We’ve featured many, many project reveals on The Identité Collective over the years. Some cover single-room renovations, while others involve entire homes designed from the ground up. The common thread is the before and after wow factor of seeing where things started. It’s always a visual reminder of just how impactful interior design can be.
To that end, we decided it was time to revisit some of the best, most drastic before & after kitchen renovations from our content library. You’ll see a few spaces designed by yours truly, but you’ll also discover some designer favorites revived from the archives. If you ever find yourself embarking on a kitchen reno, I hope this proves that no space is beyond a good glow-up.
You know this one as the OG kitchen renovation here on The Identité Collective. When we first bought our Austin townhome, I knew this space would need some attention, but I didn’t have an unlimited budget to make it happen. I worked diligently to create a design plan that minimized waste, was cost-efficient, and reused as much as possible. This was our first home remodel of any kind, and I learned so much along the way. Was it easy? No. But was it worth it? One thousand times yes.
Another home that’s near and dear to my heart: my sister’s 1917 Victorian flat in San Fransisco. This property has been in our family for over ten years, and while the kitchen has been “flipped” aesthetically, it functioned horribly. There was ONE drawer, mostly corner cabinets, knobs that stuck out too far to let the oven open fully, and just all-around poor planning. Combining her need for a kitchen renovation with a desire for more substantial furniture, Samantha began elevations for the kitchen while I came along in the design process.
When we first toured the #IDCOlakehouse property, the kitchen’s potential was one of the main selling points, despite its less-than-ideal state. Behind the non-functional appliances, a rusted-out refrigerator, and that awkwardly placed peninsula, I could see a streamlined, modern lake house kitchen that looked the part of our “elevated camp” aesthetic. The design concept was modern-meets-rustic with lots of clean lines and a hint of drama. The overall footprint remained the same, but the look completely shifted.
When Bridget Zemar’s clients tasked her with renovating a rambler kitchen that had been minimally touched in the last 35 years, she didn’t miss a beat. To start, she vaulted the ceilings and added an oversized servery window for a sense of indoor/outdoor living. A color palette of creamy linen and forest green continued to mimic the scenery, while wood beams added warmth and served to draw the eye upward. The end game for this kitchen was increased functionality, but she delivered a beautiful gathering spot that looks like a natural extension of its setting.
The most significant challenge of this kitchen was making the long galley-style layout work for these frequent entertainers. As avid chefs, Lindsey Brooke Design’s clients wanted an all-white kitchen that didn’t feel cold and allowed for guests. Lindsey’s first goal was to open up the 8-foot ceiling. When demo began, they found all the ceiling joists cut in half! Thanking their lucky stars their ceiling never collapsed, the clients decided to increase their budget, raise the ceiling to 9 feet and properly rebuild the roof. The final result feels spacious, airy, and efficient.
House of Huck’s Principal Designer, Meredith Huck, had her work cut out for her in this 1960s kitchen. Set in coastal Connecticut, the property is yet another home that had been untouched for decades. The property was purchased as a rental, so the entire renovation was completed as a DIY project spanning four months. Meredith had to get creative by designing an elevated look for less, but it’s safe to say she rose to the challenge.
Just before the pandemic, Jamie of WYC Designs began a kitchen remodel with a young family who’d recently relocated to Orlando, Florida. They wanted to customize the details and maximize storage, all while keeping the existing layout intact. The project wasn’t easy, given the supply chain disruptions, but the resulting space was well worth the wait.
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