The Story Behind the Build

Designer: Allison Jaffe Interior Design – Photography: Sophie Epton Photography

The homeowners in The Hills had a vision to improve their kitchen into a more functional, beautiful space that the whole family could enjoy. They wanted better storage, higher-end finishes with a traditional touch, a new appliance garage, durable quartz countertops, warmer floors, and consistent flooring in the main living areas.

The renovation began with a full kitchen gut. Two islands that were taking up too much space were replaced with one large centerpiece island. Custom shaker-style cabinetry with beading extended to the ceiling was installed to provide ample storage. Lower navy blue cabinets combined with upper white cabinets created a warm and inviting space. Quartz countertops and a beautiful subway tile backsplash with an eye-catching arabesque tile feature revitalized the cooktop. Gas stove top, new lighting, and engineered hardwood floors were added, and the living area received a fresh coat of paint for a stunning transformation.

A new kitchen layout was desired, and with the expertise of designer, Allison Jaffe, an enhanced floor plan was put in place.

Skelly Build increased the perimeter cabinetry, fabricated the customized, spacious island, and extended the existing upper cabinetry all the way up to the 14 ft ceilings.

The Woodwork

Like many clients, the Hills’ homeowners wanted their newly updated kitchen to flow nicely into their older home. This was achieved seamlessly through the plans of Allison and her design team.

The woodwork transitioned from the kitchen into the living area with a custom mini bar and wood feature fireplace.


  • Two, non-functional islands
  • Limited cabinet storage
  • Awkward kitchen layout
  • Outdated appliances and finishes
  • Outdated cabinetry


  • Quartz countertops
  • Subway tile backsplash
  • Custom tile focal point backsplash above range
  • Pendant lighting
  • Ceiling height cabinetry
  • Engineered hardwood floors
  • Mini bar and column
  • Custom 16 ft wood feature fireplace and mantle
  • New stair noses + railings