Contemporary Japanese-Style  Kitchen

The Homeowners wanted a Contemporary Japanese-style kitchen for years, but lived with the cheap white laminate “European” kitchen that previous owners had remodeled.  There were also other problems, including a dropped fluorescent ceiling, white laminate countertops, and vinyl flooring. The layout was affected by two narrow doorways to the dining room.

Before: Laminate countertops and cabinets, dropped ceiling with recessed fluorescent fixture, garden window.
Before: Laminate countertops and cabinets,  garden window, narrow doorway to dining room, dropped ceiling with recessed fluorescent fixture,

Before: "European" laminate cabinets, wood-burning brick fireplace.
Before: “European” laminate cabinets and countertop, wood-burning brick fireplace.

Before: Island with seating. Pointed corners of cabinets over island were dangerous.
Before: Island with seating. Pointed corners of cabinets over island were dangerous.

Contemporary Japanese-style Kitchen: New contemporary fireplace with gas insert, powerful glass hood over cooktop, Japanese-style cabinets.gas fireplace insert
Contemporary Japanese-style kitchen: New contemporary fireplace with gas insert, powerful glass hood over cooktop, Japanese-style beech cabinets with horizontal grain, engineered-stone countertop.

Contemporary Japanese-style Kitchen: Family room seen from island. Custom beech cabinets with horizontal grain, engineered-stone countertop.
Contemporary Japanese-style kitchen: Family room seen from island. Custom cabinets with horizontal grain, engineered-stone countertop.

Contemporary Japanese-style kitchen: Custom beech cabinets with horizontal grain, new window, new pass-through to dining room.
Contemporary Japanese-style kitchen: Custom beech cabinets with horizontal grain, new window, new pass-through to dining room.

Contemporary Japanese-style kitchen detail: New pass-through looking into kitchen.
Contemporary Japanese-style kitchen detail: New pass-through looking into kitchen, was the former narrow doorway. Closing the corner allowed more and better storage, and usable countertops.

The remodeled kitchen includes:

  • Custom beech cabinets with horizontal grain
  • Engineered-stone countertop with an undermount sink
  • More and better storage
  • More usable countertop space
  • Recycled glass tile backsplash
  • LED lighting
  • A new window
  • Contemporary gas fireplace insert
  • A larger island with an integrated table that easily seats six people

Everything that the Homeowners wanted was included, and achieved!