Back in 2009, Splurge first took readers inside an unusual east Wichita residence. From the outside, Rilla and Don Rogus’s home looks like a typical ranch-style house. But inside, the couple had turned it into a close facsimile of a New York loft.
The transformation is now nearly compete thanks to a redo of the kitchen that gives it the same lofty status, from granite countertops and stainless steel appliances to a faux built-in refrigerator.
“It’s ultra modern,” Rilla said. “It’s kind of an industrial New York loft feel.”
The Roguses have lived in their home since 1973. They thought about moving as they neared retirement, but liked the location of their longtime home enough that they decided to put their money into it instead.
When it came to the kitchen, Rilla saw the makings of her dream kitchen in a magazine ad.
“It had the cherry wood cabinets I wanted and the stainless steel appliances,” she said. “I showed that to Arlene so she could see where we were going with it.”
Arlene is Arlene Phillips, who owns Kitchen Tune-Up with her husband, Jim. They did most of the work on the Roguses’ kitchen and served as general contractors for the project.