Spahn & Rose cabinet-design experts can turn any space into a beautiful, functional kitchen or bathroom. Here are three examples showing how Spahn & Rose cabinet designer Maria Burgmeier, based in the Dubuque location, has helped customers solve problems specific to their needs and space.


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PROBLEMS: Little room to cook, closed-in space 

In this uninviting kitchen, the homeowner was really crammed for space. The room felt disconnected from the house, and the owner wanted a more open concept, flowing the kitchen into the living-room area.



SOLUTIONS: Remove wall, add features to visually open space 

This makeover required several structural changes, including removal of a wall to make the space feel more open. Burgmeier worked with the homeowner’s contractor to ensure that the wall could be taken out without compromising the structural integrity of the house. A small bench was added to create a seating area. To make the space feel even more clean and open, Burgmeier extended the cabinets and ran the backsplash tile all the way to the ceiling.



PROBLEMS: Outdated cabinets, poor workflow, little counter space 

This traditional home needed a kitchen makeover to update its appliances and décor. The existing layout made cooking difficult, with little counter space near the stove. The older-style cabinets also didn’t offer the best use of space.



SOLUTIONS: Swap position of range and sink, remove wall, add two-tier island 

By altering the position of the range and sink, Burgmeier gave the homeowner more countertop space closer to the cooking area. In addition, the wall between the kitchen and living room was removed to create more space. Burgmeier also suggested installing a two-tier island with base molding for a furniture-style look that matches the traditional aesthetic of the home. Cabinets were also put in around the refrigerator for a classic, built-in look.



PROBLEMS: Narrow space limits redesign options, lacks seating 

This narrow kitchen had to be redesigned around a chimney chute. Because of the skinny dimensions, there was no room for seating or an island. The workflow was also not conducive to cooking.



SOLUTIONS: Move window, add small bench, create different workflow options 

The biggest change was elevating the position of window to enable the sink to go underneath it. By designing cabinets that reached the ceiling, Burgmeier was able to make the kitchen feel larger. Also, adding a small bench provided seating that the homeowner needed. To improve basic kitchen function, Burgmeier created designs with several options for appliance positioning, and the homeowner picked the option that best suited how she worked.