Kitchen Remodels

Vancouver Custom Kitchen

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The amazing style of the home owners show through in this distinct custom kitchen remodel.  The high-end luxury kitchen feel comes through in the bold colors, European styling, and shimmery exotic Sapele custom cabinetry.  It takes courage and trust to go this bold but the payoff is in the after pictures of this award winning modern kitchen.

Luxury is the only word that can describe the amount of detail and craftsmanship of this modern entertainers’ delight.  From the custom back painted glass backsplash to the custom cabinet lighting, everything about this kitchen reflects and honors the art and craftsmanship of the build.

This nationally recognized kitchen is the result of collaboration and teamwork.  The C&K Custom Remodeling team is honored to continually be invited into the most distinctive homes in the Portland area.

Before/After Vancouver

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 Ridge Road Custom Kitchen

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In this custom home the kitchen was poorly designed.  The homeowners requested more of an open concept and more lighting.  A place for friends to gather and a where a family can grow.   We combined family functionality, a gourmet cooking environment, and incredible craftsmanship, into one entertainers dream kitchen.

The extensive use of lighting for functional purposes and ambient mood lighting transforms this stunning kitchen from function to form with the touch of a switch.  Custom designed lighting in the pantry turns on automatically when the door is opened.  This ensures great lighting even in the back of the pull-out drawers.

The floor were refinished and an artisan repaint were the final touches on this one of a kind entertainers delight.

This beautiful kitchen was featured on the cover on Oregon home magazine.

Before/After Ridge Road

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Tabor Custom Kitchen

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This kitchen in a 1911 Craftsman home has taken on a new life full of color and personality. Inspired by the client’s colorful taste and the homes of her family in The Philippines, we leaned into the wild for this design. The first thing the client told us is that she wanted terra cotta floors and green countertops.

We lowered the cabinetry in the refrigerator area to accommodate the stairs above. We utilized a recycled body porcelain floor tile that looks like terra cotta to achieve the desired look, but it is much easier to upkeep than traditional terra cotta. In the breakfast nook we used bold jungle themed wallpaper to create a special place that feels connected, but still separate from the kitchen for the client to  enjoy a cup of coffee. Finally, we utilized stair pullouts by all the upper cabinets that extend to the ceiling to ensure that the client can reach every shelf.

Before/After Tabor

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Creating Your Vision

Our team has been providing upscale kitchen remodels throughout Portland, OR, for many years. This experience has given our team the expertise to help bring your vision to life. The kitchen is one area of the home that people and guests spend the most time in. Whether you and your guests are making a holiday dinner, enjoying drinks and appetizers, or just hanging out, you can often find people in the kitchen. This is why it’s often referred to as the heart of the home.

At C&K Custom Remodeling, it is our goal to create a beautiful and functional space that you and your family will enjoy for years to come.  

To start the Portland kitchen remodel process, a member of our team will meet with you in your space and discuss what you are looking for. While our team members are up to date on the latest style trends and color schemes, we want to hear about what your ideal kitchen would look like. Once we have a sense of your design taste, we get to work with our design.

All our Portland kitchen remodels are completed with high-quality appliances, fixtures, and finishes. This results in a beautiful kitchen that will look good for years to come. Though high-quality finishes are important in creating the perfect kitchen, we also create a space that is functional. Our kitchen designs include a large amount of storage, functional layouts, and appliances and fixtures that make your life easier.


Kitchen Design Tips

A well-planned kitchen design is based on proper arrangement of individual centers, passageways, and work aisles to accommodate all of the equipment, foodstuffs, and activities anticipated in each area.

Kitchens in the past were planned on the basis of three primary centers: the refrigerator/mix area; a sink/dishwasher area; and a range/cooking area. Kitchens today have more appliances and more work centers. Many kitchens have a second sink. A separate cooktop with a ventilation system, a microwave unit, and a built-in conventional or convection oven are often specified.


