Column: Cosmetic kitchen upgrade lowers project budget


EXISTING KITCHEN: This home located in the Hamilton Proper development in Fishers was built in 1994. The owners had been thinking of remodeling their original kitchen for about two years. The existing cabinets were still in good shape – but the rest of the kitchen felt outdated. The original white Corian countertops were showing their age and the appliances were outdated and out of style. The owners wanted to update without spending as much money as a full remodel requires. The existing layout of the kitchen worked well, so the focus became cosmetic upgrades.

COUNTERTOP & BACKSPLASH AREA: The rich colors of the “Uba Tuba” granite and the coordinating “Baoding Creme Quartz Brick” backsplash tile contrast nicely with the existing white cabinetry. Carrying the backsplash tile up to the ceiling behind the range hood added to the visual interest.

CABINET MODIFICATIONS: The old appliances were replaced with new coordinating stainless steel appliances. Existing wall cabinets above the gas range had to be removed to make way for the new wall-mounted vent hood. The existing double oven cabinet opening was also modified to accept the new ovens.

PLUMBING FIXTURES & HARDWARE: The existing plumbing fixtures were replaced including new Kraus brand 33-inch double bowl undermount stainless steel sink with a new Kohler single handle faucet and matching soap dispenser. All new fixtures were done in brushed nickel. New brushed nickel cabinet knobs were installed to provide a cohesive look with the rest of the kitchen.

FINAL RESULT: In the end, the homeowners certainly achieved the modern look they had been dreaming of without making dramatic changes to the cabinetry or footprint of the kitchen. The upgraded granite countertops, warm colored tiled backsplash, coordinating plumbing fixtures and hardware came together to create a kitchen worthy of this beautiful home.