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Perce Kitchen Remodel

The Half-Completed Country Kitchen

We recently worked on an interesting kitchen remodeling project in Windsor. This home was built in the 1950s and originally had a galley kitchen with an awkward layout. The set up wasn’t working for the family at all; they wanted a more open, convivial kitchen space. Since they had some DIY home improvement experience, they first tried to renovate themselves. They pulled down cabinets and took down some sheetrock, but the family slowly realized that this kitchen remodeling project was more than they could handle—that’s when they called Thompson Construction.

For older homes, knocking down walls to create an open kitchen usually involves some additional engineering. We consulted a structural engineer to determine the safest way to create the kitchen the homeowners wanted. We added a large support beam in the attic that spanned the length of the home. The installation of this beam permitted us to then remove interior walls and create the outline of an open kitchen.

We then started focusing on specific design elements. The main items on the homeowners’ wish list were a kitchen island and a window over the new, larger sink. Though the kitchen was now open, determining exactly how to situate the island so that it wouldn’t interfere with the yet-to-be installed cabinet doors and appliances proved tricky. Thankfully, we were able to find a solution that made the new kitchen island workable.

This home was situated on five acres of land in a rural setting. The homeowners wanted to create a country-style kitchen with modern touches. This meant installing a one-of-a-kind hammered copper sink and a custom backsplash. We connected the homeowners with a cabinetmaker who designed and built unique hickory cabinets. The end result was a warm, beautiful and spacious kitchen.

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