Kitchen Remodel/Makeover

My Kitchen Remodel/Makeover Story – A Virtual Tour of Our Kitchen


Kitchen Remodel/Makeover

My kitchen remodel story! Oh My God, where do I even begin? The kitchen in the new house is a dream come true. It is no secret that I spend a lot of time in the kitchen. I am a foodie and food blogger. And the hearth is where my heart resides.

S,o for those of you who don’t know, Sam and I embarked on a journey last year, which turned out to be the most memorable one for us so far. We decided to completely tear down our existing 3-bed room 2-bath house and build the house of our dreams. Today when I am sitting and writing this blog it feels surreal. So much has gone into this project; sometimes I feel that I have lived 10 years in this one year. And today I would say 80% of the house turned out what I wanted it to be. Yes, the 20% could have been better but that margin of error remains everywhere. Today I will share with you, my kitchen remodel story.

Kitchen Remodel makeover story of my house

In my last 1300 sq ft house, the kitchen I had could have been best termed as a kitchenette, something like you see in hotels. I did have a 4 burner stove but it was an electric coil cooktop. I had bare minimal cabinet space and no pantry. I had to store a fair amount of my kitchen essentials on storage racks in the garage. And when we bought the house, Samrat was very unhappy about the kitchen and we kept on planning to reconstruct it. And that was the seed thought which finally gave shape to the entire house reconstruction project. I do not have many pictures of the old kitchen. Here’s one where you can see barely the stove and my mom cooking. And the second one is one where I was teaching something to G’s friends when they came home for her 12th birthday. You will get some idea though as to how small of a kitchen it was. I did have a white old refrigerator, and an oven and microwave. But that was it.

Kitchen Remodel/Makeover


Kitchen Remodel/Makeover


Now coming to the new kitchen where do I even begin. Our house is now 2400 sq ft in total. My kitchen is about 15” by 11” and the island is about 6” by 3”. The backsplash is where I will begin because it is my absolute favorite. We kept doing the rounds of stores and spent a lot of time online but I just could not decide on anything. I did not want the conventional subway tiles, which my contractor was suggesting. We were looking for natural stones and had even decided on something when suddenly the guy at the cash register got this one out from the back of the store. I absolutely gave out a cry of surprise and joy standing there and embarrassed my poor husband. This one looks hand painted and had hues of gray, white, orange and brown. Since I had gone for dark hardwood floors, white cabinetry, and stainless steel appliances I knew this backsplash would be perfect. However, choosing a random piece of tile to really see it wrapped on the walls is a different ball game altogether. And trust me, I was losing sleep thinking of how everything would tie in. God has been kind and today I have random people who have seen pictures of my kitchen complimenting on the back splash.

Kitchen Remodel makeover story of my house

The cabinets you see here are custom made so that they go all the way to the ceiling. I had a hard time choosing between gray and white cabinets. The gray was very modern in look and appearance but I was not sure if I wanted to go all modern. Sam is a civil engineer by training and had worked closely with our architect in designing the ceiling progression throughout the house. This is so because I wanted an industrial feel mixed in with a distressed, old world yet sophisticated charm. And my kitchen had to thrive in that vibe! (Oh My God, I don’t know if my words even make any sense).In a nutshell, this very style in mind made me opt for the white cabinetry with a fair amount of detailing to throw in that old world feel. And white also helps to add to the feeling of space.

Kitchen Remodel makeover story of my house

Coming to the appliances, my dear husband left no stone unturned to make sure I was happy. We went in for Jenn-air appliances. Jenn-air is the premium luxury brand of Whirlpool and has commercial-grade, state-of-the-art features. We have a 48-inch built-in side-by-side refrigerator with water and ice dispenser. It’s spacious and the stainless steel finish is absolutely beautiful. We have a large commercial-style gas range with two 20,000 BTU stacked burners giving the power for high-heat cooking with a high-performance chrome finished griddle on the side. It has two built-in convection ovens, one being smaller helps me cook small batches of food. And we have six different convection cooking modes like bake, roast, broil distributing heat evenly and thoroughly, for beautifully consistent results. This piece of equipment is my absolute luxury and I love cooking on this cooktop.

Kitchen Remodel makeover story of my house

I also have a built in steam oven and microwave. The 24-inch wall steam oven uses steam to preserve nutrients in vegetables and tenderness in meats, and convection for evenly-baked pastries and roasts. Use steam and convection together for food that’s tender inside and roasted or crisped outside. And I have a 24-inch built-in microwave.

