New York kitchen remodel with a large island

#PellaView: New York Kitchen Remodel Made Beautiful with Replacement Windows

When Amy Rinzler and her family moved from the modern spaces of NYC to a rural setting upstate, they were excited to design a home that highlighted their new environment.

One of the first items on the home improvement renovation list: the kitchen.

“The old kitchen was from a previous owner and didn’t match our client’s tastes or needs,” says Kristen Sullivan of Gatehouse Partners, a custom home builder located in Greenwich, Conn. “The natural lighting was minimal, the appliances were outdated, and it didn’t have the welcoming, family-focused vibe they desired.”

After several design meetings, the Rinzlers decided they wanted to expand the kitchen by building out a breakfast room that not only had floor-to-ceiling glass, but also flowed into an enlarged family room.

We sat down with the builder and Amy Rinzler to learn more about their New York kitchen remodel project and why they chose replacement windows and doors by Pella.

Large globes over a large marble-covered island in this New York apartment remodel

What should homeowners consider before undertaking a kitchen renovation?
Sullivan: For many, the kitchen is more than just a cooking space – it is a space for family and friends to come together and spend quality time. Beyond budget and design, there are more things to consider, like seating arrangements, storage space, technology integration, appliances and, of course, lighting. 

How can lighting, particularly windows, impact a space?
Sullivan: Lighting is everything! The natural light that pours through the Pella windows in the morning is an incredible sight to see.

What are some of your favorite features of the new kitchen? 
Sullivan: The lighting is my favorite part, as it changes the mood of the room throughout the day. Seeing the bright morning sun on the white accents in the kitchen is a cheerful way to start any day, while the interior lighting creates a relaxing glow as the day goes on.

OK, let’s switch gears and talk a little bit about the project from a homeowner perspective. Amy, what was on your dream kitchen wish list?
Rinzler: Our dream kitchen, now built, has lots of light, tons of storage, an enormous pantry, desk area, and a large island that the family can gather around while we are cooking.

Large fixed windows bring a lot of light into the kitchen remodel in New York

What did the window and door installation process look like for you?
Rinzler: Our new kitchen was an expansion and gut renovation of our old one, so our windows were chosen to match the existing windows on the rest of the house. The new breakfast room is all glass – one wall of windows, the other two walls made up of glass sliding doors, with one opening into the new screened porch.

Since we wanted our new windows to match the existing, they were spec’d out by our architect during the design process, and then purchased and installed by Gatehouse. Pella came back at the end to troubleshoot, ensure all windows and doors were working smoothly, and take care of fine details.

What role do windows and doors play in the new kitchen? 

Rinzler: The new fixed windows bring in lots of sunlight and help us keep a watchful eye on our backyard – the kids playing, the grill area, our puppy running around. Then there’s the new lift-and-slide doors in the breakfast room, which allow us to feel like we are eating all of our meals outside, as the room juts out into the yard and has floor-to-ceiling glass.

How has the new kitchen brought your family joy?
Rinzler: Entertaining in the new kitchen is a pleasure. Everything is exactly where we need it to be, so meal prep and cleanup is a breeze.

Find tips and inspiration to start planning your next window or door project by visiting our Plan Your Project online resource center.


This article was written by

Nicolle Picray, Content Marketing & Social Media, Pella Windows & Doors

A self-proclaimed Social Media Geek and DIY aficionado, Nicolle is a member of the Pella Marketing team, focused on content creation and curation. In her free time she can be found pillaging thrift shops for furniture projects, attempting to rationalize with her 4 year old daughter, and editing her husband’s honey-do list.

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