the owner, “We had new cabinetry added to the old, and the carpenters were able to match the look. When people come into our kitchen, they cannot tell which cabinets are new.”

Final results:The homeowners commented, “The old pantry had built-in shelving that could only store soup cans. The new roll-out shelving gives us much more storage. We had granite installed a few years ago, but with the overhead cabinets, it got lost. Now the cabinets are gone and the new pendant lighting is up; the granite looks like a piece of art.”


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