For someone with a passion for canning and crafting homemade goods, her kitchen layout caused more headaches then enjoyment. This kitchen remodel was much more than improving the day-to-day life, but also to expand and encourage their household’s emphasis on healthy, homemade meals.

A close up of fresh picked strawberries for canning jams. A kitchen remodel designed for canned goods.

The original kitchen design had several issues, including a cooktop that consumed most of the space on the kitchen island.

Before photo of a farmhouse kitchen.

More storage and workspace was also needed.  A few items on the wishlist included a pot filler to relieve the burden of carrying heavy pots of water and also re-positioning their off-center kitchen sink for a better view of their gorgeous garden.

They decided it was time to call in an expert and contacted Molly McCabe, AKBD, CGP, CAPS of A Kitchen That Works, LLC. Molly took some time to get to know the homeowners, their lifestyle, and, the structure of the home.

White and barn red color palette in a modern farmhouse kitchen design.

For style, the couple wanted a more modern farmhouse look.  They also love the “cranberry” red of their original kitchen island. Molly created a combination of door styles and finishes to help them create the right look and helped find a perfect shade of “cranberry red” using Dura Supreme’s Personal Paint Match program.

Dura Supreme Cabinetry Kitchen Island is shown in a Personal Paint Match finish (Sherwin Williams Salute SW7582)

She started by slightly reconfiguring the space, placing the fridge where the doorway used to be, then extending the counter space and working storage horizontally. With the vaulted ceiling, they extended the wall cabinet height adding additional storage vertically.

The cooktop was moved off of the kitchen island and to the wall where the double ovens once sat. A larger, ventilation system was installed along with a pot filler.

Before and after pic of a traditional farmhouse kitchen that was remodeled into a modern farmhouse kitchen design.
A close up of the cooking area with the tile framed pot filler above the cooktop.

They were able to tie in the “Cranberry” red color the homeowners love into the tile work around the pot filler.

You can see Stella, the family cat loves the new fireplace too!

The kitchen sink was centered to enhance the view to the garden and deep apron sink was selected not only to fit the farmhouse style but also to accommodate the emptying of large pots of water used in canning.

Before and After comparison photos of the kitchen remodel makeover with Dura Supreme Cabinetry.

For the new, spacious island, a butcher block countertop was selected creating a larger workspace that makes food prep and clean up an easy chore for this kitchen’s crafty chef.

“The kitchen island is chuck full of storage!” explained McCabe. Great consideration of the homeowner’s hobby was taken into consideration when designing the island. Some of the features include a pull-out waste bin to help with cleanup after prepping food on the butcher block, a bookcase to keep her favorite cookbooks close at hand, a dishrack drawer within easy reach from the dishwasher and sink, and a wine rack facing the living room and dining room for entertaining her guests with her homemade ciders. There’s even space for seasonally used items to be stored out of the way, yet easy to find.

To make working at the kitchen island as comfortable as possible, a selection of cable and rail lighting was added. A large decorative fan was also added to help keep a comfortable room temperature and assist in circulating the air when steaming large amounts of water.

In the end, all the “headaches” of the original kitchen were solved along with several new additions to allow the homeowner to truly enjoy her passion.

The enhanced kitchen window view. In a Dura Supreme cabinetry kitchen with a modern farmhouse style.

The enhanced kitchen window view.

Mandi Juskiewicz the Senior Design & Marketing Specialist for Dura Supreme Cabinetry. A content developer and blog author for the company.

Mandi Juskiewicz is the Sr. Design & Marketing Specialist for Dura Supreme Cabinetry with 20 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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