Kitchen Remodel Bainbridge


What began as a relatively normal kitchen on Cleveland’s eastside was quickly transformed into a work of art boasting all the bell’s and whistles one could expect after being renovated by JM Design Build’s crew of excellent kitchen remodeling contractors in Cleveland. The first major step was to remove the entire wall separating the kitchen / dining area with the living room and to construct an archway with custom pillars on top of paneled bases. This opened up an already large space to give it even more of a grand look and feel.

The abundance of space also allowed us to put in an impressively large kitchen island—perfect for entertaining and to be utilized when cooking for large parties. As well, wall spaces were maximized with additional kitchen cabinets—we included 2 separate cabinet stations—and everything is well lit as there is both under- and above- cabinetry lighting.  This customer truly received their dream kitchen, and undoubtedly now loves where they live again–the ultimate goal of JM Design Build!


The customer worked with the kitchen designers to select the important finish products that give the kitchen the look and feel they were looking for. In particular, the cabinetry selected is a Maple Kraftmaid Cabinet with a Brookfield door style and a Mushroom cabinet color finish. In addition to the finish carpentry–including corbels, crown molding, furniture base around the island, and subway tile backsplashes, the other big selections were the appliances. The appliances selected add to the overall functionality of the kitchen as they are located strategically to create an efficient workspace. The kitchen appliance selections are as follows:

Once all of the critical kitchen remodeling selections were made and the design had been finalized, we were able to begin the kitchen remodeling process. The following is a description of the work completed at this kitchen remodel in Cleveland – Bainbridge:

The first phase of this kitchen remodel in Bainbridge, OH was to completely gut it. In order for the actual kitchen design idea to come to fruition, we needed as close to a blank canvas as possible. The kitchen remodeling demolition process consisted of the following items:

  • Removed appliances
  • Removed sink, faucet, disposal, dishwasher, insta-hot and water purifier
  • Removed countertops and splashes
  • Removed cabinets
  • Removed soffits
  • Removed pantry wall and door
  • Removed book cases in family room
  • Removed section of wall between dinette and family room
  • Removed debris from job site

The next step was to rough in all of the new and updated electrical to bring this complete kitchen makeover up to code. The kitchen designers worked with the customer to determine exactly how much lighting was necessary to give them the look and feel they were going for prior to the installation commencing, so our expert team of kitchen remodelers were able to get to work right away. The rough electrical work went as follows:

  • Eliminated warming drawer
  • Removed lighting in soffit
  • Eliminated intercom system
  • Relocated the kitchen microwave circuit to island
  • Relocated refrigerator circuit to new location
  • Relocated electrical feed to new double oven location
  • Ran electrical feed for new kitchen hood vent
  • Installed 3 fixture boxes on single pole switch above island
  • Installed light fixtures above kitchen island (lights supplied by homeowner)
  • Installed additional six 6″ recessed lights on new switch
  • Installed switched receptacle for interior cabinet lights
  • Installed under cabinet lighting
  • Installed switched receptacle for interior kitchen cabinet lights
  • Installed interior cabinet lighting
  • Relocated switches, receptacles and counter receptacles as necessary for new cabinet floor plan
  • Installed receptacle for beverage center
  • Relocated fixture box for dinette light Hun dinette light (supplied by homeowner)
  • Relocated phone jack
  • Relocated switches and receptacles on section of wall being removed between kitchen and family room

The plumbing improvements for this kitchen design in Bainbridge were minimal yet very impactful. It can be cost-effective to minimize plumbing work when designing and remodeling a kitchen; however it is important to make sure you still get a kitchen design you will love. In this case, the plumbing work required was as follows:

  • Relocated water line for new refrigerator location
  • Installed new shut-off valves, supply lines and drain line to faucet, sink, disposal and dishwasher
  • Installed faucet, disposal, dishwasher and water purifier

Now for the fun part! This is when all of the Bainbridge kitchen remodel design ideas began to take shape and come to life. However, don’t be fooled–the drywall process can also be the most frustrating point because it takes a bit of time and can be a little messy. The customers of this particular kitchen renovation in Bainbridge were a pleasure to work with and understood it’s just part of the process. We also were very conscious of the dust and took extra care in cleaning and minimizing it as we could.

