Couple adds rustic aesthetic to 1980s kitchen
Ever since they purchased their house in May 2011, Peter and Gina Ifantis had been plotting to update the kitchen.
"It was outdated," Gina says of the 1989-built space, "and we wanted to make it more of our own style and bring it up to date in design and technology."
An avid fan of HGTV, Gina had no lack of ideas for how to transform the space. She knew she wanted the room to have an "old-world, rustic design" that would also include modern amenities and last for a long time. "Also, we have a large family, so we wanted to open up our dining room to the kitchen for a larger entertaining space, which led us to removing the wall between the two rooms."
The couple tapped their longtime contractor for the job, which unfolded smoothly.
Until, that is, they hit a very big roadblock.
"There were four air returns in the wall which had to be rerouted,” Gina says. “It ended up costing us more money, and was a lot more work and time for the HVAC folks. Although it was a big hassle, they did a good job rerouting all four returns. They are camouflaged throughout various areas in the house (i.e. closets, garage, etc).”
Still, the Ifantis are happy with how things turned out in their lovely new kitchen.
“While this was not an ideal situation, it turned out as best as it possibly could," Gina says. "The contractors drywalled over the duct work so we don't have giant metal ducts showing throughout our closets. They are completely hidden."