The plan was to remodel the existing builder’s grade 15 year old kitchen in Somerset County, New Jersey. The homeowner wanted to make better use of the space, add a dine-at island, and take advantage of the 9’ high ceiling with a more aesthetic design. At the initial meeting, the client had one category already finalized. That was the appliances. The homeowners had seen, and fell in love with, Jenn-Air oil-rubbed bronze appliances. To keep the overall cost within budget, the cabinetry design was done in consideration of the heat and air vents so duct relocation would not be required. The homeowner, as a wholesale club member, wanted their cabinets, appliances, flooring, lighting and tile to be purchased there. Working with the wholesale club for final specifications and delivery proved to be somewhat of a challenge. After many multiple party meetings all was worked out. The kitchen renovation matched the design and development process which was an extension of the homeowner’s vision and remodeler’s experience. Working around the oil-rubbed appliances, the final cabinet selection incorporated an unfitted design utilizing two different finishes. The island cabinetry is a stained wood while the perimeter cabinets are painted with a brown glazing. The staggered wall cabinet height gives the room much more personality than previous. The warm look and feel of the dark engineered wood flooring provides a great contrast to the painted base cabinets. Under cabinet lighting accentuates the backsplash tile, especially the feature inlay at the cooktop and exhaust hood. Not so surprisingly, the under counter beverage center in the island is the favorite feature of the children. This project was designed and developed by the Design Build Planners and was managed and built by Mark of Excellence. CLICK HERE to view photos of this kitchen renovation project.