Cabinet & Countertop Inspirations

We recently completed a kitchen and master bathroom remodel in conjunction with Glenn Gareis at GMG Architects, Tom Vriesman of Design Studio Vriesman, and Randy Green of Green Trade Contracting. The clients purchased a home in Indianapolis' Meridian - Kessler neighborhood and made substantial updates to the home's layout and finishes throughout the home.

Overall, the homeowners' objective was to open up the layout of the living areas, update the look and functionality of the kitchen, and create a more spacious master bathroom with additional linen storage.

Working through the project details, specific appliances, and cabinet accessories, Linley, our kitchen designer worked through the design process to create a final design to best fit the clients' wishes. To help our clients' visualize the end result, our designers create elevations using 3-D design software. The final elevations shown below are all computerized renderings.






Out of several cabinet lines we offer, the homeowner chose a line to best balance price and quality. They selected a white painted finish and a clean Shaker door style. Square chrome pulls were used throughout the kitchen to give a nice, clean transitional look. Countertops were a complementary colored granite. The homeowners also chose to incorporate a number of cabinet accessories, including a cutlery divider, double waste basket pullout, baking tray dividers, and rollout shelves.

The final result was a stunning success. After all the dust and coordination of construction was complete, we took these pictures of the finished space.



Decorative columns were placed on both sides of the sink to create a more balanced feel to the space.

Our designer stacked the crown molding and took it up to the ceiling to make the room feel bigger and to support the clean, fresh lines of the modern, Shaker style.



The wall oven cabinet includes a lift up door over the ovens for convenient storage.

Note the under cabinet molding used to provide a nice, finishing touch and allow the wiring/lights to remain unseen.

Built-in cutlery organizer keep utensils from scattering throughout the drawer.

Double waste basket pullout ... one for trash, one for recycle materials.

Tray dividers to keep cookie sheets and baking pans neat and orderly.

Deep rollout trays to help organize storage and ease access to items at the back of the cabinet.

Our staff can bring this same level of design and functionality to spaces in your home.  Give us a call to talk about getting started on updating your spaces.

Given the limited number of times a person completes a kitchen remodel, it is difficult to understand and budget for these projects.  Here are ten steps to help you manage spending for a kitchen remodel.

  1. Establish a budget and keep it.  
    • At the beginning of the project, determine how much you can afford to spend.
    • Consider how long you plan to remain in your house. If you plan to move within five years, only spend what you can expect to recover when you sell the house.  If you will remain in the house for more than five years, be willing to do a remodel that will make your family most comfortable.
    • Understand the home values in your neighborhood. Don’t over-improve.
  2. Understand the break-down of costs.  A general rule of thumb is:
    • ​Cabinets: 35%
    • Labor: 20%
    • Appliances: 20%
    • Fixtures: 5%
    • Fittings/Other: 20%
  3. Plan for the unexpected. There are surprises in almost every remodeling project … for example, finding out-of-date wiring behind drywall. A rule of thumb is to set 20% aside to handle contingencies and surprises.
  4. Prioritize your desires. Write down your priorities so if unexpected costs hit your budget, you can stay focused on getting the most important items on your list. When setting your priorities, don’t forget to consider important goodies like crown molding or a fancy faucet. These are an important part of a project’s overall look and functionality.
  5. How will you pay for the project? There are a variety of means to pay for a kitchen remodel. These include cash, refinancing your home, or a home equity loan.  Understand the pros/cons of each option to ensure choosing the one that best fits your situation.
  6. Should I stay or should I go? Living in a home that is being remodeled can be stressful. Make a conscious decision on whether to stay in the home or live somewhere else during the renovation. It may be a good time to get take a vacation to avoid some of the remodeling stress. If you stay, consider setting up a temporary kitchen in another room in the house.
  7. Reservations. With the kitchen being out of the commission, you will likely eat out more than typical. Plan for this in the remodeling budget.
  8. Track your budget. Create a spreadsheet, or whatever works best for you, to track your budget and actual expenses. This will help you quickly see if there are any overruns starting to happen, allowing you to manage it.
  9. Sweat equity. You may want to consider doing some of the work yourself.  This may help reduce the cost of the overall project.  However, if you take on some of the work, you will need to hit schedule deadlines.
  10. Avoid scope creep. Over the course of the project, you may be tempted to add “extras”. Adding options in the middle of the project is a great way to overspend your budget. Don’t be rigid, but be willing to say “no” if it does not fit with your key priorities and budget.

Feel free to contact us for help in planning your remodel and achieving your project's objectives.

With today's busy lifestyles, microwave ovens are an important and frequently used kitchen appliance. Microwaves come in four basic designs ... portable, microwave/hood combination, built-in microwave, and drawer microwave. Determining the best microwave for your kitchen or remodeling project needs to balance a number of factors, including cost, convenience, usage, and aesthetics.

Portable microwaves are very common and are designed to be placed on countertops, portable carts, or on shelves in the kitchen cabinetry. A countertop microwave is typically inexpensive, requires no installation, and can be placed almost anywhere in the kitchen. On the downside, its countertop placement takes up valuable "real estate" in the kitchen, reducing space for food preparation or cleanup


A microwave/hood combination is another common choice. This appliance combines the microwave and venting into a single appliance. This type of appliance is installed over the range or cooktop ... an example is pictured below. This choice is very convenient as the microwave is close to the range, the typical cooking location. By locating the appliance on the wall, it eliminates the need to dedicate countertop space, creating a larger work space. From a negative perspective, they can be difficult for shorter cooks and kids to use and require reaching over the stove, a potentially dangerous situation if the stove is in use. 


Many remodeling projects are using a built-in microwave combined with a wall oven to create the look of double ovens (pictured below). Newer technology allows the microwave to also cook/bake like a normal oven.  It just has a reduced capacity. This provides the benefit of two ovens and the convenience of a microwave.  From a design perspective, this solution provides  a very attractive look and helps maximize counter space. This option is more expensive than the countertop or microwave/hood combination models.


More recently, drawer microwaves are becoming popular. This microwave is located in based cabinets, opens like a drawer and loads from the top. As a result, they can be located in numerous spots in the kitchen, making it easy to match location with how the appliance is used. Under counter placement may improve convenience and accessibility for shorter cooks. This newer technology tends to be the most expensive.


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-Gretchen C.

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-Arden E.

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