To help them in their quest for a larger kitchen, Alfredo—an HVAC contractor by day and a hotel bartender by night—and his wife, a mail carrier, turned to designer Linda McLaughlin of American Woodmark
, a cabinet manufacturer. Her solution: Make room for a big island by taking down the wall to the dining room. Alfredo rallied three friends—a plumber, an electrician, and a carpenter—to handle everything from removing the wall to installing floor tile, appliances, lighting, and the island. The cabinets were installed by Lowe's
, the exclusive supplier of the Shenandoah
units the Espinels chose.
The homeowners chose Shenandoah chocolate-glazed cherry cabinets for their traditional European look, granite counters and stainless appliances for a modern touch, and the hardwood-look ceramic tile floor for its low maintenance.