kitchen remodel

poeppelman kitchen completely

Small spaces can have BIG impacts!!! 

island with oversized lighting above Island with undermount stainless steel sink, beautiful arching facuet and granite countertop give functionality and beauty to this kitchen.  Not to mention the beautiful custom lighting to illuminate and create ambiance.

kitchen with custom cabinets

ALL THE BELLS AND WHISTLES….this kitchen has a double oven, induction cooktop and custom cabinetry and hardware….every cooks dream!

all the bells and whistles induction cooktop and double oven

CUSTOM CABINETS WITH A WARM GLAZE …..keep things light but not stark.


I wanted to bump out an existing wall of windows to ensure all the wants & needs of this clients dream kitchen.  After several meetings the home owners decided to keep all existing walls & we implemented Plan B.  Plan B included eliminating a peninsula & overhead cabinetry, expanding the island & adding a pantry in the utility room due to lack of space in the kitchen.


On this project I eliminated the bulk heads giving added height to this room….a must for 8' ceilings. 

Challenges I will be facing are space issues (clients needs vs. space),  marrying the rest of the home with the new kitchen & trying very hard to stay in budget…….especially with a remodel…you never know what your going to find.  Plan A isn't always possible when remodeling, many times I need  to switch to  plan B or even plan C.  

More to come as the project progresses…check back!

photo of  kitchen demo



The swivel counterstool was my inspiration for this project.  The adjoining family room has a tuscan/old world feel …the client had many wonderful antiques ….so I added a few contemporary pieces to the mix…which played well off their collections.  My goal is to carry that contemporary/tuscan feel into their new kitchen remodel too.

 I wanted to create a  transitional (more than one style) kitchen.  With contemporary appliances, wallpaper and lighting…..I also needed to bring the warm tuscan feel to the kitchen.  The swivel counterstool will add warmth  & a lived in "feel" to the kitchen along with the warm glaze on the cabinetry; both adding that unexpected flavor or contrast to the contemporary pieces.


I looked long & hard for this "perfect" light fixture.  It measures 40" long, oval shaped & the shade comes in 20 different colors.   With all those choices of colors I would have no problem incorporating it into the design.  I needed the shade color & shape to coordinate with an existing light fixture in the adjoining family room.  It needed to be very narrow to go over the kitchen island which has a sink and seating across from the sink….so the light fixture HAD to be narrow, very long length & contemporary.  I celebrated after I found this at "market".  REALLY!

Hit the first setback today….hope we have it worked out…..used plan B.  The day before I mentioned how smoothly things have gone on the project.  Do you ever wish you could take back something you've said?






 Ordered the custom cabinet hardware yesterday…talk about a WOW factor.  I like to wait until the cabinets are installed before ordering hardware, especially when it is custom hardware.  This enables me to have a clear vision of which cabinets need knobs and which cabinet would look best with pulls, I love to do the unexpected mix.  The hardware has a contemporary look but an old world finish.  The above photo is not actually the clients hardware finish, their finish is reversed…handle pull is old world bronze and the brackets are a dark umber finish.  HINT:  When you have custom cabinetry….I feel custom hardware is a must.  This company is the last  American made hardware supplier in the United States.

Next week the granite will be installed & the custom glass tiled backsplash.  The backsplash tiles are a mix of various shades of tumbled glass.  Two surfer dudes from California perfected this look.  While surfing they would find ocean tumbled glass pieces on the beach, they began gathering them & when not surfing they enhanced their possessions with the "found" glass pieces.   They still surf….but I have a feeling they smile every time they see a piece of ocean tumbled glass on  the beach……probably in Hawaii now!

lazer technology for template of granite

Lazer Technology


The granite countertops were  templated with high tech lazer equipment.  It's always amazing to me……..that old saying "smarter not harder" has a whole new meaning.

The kitchen countertop weighs approx. 300 lbs. so  1, 2, 3.....lift

300 lbs of Granite & 3 Guys

It  took 3 guys to install this 300 lbs of granite & the 1….2…3  lift technique.  And for me….1…2…3  hold my breath technique.

final push completes the countertop

Granite Countertop

One final push & the granite countertop is installed…now another 400 lbs. of  island granite.  

measuring overhang of granite to make sure all sides are equal

Measuring Overhang

Measuring the overhang to 1 1/2" around the circumference…..then….done.


Next the installation of sink, faucet, cooktop & backsplash. 

backsplash installer preparing/cutting the tile

Backsplash Preparation

Backsplash tile is cut to prepare for installation.

Last piece of multi colored glass tile been installed

Final Touches

The last multi-colored tile is inserted.

amber colored shade light fixture with cut crystal pieces

Chandelier & Graceful Faucet

The stainless steel sink, the graceful curves of the faucet along with the beautiful amber fabric shade on the light fixture will make this island unique…. the added sparkle of the cut  prisms hanging from the light fixture are sure to dazzle all!



Wallpaper Installation

The wallpaper selection adds height with the silver metallic vertical lines,  also the silver metallic finish compliments the stainless steel appliances, sink & faucet.  The wallpaper not only has a silver metallic finish but also a bronze/gold metallic which plays well off of the light fixture.

The custom hardware for the cabinetry will be the final touch …..make sure & check back.

Below …finished kitchen with all the bells and whistles

oversized lighting and granite top Island

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