Monsters come in all shapes and sizes. For this young Kansas City family, the Price of Cabinets scary beast wasn’t all gnarled hair and venomous fangs. Rather it was an enormous range hood covered in decorative scrollwork and low-end wood trim that they felt dominated the lair, er, kitchen. OK, not exactly the kind of thing that will keep you up at night, but after removing as much scrollwork as they could and trying to live with the results for a few years, they eventually had had enough of the inefficient cabinetry. And it wasn’t just the kitchen that they thought didn’t work. The adjacent family room bore the same cabinets and fixtures, which a house flipper had added prior to the couple’s buying the home. "BEFORE: At first the homeowners thought they could transform the space by Price of Cabinets removing the range hood, refacing the cabinets (they disliked the arch-topped doors) and adding some skylights to brighten the great room. But after meeting with architect Matthew Lero, of RDM Architecture, they soon found that with a 14-foot-high attic space above the area, adding three skylights would be insanely expensive. “There were some roof complications too, and they would have spent all this money for three skylights and still have a kitchen that doesn’t work,” Lero says.
AFTER: So the couple shifted their focus to overhauling the Price of Cabinets . Working with Lero, contractor Ian Hurst of Hurst Construction, and Shikles Cabinets, the team ripped everything out and started fresh.
Glass-fronted upper cabinets and a back-painted glass backsplash are a break from the white while keeping things light.
Transom windows over the upper cabinets bring in light from a sunroom on the other side, while a new window to the left of the cabinets also brightens the room. The walnut-wrapped island adds a touch of warmth and connects with walnut furniture found throughout the house.
More efficient storage was the main goal for the new cabinets. Price of Cabinets Here a pullout rack for spices and another for pots and pans keep things organized and easy to reach. RDM ArchitectureCustom dividers in an island drawer corral silverware.
And pullout shelves make the most of a deep pantry cabinet.
BEFORE: The adjacent family room also needed an update. Because there’s a fireplace in a nearby room, the family wasn’t keen on keeping this one in use. Plus, the existing Price of Cabinets didn’t provide the storage they needed. RDM Architecture4AFTER: Lero removed the fireplace but kept the chimney, in case the couple wanted to add a fireplace in their master bedroom, which is on the other side of this wall.
RDM ArchitectureNew cabinets topped with walnut connect the family room to the kitchen update. The drawers under the TV go all the way back into the wall to create ample storage for toys. To the Price of Cabinets right of those is a subwoofer concealed behind a perforated metal panel. A walnut toe kick gives the cabinets a floating appearance."