The Steers Kitchen project - Before

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The kitchen in this large 1927 Shingle style Cape Cod hadn’t been updated since the mid 70s.



The cabinets are painted maple with clear coated interiors. The drawers are dovetailed maple with Blum under mount, self closing slides. There are tray dividers, spice racks, knife drawer, and interior organizers.






The existing floor and ceiling framing were undersized, spaced at 19 1/2” centers, and 1 1/2” out of level.

The exterior wall framing and old plaster walls were cut and patched from multiple repairs.


The radiators, electrical, and plumbing were replaced.

The crawl space was full of debri and old cast iron plumbing pieces that were left after repairs… and a cowboy boot. We never bury our construction debri or leave existing garbage from previous contractors.

We lowered the floor framing 1 1/2” to allow for radiant heat under the oak flooring and at the same level as the dining room. There was a 5/8” difference in the floor elevation from the existing dining room door to the hallway opening. Once I got past the cabinets, I “warped” the floor to make the existing floor line up flush. You would never know.

The “lunch table” peninsula was the clients idea as I had originally proposed a small computer desk area.
For the last 30 years the homeowner has been using a pull out bread cutting board and a stool to have lunch and spend some time with the Mrs. in the kitchen. So, this turned out to be a great choice.

I really had to step up and commit to make this work.

Lets see, convince the client to relocate the laundry room upstairs (see Steers laundry post)



Move a load bearing wall back 5 ft. by adding hidden structural beams, raise the old floor and back door 8”, relocate AC panel and 1 1/2” gas line

Replace the old cast iron radiators with radiant heat under oak flooring and keep it at the same level.

Find room for seating for two, tall storage cabinet, cook book storage, TV and phone.

Install a louvered pocket door to hide utility room and still have access door to kitty litter box.

leave enough room to get to new back door and hallway. No problemo.

Nice cat door under the table! Thanks!

The 4 ft. stove and vent are made by Thermador.

The tile was custom made from Italy and took 2 months to get.

The home owner and I worked together looking at pictures and making drawings on the wall until we came up with this design. We decided to focus more on texture and kept it simple. I personally installed it as I wanted to make sure it came out just the way she wanted.

The exterior back porch area was a mess with old cable and telephone boxes so we removed and replaced them inside. The window is a Pella Architectural series with true divided lights.




This project really turned out nice.

It was one of my favorite projects and they are by far one of my best clients.

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#1 posted 02-26-2011 06:06 PM

WOW! That looks great. What a transformation.

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#2 posted 02-26-2011 06:09 PM

Nice looking kitchen.

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#3 posted 02-26-2011 06:09 PM

I like the way you modernized the kitchen and yet made it look as though it was still the original house.
Perfection may be an illusion, but you came real close on this one, looks like the cat even approves of
your improvements to it’s house, now both of its people will be together at lunch if it needs to be
petted. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 76 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#4 posted 02-26-2011 06:15 PM

wow, wish there were more craftsmen like you – someone with obvious talent, but more importantly someone who takes pride in their work.

great job, and how far are you willing to travel for a job :-)

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#5 posted 02-26-2011 06:23 PM

Gotta love fixing other peoples hidden mistakes :S
Good for you to take it upon yourself to fix it completely. And to do such a finish job, just amazing.

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#6 posted 02-26-2011 06:23 PM

You went one step further in demo than I’m into in an old rental house right now. Trust me, the finished product in my case won’t even compare to this masterpiece. I’m pretty sure the stove and hood installed are a pretty big percentage of what I paid for the entire structure I’m dealing with. But, you get what you pay for. I didn’t get much. I really like the fact you maintained the time period appearance. This kitchen belongs in a 1927. Great work.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#7 posted 02-26-2011 06:38 PM

Did you build the cabinets? What was the timeline for the project?

-- Joe

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#8 posted 02-26-2011 06:47 PM

A very impressive transformation! Thanks for sharing.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#10 posted 02-26-2011 09:39 PM

I like seeing this. THATS the way reno are supposed to be done. PROPERLY, remove anything that is not done right the first place and built is properly, especially the floor. Some people think they are saving money by “patching” NO ! You probably saved them money by gutting it and being able to work with flat,level and square.
The cabinets are beautiful !
You can be on my team anyday !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#11 posted 02-26-2011 09:42 PM

beautiful! Just beautiful!

-- Adventure? Heh! Excitement? Heh! A Woodworker craves not these things!

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#12 posted 02-26-2011 10:13 PM

Impressive difference!

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#13 posted 02-26-2011 11:17 PM

that is one great looking kitchen, Reedwood. U R sum’n els . . . wish I could do this !

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#14 posted 02-27-2011 02:56 AM


Each kitchen you post seems to get even better! But they’ve all been fabulous. Thanks for another great posting.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#15 posted 02-28-2011 12:40 AM

Very, very nice!


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