When you walk into the Laurel and John Grossman's outdated kitchen, the first thing you notice are the dark, decrepit cabinets. Not only are they seriously outdated, but the layout is impractical, the floors are a painted disgrace, and let's not even get into the dilapidated appliances! Host and designer Lauren Lake and carpenters Jeff Devlin and Mark McGraw sign on to transform this kitchen into a beautifully proportioned space.
If you're looking for a good home-cooked meal, don't stop by Clare and Steve Morrison's house. They are so fed up with their outdated kitchen, they just pick up the phone for takeout when hunger strikes. Host and designer Lauren Lake and carpenters Jeff Devlin and Mark McGraw are determined to turn this lopsided room into a modern, functional space that will have the Morrisons clamoring to get cooking.
When Sara Goldstein and Paul Boxer first saw their house, they thought they had found their dream home. Nicely sized rooms, hardwood floors and a great color scheme were just some of the pluses. That was until they opened the door to the kitchen. What they saw there stopped them in their tracks: vegetable wallpaper, bright-green cabinets, no dishwasher and yellow and black bathroom tile that goes half way up the wall! Host and designer Lauren Lake and carpenters Jeff Devlin and Mark McGraw will really have to work some makeover magic to make this room presentable.
The Rockey family kitchen has been on rocky ground ever since they moved into their house. The large room is falling apart at the seams, and the abundance of space is plagued with problems, including worn-out blue cabinets, limited counter space and outdated appliances. Host and designer Lauren Lake and carpenters Jeff Devlin and Mark McGraw set their sights on bringing this space into the 21st century.
Most families try to keep their kitchens as clean as possible, with countertops and floors so sparkling one could eat on them. But since Diana and Anthony Pingicer don't have countertops, they have no choice but to keep their floors clean enough to cook on and serve meals. Not only is there no counter space, but there is also very little storage space. Host and designer Lauren Lake and carpenters Jeff Devlin and Mark McGraw set their sites on making this kitchen work like it should.
As an art teacher at a local middle school, Sally DeVinney has learned to keep an objective stance on each student's attempt at creating a personalized style of artistic identity. But when it comes to the amateur artwork scribbled across all of the cabinets and walls in her kitchen, she doesn't have as much patience. A former owner painted green ivy leaves on the cabinets and was attempting to extend that theme throughout the space, starting with the walls. DeVinney enlists the help of host and designer Lauren Lake and her team of carpenters Jeff Devlin and Mark McGraw to bring a more current style to the space.
New parents Jennifer and Kent Watson have tried to maximize their time and money in the updates they have made to their first home. They have tackled the bathroom, living room and dining room, and have sprinkled a lot of finishing touches throughout the rest of the place. But when it came to their asymmetrical kitchen, they decided they needed a professional to solve their layout dilemma. That's where host and designer Lauren Lake and her team of carpenters Jeff Devlin and Mark McGraw fit into the picture. They are anxious to pool their expertise to breathe new life (and balance) into the space.
Sparkle and Sean Morrissey aren't sure who designed the kitchen in their 1950s row home, but whoever did had eclectic taste, to say the least. From the laminate on three of the four walls and the shiny metallic wallpaper to poorly designed layout, this kitchen is in dire need of a complete overhaul. Host and designer Lauren Lake agrees and enlists the help of carpenters Jeff Devlin and Mark McGraw to put a renovation plan into action.
Michelle Costello is a stay-at-home mom who works just as hard as her full-time working husband, Dennis. If there is one thing that could make Michelle's job easier, it's a brand new kitchen. The previous homeowner must have hit the jackpot at the laminate store, as loads and loads of the blue stuff overwhelm the small space. Host and designer Lauren Lake and carpenters Jeff Devlin and Mark McGraw team up to revamp this repulsive room.
Most starter homes do not include five bedrooms, five baths and 3,300 square feet. So when Jill and Jon Christopher pulled up in front of this "beautiful, spectacular and stately home" in suburban Philadelphia, they were baffled as to why it was in their limited price range. They found out when they walked into the kitchen! Blue cabinetry, extremely outdated appliances and dirty linoleum flooring are just a few of the problems plaguing this space. The Spice Up My Kitchen team of host and designer Lauren Lake and carpenters Jeff Devlin and Mark McGraw signs on to breathe some much-needed new life into this room.
Desiree and Brian Bell love their charming Old World home. It boasts a beautiful exterior, decorative exposed wood beams and stained wood floors throughout. The one caveat is the kitchen, which includes a 1947 stove, a 1968 dishwasher and a red and yellow linoleum floor. That's not to mention the crazy layout or misplaced washer and dryer. Host and designer Lauren Lake thinks she can help the Bells. Armed with the carpentry team of Jeff Devlin and Mark McGraw, Lake lays out a plan to rearrange and update this space, and everyone gets to work.
The kitchen of Cathy Lotz and Patrick Boyle is a complete eyesore! For starters, it's got a crazy cramped layout, complete lack of storage and lousy linoleum floor. There's also bright orange countertops that clash with the mustard-colored sink and a dishwasher that no longer works all mixed into one 91-square-foot space. Time for a kitchen intervention. That's where Spice Up My Kitchen host and designer Lauren Lake and carpenters Jeff Devlin and Mark McGraw come into the picture. They will use their combined expertise to make this small space a multifunctional masterpiece.
Maria and Vince Tanzola love to entertain at their waterfront home in New Jersey. In fact, the house was made for it, despite the current shape of their 1970s kitchen. With an enormous outdoor patio right outside that features a newly refurbished dock and in-ground pool, the Tanzolas want to update this space so that the entertaining can flow from the dock and pool back inside to the kitchen. Host and designer Lauren Lake and carpenters Jeff Devlin and Mark McGraw set out to make that dream a reality.
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