November update on Steffen kitchen remodel

As you may remember, we are partnering with designer Martin Spicuzza from Studio Spicuzza to feature a kitchen remodel project he is working on in Arlington Heights, a northwest Chicago suburb. You can learn more about Martin and Studio Spicuzza in our September post. You can also see the in-process photos and read about the progress in our October update.

Martin shared with us some details on the project just this week:

“Since my last blog post, it is apparent that the kitchen is starting to take shape. The perimeter cabinets, in a pale greenish grey glaze, are being installed as well as the island which has a deep reddish brown stain.


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It won’t be long until the beautiful GE Monogram appliances will be installed, some with paneled fronts. The hood liner has already been set in place as this was needed prior to putting in the wood surround.


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Installation will continue this coming week with the wine bar and sunroom cabinets as well as a beautiful fireplace surround that was finished in a liquid metal which looks like actual bronze. Cabinet hardware has shipped and is expected this coming week. The unfilled travertine floor, which is made up of four sizes of tiles in a random Versaille pattern, is expected to be set later in the week.

In another week or so the stone fabricator will take field measurements and create templates for the counter tops.

Final wall finish, backsplashes and light fixtures will complete the room, which we’re all hoping to accomplish
in the next 3 to 4 weeks.  It’s a long process that cannot be rushed as several trades people, cabinet installers, tile setters, stone fabricators, electricians, plumbers and painters all have to be orchestrated by the conductor/general contractor Sam Destefano and by me, the composer.

When done, this will be a truly elegant, traditional  kitchen/great room for my wonderful clients and their family to enjoy for many years.”

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