Kitchen Make-Over

Pam Vernon, Classic Kitchens in Leawood, KS, didn’t waste any time coming up with a plan. She eliminates the tight U space in front of the sink by pushing the dishwasher all the way back to the wall. Counter space expands when the refrigerator changes places with the range. A counter –depth side by side refrigerator gives more room to maneuver.


Cabinets go to the ceiling and a built-in cupboard to the left of the doorway keeps  appliances close but hidden. Trays and platters stand upright in the cupboard above the refrigerator. A rectangular counter-high butcher block table multi-tasks as a work surface and a dining spot in the nook.


A swing out shelf close to the stove makes use of the lower space in the corner. The top cabinets have glass fronts and inside lights. The microwave has a range hood and the range has an electric induction cooktop and a convection oven. All of the appliances are stainless steel.


The sink is a double basin white porcelain model and there’s glazed white subway tile on the wall. There are under-cabinet lights, canister recessed lights, a light over the sink, a ceiling light and lights in the eating nook and in the hall. Right, there is no such thing as too much light in a kitchen.


Wowsa. It was exactly what I had in mind. Oh, and the trash – two skinny stainless steel containers fit nicely up against the wall.

3 thoughts on “Kitchen Make-Over

  1. Wow, I hadn’t seen this before — the design is not only beautiful, but uses every nook and cranny and sliver of space in your kitchen. I’lll make a trip to Kansas City to see this! What the ETA?

    1. Got counters and sink in today, we decided to make a major change and take out wall between hall to side door — even tho it is all framed in and ready to go. Lynn, our contractor, says that is why they call it build..and design. It’s probably three weeks out — in the meantime, Lynn is building shelves on the way to the basement. Which is a Very good thing!

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