Fresh and colorful kitchen redesign

See how this new kitchen gains style and color, but still occupies its original footprint

What does a kitchen remodel cost these days?

In the case of Jean Ingram and her husband, Greg Cook, the goal was to transform their bland, Ushaped space into a brighter, more contemporary kitchen where the family could gather and entertain ― without going beyond the room’s footprint.

The cost of the makeover: about $30,000.

A major flaw in the old kitchen was the crowded, inconvenient configuration of the cooktop and double ovens ― side by side with no counter space in between. By installing a range and a warming drawer, the couple gained extra counter space and another cabinet.

To revitalize the overall appearance of the room, they added Shaker-style cabinet fronts, which they painted white as a foil for a vibrant glass-tile backsplash. New niches display cobalt bowls.

"It's such a beige house, we wanted color," says Ingram. A two-toned, two-tiered concrete counter ― pale green above and charcoal gray below ― adds sleekness.

What it cost

Custom cabinetry $12,500

Custom concrete counters $5,500

Glass tile $1,200

Painting $1,500

Appliances $6,800

Floor refinishing $1,300

Sink, fixtures, hardware $1,300

Design Stephen Swearengen, architect, Oakland, CA (510/410-7371). Color consultant: Jon Schmidt Interior Design, Piedmont, CA (510/451-8605)

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