An Award-Winning Open Plan Kitchen Remodel for $80- $100K


We recently won the National Association of the Remodeling Industry’s 2017 Remmie award for kitchens $60,000 – $100,000!

We thought it would be fun to walk you through the before and afters.

Before and After Walnut Creek Kitchen Remodel

The Kitchen Remodel Challenge

Our European clients had just relocated back to the States and felt a major remodel was in order. This two-story townhouse was dark, outdated and had a small, closed-in 70’s style kitchen.  The galley kitchen with laundry at one end and dining area at the other gave the home an “apartment feel.” Interior walls and a beam with several posts broke up the living area of the home.


The homeowner’s wish list included opening up the kitchen to the living room and dining room, bringing in as much natural light as possible and adding LED lights throughout.  They wanted a kitchen with clean lines and a contemporary European flair. They asked for more and better storage, more counter space, and room for two to cook.  The walls, the beam and posts, the large laundry machines and deep pantry all closed the space down and constricted the kitchen.

The Open Plan Solution

The laundry machines were moved to the garage and the wall separating the kitchen and nook from the living area was removed. (Engineering needed here, folks) Additionally, we removed the large central beam along with two supporting posts that were in the room. The new replacement engineered beam was supported at either end on new posts and footings. We were able to keep one post strategically placed in the island and created another false post in the island for balance, symmetry and incidentally, for a chase for plumbing and electrical as we were building on a slab foundation.  We removed the over-deep, built-in pantry and replaced it with a very functional tall pull-out pantry. The white cabinetry and gorgeous white textured backsplash tile brighten up the kitchen, and beautifully contrast the natural “Blue Night” granite countertops.

Beautiful St. Laurent Brushed Oak wood flooring and bright splashes of primary color complete the look and feel of this bright, open plan kitchen!

If you love looking through before and afters, we have plenty to peruse in our kitchen remodel galleries.