Before & After Renovation: A Granny Kitchen Goes Modern

published Mar 30, 2012
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The transformation of this kitchen from a cramped box with horrible wallpaper to a spacious, modern room gives me hope for my own outdated kitchen. The new kitchen—which was created by opening up all the walls and combining a series of smaller rooms—features enviable amounts of counter space, a pretty block of cedar paneling and glossy white cabinets.

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This kitchen needed a full-scale remodel, so the homeowners called up the design build firm Vanillawood to step in and transform the grim room into an inviting kitchen. The first step was to open up the space and create a layout that provided good traffic flow, plenty of workspace, and lots of storage. The designers chose to anchor the room with a large island topped with Carrara marble and supported by a bank of cabinets and drawers. The generous width of the countertop means this kitchen can happily accommodate more than one cook.

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The slatted wood wall warms up the white cabinets and counters.

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The large corner window lets in lots of natural light.

Stainless steel accents, including the Electrolux appliances, Blanco sink, Hansgrohe Interaktiv faucet, and Sugatsune hardware gleam under the glow cast by a trio of glass pendants and canister lights. The wood accents create a warm counterpoint to the white cabinets and countertops and make this spare, modern space feel cozy.

Related: Alison & Kevin’s Floor-to-Ceiling Kitchen Remodel in Seattle

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