Back in September of 2017, we interviewed some of our most famous Kansas City clients about their, at the time, in-progress kitchen remodel. And now, finally, it’s time to look back and see where we landed!
Both professional chefs and owners of some of Kansas City’s most lauded and successful restaurants, these clients were sorely lacking at their homestead. There comes a time when even the cobbler’s children need shoes. And these chefs needed a kitchen. It was time.
In fact, it had been time for quite some time! So much so that there was no question as to what to do. They’d pondered for years and everything was neatly made up in their minds before we stepped foot in the space. It was our job to execute, and that’s exactly what we did.
We converted their minds’ imaginings into drawings and got to work.
Being the tremendous chefs they are, only the best range would do. Just like in their Bluestem kitchen, they opted for an American Range, which sits just beneath a pot filler. In the island, the Boos block houses a trough sink.
The marble-topped seating area is home to homework-doers and taste-testers alike.
On the south wall, our carpenter Pete Collins built walnut shelves to house their colorful array of cookware in front of a backdrop of oversized subway tile.
The refrigerator cabinet is home to a myriad of cookbooks (a few penned by the clients themselves!) and a clever little bulletin board for notes and artwork.
On the east wall, the wife’s baking takes center stage. Cannisters of pastry flour and sugar and a jar of every kind of whisk and spatula stand at the ready to be folded into some of our client’s famous pies and pastries.
It’s always important for us to understand how a space is going to be used. In this case, so much of their lives are spent within these four walls that there was no doubt but that it needed to be functional and practical. But with award winning food being prepared, you can only imagine that the couples’ gatherings and parties are pretty fabulous. So to hide the everyday in preparation for the entertaining days with friends, we housed the television behind bi-folding pocket doors. Likewise, the families’ electronics all plug in to outlets discreetly placed within the top drawer of the cabinetry.
As with any remodel, once you get one room looking beautiful, the rooms surrounding it that were once fine suddenly start to look a little shabby.
A few rolls of wallpaper and a new vanity, sink and faucet did the trick in the bathroom around the corner. (Oh, hi Jim.)
And there we go. A kitchen worthy of its owners – finally!