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A Kitchen Remodel … and More

Kitchen Remodel, Ann Arbor, Michigan

This Ann Arbor-area home, more than 40 years old, has served its owners well, but was in need of a serious update – not just to improve the interior appearance, but also to make it work better for the current owners. The project started as a kitchen remodel. Soon, the owners were so pleased with HSA’s work, they asked us to add, first, the family room to the project – and then the laundry, mudroom, and half bath.

We began in the kitchen by removing the existing cabinets, counters, and appliances. The next step was to remove the soffits and the pantry closet so the new cabinets could go to the ceiling. The drywall was repaired and oak flooring to match the family room was installed. The cabinets are in the Diamond, Distinction, Bailey, cherry style with a Brierwood finish. They were furnished by our sister company, First Design Cabinetry in Saline, and then installed.

The kitchen counters are Cambria, Whitehall – fabricated and installed by Lakeside. The cabinet hardware, from Richelieu, has an Antique English finish. The appliances are from Whirlpool; they were provided by the client. Light fixtures came from Ferguson and Top of the Lamp. The back splashes are a marble tile laid in the subway style.

While working on the kitchen, we noted to the owner that we could integrate the family room by simply removing the door and a small portion of the wall dividing the two spaces. That led to the removal of the family room’s dark paneling and to a better cabinet and shelving arrangement. We also installed crown molding and built a fireplace mantel in the same wood and finish as the Diamond, Distinction, Bailey, Maple, Cider finish cabinets provided by First Design Cabinetry.

We then moved into the laundry, mudroom and half bath area. We saved this for last as it was our primary access for the rest of the work. The laundry appliances were moved out to the garage, and the half bath and the mudroom closet were removed. This gave us access to the floor so we could install vary-colored stone in a pattern similar to the foyer. A laundry cabinet and stainless steel laundry tub were installed after relocating the dryer vent to provide a shorter run and to maximize the space for the laundry cabinet. A laminate top was installed, and the same tile backsplash as in the kitchen was fitted to protect the drywall around the laundry tub.

A new comfort-height toilet, medicine cabinet, and pedestal sink were installed in the half bath. Next and last was to take space that had been occupied by a closet and convert it into the new mudroom. Shelves with convenient rollout trays in their lower sections were constructed and installed. The shelves and compartments are cherry, stained to match the kitchen and laundry room cabinets. One section of the cabinetry was left open and sized to accept hanging clothes from the dryer.

All affected spaces were painted to again help the various areas to flow together and create the appearance of a great room. There were many other steps required to complete the work – more than we have space to describe here. The result is a lovely space – and a very happy client.

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