by Monica Banks July 19, 2018

Renovating any space in your home can feel like a daunting task. Particularly the kitchen. It’s such an important space in every home and there are so many decisions to make. It is a big undertaking. But like any project, it gets done one step at a time. The first thing to do is set goals for yourself. What do you want from this kitchen? What do you want use the space for? What elements are most important to you? The answers to these questions will set the path for you project. You can’t get what you want, if you don’t know what you want.

quartz counter cubitac kitchen

For this home, it was about creating a space to entertain your friends and family. Creating a home your kids want to come back to, and want to bring their friends and grandkids back too. Along with a classic stove hood. These elements are what set the tone for the space. And the results exceeded expectations.

farmhouse sink classic stove hood cubitac

The design process took a while. At one point, due to design issues, the homeowner almost conceded the hood to her stove. It can be tempting to compromise on everything. It’s so easy to bottle up your own desires and disappointment for the sake of the bigger picture. You tell yourself that you don’t need anything. That you’re happy just to be getting a new kitchen. It’s important to understand the difference between wants and needs. It’s also important to know that it’s ok to want things.  This is a time to go for the things you want. The homeowner realized she would regret not getting the style she wanted when she was doing the work.

gas stove classic hood cubitac

Renovating your kitchen is a big deal, it’s not the type of thing you plan on doing over. It’s important to know what you want and get it right the first time. We may not always get the things we want, and that’s ok. You don’t need everything. But some things are worth fighting for. Sometimes, it’s ok not to compromise.

orchid engineered quartz cubitac marble backsplash

When you walk into this home, it feels open and lively. It’s hard to imagine it any other way. To create a sense of open space, the entryway to the dining room was widened, and a double hung window and single door were replaced with a sliding door. This helped create a sense of openness without having to tear down any walls completely. The dining room is still a separate space, but by widening the opening, the space flows more freely.

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Each part of this kitchen renovation was locally sourced. This home creates a sense of community for those that live here, and that is a feeling that extends beyond the property lines. Buying your products in town helps support your local economy, which keeps money in your community and helps community members support their families. It’s the cycle that keeps on giving. Sometimes the things you want most are just around the corner.

kitchen overall butcher block cubitac quartz marble backsplash

Cubitac Cabinetry, Sofia Door Style, Latte White with Pewter Highlight

Carrara Marble Backsplash by Cape Ann Tile


Monica Banks
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