Remodeling Stories: Kitchen is a Family Affair

Initially falling in love with the beautiful wooded lot, this young couple purchased their new home planning to remodel the kitchen area to make room for a future family.  The confined culinary space was their immediate focus, and they sought out Megan Courtney of CabinetStyle in Coralville, Iowa to collaborate and design their new kitchen.

Dura Supreme kitchen

By removing walls, the kitchen was opened to the rest of the home which improved the flow and spaciousness, but reduced the amount of wall cabinets for storage.  To remedy the reduced storage, Courtney planned two large islands, one with the cooktop and the other with the sink. 

The design created a very efficient work zone within the center of the kitchen, keeping the sink, cooktop and refrigerator in close proximity to maximize the ease of meal preparation.  The twin islands also created significant additional storage opportunities and added a casual seating area.

A Dura Supreme kitchen remodel in Iowa with white painted kitchen cabinets, and 2 dark stained kitchen islands.

The cabinetry is packed with organizational features, including a plate storage drawer and a pull-out pantry below the countertop (near the cooktop) to keep spices and cooking essentials close at hand.

Dura Supreme pull-out plate storage in a large deep drawer.

Dura Supreme pull-out spice rack cabinetry in a white and black kitchen remodel.

Courtney explained that it was key to the family to have the kitchen be the hub of the home with an open floor plan, but the space would ideally be multi-functional as well.  An area for "office" work was designed near the windows and bench seating was integrated below the windows.  Taking full advantage of the banquette seating, a cozy breakfast nook completes the space creating an ideal multi-purpose area with expansive window views.

To the side of the kitchen the dining room was configured with built-in nooks for a home office nook and a breakfast nook.

A built-in desk off the kitchen is incorporated with the breakfast nook to create the perfect space for work and entertaining.

Natural neutrals create a soft color palette for this expansive kitchen space that includes a dining room, office space and breakfast nook.  Crisp painted finishes on the cabinetry are contrasted with the rustic look of Knotty Alder on the island cabinetry, creating a welcoming ambiance with a nod to the wooded landscape outside. 

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Dura Supreme cabinetry:  Perimeter cabinetry with Craftsman door style, White Paint. Island cabinetry with Craftsman door style, in Knotty Alder with Caraway finish.

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