The Best Kitchen Storage & Workflow for a Needham Home Remodel

  • Dan Tibma
  • 14 Dec 2016
Tibma Design/Build Kitchen Storage Remodeling in Needham

Our clients’ kitchen storage and workflow was lacking. They called Tibma Design/Build to create a space that met all their needs.

John and Darlene love the home they’ve lived in for 34 years, but recently their kitchen and laundry room needed updating. With both passionate about cooking, they were motivated to create their own gourmet kitchen. It was important to include high-end, professional appliances and functional kitchen storage solutions. They envisioned their kitchen’s footprint similar to the existing one. Adding an island would improve traffic flow and make entertaining easier. This would also provide the ideal counter space for food prep and buffets when hosting family gatherings. Also, the adjoining laundry room needed new appliances and they wanted to build a counter over the washer and dryer to better utilize the space. Tibma Design/Build previously remodeled the bathrooms in their home. They were pleased with our work, so they decided to go with Tibma again for this new project.

We are including a few of the details that make this project spectacular not only in aesthetics, but function as well:

After analyzing our clients’ kitchen floor plan, we realized their refrigerator was in an inconvenient location. In the new layout, the refrigerator is next to the eat-in kitchen table, yet close to the kitchen work space. The refrigerator is no longer next to the kitchen entrance where it was obstructing traffic.

The new island offers our clients a large serving area and also lets them socialize with friends and family while cooking. Organizational systems within the kitchen cabinets maximize storage capabilities. The distance between the island and perimeter cabinets is wide enough for two cooks to work at the same time.

John and Darlene especially love their new kitchen appliances, which include a refrigerator by Sub-Zero, a dishwasher by Miele, an induction cooktop by Wolf, and a steam/convection oven also by Wolf. The advantage of their intuitive steam/convection oven is that it hydrates food while they are cooking.

Our clients also enjoy their large 10”-deep stainless steel kitchen sink that is wide enough to hold a cookie sheet. It includes a stainless steel rack that sits 3/4” off the bottom of the sink, protecting it from scratches. The rack allows dishes or washed veggies to drip dry in the sink.

Dan Tibma showing the kitchen storage solutions in this home remodelWe love the contrast formed between the dark stained island cabinets, the new oak flooring, and the white perimeter cabinets. The white subway tile on the backsplash creates an interesting texture with a wavy 3D effect. Throughout the kitchen the lighting was replaced with LED recessed lights, which cover a wide area without the usual shadows.

Watch our video to see how the new kitchen storage systems we installed optimize the space inside cabinets and drawers. We always consider ergonomics in a kitchen design so everything is easy and comfortable to use.

—Dan Tibma

Our repeat clients are thrilled with their new kitchen remodel

“We had a basic idea about our new kitchen, but Dan helped us to flesh out the specifics with the island size and placement. He also came up with some creative ideas to enhance the design, such as adding a granite window sill above the kitchen sink, adding an extra heating vent to make the eat-in area warmer during winter months, and installing a new window in the laundry room.

We love our new appliances, especially the Wolf induction stovetop and the convection/steam oven. And the new island is great! It makes the kitchen more spacious and functional. Also like the improved functionality of the storage drawers under the stovetop and counters instead of cabinets. The counter top over our new washer and dryer makes the laundry room much more useful.”  

Dan and his crew do a great job of minimizing the disruption during construction by setting up a temporary kitchen and sealing off the construction area to reduce dust. His crew is wonderful to work with, especially Paul. They are very neat and always cleaned up each day before leaving.” 

—John and Darlene

When you’re ready to update the home you love, contact Tibma Design/Build. We can help you create the most function and enjoyment possible from your existing space. 
Tibma Design/Build Kitchen Storage Remodeling in Needham Before Floor plans
Floor plan before
Tibma Design/Build Kitchen Storage Remodeling in Needham After Floor plans
Floor plan after