And last but not the least I have a warming drawer. This 30-inch warming drawer comes so handy when I am entertaining. You cook and keep everything here and I am saved from the additional trouble of heating things up before serving. It offers an array of options for cooking and entertaining and is a convenient alternative to an oven for bread proofing, slow-roasting, plate-warming and keeping completed dishes warm before serving.

Kitchen Remodel/Makeover

All my appliances are part of Jenn-air’s Euro style suite and perfectly match the theme going on all through the house. However, the cutest feature in my kitchen is the pot filler, that’s a little faucet right above the range from where water could be directly added to pots on the stove. This is my most favorite one and I, in fact, had to coax my architect to add it. He was not sure whether the city would approve it but finally, it got added.

Besides these, among a few other notable things in the kitchen is my farmhouse stainless steel sink. It is so classy and so beautiful. We also have a built-in Trifecta dishwasher, which is absolutely silent and can be loaded anytime of the day or night without having anyone constantly complain about the noise. So it’s a huge relief for me.

Kitchen Remodel/Makeover

I don’t know if it counts as a feature but I have a gorgeous and huge quartzite island. When I had gone to the store to look for countertop options, I was absolutely blown away seeing the options. Large, in fact, humongous slabs of all natural stone flown in from different parts of the world. Their grains and stains or whatever else you call them left me mesmerized. This particular piece is all natural quartzite, which is scratch and stain resistant and absolutely shines when paired with dark colored flooring.

Also, I have a fair sized pantry now on the wall opposite to the kitchen. I have another set of shelves just to house my food blogging essentials. And lastly, I have a huge skylight and a huge window over the sink. So there is loads of sunlight and golden energy coming in from every corner. And that is what makes my kitchen a happy place.

In this post, I have not gone into any details. Rather it’s just a tour of my kitchen. If you have any questions, I will be happy to answer those for you.

You may also like my three recent recipe posts:

Dry Schezwan Fish

Bengali Sandesh

3 Party Cocktails




12 Responses to My Kitchen Remodel/Makeover Story – A Virtual Tour of Our Kitchen

  1. beautiful kitchen ,congratulation,would like to know the exact model of your gas range,and what is the distance between burner and grates??id this open burner or sealed burners??and onw more thing about your sink single or dual??and how deep it is??would love to get model for that too,thanks

  2. Hi,
    Love the tour of your kitchen. The kitchen looks stunning. I am planning to renovate my kitchen and would like to know more about the SS range hood…I am Bengali and my husband and I have this issue about the curry smell that linger. Need to find a hood that sucks out all the smell.

    • Thank you so much for stopping by. I am a Bengali too and have the same issue as you. I have bought my hood from a company called Zephyr and it is a high-performance piece of equipment. I am very happy with its performance.

  3. How lovely!! absolutely love your kitchen and your story clearly depicts your love for food and your Kitchen. You go girl. You have shared so much inspiration and motivation.

    Congratulations to you on your new dream house and a big applaud to your husband to help you make it happen.

  4. Hi there, great kitchen makeover. Loved it totally and I am sure you are having fun with your new kitchen! I have two questions.
    1. What is a steam oven? Is it different from the usual ones? And,
    2. What is a warming drawer? Is it the one that is exactly below the oven? Also I thought it always accompanies the oven and one does not need to specify!!!
    I would appreciate if you could help me with the questions.
    Thanks and Enjoyyyyyy!!!

  5. what a lovely post and i could visualize all the nuances mentioned so vividly ! Congratulations di:) You have an absolutely gorgeous kitchen…something that i will now dream of !!The backlash is indeed a beauty <3

    • Thank you so much Rohini! Your words always touch my heart as I know you mean them 🙂 Love you girl <3 And your kitchen would be a thing of beauty too 🙂 <3

  6. Hii…I love u r kitchen…perfect….I’m now in the same phase like you ….kitchen design:):)…..came across u r blog at the right time…As you said u r kitchen is 15×11 and island is 6×3 …I would like to know the clearance u have on all the four sides(from the stovetop to island, washbasin to island, pantry to island)…..I also have a dilemma going for gas or electric? Pls clarify my doubts….

    • Thank you! We have 3ft clearance between stovetop to island, washbasin to island, pantry to island would be around 4.5 ft. I have a gas range.

Leave a reply

CommentLuv badge