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White & Black Kitchen in Barrington

Just in time for the country’s Birthday, this Star-Spangled kitchen right in the heart of Barrington produced fireworks for this local family’s celebration.  Check out the full photo portfolio here.  We hope you enjoy this family’s story and the amazing transformation of their beloved Barrington kitchen.  Happy Birthday America and best wishes for the year to come, Christine


Kitchen Transformation in Barrington


Check out our recently completed new favorite “Barrington Kitchen Renovation” in a hot off the press video!








A Star-Spangled Kitchen in Barrington


Before Kitchen Remodel in Barrington







The major kitchen renovation of this old country farmhouse was a task of love, one that had been planned for many years by these Barrington seasoned homeowners.  After interviewing no less than five companies, the homeowners chose the design team at Advance Design Studio to make the transformation they had long planned for.

Kitchen Floor Plans in Barrington








“They had an understanding of the right design for the space almost from the instant they walked in the room”, says Sharon Scott of the design team of Nicole Ryan at Todd Jurs at Advance Design Studio.  “They were the only designers who laid out ideas in the first meeting at the house that we really loved”, she says.  “It was obvious that they understood the house, and understood us – and from then on the decision to hire them literally made itself”.

The original kitchen had a dividing “wall” of cabinetry…that made the rather large space seem very small, and cut off the kitchen from the eating area that has a beautiful garden view completely hidden from the main kitchen.  Circulation was poor, leaving family members on top of one another when entertaining family and friends.


Barrington Kitchen in construction








The new kitchen design nearly doubles the kitchen size within the original space; opening it up completely and enjoying an expansive island containing a new Kohler Whitehaven Smart Divide farm sink, a dishwasher, and pull out double trash receptacle.  The great new gathering space accommodates four pull out stools beckoning grandchildren and friends alike.  Removing the range from the island and relocating it to create a dramatic “feature” wall, completely out of the way of guests; it is now crowned with a beautiful completely customized wood hood designed to ventilate much more efficiently than the original island range containing a limited downdraft system.


Kitchen 3D drawing in Barrington

From the information gathered in our initial meeting we will develop a complimentary preliminary design direction and preliminary project budget range, custom designed for you. This phase may include 3D color initial design drawings viewed on our large screen monitor to give you a crystal clear idea of what your new space cook look like.


The much more efficient use of the space after removing a pantry closet made way for a fully functional “tall wall” housing a double oven and refrigerator, out of the way of guests.  Removing the restrictive cabinetry wall now allowed for an expansive floor to ceiling pantry cabinet with full extension pull out shelving, and an elegant display area complete with a beautiful furniture detailed buffet.


Barrington Kitchen Remodel








Black Kitchen Island in Barrington

Fitting perfectly into the farmhouse charm of the old estate, Medallion Silver Lancaster cabinetry was chosen in a soft white Maple Divinity paint finish lining the perimeter.  The stunning island hints to this old home’s past with Medallion Gold’s Maple Devonshire style graced with a Carriage Black Heirloom painted finish.  The rubbed off black paint finish reveals the soft wood tones beneath, mimicking furniture you’d see in your grandmother’s home that has lovingly been polished for years to reveal a soft, subtly rubbed-off sheen.


White Cabinetry in BarringtonCounter tops reverse contrast with perimeter tops of black “Raven” granite possessing a subtle honed finish, and a shift to Quartz Difinity Viareggio – resembling white Carrera marble on the island.  A simple herringbone detail completes the decorative range wall, and subtle porcelain subway tiles grace the backsplash throughout.

The design is finished off with crisp Thermador and Bosch stainless steel appliances, and bright brushed cup pull and handle combination hardware.  A pull down Kohler Bellaria faucet makes cleanup a breeze, and soft under-cabinet LED lighting throughout makes every work surface shine softly, and highlights the cabinetry display area with grace.




After Kitchen Remodel in Barrington













One special detail was created to make the dramatic ceiling transition to a vaulted area above the breakfast nook extra special.  A tongue and groove solid wood ceiling was hung above, and a subtle greenish-grey distressed paint finish was hand developed on site by the talented crew, complementing the new kitchen with a completely unique surface that appears as if it’s been there for many, many years.  It’s just one standout feature in the amazing new space that is sure to be in every conversation as newcomers enjoy the newest best hangout in this old home renewed!

After 30 years of renovating homes, this now content homeowner sips a cup of tea enjoying her new garden view, and reminisces projects of past – and lastly reports their experience with Advance Design Studio culminating with their amazing new kitchen to be the most enjoyable and satisfying home experience yet.

View full project photo portfolio here: A Star-Spangled Kitchen in Barrington


If you’d like to experience what your kitchen transformation could look like, give us a call today (847) 836-2600 to make an appointment to get our feedback on design ideas along with a complimentary financial analysis. You too could have a beautiful kitchen like this one to enhance your home!




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