Sheri Olson’s Kitchen Remodel

Sheri Olson is no stranger to kitchen remodels. As an architect, she has plenty of knowledge on what products to use and how to maximize space. However for her own home, she did have to pay extra attention on how to make a new kitchen work for her West Seattle mid-century home.

Sheri’s kitchen is compact, but open, and the entire house pinwheels from the space. Sheri specifically bought a mid-century home because she loves the simple and clean spaces they provide. For Sheri, the trick to a remodeling project is to make the new space blend with the old and not to try to make it look original.

Overall Sheri spent $50,000 to remodel her kitchen, not including appliances. Sheri used the footprint and openings of the existing kitchen and relocated appliances. The old kitchen didn’t include a refrigerator so Sheri had to find space for one in an already restricted space.

Sheri learned that mid-century homes require extra care when moving plumbing and electrical due to their cathedral ceilings and exposed beams. Sheri had to tear up the floor and run electrical up a wood-wrapped column in order to move appliances and install lighting.

Sheri had custom walnut veneer cabinets installed by Contour Woodworks, which is a company she recommends for many of her clients. She loves the craftsmanship and their comfortable drawers and swing-up cabinets.

Sheri’s mid-century home currently has a mix of brass hardware that she is transitioning to stainless steel. For the kitchen she chose stainless hardware that didn’t stick beyond the counter’s edge.

The counters are Caesarstone. Sheri chose Raw Concrete for the color because, “it’s modern, not too stark, and has movement.” The under-mount sink is a large single stainless bowl with rounded edges. Sheri used the savings from the rounded versus square edges to put towards a sculptural Dornbracht faucet. Sheri loves the feel of the faucet and it’s single hole that keeps the counter as clean possible. The sprayer was also a splurge.

Sheri used Ann Sacs tile on the floor and backsplash. For the floor she decided on a large plank tile and dark grey grout. She has found that porcelain is better for a wet kitchen environment versus using real stone. On the backsplash, she wanted a clean white tile, but used a tile with a grey edge because its worn look fits in with the rest of the mid-century home.

The appliances were also an upgrade Sheri feels were well worth the investment. For her clients and her own purchases, she always ends up at Albert Lee because of their knowledgeable and helpful sales team. Sheri embraced the fact that her home didn’t have gas and has found her experience with her Fisher Paykel induction stove to be enjoyable and with no learning curve. The one aspect that Sheri didn’t expect was the need to switch to induction and dishwasher safe pots and pans. She has since fallen in love with her set of Zwilling J.A. Henckles pots.

To make the open kitchen feel uncluttered and larger, Sheri designed the microwave to fit under the counter. She opted for the stainless Sharp Microwave Drawer. She also designed for a walnut veneered integrated Liebherr counter-depth refrigerator. The ultra quiet stainless Miele dishwasher completes her kitchen.

Another tricky aspect for the kitchen was it’s electrical layout. The under-cabinet lights are recessed puck lights. Also tucked under the cabinets, Sheri designed in a recessed electrical strip to keep her backsplash looking uber clean. TECH Lighting was used on the exposed beams, and a skillfully placed transformer box was accounted for.

Sheri believes she couldn’t have done this project without the skills of DLH General Contracting.