Looking for better traffic flow and more prep and entertainment space, this empty-nester couple set out to remodel their original 1980s kitchen with the help of designer Kathi Fleck. But before beginning, the couple tasked Fleck with one more request: to include a subtle nod to the wife’s Scottish heritage. Fleck responded to the latter request with tones of green in the backsplash and granite countertops and with red glass pendant lights above a dining area.
Photos by Memories by Louise
Kitchen at a Glance
Willow Park, Texas
179 square feet (16.6 square meters)
Kathi Fleck of LoneStar Property Solutions
BEFORE: The couple thought the original kitchen felt cramped and the appliance layout was a bit dysfunctional, with the refrigerator near the kitchen entrance blocking the walkway.
Fleck reconfigured the space to bring the refrigerator to the full wall, freeing up the entryway for better flow and creating more of a work triangle
Dark-stained maple cabinets help offset the subtle hues of muted green in the backsplash and granite countertops and the red in the pendant lights and window treatments, not shown.
Mission-style cabinets: Factory Builder Stores; backsplash: Emser Tile; floor: Daltile; plumbing fixtures: Ferguson
Fleck paid special attention to incorporating smart storage solutions inside the cabinets. Here, pullout baskets hold fresh fruit and vegetables.
Slide-out shelves make full use of the deep cabinets for pantry space.
A spice rack pulls out conveniently near the range.
Deep drawers store pots and pans and large serving dishes.
Near the sink, a slide-out trash and recycling bin system also includes a drawer for storing trash bags.
A Lazy Susan and swing-out shelves make use of corner storage.
BEFORE: Here, a cutout above the original sink area offered minimal connection to the nearby living room.
AFTER: Fleck removed the partial wall and upper cabinets to create more openness to the living room.
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