We had our kitchen renovated at the beginning of this year after years of imagining what we would do when we finally got around to it.  We have touched / renovated almost every room in our house including the “rooms” we created in our garden but the kitchen was pretty enough and functional (at least to the untrained eye – ha!) so it ended up lower on our priority list.  Once the wooden floors needed an overhaul after years of kid destruction we knew it was time to tackle it all.  Luckily for us we are both on the same page when it comes to decor and interiors – we both have a European vibe with a little bit of a modern edge to keep it fresh.  Our needs were different too, now that our son was in college – it could be all about how we wanted to live. We had a specific look and feel that we wanted and had already made decisions on appliances and the types of finishes we wanted.  We also knew exactly who we wanted to work with because we have worked with the same design/builder on almost every major renovation that we have had in this house.  When you find someone who “gets” you and shares a similar sensibility – it makes everything that you tackle that much easier.  Nile Ziemba of North River Builders has a beautiful eye for detail and is easy to work with.  He seems to only hire people that are a joy to work with and you are kind of sad to see leave at the end of your project.

kitchen reveal (all photos by Nile Ziemba of North river Builders)

Everything from the quality of the cabinetry, the finish of the floor and the attention to detail was perfection.  It appeared as if we had an addition put on to the back of our house when in fact it was the exact same footprint with a thoughtful space plan that would fit in everything on our wishlist.  Through North River Builders we were connected with Crown Point Cabinetry to create our cabinets and everything was on point, timely and well crafted.  We even took a tour of their headquarters / workshop and got to see cabinets being made – we knew our’s would be special.


The island was just about my favorite part of the kitchen.  Having a sink deep enough to hide my dishes was a number one priority and then capping it off with a gorgeous bridge faucet was icing on the cake.  We decided to have a contrasting island in French oak so that it would flow into the dining room and look more like furniture than kitchen.  The rest of the cabinetry is maple painted a lovely soft white flour color.  I wish I had a better photo of the marble top (it is a marble quartzite) that has the most beautiful movement because of the veining as well as a jewel like feel due to the sediment within the stone.  It makes the entire space.


kitchen reveal – photos by Nile Ziemba of North river Builders

Another detail that I love in the kitchen is the choice to have hidden seating on either end of the island.  The industrial stools slide right into their cubby when not in use.  The front of the island is loaded with our plates, silverware and linen storage so that the dining table is easily set.  There is a function for every angle and no one has to intrude on each other to get to the beverages, the cooking area or the serving area.  It is everything that we wanted and more.

If you are local and looking to renovate I wouldn’t hesitate to have you talk with North River Builders – they are simply fabulous – oh and they finished when they said they would!

Hope you liked the tour – back to my artwork next post!


8 thoughts on “Kitchen Renovation

  1. Amy Chalmers says:

    Wow it’s a fabulous island design!! Love the oak! Inspired by your renovation and how you made it fit you and Bill!

    • Ellen McHale says:

      Thank you Amy – we are so thrilled with it. It feels elegant and is still hard working. You need to stop in for a visit and bring our pal Matthew while you are at it. xo

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