This Chicago couple loved their home within the historic neighborhood of Hyde Park, but they had outgrown their small and outdated kitchen. It was time to make a change; the kitchen had to go! They called in the expertise of Lauren Marshall, Principle Designer for Lauren Marshall Interiors in Oak Park, Illinois to restore the luster of their kitchen.

This Chicago couple loved their home within the historic neighborhood of Hyde Park, but they had outgrown their small and outdated kitchen. It was time to Remodel. After photo of historic kitchen renovation.

Dura Supreme Cabinetry supplied by Seigle’s Cabinet Center, Chicago Metro Area, Illinois.

Expanding the kitchen storage was a high priority for the couple, but moving walls or expanding the footprint of the kitchen was not an option. After reviewing the building restrictions, Lauren suggested expanding the cabinetry upward to take full advantage of her client’s 10 ft ceilings.

Adding the additional wall cabinets to the ceiling almost doubled the storage.
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Adding the additional wall cabinets to the ceiling almost doubled the storage.

“My client is petite. I knew expanding the cabinetry upward would provide a daily challenge for her, so to make the upper storage more accessible and comfortable for her I recommended a library-style ladder with a rail system and wheels to provide her easy access to every cabinet,” explained Lauren, “It also adds some whimsical charm to a design that blends beautifully with the history of the house.” The new portable ladder is easy to move throughout the entire space and when it’s not being used it’s hung decoratively on the wall across from the refrigerator.

Here you can see a small glimpse of the mobile ladder to the right directly across from the refrigerator.

Here you can see a small glimpse of the mobile ladder to the right directly across from the refrigerator.

After years of doing dishes by hand, a dishwasher was a high priority item on the homeowner’s wishlist. With very limited space, Lauren knew she’d have to get creative to make a dishwasher work for her clients. She moved the stove to the opposite wall and repositioned the kitchen sink to make room for a smaller 18″ wide dishwasher.

A shallow, hutch-like space catches your eye as you step into this kitchen.

A shallow, hutch-like space catches your eye as you step into this kitchen. “They are big tea drinkers and I wanted to provide them with a dedicated tea station,” explained Lauren. The shallow depth cabinetry provides just enough space to comfortably rest their electric tea kettle which is powered at the nearby outlet.

A shallow, hutch-like space catches your eye as you step into this kitchen.

The apothecary drawers not only add a traditional look to the area but also house and organize their tea bags and supplies, while teacups are easy to access and displayed in the glass cabinet above.

A close up of beautiful white painted cabinet doors with trenyd gold hardware in a traditional styled historic home in Chicago, IL.

There were only a few inches to spare next to the refrigerator where the designer added a shallow tall cabinet with open shelving for barware, canned foods, and decor.

The side of the refrigerator has a thin tall cabinet with open shelves for barware, spices, and canned good storage
A view out the kitchen door showing the tall thin cabinet on the side of the fridge with open shelves for storage for cups, wine glasses, spices, canned goods and more.

Linen White paint was selected for the cabinetry to blend with the orignal white painted woodwork throughout the home.

Close up of prep sink area with a floating and open shelf above, white cabinets, gold cabinet pulls, and a pale blue tiled backsplash.

I am so impressed by the ingenuity and thought that went into the details of this kitchen. Every inch was truly put to good use throughout the entire design.

A small U-Shaped kitchen design in a historic home with white painted cabinetry and a library style ladder.

Mandi Juskiewicz is the Marketing Communications Coordinator for Dura Supreme Cabinetry with 15+ years of experience in graphic design, web design, multi-media communications, photography, and social media technology.  Her accolades include the distinction of being named Kitchen Cabinetry Marketing Specialist of the Year 2019 in the 2019 Content Creator Awards held by CV Magazine and achiever of the Houzz Influencer Award. Her role at Dura Supreme allows her to curate the “best of the best” designs, cutting edge products and fabulously functional Dura Supreme kitchens across the country and feature them here for inspiration and design ideas!

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