The Two Main Objectives when Upgrading your Kitchen

When it comes to kitchen renovations, there are two major goals:

  1. Maximize counter space
  2. Bring in more light

Tom Hassleman and Tanya Sparkes, of Fredericton, NB, did just that!

Let’s take a look at their before photo to start.  It probably looks familiar! Oak cabinets, cathedral arch doors, and a large bulkhead.  The island homes the cook top, eliminating extra counter space.  The window is large, but could still be maximized for a brighter potential.

Kitchen BeforeStep one to increase counter space?  Remove wall oven and cook top, replace with a conventional oven.  Now the counter space has nearly doubled with the island top freed up!  The bulkhead has been removed, bringing cabinets to the ceiling and adding lighted glass doors.  This alone brightens up the kitchen significantly.  The old window was removed and replaced with a single pane window, directly to the counter.  This little change makes a large impact.

Kitchen AFTER

Here is the view looking from the kitchen towards the dining room, before renovations:

Kit to Dining BEFORE

And now, after the renovation:

Kit to Dining AFTER


Let’s take a closer look at the window replacement.  As mentioned earlier, bringing in light is extremely important in a kitchen renovation.  Direct your attention to the older style windows, and the lost space between the counter and the window sill:

WINDOW its about the light BEFORE

By replacing the two smaller windows with one larger, and extending to the counter, the amount of natural light is maximized:

WINDOW its about the light AFTER

The existing desk in the kitchen was removed to make way for a more functional work area.  Large storage drawers, extra counter space, a pull out pantry, and a broom closet make perfect use of the space.

AC Broom Closet

Custom sized cutlery trays keep drawers organized, and are included in every Avondale Kitchen:

AC Cutlery

A divided cookie sheet drawer is a great alternative to the standard vertical pull outs. Heavy duty slides can hold stacks of cutting boards, cooling racks and flat pans, keeping your items organized and within easy reach.

ACC cookie sheets.................

Thank you Tom and Tanya for choosing Avondale for your kitchen makeover!



Are you ready for your dreams to come true?  Give us a call today or stop in for a factory and showroom tour. We have designers in your area every week, from Grand Falls to Saint John! Your dream kitchen may be more affordable than you think.

317 Lockhart Mill Road, Jacksonville (Woodstock), NB, Canada



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