A kitchen with less than 150 square feet should have a minimum of 120” of drawer or roll-out shelf frontage. Larger kitchens should have at least 165” of drawer or roll-out shelf frontage. These drawers and roll-outs are normally a part of the base cabinets included in the base-cabinet frontage requirements.

At least five storage items should be included in the kitchen to improve the accessibility and functionality of the kitchen. These items include, but are not limited to: interior vertical dividers, specialized drawers, built-in bins or racks, swing-out pantries or drawer/roll-out shelves in excess of the amount required. For kitchens with usable corner areas in the plan, at least one functional corner storage unit must be included.

Work Center

The kitchen contains four primary work centers: the sink, the refrigerator, the cooktop/range, and the food preparation or mix center. Secondary work centers might include the microwave or the secondary sink. These centers contain the appliance and the necessary counter space to use it. For work to be accomplished efficiently, their arrangement should be such that the common food preparation and clean-up activities flow from one to another. If two such centers are located adjacent to each other, the proper counter frontage requirement is to take the longer of the two counters and add 12”.

No two primary work centers (the primary sink, refrigerator, preparation, or cooktop/range center) should be separated by a full-height, full-depth tall tower, such as an oven cabinet, pantry cabinet, or refrigerator.

Food Preparation Center

The food preparation center should be well lit and comfortable. At least 36” of continuous countertop should be provided for the food preparation center. It should be immediately adjacent to a water source. The preparation center logically can be placed between the primary sink and the cooking surface, between the refrigerator and the primary sink, or adjacent to a secondary sink on an island or other cabinet section. If more than one person works in the kitchen, each will require a 36” preparation center of his or her own. If two people will stand adjacent to each other, 72” of counter space should be allowed. Two people should never have to work at right angles to one another with their backs to each other.


In addition to space planning for appliances and activities, there are a number of considerations in the area of safety and convenience.

All major appliances used for surface cooking should have a ventilation system. NKBA recommends a minimum of 150 CFM and IRC requires a minimum of 100 CFM. However, with many of the high performance cooktops and ranges being installed today, fans rated at a minimum of 300 CFM may be required with downdraft systems requiring even larger fans. Ventless fans cannot remove heat or moisture and are to be avoided.

At least two waste receptacles should be included in the plan; one for garbage and one for recyclables, or other recycling facilities should be planned.

Ground fault circuit interrupters must be specified on all receptacles serving a counter surface. A fire extinguisher should be located across from the cooktop. Smoke alarms should be included near the kitchen.

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Kitchen Cabinetry

Custom cabinets often separate the good from the great. Functionality, usability, and craftsmanship make custom cabinets a clear choice for any upscale remodeling project.

When it comes to cabinets there are huge differences in quality and features.  Wood species, construction styles, trim packages, functionality, and hardware are only a few of the many things to consider when choosing your cabinet package.  Any good cabinet project starts with a great design.  Seeing your cabinets before they go into production eliminates much of the confusion associated with  custom cabinet purchasing.

When clients choose C&K for their remodeling project we bring our reputation for design, craftsmanship,  and excellence to every project.  Good design and layout reduces problems and increases functionality as well as the overall remodeling experience.

Don’t leave your house to just anyone.  Let us turn the house you have into the home you love.

Kitchen Range/Cooktop & Ovens Tips

Safety is a primary consideration for the placement of the range/cooktop. There should be 24” of clearance between the cooking surface and a protected surface above, or 30” to an unprotected surface. A microwave hood combination appliance may be lower than the 24” dimension as dictated by the manufacturer’s specifications. The back of the cooking surface also should be protected with a flame retardant backsplash or by a countertop extension in the case of a peninsula or island location. The cooking surface must not be placed below an operable window.

For an open-ended kitchen configuration, at least 9” of counter space is required on one side of the cooking surface top and 15” on the other.

When the cooking surface top is located near an end wall or tall cabinet, at least 9” of clearance is required between the cooking surface and the wall or tall cabinet. The cooktop can be as close as 3” to a wall if it is protected with a flame-retardant surfacing, although it is not recommended to get this close, and 15” has been allowed on the other side of the cooking surface.

