Chicago remodeler gives traditional kitchen more modern appeal
Many homebuyers choose existing homes knowing there’s something about the house they would like to change. For Nora Barnett of Wilmette, Illinois, it was the kitchen.
“It was a beautiful kitchen in the 1980s, but this is 2014,” Barnett says in a recent Pages of Happiness review on Angie’s List. “That being said, we weren’t looking for some modern, slick kitchen from the future, either.”
After seeing mostly modern kitchens on its website, Barnett says she was initially weary that highly rated Dynasty Innovations of Chicago could deliver the kitchen she wanted. But she decided to give Dynasty’s designer, Marcello Kilyan, a chance to convince her otherwise.
“He started by asking us many questions [and] taking notes. He said he would come up with a traditional design, but with modern functionality,” Barnett says. “After seeing the projection, I realized the only modern things in our kitchen were the appliances, and I understood his reasoning for them. I loved the idea of using extra crown to enhance the traditional look.”
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Barnett says Kilyan recommended white cabinets with a Bianco Antico countertop that would blend the flooring with the cabinets. She chose a traditional white backsplash to complement the look.
Barnett says the $40,000 renovation, including a complete tear out, took about three months to complete. That includes the month it took for materials to arrive.
Barnett says Dynasty surprised her with the quality of theirfinished product. “We have already started recommending Dynasty to our friends.”