boulder kitchen design

Following a Kitchen Remodel Weeks 4-6

It's been a while since our last update on our kitchen remodel in Boulder.  This post will summarize the past few weeks worth of progress.  

The new entryway between dining room and kitchen was created.  These are the new stairs between the two spaces. 

We delivered cabinets about three weeks ago...

Cabinet delivery

The general contractor fell a few days behind schedule because the drywallers were not able to get started on schedule.  However, he's been hard at work getting everything ready for our countertop template, which is happening tomorrow...

The kitchen starting to come together...

The bar area.

The floors were sanded down last week.  The final coats of floor finishing will take place after the appliances have been installed.  Although it looks a long way from completion we are just a few short weeks away from being done.  The countertops will be installed in two weeks and we will have the appliances and plumbing hooked up shortly thereafter.  I'll keep you posted...

Following a Kitchen Remodel - Week 3

Although it is tough to tell, there was a lot of progress last week.  The plumbers were able to successfully create new plumbing connections for the main sink, cooktop, and bar sink.  This week, the electricians are in the space, roughing in all the connections necessary for the new appliances and GFCI receptacles required in the kitchen.   

The flooring contractor dropped off some stain samples for our floors, which are going to be refinished starting next week.  Here's a look at our cabinetry finishes along with the flooring samples.  We are leaning towards the natural oak which will receive one treatment of bleach to lighten it and remove any orange / red tones.  We are also specifying a water based finish to prevent any "honey" coloring over the years. 

Here is the favored wood stain next to the new mudroom entry tile.  

Scouting Shots of a White Transitional Kitchen

So you'll notice right off the bat that these are not the highest quality photographs.  That's because I took them myself with my phone camera.  So please forgive the quality!  I posted a few pics earlier this fall of this kitchen in various stages of installation, so hopefully this will tie it all together and you'll get an idea of what the space turned out like.  

The defining feature of the kitchen is definitely the sink wall facing out onto the back yard.  We were unable to remove a soffit due to structural beams in the ceiling, so instead, we tiled the whole wall with herringbone mosaic carrara marble and the installed 3" thick floating shelves with LED puck lights.  

Another feature in this kitchen that is a bit unusual is the use of reclaimed Wyoming dairy barn wood for accent pieces on the back of the island and peninsula.  The gray tones work really well with the carrara marble and Caesarstone countertops.  I also really pushed for the waterfall edges on the ends of the island, and I am so glad the homeowners decided to go for it.  


The floating shelves are 3" thick and have a small detail on the top and bottom edge.  I used 2-1/4" LED puck lights (3 on each side) as undercabinet lighting.  The pucks are aesthetically pleasing and provide for valuable light on the countertop surface, which is Frosty Carrina, by Caesarstone.

Here are 15 Ways to Add Really Functional Storage to Your New Kitchen

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