The Whaling Way project is a classic example of a home that had a ton of untapped potential. The owners of this property had already purchased another home on Lake Norman and were looking to increase the appeal of this home for resale. I was pulled into this project after the kitchen demo was started, so what you don't see in the "before" photos is the original kitchen layout… a kitchen with dual islands (a layout that I thoroughly dislike). Another fatal flaw of this space was the incredibly tiny pantry area. In the end we completely reconfigured the kitchen: 1. We removed the pantry bump out and added that back into the kitchen - this is where we relocated the refrigerator in the final design; 2. A small laundry room was adjacent to the kitchen and tucked between the butler's pantry and the kitchen… we closed off the entrance from the butler's pantry hallway and instead opened up access from the kitchen with a arched doorway and designed a scullery/pantry area. (The laundry for the main floor was relocated to the master closet - there is also a laundry on the top and bottom floors of this home); and 3. We designed a large central kitchen island with counter seating, beverage fridge, granite coated sink and ample counter space. In the end, new paint selections, updated lighting and a truly redesigned chef's kitchen/butler's pantry had this home off the market in no time!