Addressing Aesthetic & Functionality: An Arlington Kitchen Remodel


Our recent clients in Arlington had the same issues with their kitchen that nearly all of our clients have:  a dated aesthetic and lack of functional storage. They also desired more countertop space and a walk-in pantry to better accommodate their cooking hobby. After years of consideration, they met with our designers — hopeful and ready to jump into a full kitchen remodel!





As you can see in the floor plans, the overall layout of the kitchen was not changing, but there were some substantial modifications that were made. The most noticeable change is the stunning built-in cabinetry in the breakfast nook. The inspiration involved a farmhouse-style with a warm natural stain and open shelving to create an eye-catching focal point.




The original built-ins included glass-front cabinet doors and a gap between the top of the cabinets and the ceiling. Although the clients used this gap for storage, it wasn’t the clean, custom look they wanted. The unit felt dated and too small for the size of the wall, so it was one of the first items on their list to update.



The new built-ins showcase shaker-style doors and upper cabinets on each end with chunky open shelving in between. Just below them is a beautiful 3cm Quartz countertop with a combination of doors and drawers for the lower cabinets. All the stained cabinets in this project are clear alder — such a stunning look!




A few of the personalized features of this custom design are the LED accent lighting to create a luxury display and cabinet roll-outs in the lower cabinets to conveniently house small appliances and cookware.




The cabinetry, backsplash tile, counters, and sink were completely gutted in the kitchen. Tall upper cabinets with shaker-style doors replaced the smaller dated doors for a more modern look. The new refrigerator was anchored to the right of the sink and new dishwasher with built-in cabinetry installed around it. Relocating the fridge allowed for a trash roll-out to be installed discreetly at the end of the cabinetry and solved the issue of overcrowding in the corner.




The two-tone trend is still alive and well! The clients loved the idea of blue cabinetry, but also liked the brightness that white paint offers. The decision was made to only use blue on the lower cabinets while incorporating a white palette with a Quartz countertop, subway tile backsplash, and upper cabinet paint. The combination turned out beautifully and added so much visual interest to the space!




Satin nickel hardware, stainless steel fixtures, and a stainless undermount basin sink tie together the details of the new aesthetic.



Just inside the updated laundry room off the kitchen is the new walk-in pantry that was so important to the clients! Prior to the remodel, all they had was a small storage closet and wasted space in the laundry room. Our team was able to better utilize that space with a large walk-in pantry, complete with adjustable shelving and cabinetry that matches the kitchen.



Strategically placed LED can lights combined with undercabinet lighting offer a near-shadowless environment – perfect for chefs preparing meals. Our clients love how much brighter the room is and that all the countertop work areas are well-lit.



Another modification that made this kitchen feel so much brighter was the removal of the upper cabinets and vent above the existing electric cooktop in the peninsula. This opened up the space and allows the natural light from the large breakfast nook window to illuminate the entire kitchen.




The cabinetry against the wall was reworked to include a new electric range oven and a stainless steel wall vent hood. Our clients emphasized the desire to have some open shelving for cookbooks and décor on this wall as well. Two thick, adjustable wood shelves were added just above the peninsula to meet this need and to tie in with the other wood accents throughout the kitchen and breakfast nook.



A sleek microwave drawer was installed just below the counter of the peninsula for a clean look and easy access. It complements the style and aesthetic of the other appliances without cluttering the counter.


The opposite side of the peninsula serves as a seating area for guests so the cook can entertain while preparing meals – another benefit of this remodel that our clients were happy to acquire!




The completed kitchen is the perfect combination of color, natural wood grain, and modern details. The issues of a dated aesthetic, poor functionality, and lack of storage space were each addressed and resolved with this renovation, and both the homeowners and our team couldn’t be happier with the result!





Kudos to our hardworking team members and trade partners who worked so diligently on this project:



Structural Design: Michael Medford, Jr.


Aesthetic Design: Stephanie Milford


Drafting and Renderings: Brandy Anderson


Production Management: Dave Broadfield


Project Management: Scott Vernon


Trim Carpentry: Scott Vernon, Jeff Murphy


Plumbing: Molberg Plumbing


Electrical: Marc Miller Electric


HVAC: Southern Air Mechanical


Paint: Phillip Painting Company


Countertops: Hilton’s Flooring & Tile Showroom


Countertops, Flooring, & Tile Fabrication: HRG Granite


Staging: Ali Doskocil


Final Photography: Impressia – Todd Ramsey




We’d also like to share the design selection items that were used:



If you’re considering a kitchen renovation or would like to learn more about the remodeling process, our designers would be happy to chat with you!

Contact us for more information.


Warm Regards,

The Medford Team



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