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Elkhorn Kitchen Project

Happy short work week! I had a restive full-on Labor Day Weekend. We went to Redfish Lake for two of the three days because unlike most people, I fully believe that Labor Day means summer is over. Done. So, I had to soak up all I could get while I could get it. Sunscreen zits and all.

And now back to the task at hand. My latest project: a very dramatic kitchen renovation (cue: before photos). The clients are great people – born and bred Boise – who are looking to retire in the Ketchum area. They bought a condo in the Elkhorn area that has great bones, but terrible skin –  the Bee Gees aren’t as 70’s as this place – so, they called me in to scope out the situation and after about 3 minutes of thinking about it, I signed on. I love a good gut job!

Mercy. If this was Hollywood some make-up artist would be yelling “I need more concealer over here, now!” All things considered though, the cabinets are in great shape because they were rarely used so they will be going to the Building Thrift store. They are perfect for garage storage.

The challenge for this project is how to make the kitchen feel bigger without taking out the oven wall. It’s one of the only supporting beams and because of structural issues, the wall has to stay but we are able to widen the opening by 6 feet. (And yes, the raised living room floor has since been demolished). Also, the plumbing and electrical remains as is so it’s just a matter of updating the entire look.

So my plan for a bigger, brighter feeling kitchen is to:
1. Install white cabinetry
2. Install open shelving
3. Lay tile from the countertops to the ceiling, making the ceilings seem higher
4. Move the peninsula towards the back window to allow more work space in the center

These are the renditions drawn up by one of my new favorite people Kirk Squier. He’s talented, funny, super kind, and he calls me “kid” so I’m a fan.

For all you symmetry people, the open shelving combined with closed cabinetry might weird you out, but I think it will work. I carried the open shelving around to the window side to complete the look and to draw your eye towards the windows and the view.

Here’s my inspiration:

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We are still many moons away from completion, but I’ll be sure to photograph the space when it’s done. I think it’s going to look amazing!

cheers,
Heather

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