  • Rebuilt new soffits above kitchen cabinetry
  • Rebuilt wall between kitchen and family room to create arch and accommodate new pedestals and columns
  • Repaired walls and ceilings where damaged by demolition and electrical work
  • Taped, finished and sanded all new drywall work
  • Finished ceilings with smooth finish
  • Primed all new drywall work

At this point we can actually begin installing the kitchen cabinetry and completing the finish trim and carpentry work. The kitchen cabinets had been ordered from the showroom a few weeks prior to the demo beginning; this is done to make sure they are onsite or at least in our possession so that there aren’t any holdups once we are ready to install the kitchen cabinets. Kitchen renovating can be intrusive (it’s not a basement Remodel where we aren’t in your way, we are in the main area of your home!) and it is also difficult to go for long periods of time without having a functioning kitchen.

Accordingly, our job here at JM Design Build is to streamline the entire kitchen remodel process in order to get your kitchen back in working order as soon as possible. The kitchen cabinetry and finish trim work needed to complete this kitchen remodel in Bainbridge consisted of the following elements:

  • Installed kitchen cabinets and cabinet trim moldings
  • Installed archway, casing, pedestal, and columns between kitchen and family room
  • Installed base molding necessary in kitchen and dinette
  • Installed crown molding in kitchen and dinette where necessary

The HVAC for this particular kitchen rehab was minimal and didn’t take a whole lot of time or excessive work. Essentially we just needed to make a few tweaks to complete the kitchen design the Bainbridge homeowners had decided on:

  • Ran ducting to outside with vent cap for Kitchen vent hood
  • Ran heat out of toe space of sink base cabinets

At this stage of the kitchen remodeling process we are ready to begin painting. The homeowners wanted to blend in the beautiful white cabinetry with complementary colors.

  • Painted ceiling of dinette and kitchen one coat (white)
  • Paint walls of kitchen and dinette two coats (homeowner’s choice of color)
  • Painted trim moldings (paint supplied by homeowner)

As is in the case of this kitchen renovation, the tile backsplash really brings everything together. There is some subtle detail in the tile backsplash that accentuate the granite and kitchen cabinets–kitchen designers did a great job with the kitchen remodel design, and our tile contractors did excellent installation work!

  • Installed subway tile backsplash in kitchen
  • Grouted all tile work

At this point it is essentially a matter of putting the final pieces of the kitchen remodel puzzle together–particularly the new kitchen appliances. These were also ordered from the kitchen and bath showroom in Cleveland waiting onsite so it didn’t take much to get them hooked up and in working order:

  • Installed kitchen vent hood, microwave drawer, cooktop, double oven and refrigerator

The homeowner decided to refinish the existing wood floors in the kitchen which came out beautifully! While installing tile floors in the kitchen can provide a very clean look, wood flooring is also a great option and, in this case, helped to keep costs down so the homeowner’s budget could be allocated toward other elements and upgrades of the kitchen remodel. In terms of the flooring, the following items were completed:

  • Weaved in new flooring where the kitchen island cabinets were removed
  • Installed new stair nosing into family room
  • Sanded and refurnished floor in dinette, kitchen and hallway

There were just a few touch-ups needed to complete the work in the family room, and at this point the customer had a completely brand new and functioning kitchen remodel:

  • Repaired walls and ceiling
  • Painted walls two coats and one color
  • Caulked and painted base and crown molding one coat and one color

Ah, permits–Almost forgot to mention! The kitchen design was approved and permits for the kitchen remodel were issued prior to work commencing by the city of Bainbridge / Geauga County building department.

  • Supplied general construction, electrical and plumbing permits
  • Scheduled and completed inspections as needed for permits


JM Design Build is a new-generation kitchen design firm and general contractor in Cleveland, hosting one of the best portfolio of kitchen remodeling projects in the Northeast Ohio area. Our team specializes in and delivers high-end, custom kitchen designs and remodeling services while offering a fresh take on the entire remodeling experience provided to our customers. Interested in learning more? Contact us today for a complementary, no obligation design consultation and estimate!

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