Sky Blue Dream

Cramped galley kitchen becomes bright & functional family cooking center

Before & Afters

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Project Details

This family had a cute, older home in a neighborhood and area they loved. The kitchen, however, was dreary, cramped, old and crowded. No matter how clean it was, it still felt dark and dirty. They knew they wanted to stay, but it was time to create a kitchen that made cooking, family time and holidays easier and more enjoyable.

The biggest challenge for this remodel was solving the flow and function problems of the kitchen, while working within the existing, small galley space already in the home. An addition was not possible, nor was rearranging things and changing the layout of the home. The room was not wide enough to put in an island, and extending out towards the yard also wasn’t an option, due to budget constraints.

We had to work within the space available… and make it work.

The key to finding a good solution for the remodel was to think creatively, and ultimately, rethink the entire shape and layout of the current kitchen. 

The final kitchen layout involved creating “work zones” – arranging the kitchen based on the different types of activities. Windows and walls were moved, and functions were grouped, all helping to maximize the space we had.

  • The refrigerator and pantry were consolidated into one area, keeping storage together. (This allowed us to add in the long sink and create more useable counter space. Had we put these larger components of the kitchen elsewhere, it would have chopped up the work spaces — both visually and functionally.)
  • We were then able to create a second work area, with even more prep space and counter space, and lots of storage above.
  • A beverage fridge was added, along with other fun features such as a touch-less faucet, pull-out recycling & garbage, custom cabinetry, and under-cabinet lighting.
  • The light blue color and glass doors in the upper cabinets help brighten and light the room, and the new, modern appliances help give the kitchen a fresh, updated look.

This family still loves their home and their neighborhood – and finally, after years of dreaming about it,  now loves their kitchen as well. They can all cook together, have room to keep everything put away, and even have lots of counter space to use. Friends can come over and hang out while someone is in the kitchen cooking – and everyone can be included in the conversation.

Clean-up and organization are a breeze with all of the new storage options, and the new, modern features are both fun and functional. Everyone in the house, including the dog, is more than happy with the final results, and they all simply just love being in their new space. 

Client Needs

  • Better layout
  • More storage
  • Easier access to back yard
  • Better connection to dining room
  • Improved flow
  • Dining room – bigger
  • Back entry – better
  • Kitchen set up for socializing
  • Keep the integrity of the house in new elements


  • Integrated dining and kitchen function with both places working together
  • Better connection from dining and living spaces
  • More natural light
  • Modern appliances
  • Kitchen layout designed for clearance and safety of appliances – safety improvements
  • Room for ”many cooks in the kitchen”


  • Semi-custom cabinetry allows flexibility for great fit at efficient cost
  • Pull-out recycling & garbage
  • Beverage fridge
  • Under-cabinet lighting
  • Touchless faucet
  • Solid-surface counters
  • Glazed tile for easy cleanup
  • Door added to dining area for better outside access


  • Light and bright
  • Colors and style to fit the house, but with a more modern feel 
  • Integration of older features with newer elements
  • Open and inviting
  • Warm wood tones, cute charm
  • Unique touches for personal aesthetic
  • New arch mirrors existing arches to keeping the look of old house
  • Colors and style fit the home – brought into a more modern feel
  • Modern look with integrated charm


  • Semi-custom cabinetry – designed and installed to fit seamlessly
  • Reworking of existing floors for finished look 
  • Pristine tile installation 
  • Curved archways
  • Detailed and unique backsplash
  • Walls: squared and trued up to accommodate new features in old house
  • Crown conjunction with ceiling – no angles, sleek and trim 
  • Modern features and function in an old house 



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