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One Bachelor’s Kitchen Makeover

So you need a new kitchen. Let the dreams commence! We read all about the ubiquitous “dream kitchen”. The gorgeous kitchen above may be found on and features cabinets by Holiday Kitchens. Sorry if you thought it was the after shot. Sadly, it is not but I think you’ll agree that we made a huge improvement. To be sure the heart of the home is the most expensive room in the house to remodel so how much do you need to do? Do you need to reinvent the wheel to be happy? I say no.

Take a look at this typical example.  This kitchen is in a classic Florida ranch style, 3 bedroom 2 bath abode circa 1978.


The Before
The Before


Do you think it needed a new kitchen?  Here’s the scenario:  The owner is a bachelor with a teen-aged daughter who lives with him part-time.  It’s a small kitchen.  We’re not changing the flooring and you don’t have to.  Just remember to make sure that new cabinets will cover the old “foot print” of the kitchen.  Your installer should shim cabinets, as needed, so everything’s nice and level.  Basically this client was due for fresh new cabinets, tops and appliances.  He actually likes to cook and his favorite appliance is his GE Advantium Speedcook Microwave Oven, so much so he wants two!  Oh, and he wants a cabinet that is easy to access from the porch because he grills a lot.  We used Holiday Kitchens for the cabinetry (same resource used for the gorgeousness at the top of the page).


Simple, clean and fresh
Simple, clean and fresh.  We added a base lazy susan for full access of the corner.


Here's that handy BBQ cabinet.  The new little peninsula also gives him a little more work surface.
Here’s that handy BBQ cabinet. The new little peninsula also gives him a little more work surface.

You may know Holiday Kitchens for their higher end custom cabinets but they also offer a really good quality cabinet in a middle-of-the-road price point.  Laminate tops were replaced with durable granite by Stone Palace and we fit that extra microwave in a tall cabinet with pantry storage above and below. Nothing crazy just nice and new.

Next up: Can healthy chips taste good? We had fun finding out!


Gloria Graham-Sollecito

Gloria is a kitchen and bath cabinetry designer with AKBD certification from the National Kitchen & Bath Association. She has also served on the Florida Treasure Coast Chapter's Board of Directors as the VP of Communications. Her work has appeared on This Old House as well as in Florida Design Magazine, K+BB Magazine and the Palm Beach Post. She is co-author of The Complete Idiots Guide to Remodeling Your Kitchen, Illustrated, as well as a freelanced writer contributing occasionally to the Sun Sentinel in the area of kitchen design. She is a proud member of the Blanco Design Council and the illustrious Brizo Blogger 19.


Christine Davis

oohhh. very nice. my old kitchen had to do with a coat of paint!

Gloria Graham

Thanks Christine. Yes, a coat of paint can work wonders if done correctly.

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