This home Morris County New Jersey home, built in 1992, had a kitchen with lacquer cabinets and laminate countertops which was a modern look at the time. Twenty years later, the new owner wanted her own vision and version of a modern kitchen. The project plan also included a makeover for the great room, including a wet bar, and built-in cabinetry for the adjacent family room.
To incorporate the homeowner’s wish list item of a large dine-at island instead of the existing peninsula the plan included removing the rear, structural wall and extending the kitchen two feet into the existing great room. This was not an easy task. Obviously a header beam was required, plus the floor framing needed to be extended, but also reconfiguration of the heat/cooling ducts, electrical, and plumbing was necessary. The change in the ductwork lead to installing an LG separate ductless mini-split heating and air conditioning unit to supply the great room on its own thermostat.
The final result is a modern, gourmet kitchen featuring professional grade appliances from Wolf Miele, and Kitchen Aid. The cabinetry door style is Breckenridge cherry wood with a chestnut finish from UltraCraft. The cabinetry was selected with Kathleen Abrams of Direct Cabinet Sales. The countertops are super white quarzite super white quartzite with a butcher block top integrated with the island next to the prep sink. The glass mix backsplash is called Clear and Natural Shore Brick. As not to interrupt the wall tile, under cabinet outlets were utilized. The countertop and backsplash areas are illuminated with under cabinet LED task lighting strips. The flooring is 4” x 24” porcelain plank tile.
All the final tile selections were done with Nanci McCarthy, branch manager at Best Tile in Keyport, NJ.
The great room now has an amazing seventeen foot long bar that includes a stainless steel undermounted sink with a brushed nickel single-lever faucet, under counter refrigerator, and kegerator. The countertop is Lapis Lazuli, a form of granite that contains semi-precious stones. Actual gemstones provide the blue hue. This countertop has actual fossils embedded and visible. The fireplace was refaced with Island Stone rustic cladding tiles in sutra black to match the bar area’s backsplash wall. The same plank tile flooring from the kitchen is on the landing, step and five feet along the bar and patio door wall. The 12’ sliding patio door was replaced with a 16’ folding door system from LaCatina.
Light fixtures and wall paint colors from Benjamin Moore were selected by a color consultant.
The project also features built-in cabinetry for the family room matching the kitchen, new gas fireplaces, and two media centers. The foyer was upgraded with black marble floor tiles and a wood entry door with stained glass.
The project was designed, developed, and sold by the Design Build Planners. The craftsmanship was from ProSkill Construction, a member of the DBP Preferred Network of Remodelers.