“I had sworn I didn’t want any dark granite. I wanted it lighter,” she said. “But after we kept looking, and I carried around one of the (cabinet) doors with us to go look at all the granite places, I just kept coming back to this granite that I really liked with that wood. It was completely different from what I had set out to get.”
Along with the darker granite countertops, other components to the new kitchen began to veer away from some initial concepts, especially after Lyons began doing a little homework on some materials the family hoped to incorporate into the design.
“We had tried to go a more green route with everything, and we kind of ended up not getting there,” Lyons said, remembering being deterred from bamboo cabinets after finding out that they had to be shipped from across the country. “When you factor in everything that’s being done to get the bamboo to Kentucky, it’s not a very green product any more. That was very disappointing.”
But as far as the new kitchen goes, Lyons is far from being disappointed. Her family enjoys the look and added space, as well as the more convenient flow of the area, and she’s really impressed given the fact that she didn’t have very much time to dedicate to poring over all the different options and styles and materials that are available when remodeling a kitchen.
“A lot of it came down to how much time do I have to spend dealing with this. And it wasn’t a lot,” said Lyons, the executive director for the Living Arts and Science Center. “I didn’t have time to take off to devote to running around to show rooms.