Ovens that are separate from the cooktop require additional space. There must be at least 15” of landing space next to or above the oven if the oven door opens into a primary traffic pattern. A 15” landing space, which is no more than 48” across from the oven, is acceptable if the oven door does not open into a traffic area.

For a kitchen with a microwave, at least 15” of landing space should be provided above, below, or adjacent to the microwave unit. Locate the microwave oven after considering the user’s height and abilities. The ideal location for the bottom of the microwave is 3” below the principle user’s shoulder but not more than 54” above the floor.

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Kitchen Refrigerator Tips

Refrigerators are available in a number of styles and sizes. With advances in technology, the placement of refrigerator/freezer systems allows more flexibility for the designer and challenges for the installer. The selection of the refrigerator must be completed before the cabinets are ordered to ensure proper cabinet selection and placement.

Most refrigerators will require a minimum space of between 1 and 2 inches above them to allow for proper compressor ventilation. In addition, the bottoms of these units need to be kept free of obstructions as airflow restrictions can severely reduce the life of the refrigerator.

As a general rule, separate refrigerator-freezer combinations take more space than a combo. Also the cost of the equipment and installation is significantly higher for the separate units.

Commercial-like equipment has see-through doors and typically requires a separate freezer unit. These provide a modern look to a kitchen, but the homeowner must ensure the refrigerator is kept neat and clean or the whole kitchen will look unkempt.

Side-by-side refrigerator/freezers have become very popular. Many have water and/or ice dispensers built-in on the door. If the homeowner intends to use a refrigerator with one of these built-in dispensers be sure to plumb a water supply to a location near the refrigerator.

Side-by-sides will also reduce the amount of door projection into the kitchen, but the doors tend to block access to the counter tops on both sides of the refrigerator. On smaller side-by-side models, the freezer compartment may be very narrow and larger items like large turkeys, roasts, or pies may not fit easily.

Built-in refrigerators are becoming more available. The units are typically 24” deep and tend to be much wider than standard depth refrigerators in order to hold a comparable size food load. The up-side to these units is that panels can be installed that enable the refrigerator to match the cabinets of the kitchen. The price of built-in refrigerators is typically higher than a comparable standard unit, but using built-ins can have a dramatic impact on the kitchen.

Modular units have appeared on the market recently and enable refrigerators to be placed next to the location where their contents will be used. The use of modular refrigerators must be included at the design phase. When installing these units, be sure to note all clearances and safety precautions listed in the manufacturer’s installation instructions.

The cabinet above a refrigerator should be 24” deep to optimize the storage space usage. Refrigerators that support the use of wood panel inserts require that you exercise care when matching the inserts to the cabinet panel. If the color or grain do not match, it can cause a distraction. It is also recommended that you measure the physical unit before ordering panels – manufacturer’s instructions are generally “clear as mud.”

The refrigerator should be placed so that there is adequate space for loading and unloading and so that it does not interfere with traffic patterns through the kitchen. The plan should allow at least 15” of clear counter space on the latch side of the refrigerator or on either side of a side-by-side refrigerator. An alternative is to provide at least 15” of landing space, which is no more than 48” across from the refrigerator. A kitchen with a side-by- side refrigerator should be designed so the countertop is readily accessible to the fresh food section. For convenience, when there is room for only one appliance adjacent to a countertop, the refrigerator should be the appliance.

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Do you need a trash compactor?

Clients will fall into two categories when it comes to their need for trash compactors. Either they must have one and feel they can’t live without it, or they don’t want one anywhere near their house. The draw of trash compactors is that they reduce the bulk of non-food kitchen waste generated by the family. This can be useful in locations where trash disposal is costly, difficult, or based on volume. However, as more and more communities implement recycling programs, the trash compactor’s use may decline because it will only be used with non-food items, typically recyclable items.

