Ashley and Jamin Mills of the Handmade Home recently transformed a closed-off kitchen into a bright and open space for entertaining.

The old mahogany cabinets were swapped for lighter, cream-colored ones, which are contrasted by a large central island with black cabinetry.

Ashley and Jamin Mills are no strangers to the renovation process. From pool houses and basements to bathrooms and kids’ bedrooms, the couple routinely tackles all kinds of projects as part of their design and remodel company, The Handmade Home. Recently, the duo took on an outdated kitchen, reconfiguring the dark space into an airy, open spot for entertaining —complete with plenty of seating, as well as a custom bar area.

“The previous kitchen was last updated around 1995, and the homeowners were ready for an update,” says Jamin. Several walls were removed to create a seamless flow with the dining room and to also allow more natural light into the kitchen. 

Photo courtesy of The Handmade Home

“Our clients mainly wanted to open up the space for entertaining,” explains Jamin. The old kitchen was connected to the rest of the house by small passageways, which both closed off the space and blocked natural light. One of the first things the couple recommended was the removal of several walls. “Altering the floor plan to create one large area with the dining room gave the homeowners more options for entertaining,” he adds.

The old mahogany cabinets were swapped for lighter, cream-colored ones, which are contrasted by a large central island with black cabinetry.

The old mahogany cabinets were swapped for lighter, cream-colored ones, which are contrasted by a large central island with black cabinetry. 

Photo courtesy of The Handmade Home

The entire kitchen was gutted, providing the opportunity to reconfigure cabinetry and optimize storage. “We tried to consider every possibility—from storage along the sides of the island to extra drawers throughout and an entire wall for the pantry,” says Ashley. “We wanted the space to be realistically livable.”

A large picture window over the sink lets in natural light that reflects off the light-colored island countertop. Both the kitchen sink and faucet are from Hausera.

A large picture window over the sink lets in natural light that reflects off the light-colored island countertop. Both the kitchen sink and faucet are from Hausera. 

Photo courtesy of The Handmade Home

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