If you work in the design industry, it’s hard not to be captivated by the transformation process – taking an ugly, dated or poorly functional space and making it look and work better for the client. While there’s plenty of hard work involved in taking a project from conception to completion, there’s something inspiring about reviewing where a space started – and how it turned out.

In this month’s Transformations, KBDN integrated media rep Rick Dahl shows off before and after views of his recently remodeled kitchen.


Before: The home was build in 1999 with hardwood floors, staircase/spindles/rails and kitchen and bath cabinets all done in the same oak finish – all of which was now dated. The homeowners wanted a total makeover with a brighter, updated kitchen, premium appliances and a lot more light.


After: The old kitchen was completed gutted, and designer Dusanka Djuric of the Westmont, IL-based Luxe Showroom started fresh, incorporating Holiday Kitchens’ semi-custom white 48” cabinets with a large island that offers plenty of prep space. White marble backsplashes and a black granite island counter add drama to the new kitchen, while Silestone by Cosentino countertops add both aesthetic and functional value. Premium appliances were high on the homeowners’ wish list, and working with the design team, they ultimately selected a Sub-Zero refrigerator, Wolf oven, Broan ventilation, a GE Monogram wine cooler and a Bosch dishwasher. The home’s shiny brass hardware was replaced throughout with brushed nickel for a warmer, softer look, while three chandeliers in kitchen and one large one in the open foyer add brightness to the space.