Kitchen Peninsula Design Remodel in Carrboro

Keeping the brick layer flooring was a must!

Typically, a kitchen sink has a view. We might as well have something beautiful to look at. For this particular kitchen, the original floor plan was that of a peninsula design. Similar to an island, in the peninsula design it has cabinetry that is connected to the main row of cabinetry; creating an “L-shape”. With a designers eye, it could be a wonderful use of space; potentially a bar area for extra seating or additional cooking prep space. This design feature works so long as it doesn’t block a natural pathway to the rest of the home.

New Design Layout Ideas Ahead

Unfortunately, this peninsula didn’t do either. Due to the sink being located in the peninsula, it left little room for prep space. The peninsula also jutted out right into the main pathway to the sunroom/playroom and the main access to the backyard. Our homeowners even have a few chickens to really keep them busy out back, so having easy access was a must on the list of priorities.

For this design, we had to use a few structural “bones” to the home that were loved by our homeowners. The brick floors and the all of the natural light flooding into the space from the skylights. We completely agreed – these both deserved their own spotlight in the new space. We designed a new layout, eliminating the peninsula, into a more “galley-like” layout. See the before and after floor plans below.  We love the end results! Using simple specifications, we were able to brighten the space, keeping all of it’s natural charm.

We love this new space. Using lighter cabinets and capitalizing on the natural light – it feels even bigger.


“A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and man cannot live without love” – Max Muller

Well, we agree Max; we LOVE this new space filled with sunshine. Hope you enjoy these photos as much as we enjoy sharing them. Check out this similar design.

Project Specs


US Shaker Dove White Birch Cabinetry and Antique Brass Hardware


Statuario Maximus Quartz Countertops with 3×6 Classic Crackle Backsplash Tile in Cadet Gray


Moen Anabelle 1-Handle Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet in Stainless Finish with a Single Bowl Undermount Matching Stainless Sink


Re-using the Existing Brick Flooring Tiles


Sherwin Williams “Anew Gray” Wall Paint Color

Pricing Guide

This kitchen is considered a “large kitchen”, with 15+ cabinet boxes, at a mid-level range. We included cabinet layout modifications from the original floor plan. There was framing changes made to the ceiling, to allow for a more vaulted feeling throughout the entire space, including the eating area. We used new recessed cans throughout the space and updated the outlets along the countertop surfaces as necessary. This kitchen included a level 2 quartz countertop and a porcelain tile backsplash. A few key features and inserts pushed these cabinets into the semi-custom level. Including the range hood venting, a beautiful piece to that section of cabinetry.