Renovation Sensation

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A homeowner takes on a project that not only involves removing old furniture but walls, too.

Text: Ellie Long | Photos: Paul Bonnichsen | July/August 2011 KCH&G

Incorporating a transitional style into this traditional home proved to be a challenge during this kitchen renovation, but after some demolition and repair, it was  transformed into a chef’s delight.

Built in 1926, this Kansas City home was new to a kitchen remodel. Scott Weidemeyer and his wife, Miriam, found the foreclosed house and had an itch to undertake a big project, so he found someone who would help him remodel almost every room in the home.

“The client’s style was definitely more transitional to contemporary, and the challenge was finding the right balance between what belonged in the home and what their personal style was,” says Arlene Ladegaard, Allied Member ASID, interior designer/owner of Design Connection Inc.

The homeowners wanted a kitchen space that resembled a Southern home, with all rooms open to each other, but some designers turned the job down because it was too complicated. The homeowner interviewed many designers before finally finding Ladegaard.

“I felt like her design style was consistent with what my wife and I like,” Weidemeyer says. “Back in the ’20s, kitchens were meant to be places where the hired help hung out. We wanted to update it and get to a place that had an open feel to it.”

A butler’s pantry and eating area were removed to enlarge the great room, while painted alder wood cabinets were added to the kitchen to make the space look larger. Granite countertops that resembled marble were cut in a way that made them look seamless.

“I really appreciated her helping us find our view and our vision and matching us up with a cabinet company that could do what we wanted,” Weidemeyer says. The renovations accommodated the requests of the homeowners to make the space look like it belonged to the rest of the home, also giving them the transitional style they were looking for.

After completion, this kitchen remodel received NARI’s Remy Honorable Mention and All Star Award in the Designs & Plans category.