Anatomy Of A Custom Kitchen: Before & After

Posted on | November 23, 2011 | No Comments

Whether you’re an avid cook or you just like to enjoy a cup of coffee each morning at your kitchen table, having a kitchen that inspires you and meets all of your needs is a dream come true. Designer Gina Arledge of  The Kitchen Studio in Greensboro knows something about making kitchen dreams a reality. We caught up with Gina to ask her about how she creates custom kitchens, and to get some details about a renovation she recently completed for a Greensboro couple.
Images Courtesy of The Kitchen Studio Photography by Mark Wagoner Productions

NCD: How do you go about creating a custom kitchen?

GA: First, I interview my clients to understand how they want their kitchen to look and function. To get a sense of their style, I look at the artwork and the décor in the rest of their home. I also interview them to assess their needs and preferences. Do they like clean lines? How do they cook? What everyday activities go on in their kitchen? Based on their answers, I try to come up with a design that’s new, fresh and meets their practical needs.

NCD: How did you determine a style direction for this particular kitchen?

GA: I was struck by my clients’ artistic, eclectic style and their use of color. In contrast, their kitchen was a tiny, cramped, colorless space. I knew they would need something dramatic and contemporary. But I also wanted to make their kitchen a zen-like retreat from all of the color and activity in the rest of the home. So I chose a bold and sleek design, with clean lines, frosted cabinet doors, stainless steel appliances and a stainless steel backsplash.

NCD: What are some of the practical needs you addressed?

GA: The kitchen was too small, and there was a bathroom awkwardly placed in between the kitchen and the dining room.  We gutted the kitchen, removed the bathroom, and expanded into that space. We relocated the range, which was poorly placed, and added counter space around it, and we installed an elevated countertop and open shelving for the husband, who is 6’ 2”.
Images Courtesy of The Kitchen Studio Photography by Mark Wagoner Productions

NCD: What were some of the challenges you faced?

GA: The biggest challenge we faced was the fact that the husband and wife disagreed on the cabinetry finishes. We ended up combining two different Italian laminated finishes—one dark and one light—to suit them both. In the end, we created a space that met both of their needs, and made them both very happy.

The Kitchen Studio is an award-winning custom design company focused on face-to-face customer service. Their Greensboro custom cabinet designs and creative kitchen solutions are hand-tailored to fit their client’s needs and budgets.

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