Story by Ann Butenas | Photos by James Maidhof
Kitchen designer Shelby Puetz of Regarding Kitchens has an obvious knack for making people’s dreams come true when it comes to the style, tone and flavor of the kitchen remodel they desire. When she tackled a complete renovation for this Olathe kitchen that had been stuck in the 1990s for quite some time, she had her work cut out for her. While the husband of the home was drawn to a contemporary ambiance with minimalist undertones, the wife favored a more traditional appeal. Puetz seamlessly blended those persuasions employing a stunning transitional style that catered to the couple’s tastes.
“This is a family of eight and they enjoy hosting a lot of social events in their home,” noted Puetz. “In order to bring the dated look of the kitchen into a newer design, we took out the original honey oak cabinetry and laminate counter tops and added perimeter white maple frameless cabinetry and a maple stained island, which houses a dishwasher and a Blanco Performa sink.”
The luxurious countertops catch the eye with their elegant blend of grays, taupes and a suggestion of chartreuse in this Pacific style Silestone quartz, and in order to give this space a broader landscape from which to enjoy the view, a bit of muscle was required.
“We took out the wall that originally extended between two rooms where the refrigerator currently is and the space now flows into the family room,” noted Puetz.
Other highlights include the maple hood above the stove that is perfectly accented by the natural ivory tumble travertine 2” x 4” brick pattern tiles in the backsplash. All new appliances made of stainless steel with a Thermador gas cooktop make cooking fun, along with the GE oven combination and the Sharp microwave to the right of the range that sets lower, keeping it out of one’s eye line and not absorbing extra counter space.
A unique gem in this kitchen is the bar/hutch area that stands just before the entry to the dining room. The serving counter top is made of walnut and the glass cabinet above provides elegant framework for the encased stemware. Wine storage is contiguous to the hutch, which has inside drawers with dividers for organized storage of liquor.
“This is the client’s dedicated socializing spot,” noted Puetz.
Among the final touches include the recessed cans and gorgeous pendant lights that complement the entire space.
“I enjoyed working with this couple,” smiled Puetz. “They embraced my creative ideas, designed to meet their individual desires.”
Regarding Kitchens & Home
Cabinets: Master Custom Cabinets | Countertops: Legendary Stone | Butcher Block Top: Southside Wood Shop | Hardware: Jeffrey Alexander Hardware | Pendant Light Fixtures: Ferguson | Plumbing Fixtures: Kohler | Sink: Blanco Performa | Tile: Durango Tumbled Travertine from MSI | Appliances: Alexander & Ray’s TV and Appliances