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True Stories: The Molnar’s Kitchen Renovation Story

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The Molnar’s New Kitchen. Image © Kitchen Views

John & Ingrid Molnar couldn’t help but marvel at the end result of their brand new chef-friendly kitchen. But it was quite a process to get to this point. It took nearly two years of online research and interviewing various designers before the Molnars found their perfect designer at the Kitchen Views showroom in Berlin, MA.

What made the Molnars choose Kitchen Views? John says it was all about their designer’s ability to listen. Others they had met with were always trying to sell them a package. Their Kitchen Views designer helped them to find a solution for their requirements. That solution was to open up their small kitchen into the living room and take over the space of the former dining room. This created a new open space and a much larger kitchen.

Ingrid was especially inspired by the Berlin, MA showroom and one of the countertops there. The multi-level countertop on the center island in the final kitchen was inspired by one of those countertops. Also the top used in the island cooking area is intentionally different than that on the perimeter, to make those areas clearly and visually separate.

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John Molnar kidding around in the old kitchen with a family friend. Image © Kitchen Views

In the old kitchen, people were always bumping into one another. The new center island allows a place for people to congregate even while John and Ingrid are cooking. Another useful feature in the new kitchen was having two sinks, one for washing and one for prep. In the old kitchen, the sink had to serve both of these purposes. Having two separate sinks means John and Ingrid are not in each other’s way.

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Close-up of the prep sink. Image © Kitchen Views

In the old kitchen, you couldn’t even open the refrigerator door at the same time as the oven! The new kitchen greatly improved the space’s workflow. As Ingrid says, it’s important to keep lines of communication open when they’re both cooking at the same time. The old kitchen made that very difficult. The new kitchen has great sight lines and even allows the kids to sit at the lower level doing their homework or hanging out while their parents cook.

With the new layout, there was one challenge that had to do with the placement of the new stove. The oven was made into a built-in to improve the work flow. But the gas lines wouldn’t work where they wanted the new cooktop in the center island. Fortunately, the solution became another one of John’s favorite parts of the new kitchen. Rather than moving to propane, they decided that an electric induction cooktop was the solution. It boils water in 90 seconds, John says. It’s a lot more efficient than his old stove.

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Beyond the improved workflow, the center island also allows for plenty of storage, for cooking implements and spices alike. No more having to run around the kitchen gathering supplies. Everything needed is easily at hand.

The Molnar’s story is a perfect example of having a designer who is happy to listen to you and work out a plan to create solutions for your own specific needs. Don’t settle for a standard package deal. Find a designer who can make your kitchen renovation story into a dream come true.

Here’s a video of John and Ingrid Molnar talking to Kitchen Views about their kitchen:

Kitchen Views
www.kitchenviews.com

 

How to Stay Sane in the Midst of A Major Kitchen Renovation Project

“How to Stay Sane in the Midst of A Major Kitchen Renovation Project”
by Pam Kuliesis

Kitchen Remodeling in Progress

Let’s face it – while the rewards are great and the idea exciting, the process can be daunting.

At Kitchen Views, where the designers are pros and the “Views” are yours, you will be in great hands as you head down the path toward a brand new kitchen.

Doing a major renovation project is a journey. All great journeys require planning, preparation and a good map. Your kitchen designer will be there to help you draw you the map.

Patience is a virtue – a difficult concept to grasp in this day and age of well choreographed HGTV episodes. Rely on your designer and your installer to give you a realistic time table and know that unexpected problems and unforeseen roadblocks are going to happen. Stay flexible. There are a lot of factors that go into setting a time table. While our professionals can give you a pretty good idea – know that there are a lot of moving targets. Things can change quickly, be prepared for the time “table” to become a time “estimate”.

Along the way minor details may not workout as planned due to issues you can’t control. Don’t get hung up on the little things. Be creative. Work with your designer and your installer to find solutions to whatever pops up that will enhance your beautiful new kitchen.

My husband and I are almost finished with a major renovation that involved 3 rooms – kitchen, pantry and master bath. The excitement, the apprehension, and the fleeting moments of frustration, are still pretty fresh.

Pam's Kitchen Cabinets Being Installed

I say “almost” finished because while the major components – cabinets, counter tops, new appliances and new floors, fresh paint, are all done, there are still a lot of little things left to do – back splashes to be tiled, trim to be painted and put back in place and a bathroom tub surround I still have to decide what to do with. Three months, three rooms, a lot more storage… so much new storage that I can’t figure out what I did with my favorite coffee mug.

You will be without your sink and possibly your range and refrigerator, basically without your kitchen for awhile, possibly for weeks, during the installation. This will be inconvenient. There are ways to get through it.  Think of it as camping… but with better sleeping arrangements.

Here are some of my favorite survival tips:

  • Once your cabinets have arrived and the installation is scheduled, clean out your old cabinets a few days before the tear out.
  • Take your time. Pretend you’re moving – label the boxes meticulously.  It will make unpacking go much quicker.  Also, you may need to find that cork screw or bottle opener – you are probably going to need it.
  • Take this opportunity to clean out the dust collectors – donate the collection of small appliances your aunt has been sending you every birthday that you’ve never even opened and are just taking up space. Toss the ratty 10 year old plastic containers that you can’t find the tops for.  Throw out the accumulation of twist ties that have been working their way to the back of the drawer for years, you will never use them.
  • Find a place for the microwave to hang out and create a “temporary kitchen” around it.
  • Stock up on paper goods.   The less you have to wash dishes in the tub the better.
  • Make sure your collection of take-out menus is up to date and close at hand.
  • Stock a cooler with ice for the perishables. Or do what we did – park the fridge in the foyer.  It took me days to not head out there when I needed something after it was back in place.
  • If you plan to move the cooking outdoors to the grill – make sure you have enough propane for the duration.
  • Check your local supermarket fliers for prepared foods that you can purchase daily and help you prepare healthy meals.

During the installation, keep your designer’s phone number on speed dial and try to stay available to the installer.  There will be unforeseen issues along the way that will need to be dealt with and decisions that will need to be made.  During our granite installation one long wall was found to be bowed.  The installer needed to break through a small section of the sheet rock to get the top flush.  I don’t know what, if anything, would have been done if we hadn’t been there to give permission.  It’s much better to be a part of the decision making, understanding why something needs to be done differently than planned instead of having the decision made (or not made) for you and wondering what happened after everyone is gone.

Keep your eye on the prize – waking up and walking into your beautiful new kitchen.

For me, when all is said and (nearly) done, and I’m humming and cooking, my favorite chili recipe is simmering and the crusty rolls are baking, the journey is a warm memory. The glitches and bumps are long forgotten.

Now, where is that mug…?

Kitchen Remodeling Near Completion

Pam Kuliesis
Kitchen Views at National Lumber
71 Maple St
Mansfield, MA 02048
(508) 339-8020


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