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Bend Kitchen Remodel

This Bend kitchen remodeling project features a massive island perfect for entertaining — and homework.

This Bend-area family wanted to create a custom “true cook’s kitchen” that matched their lifestyle. With two young children, comfort and convenience were high on their design list. The home has a traditional architectural style, but the homeowners were interested in adding a few, well-chosen contemporary touches. The brushed gold hardware and plumbing fixtures are good examples of how these styles were elegantly combined.

Oversize Island Offers Family Oasis

As designer Paul Haigh shares, “Since convenience was key, we replaced the formal dining table and chairs with built-in bench dining.” The design team also created a giant ‘family-size’ island with seating on two sides that is perfect for food prep, entertaining, eating, as well as homework.  For this active family, the oversized island is proving to be a true oasis.

“It’s a total transformation from builder-blah to completely custom.” – Paul Haigh

Design Objectives

  Create a larger, more open kitchen

  Resolve the ‘corner’ cooktop and sink problem

  Improve flow


Design Challenges

  Bearing wall separating the kitchen from the dining area – and no desire for visible beams.


Design Solutions

  In order to keep a short section of bearing wall, the island cabinetry and countertop wrap around it to make it an integrated part of the design solution.

  Enlarged an opening into the kitchen to provide easier access.


Special Design Features

A new wine bar was added under the stairs and replaced some existing wine storage. This makes entertaining easier and keeps service out from under a busy cook’s feet!  Other favorite design features include:

  Introduced furniture-style cabinetry in two colors to create a more decorative style

  Soft, brushed gold fixtures and accessories

  Wine bar tucked under the stairs

  Stunning backsplash


Client collaboration can yield great results. “The homeowner suggested moving the original ironwork chandelier from the above the dining table to above the kitchen island. It was a great idea and makes a bold elegant statement!” shares Paul.   

One of the biggest conversation-starters is the gorgeous tile backsplash. Paul explains, “The design reflects some eastern influence, which is interesting because the homeowner teaches yoga, so perhaps she was subconsciously drawn to it?”


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