Residential compactors come with 1⁄2- to 3⁄4-hp motors that require 120V power. The more expensive models have odor and sound control devices included. The best place to locate a compactor is between the sink and refrigerator or close to any recycling bins. As with all appliances where the doors open into the walkway, always ensure clear access and minimize traffic conflicts.

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Navigating Through a field of Sinks!

Kitchen Sinks

There is a wide variety of kitchen sink design options and materials. Kitchen sinks can have 1 bowl, 2 bowls, or 3 bowls. They also can have drain boards built-in. Sinks can be round, square, deep, or shallow. Sinks can be mounted to the countertop in a number of ways.

A self-rimming sink sits on top of the countertop with the bowl in a hole cut in the surface of the countertop. A bead of caulk is used to seal the sink to the countertop.

An under-mounted sink is attached under the countertop. These sinks can be found with solid surface countertops. Under-mounting a sink to a laminate top requires the installer to ensure the underside of the laminate is sealed against water.

A sink that is flush-mounted is recessed into the countertop substrate so that it is even with the counter material.

A rimmed sink sits just above the countertop with the joint between the countertop and sink concealed with a metal rim.

Stainless steel and solid surface countertop materials lend themselves to the use of integral sinks. In this case, the sink and the countertop are all made out of one piece or are constructed to appear that way

You will find sinks constructed from a variety of materials including enameled steel, cast iron, stainless steel, and solid surface material. Enameled steel is normally the least expensive and chips easily. This sink is normally installed with a stainless steel rim that clamps from under the countertop.

Cast iron sinks tend to be heavier than steel sinks and have a harder coat of enamel than do steel sinks.

Stainless steel sinks are rated by the gage of steel and the nickel content of the steel. The higher the nickel content the better the sink will be at resisting water spots. The heavier the gage of steel the better the sink will resist denting. The least expensive stainless steel sinks use 22-gage stainless steel. These sinks dent easily and, when used with a garbage disposal, tend to transmit excessive noise. The most expensive stainless steel sinks use 18-gage steel and have an undercoating to deaden sound.

Solid surface sinks are built as part of the countertop. The use of this product reduces the maintenance requirements of the sink and enables the sinks to withstand very heavy use.

NKBA provides the following planning tips concerning kitchen sinks.

Small Sinks: Avoid small, 12” x 12” sinks. They have a drain that does not accept a food waste disposer and are so small that there will be a water-splash problem when the cook uses the sink for food preparation.

  • Round Shapes: If you are going to specify two round sinks as the primary sink arrangement, make sure your client understands that the interior space of these sinks is less than a comparable square model. Also, realize that these sinks require deck-mounted faucet locations; therefore, you must specify the faucet locations on your plan.
  • Under-mounted Sinks: If you use separate under-mounted sinks in place of a sink manufactured in a double configuration, warn your client that if water is running and the faucet is swung from one sink to the other, water will splash on the countertop. Consider routing down the countertop section that separates the two sinks, or recessing the entire configuration into the counter surface 1⁄4” or so in order to eliminate the potential for water to run across the countertop and down to the floor as the spout is moved from sink to sink while water is running.
  • Food Waste Disposer Compartment: Some sink configurations are a single size (24” X 21”) but have a small, round compartment for food waste disposal in one back corner. Because the compartment for the food waste disposer is almost too small to use, this is not the most desirable sink configuration.
  • Strainer: If you’re not ordering a food waste disposer to be mounted on the sink, make sure you order a good quality strainer.
  • Bowl Arrangement: Unless your client is going to wash and rinse dishes in a double sink configuration, demonstrate how a sink with one large compartment and one small compartment functions. This configuration gives you the largest sink for everyday use, and then a smaller, yet usable, compartment for other uses.
  • Drain Boards: A sink with an attached drain board is an excellent accessory to specify for a client who does a lot of fresh food preparation.
  • Recycle Center: Some sinks on the market have an opening within the sink which allows access to a chute for a compost container or a waste receptacle below.

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