Blueprint for Improvement: Northern Indy functional kitchen



Raunick BEFORE

This 1972-built home is in Indianapolis’ Pickwick Commons neighborhood.  The popular ’70s split-level design didn’t give the family the space they craved for spending time together and hosting friends and family.  They wanted to create a larger kitchen that opened into a brand-new great room which would offer plenty of room for family activities.


Raunick 1

  • The exterior wall was removed and columns added to provide structural support and architectural interest between the kitchen and the new great room.
  • Raunick 3The kitchen was expanded into what was the dining room, giving the homeowners more room for maneuvering and a lot more storage.
  • An impressive granite backsplash makes quite a statement over the cooktop and continues to the counters.
  • New maple cabinetry with loads of pull-out shelves and organizers, plus a larger island, provide additional storage and organization.

Larry Greene is the owner of Case Design/Remodeling; email him at [email protected]. Visit for more remodeling inspiration and advice.