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Kitchen Remodel : Manhattan, New York

This kitchen remodel took place in Manhattan, New York. The original kitchen was uninspiring. The counters were a dull Formica laminate. The floor had a terracotta look. The cabinets were boring and undersized. Although this kitchen was not physically on its last leg, from a design point of view it definitely lacked a pulse. The homeowner just simply hated her kitchen.

The Issue:

  • Small kitchen
  • Uninspiring
  • Not enough storage
  • Low-end materials

The Mission:

  • To redesign and upgrade this average kitchen.

The Design:

To create the look she wanted the homeowner decided that the upgrade of the kitchen would involve granite counters, an under mount sink, stainless steel appliances, and dark horizontal cabinets with frosted glass inserts. European bar pulls were chosen to compliment the cabinet's modern look. And to maximize storage the cabinets were extended to the ceiling. To create the illusion of space twenty-four inch porcelain tiles would cover the floor while the backsplash would be a combination of mosaic stone and glass.

The Construction:

All of the cabinets, counters, and flooring were removed along with the wall that enclosed the fridge. Due to the fact that the kitchen walls were originally framed with a light gage metal there was not sufficient support for the cabinets. Wood blocking was added in order to ensure a sturdy backing from which to hang the cabinets. Once this was accomplished the walls were plastered and then painted. The floor was leveled and the tiles were installed. GFI outlets were added along with under-cabinet lighting. The size of the pass through space was adjusted to fit the dimensions of the new cabinets. With the elimination of the fridge wall it was now possible to install a refrigerator cabinet and panel which made for a much more pleasing flow. See the "before" and "after" transformation in the photos shown above.

Posted Comments

"amazing. Love the cabinet color. Your design is warm yet modern and sleek. I have the same appliances have not used them yet. How do you like yours??"
January 11, 2012
gillian w - Indianapolis,IN
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"my husband and I just got a place and the kitchen looks so similar .... thx for the ideas .. and fab job"
December 20, 2011
gillian w - Indianapolis,IN
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"This company you used did an amazing job. The before and after pictures shows clearly how much love and care was thought in creating this kitchen. Hope in the near future I am able to revamp my kitchen also. Excellent job"
November 9, 2011
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"Looks Awesome! Love the Backsplash! goes great with cabinets & Countertop. Especially Love the open area with the stools! Great Design Job!"
November 8, 2011
LPONGRATZ - Stratford, WI
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"Absolutely fabulous! I love the horizontal cabinets...and the backsplash is awesome awesome awesome! So inviting..perfect for a Sunday brunch."
November 8, 2011
Diva20 - New Jersey
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"Very polished. Nice!"
November 8, 2011
jomal8618 - Chattanooga, TN
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Mullings Restoration & Development is a home improvement contractor that performs all interior renovations while specializing in kitchen and bathroom remodeling. Our services include project consultation, architectural design, plumbing, electrical and general construction.


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