Who loves a good Before and After?! Everyone does!

We started working with these clients last Fall to design a much more functional kitchen for them. It started with wanting to update their existing kitchen and just replacing cabinetry, countertops, etc.


If there’s a way to improve a kitchen, you better believe we’re going to tell you about it! Our design team specializes in Kitchen and Bath design, so you could say we are a little “passionate” about exploring options!

Sometimes, it’s easy to replace what you have but when you are spending a good chunk of change on a project like a kitchen remodel, it is worth it to consider all options first.

So, here is where we started with Option 1 (which we opted out of for reasons I’ll explain below)

The existing floor plan had some issues that we wanted to iron out. First of all, our clients were not using the space next to the kitchen as their dining room (shown otherwise on these real estate pics).

They were using this space as an awkward dining nook and then had another space in the living room for their actual dining room table.

It felt like a waste of valuable space!

Existing Floor Plan:

So, we worked up our plan options to include that awkward nook space as part of the kitchen. Why not, right?!

Option 1:

This plan includes lots of movement! As you can see, we moved the range to the other side of the kitchen and eliminated a window. This plan has some pros and cons:


  • Larger kitchen
  • Walk in pantry
  • Lots of countertop prep space
  • Lots of storage


  • Loss of light by removing the nook window
  • Closes off access to the family room
  • Maybe toooo much space
  • Higher construction cost

Option 2 is the plan we went with for lots of reasons! But you’ll see this plan has a lot more pros than cons.

Existing plan:

You’ll see this plan has Pro’s:

  • Expands the kitchen for plenty of countertop and prep space
  • Maintains access to family room
  • Keeps range where it is so no need to move gas
  • Window at nook stays

The only “Con” with this plan is that there is no dedicated pantry, but we designed their cabinets to accommodate their needs with a pantry pull out, spice cabinets, deep drawer storage for pots and pans, and a corner susan for larger storage items.

We specified our cabinetry line for the cabinets in this remodel. We opted for an off-white for the perimeter and a cherry stained cabinet for the island. The countertops were where we had a lot of fun! We chose Bianco Superior quartzite for the island, where we wanted the drama. The perimeter countertops are leathered Black Vermont granite.

Finally, the backsplash was a super fun grey cracked glass lantern that added just the right amount of color and pattern.

Enough talking, here are pictures of the finished product! Let us know what you think!

Our home was originally built in the 60s and had already been through a remodel in the 80s. It had good bones but they were hard to see under the later revisions. Ariana’s team went straight to the elements that needed to be preserved and highlighted them. The kitchen/dining room has been opened up amazingly and we’re very happy with it. In addition to the design efforts, we really value the 3-D renderings. It makes it much easier to talk with tradespeople about what we want to be done and how, and prevents miscommunications. Five stars for the Honeycomb team!


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132 W. Branch Street
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

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