Architecturally interesting, all this main-level remodel needed were a few modern updates to elevate the home to its true potential.

The team at TruKitchens managed this main-level remodel from start to finish. The family always loved the bones and interesting details of this home, but the finishes and functionality in the kitchen were begging for an update. The old space was dark and closed off with a large hood obstructing the sightline in the middle of the space. The refrigerator wall cut the space off from the dining area limiting the flow while entertaining. Another wall adjacent to the island sectioned the space off from the living room.

The new layout of the space eliminates the refrigerator wall, moving the appliance to a new location nearer the sink, and opens the space into the dining area. The large hood is removed from the middle of the space and replaced by a BEST downdraft ventilator to accompany the new Thermador induction cooktop. The oven is now relocated on the wall between the living room and kitchen. This same wall now features pass-through shelving that creates a bar space accessible from the living room and kitchen.

Finish selections center around creating a clean, modern look and lightening up the space. The Mode slab door style from Grabill Cabinets in their Lioher Zenit Supermatte Blanco finish and Nature Plus Nadir finish is used throughout the space. Crisp white quartz countertops and backsplash keep the space light and bright. Paneled appliances help streamline the entire design. Additional tile changes were made to the fireplace surround and hearth to carry over the new aesthetic.

Mid Century Kitchen Remodel Grand Rapids Mi

Project Team

  • Cabinetry: Grabill Cabinets
  • Countertops: Lakeside Surfaces
  • Tile: Virginia Tile
  • Appliances: Bekins
  • Photography: Tippett Photo


  • Perimeter: Mode door style, Lioher Zenit Supermatte Blanco finish
  • Island: Nature Plus, Nadir finish


  • BEST Downdraft Ventilator
  • Thermador Induction Cooktop
  • Thermador Combination Wall Oven
  • Thermador Panel Ready Dishwasher
  • SubZero Panel Ready Refrigerator


  • Size: 400 sq ft.
  • Location: East Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Style: Modern, mid-century modern
  • Job Type: Remodel


  • 2021 Platinum Best in American Living Kitchen Remodel, $75,000 – $125,000

This modern home was built in the 1970's for an architect. From the ceiling beams to the large windows, the foundation of this home's design was strong. With a finish update and layout adjustment, this main living space remodel brought this home up to date for a family in East Grand Rapids.

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