Oftentimes it’s easiest to design when there’s a clean slate, such as what is provided by a completely gutted space or with new construction. But those opportunities aren’t always the options presented when a designer agrees to take on a kitchen or bath project. Such was the case with this kitchen in Algonquin, IL.
The homeowners, who are empty nesters with two daughters in college, are the original owners of the home, which was built about 15 years ago. They wanted to update the kitchen within the same footprint and create a more functional gourmet island…all while utilizing several existing elements such as the original maple cabinets and black granite around the perimeter, as well as the recently refinished red oak floor.
The couple started the project themselves, selecting mosaic backsplash tile in varying shades of brown. They had it installed…then got stuck. “That’s when they called me in to help,” says Angie Gardeck, Allied ASID and owner of New Perspective Design. She, along with designer/employee Pam Guido and Ian McPherson, the client’s contractor, worked to pull the space together.
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