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5 Kitchen Remodeling Ideas With Before and After Photos

Have you been noticing little quirks about your kitchen you don’t exactly love? Maybe you’re lacking counter space to handle your daily dinner prep. Does your kitchen layout prevent you from watching the kids in the living room while you’re making lunches and snacks? Or maybe the dishwasher is miles from the sink — which makes no sense! We feel your pain. 

For many, the kitchen is the most used room in the house. It should support your daily routine, not make it more difficult. If you keep running into problems like these, it might be time for a kitchen upgrade. Here are five kitchen remodeling ideas to help you envision your dream kitchen. 


5 of Our Favorite Kitchen Remodel Ideas: Before and After



From cold brew makers to electric kettles to vegetable choppers, there’s always a new exciting kitchen gadget on the market. The only issue is the lack of space to store them all. That’s why we’ve seen an influx of homeowners asking for additional counter space and storage in their kitchens without sacrificing style. One of our projects in particular perfectly exemplifies this balance.

The homeowners expressed their desire for a kitchen with ample storage and counter space that radiated a welcoming atmosphere for hosting friends and family. The Meadowlark Design+Build team was excited for the challenge! We created a plan that seamlessly integrated the kitchen with an underutilized dining area, optimizing the available square footage.

The result was nothing short of spectacular. By merging the kitchen and dining room, natural light flooded the newly expanded space, breathing life into every corner. Custom cabinetry solutions, such as built-in spice drawers and pull-out utensil cabinets, were strategically incorporated to enhance functionality and aesthetics. Plus, the addition of an expansive island with built-in bookcases not only added to the visual appeal but also provided much-needed counter space and storage. 



2. maximize space and utilization

In recent years, people are spending more and more time at home. As a result, they’re finding that their current home doesn’t always function as they need it to. The Meadowlark Design+Build team specializes in revamping a space to accommodate owners' needs, as we did for this project.  

The main renovation goal was to optimize space utilization and functionality, which required a strategic approach to layout and design. By dismantling barriers and reimagining the kitchen's configuration, we successfully created a seamless flow between the kitchen and adjacent areas. This resulted in a sense of openness and connectivity invigorating the living space.

We also introduced new storage solutions, including custom cabinets and a raised bar seating area. This addressed both the need for increased storage and counter space while offering a versatile hub for dining, work, and leisure. 

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3. incorporate fun colors and personal style

In recent months we’ve seen fewer stark white kitchens, which used to be one of the most popular styles. Instead, homeowners are asking for ways to incorporate fun colors and personal style. Our third featured project embodied this trend, showcasing how the Meadowlark Design+Build team transformed a mundane kitchen into a vibrant haven that reflects the unique preferences of its homeowners.

The homeowners wanted to infuse their kitchen with character and warmth and incorporate a bright, welcoming color palette. Our team embraced this vision wholeheartedly, collaborating closely with the family to achieve their dreams.

From introducing a stunning hutch to showcase the family's collectible glassware and china to incorporating custom cabinetry in a mesmerizing blue-green hue, every element of the renovation was thoughtfully curated to reflect the family's unique style and personality. Inspired by the timeless elegance of Adele's kitchen, the homeowners drew inspiration from her iconic color palette, resulting in a kitchen that exudes sophistication and charm. 

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4. expand the kitchen and add a seating area

For many homeowners, the kitchen is the focal point of their home. But if it’s small and cramped or doesn’t have space for anyone to sit and gather, no one will want to spend time there. Expanding the kitchen and incorporating a seating area is a transformative trend that enhances functionality and comfort within the home. 

One of our full-home renovations exemplified this trend by seamlessly integrating expansive kitchen spaces with inviting seating areas. Central to the renovation was the addition of a spacious dining room connected to the kitchen, boasting vaulted ceilings and large windows that flooded the space with natural daylight. This expansion provided ample room for family gatherings and became a stunning focal point within the home. 

In the kitchen, Meadowlark's innovative design solutions flourished with the addition of not one but two islands. A unique eat-in kitchen table seamlessly integrated into one of the islands, offering a casual yet chic space for weeknight meals and lively conversations.

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5. add an island for additional counter space, seating, and storage

In today's kitchen remodeling landscape, islands have emerged as a coveted feature sought after by homeowners seeking to elevate both the functionality and the aesthetics of their kitchens. One specific project our team worked on demonstrates the impact a kitchen island can have. 

For these clients, the existing kitchen lacked the practical layout and storage solutions required to meet their daily needs. They wanted to maximize space and improve workflow in a fun and exciting way. 

One of the key parts of the renovation was the installation of a stylish island, meticulously crafted to provide additional counter space, seating, and storage. This versatile centerpiece served as a hub for meal preparation and doubled as a casual dining area, perfect for enjoying daily meals for entertaining guests.

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Craft Your Dream Kitchen with Meadowlark Design+Build

With our passion for innovation and commitment to craftsmanship, we specialize in crafting kitchens that meet our clients' unique needs and preferences. We work closely with homeowners from concept to completion to bring your visions to life.

If you find yourself yearning for a kitchen that reflects your personality and enhances your lifestyle, look no further than Meadowlark Design+Build. Let's embark on a journey to create the kitchen of your dreams!


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