Kitchen Remodel B&A: Removing a Wall


In this HighCraft kitchen remodel, we removed a wall and peninsula to improve traffic flow, and replaced dated tile and white cabinetry to create a modern look. Explore the before-and-after gallery below.


(BEFORE) The homeowners didn’t like the wall (center) that separated the kitchen from the living room.

(BEFORE, left) The wall isolated the person making dinner from the rest of the family, and made the kitchen feel dark and cramped. (AFTER, right) Removing the wall was key to helping the kitchen feel light, bright and welcoming.

(BEFORE, left) The arched opening and dual-height peninsula counter felt dated. (AFTER, right) The removal of the archway, and the new center island with its sleek waterfall countertop, add a modern feel to the space.


The island also improves the flow of traffic by creating an additional walkway between the kitchen and living room.

(BEFORE, left) Box-shaped soffits above the old cabinetry were a waste of valuable storage space. (AFTER, right) We removed the soffits and extended all cabinets to the ceiling to maximize storage.


The kitchen cabinets, built in rift white oak, have smooth slab door fronts to reinforce the modern design aesthetic. Perimeter cabinetry is stained in a lighter Frost finish, and the island base cabinets are stained in a darker Grey Rock to add contrast and interest.


Large brushed nickel cabinet pulls, installed horizontally, complement the modern design.


The sink in the center island includes an instant hot water faucet for added convenience.


Marble Picassa tiles by Glazzio are reflected in the new induction range top.

(BEFORE, left) The wall and half-wall between the kitchen and living room had to go. (AFTER, right) The homeowners love their new open layout.

(BEFORE, left) The overhead soffits, arched window-grid door fronts, and beadboard paneling on the peninsula, made the kitchen feel dated. (AFTER, right) Removing the wall, peninsula and soffits, replacing cabinetry, and adding a new island, make the kitchen feel more inviting.

(BEFORE, left) Just because a kitchen has white cabinets doesn’t mean it can’t feel dark. (AFTER, right) New lighting, quartz countertops, and a fresh coat of white paint on the walls, breathe new life into the kitchen.

Whether you build new construction, or remodel what you have, HighCraft’s experienced design-build team can navigate every detail of the planning and construction process so you don’t have to. Contact HighCraft with questions or to schedule a free consultation.