Renovating a home to better meet the needs of the homeowner is a rewarding process in itself, but creating a little something special for the homeowner within the remodel is the icing on the cake! For our recent clients in Burleson, Texas, the little something special was a custom coffee bar that was included as a part of their kitchen remodel. Adding a coffee bar and morning sitting room was at the top of their wish list, which they expressed to our designers during their initial consultation. Our team wanted to be sure to bring their dreams to life while also making improvements to the overall aesthetic and functionality of the kitchen.
Our Draftsmen began with the floor plans to showcase the structural changes that would be made in the updated space:
One of the most notable changes regarding the layout of the kitchen was the relocating of the refrigerator from the outside corner to the left of the sink. As shown in the floor plans, this location is closer to the coffee bar and more central to the meal prep areas, providing more convenient access.
The wall oven and microwave that were originally in the new location of the refrigerator we replaced with a single appliance – a range oven – allowing space for an in-wall steam oven an additional pantry where the fridge used to be.
One of the first things you’ll notice upon entering the new kitchen is how much brighter and larger it feels compared to the original kitchen. The decision was made to incorporate two-tone cabinets, with the uppers being white, which were extended all the way up to the ceiling. The white used was Sherwin Williams’ Zurich White — the same paint color used on the walls of the room. Using the same color on the walls and the cabinets created a very clean, cohesive look. Glass front display doors were installed on the very top cabinets, with LED backlighting to draw the eyes upward. LED can lights were also strategically placed in the ceiling to brighten the room and create a near-shadowless environment for the meal prep areas.
A custom wood hood was installed over the new range, complimenting the country charm of the new kitchen. The beautiful Quartzite countertop pairs perfectly with the marble mosaic backsplash.
Originally, the clients had chosen a different backsplash tile. Unfortunately, it continued to be on backorder with a delayed shipping date. Understanding that Covid-related chain supply delays were to be expected, our clients were patient and willing to wait for the items they really wanted. However, Stephanie, our Senior Interior Designer, ran across a very similar tile while browsing a showroom and shared it with the clients; they fell in love with it immediately! This option was in stock and readily available, solving the issue of the original backordered tile. It’s such a gorgeous feature that the decision was made to extend it all the way up to the ceiling, adding visual interest to the room and creating a stunning backdrop for the new cabinets and vent hood.
You’ll also notice that drawers were installed below the countertop instead of cabinets with doors. This is something our designers suggest for nearly every kitchen we remodel, as drawers optimize storage space and provide much easier access to stored goods than deep cabinets. No more having to get on your hands and knees to pull out dishware to reach what’s hiding way in the back of the cabinet!
Often, in corners like this, lower cabinets are installed with a Lazy Susan to optimize storage space. In reality, the drawers provide much more usable space when it comes to organized storage. Our clients also liked the idea of having a safe ‘hiding place’ for valuable in the corner of dead space.
Another feature incorporated into the cabinet design, as requested by the client, was a multi-level shelving unit inside the upper corner cabinet, similar to this one:
A sleek stainless steel apron sink was installed to match the other appliances and hardware, along with a beverage faucet and filtration system. Stacked utensil drawers are easily accessible beside the sink and dishwasher for convenient put-away. The original flooring was kept and patched as needed to maintain the rustic character of the home.
The vintage-style light fixture above the sink compliments the decorative pendant lights that were installed over the island. Our client really liked this style of lighting, as our Draftsmen drew it in the renderings, and again, our talented Interior Designer, Stephanie, was able to source something similar that the clients loved!
A new window was installed above the sink to showcase the gorgeous outdoor landscaping. Our team opted to keep the original casing, as it matched the rest of the windows throughout the house.
More convenient stacked utensil drawers were installed to the left of the dishwasher for easy access. The built-in cabinetry around the refrigerator also provides convenient storage, with concealed cookie sheet racks above.
Just across from the refrigerator is the updated island that provides even more storage and counter space! A discreet trash pull-out at the end is large enough to house a full-sized trash bin and separate recycle bin. We also made a special pull-out shelf inside the trash pull-out cabinet for the client’s compost container.
The built-in microwave drawer is also hidden upon entering the kitchen, as it sits below the counter for easy access and a sleek aesthetic.
One of the more unique features included in this remodel was a paper towel dispenser drawer, just to the left of the microwave. This cool little drawer allows the paper towels to be easily within reach during cooking or meal prep without creating any additional clutter on top of the counter, and there is room to store a couple of extra rolls as well!
The island is equipped with convenient electrical outlets and an extended bar area suitable for several bar stools.
Just to the left of the fridge is a cozy window seat with storage drawers below.
Our team was sure to design the height of the bench specifically to allow for a planned seat cushion to sit properly tucked underneath the window sill. Not doing this ahead of time would have created an issue with the cushion fitting later on. It certainly pays to plan correctly and work with a professional remodeler!
What a bright and beautiful place to sit in the mornings with a fresh cup of coffee.
The custom coffee bar has a hard-piped coffee machine and plenty of storage space for coffees, teas, and all the fixings. The long counter is also perfect for a buffet spread if the clients are hosting guests.
The open shelves and upper cabinets tie the coffee bar in with the rest of the kitchen and provide additional space for storage and décor.
Undercabinet lighting spotlights the counter area and showcases the stunning countertop and backsplash that also match the kitchen.
The completed kitchen is absolutely stunning and suits the clients as well as the rest of their home. We are so grateful to have been able to take on this project and bring this dream kitchen to life!
Kudos to all of our team members, vendors, and tradesmen that participated in this project:
Structural Design: Mike Medford, Sr.
Aesthetic Design: Stephanie Milford
Drafting and Renderings: Brandy Anderson
Production Management: Michael Medford, Jr.
Project Management: Dave Broadfield
Trim Carpentry: Dave Broadfield, Greg Haws, Scott Vernon
Cabinets and Shelving: Bailey Cabinets
Plumbing: Express Plumbing
Electrical: Marc Miller Electric
Drywall: Alex Green Drywall
Paint: Phillip Painting Company
HVAC: Standard Supply
Tile & Counters Fabrication: HRG Granite
Glass: Kindred Glass
Countertops & Tile: Hilton’s Flooring & Tile
Staging: Ali Doskocil & Terri Doskocil
Final Photography: Impressia– Todd Ramsey
We’d also like to share all of the design selection items that were used on this project:
If you are interested in remodeling your kitchen or another part of your home, the Medford Team would be happy to help! Contact us today to chat with one of our designers; we’d be happy to help!
The Medford Team