Before and After: Reconfigured 1950’s Home





Leitner Construction

After 3.5 years of living in their 1950’s mid-century home with an enclosed dysfunctional galley kitchen, lack of true entertaining space and underutilized alcove in the living room, the homeowners knew it was time to make some dramatic changes. They also recognized the value of bringing the right design and construction team together to reach their goals. 

They chose Leitner Construction, Inc. and Paolo Design Group to take on the task. The designer first needed to tackle “his and her” opposing visions for the remodel. He wanted a traditional aesthetic and she longed for a modern no-clutter look. After exploring the existing kitchen footprint for potential, it was clear that the wall separating the kitchen from the rest of the house could be removed to make way for a new design with a Great Room appeal.

A new garden window increased the visual connection to the beautiful back yard. The new kitchen island was strategically oriented toward the living and dining areas for fluid entertaining. New cabinetry was added to the unused alcove space. Additional counter space was achieved by capturing the existing “wooden dining booth.” Sapelle Mahogany cabinetry, engineered quartz countertops, and porcelain ceramic tile floors and backsplash dressed up the space creating clean lines and bringing “his and her” visions together. 

A “chef zone” and “public zone” for guests to relax free-and-clear from cooking activities were created by the new kitchen island. The desire for cooking and entertaining was reinvigorated by putting everything within arms reach.    Now the entire family, including Bailey their Labrador, is amazed by the transformation from Mid-Century to New-Century. The remodel changed their day-to-day life by creating one contiguous space for spending quality time together.


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