About our client

Highland Park, Illinois

This fun and young family in Highland Park was looking to renovate their forever home to fit their style and their growing families needs.


The clients wanted a full gut remodel to their kitchen that included space for a beverage center and entertaining. They wanted to increase their dining opening to kitchen as well as create a whole new layout.


The existing kitchen had a coffered ceiling that had a traditional ornate crown and shape that didn’t match the clients style. The tile in the kitchen didn’t match the flow with the rest of the wood first floor flooring. The storage at the buffet wall wasn’t able to be used to its fullest potential. Clients wanted to find homes for small appliances that also allowed for every day access to them.

Solution with results that paid off

After consulting with the clients and assessing their needs, our design team came up with a plan to update the kitchen to the clients modern style and provide solutions for their needs.

To create a more modern ceiling that fit the clients style, we suggested to square off the design and remove the crown molding. This created clean lines and was the perfect backdrop for beams to be added to accent the space, create dimension and add a natural looking element to the space.

To create a more cohesive first floor, we suggested removing the tiled flooring and weaving in wood flooring to be stained the same color. This also helped with a seamless transition between the opening at the kitchen and dining as well.

To make better use of the buffet space we eliminated the built in desk and created a buffet and beverage center. We incorporated wood open shelves that compliment the new beams and center the buffet wall. Appliance garages at the countertop allow for appliances to be hidden and well used when needed. The beverage cooler placement compliments the opposing drawer storage for a balanced look.

This finished project allows our clients to cook in a kitchen that represents their style and function well as a young family while giving extra space for entertaining.