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Project of the Month: Weedsport Kitchen Remodel

Posted by Vince Petralito on Tue, Jun 2, 2015

The owners of a Weedsport, NY home with a large kitchen found that the space was not efficient. There was a corner with inaccessible storage space camouflaged by a curtain, a range that did not provide adequate capacity for baking, insufficient counter space for food prep and, while the kitchen had an ample pantry, there was not enough functional storage.

We worked with the homeowners to create solutions to the problems they experienced in the kitchen within the existing 20-by-14¾ footprint and helped them stay within their budget for the kitchen remodel project.

Project Consultant: Vince Petralito

Lead Carpenter: Joe Richmond


New cabinets, laminate countertops, upscale appliances and a new vinyl floor update this large kitchen.

Homeowner’s Objectives

1.  Create functional storage space. The homeowners wanted to replace the existing cabinets and add features such as a “Lazy-Susan” to optimize storage space. The previous owners had installed large base cabinets and deep drawers in front of the kitchen window creating an unusable stretch of counter behind the sink.


BEFORE: The kitchen did not have adequate counter space for food prep. There was an unusable corner area covered by a curtain. The small island had a wine rack and a small surface area. The dishwasher was located on the island and there was no base cabinet storage.

2.  Add new appliances. While the owners planned to reuse a Viking refrigerator in the remodel, they wanted to replace the range with a cooktop, add a new efficient venthood and install a double wall oven. They also wanted to place the dishwasher near the sink and add a prep sink to the island.

3.  Add more counter space. Perimeter counters were cluttered and there was not enough space for food prep. Seating at the island for informal meals was limited to two seats.


BEFORE: The irregular configuration of the counter did not provide efficient work areas or adequate space for small appliances.

4.  Replace and refine lighting. The dining room fixture would be reused but lighting needed to be improved over the new larger island and task areas including the sink.

5. Create and updated look to the kitchen that would unify the elements. The homeowners wanted to use stainless steel appliance in a Transitional design that has both contemporary and traditional features.

McClurg’s Solutions

1.  Reconfigure the cabinets to create functional storage space.

The base cabinets that were difficult to access were replaced by deep storage drawers including two drawers beneath the cooktop where the range had been.  A pullout trash bin was placed near the sink. Two upper cabinets were added to the wall over the cooktop adding more storage capacity to that work area. An upper storage cabinet was also placed over the dual wall ovens and a storage drawer was added to the base of the unit.

The corner area that was covered by a curtain required a custom Lazy-Susan carousel with a narrow door to fit the space. The Shaker-style cabinets with clean lines selected by the homeowners are Bishop Cabinets “Shakerstown” maple wood cabinets in a unique light olive green finish.


Deep storage drawers were used to replace base cabinets and a Lazy-Susan was placed in the corner where there was a space hidden by a curtain.

2.  Install new appliances and sink fixtures.

A 36-inch wide Thermadore cooktop and a venthood were installed. The previous venthood was not efficient and had not been installed properly. The new high-powered venthood required re-working the venting to the exterior. A 27-inch wide double wall oven unit was near the cooktop.

A dishwasher was installed near the sink. A prep sink was placed on the new island. A Silgranite farmhouse-style deep single basin undermount sink replaced the dual bowl cast iron drop-in sink. 


The placement of the wall ovens, cooktop, venthood, dishwasher and sinks provide an efficient workspace for preparing meals.

3.  Increase counter space.

The island was expanded to 90 inches in length with an 18-inch overhang that provides seating for three. The cabinets that contained the sink were moved back to the outside wall. This allowed for more counter space in the cooktop area. The counter surface used for the project is a granite-look laminate from Wilsonart with a beveled edge.


View of the expanded counter space.

4.  Add new lighting.

A three-lamp pendant fixture was place over the island. A matching pendant was selected to illuminate the main sink. Recessed lights were repositioned over work areas of the kitchen. The pendants selected match an existing fixture over the dining area and are from Ferguson.


New pendant and recessed light fixtures.

5.  Coordinate design elements in the kitchen.

Each project that we build reflects the personal style and preferences of our clients. Our Project Consultants are knowledgeable about products and trends and help homeowners select items for their project.  Some of the products used for this kitchen include:


Stainless steel mosaic tile in a subway tile pattern was used to create a focal point in the kitchen. Brushed nickel knobs and pulls complement the backsplash and appliances.

 How to Plan a Kitchen Remodeling Project Guide

Topics: Kitchens, Projects of the Month

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