Expansive Forest Green Kitchen

Re-imagined Kitchen Design

A North Albany family contacted us wanting to expand, update, and open up their Kitchen to the Family Room. The floor plan of this home actually had plenty of space but it wasn’t being well-utilized, with angled walls in the pantry and a corner kitchen and island layout. By removing the double-sided fireplace and built-in bookcases closing off the Family Room, removing the closed-off bar area, and re-imagining the awkward walk-in pantry and kitchen layout, our Designer, Sarah envisioned an expansive Kitchen footprint that connected all the key areas and significantly increased the amount of available storage and countertop space, making this Kitchen the perfect entertaining environment! Replacing the cherry cabinetry, black granite countertops, and dark hardwood floors with white shaker upper cabinets, dark green lower cabinets, light-colored hardwood flooring, and a new lighting design completely transformed the space from dark and compartmentalized, to bright and open. This Kitchen is full of brilliant custom pieces and organization cabinets, including a HIDDEN walk-in pantry (which is the family’s favorite)!

Project Details

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From Dark to Bright

The original kitchen had a very small footprint tucked on the corner, with under-utilized space due to the corner cabinetry. Dark cherry cabinets and poor lighting made the space seem small, dark, and uninviting. The beautiful painted cabinetry of Snowbound White and Topsoil Green combined with an all new lighting design, make a HUGE difference in the use and feel of this kitchen. There are outlet strips tucked under the upper cabinets to keep the tile backsplash looking tidy.

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Hidden Pantry

At first glance, this looks like a typical pantry cabinet. But by opening up the right side, a full walk-in pantry is revealed. With carefully placed hinges and a thoughtful design, the doors are indistinguishable from the full-height cabinet on the left. The walk-in pantry has five maple plywood fixed shelves, with the middle shelf set at the standard 36” countertop height, and outlets to keep small appliances plugged in or electronics charged and out of the way.

Custom-Built Island Legs & Cookbook Storage

The family loves to gather at the kitchen island for breakfast and the kids use it to spread out to do homework. The L-shaped island has custom-built island legs to support the countertop overhang for comfortable seating all along the island. The island boasts a bookshelf for cookbooks on one end and along the kitchen side, there are endless drawers for storage and a drawer microwave!

Lockable Bar Cabinets

The new Kitchen design takes full advantage of the benefits of custom cabinets. We removed the wall separating the bar, so the kitchen and bar now wrap together seamlessly, making it easy to access the bar sink and beverage fridge without disturbing the cook and utilizing the expansive footprint of the home. Frosted glass cabinets keep barware on display and the lockable cabinets keep items safe and out of reach.

Custom Designed Range Hood Cabinet

The range hood was an important focal point for this Kitchen design. With a few inspiration pictures, the designer and in-house cabinet shop team collaborated to design this range hood, with the final product exceeding the homeowner's expectations.

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Appliance Garage

We utilized the corner space in this Kitchen by designing an appliance garage that includes outlets which allow small appliances to be plugged in at all times, and lighting in the cabinets to easily grab what is needed from the corner.

U-Shaped Sink Drawer

To maximize the storage opportunities in this new Kitchen, we included a u-shaped drawer underneath the sink. It's the perfect place for storing dish soap and towels! The Kitchen also features a trash-pullout, tray-pullout and silverware drawer organizer.

What our Clients are Saying

“We are very happy with our new enclosed porch! The design and bidding process was straightforward and thorough, and all aspects of construction - pouring a new slab, framing, installing windows and fixtures, painting, etc. - were completed in a timely manner and with the high standard of quality we wanted. We especially appreciated the extra precautions taken when Covid-19 impinged on the timeline, and the thoroughness of documentation and updating from G. Christianson throughout the process.”

David & Monica Roundy, Corvallis

“Bill and Tammy were very happy with our work on their home in Corvallis, so when they bought their home in Philomath, they asked us to create a special Guest Suite for them.”

Carl Christianson, Owner

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“My experience with them was top notch. They're conscientious. Christianson himself, who runs the show, doesn't just turn his workers loose and then pick the check up at the end of the month. He is involved in the process. He's also very personable.”

Niels Nielsen, Peoria Road

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