Monthly Archives: September 2011

Timeless Kitchen Remodel

This kitchen started with a “tired” and cramped look. We transformed this space into a sophisticated kitchen space that anyone would want to spend time in! The challenge was to create an space that was open and inviting while maintaining the charm of the Tudor home. The existing floor plan hindered the homeowner’s entertaining needs and style. By removing the wall between the kitchen and the dining room we were able to open the space to accommodate the space needed to entertain.

Interesting materials were used throughout the kitchen to spice things up a little. One unique feature is a raised bar surface constructed from reclaimed white oak from Minnesota. The cappuccino stain on the walnut cabinets is the perfect compliment to the Ceasarstone Champagne Limestone on the countertops against the wall and on the island. For a splash of color a mixture of glass and tumbled slate tiles were used for the backsplash. The use of texture and unique materials lends itself to a modernized look set in a timeless aesthetic.

For some insight into a remodeling project check out our article here.

Tips for Kitchen Design

We are here to share our expertise with you! Here are just a few tips that can help you save money and make the most of your kitchen remodel.

It is important to understand how to maintain the countertop material that you choose as well as to be willing and able to follow the guidelines. Be sure to match the guidelines and limitations of the countertop to your real life situations. Consider less expensive countertops and add decorative accessories to the backsplash.


Is your heart yearning for more than your budget will allow? Consider taking on your remodel in phases. Here a a few common phases:

  • Phase I – new countertops, sink and faucet, new backsplash
  • Phase II – refinish kitchen cabinetry, new hardware
  • Phase III – appliances


Go green, not only can your kitchen look beautiful but you can save energy and make your kitchen work for you!

  • Add a recycling center.
  • Add a composting center.
  • Select energy efficient fixtures when updating lighting.
  • Replace aging appliances with energy efficient appliances; try an induction cooktop.
  • Use low VOC paint.


Here are a few quick and inexpensive things you can do to spruce up your kitchen:

  • Buy colored countertop appliances.
  • Paint the kitchen island an accent color.
  • Replace existing hardware.
  • Paint the walls.
  • Install a new kitchen faucet.


Thinking of remodeling your kitchen? Check out our process and learn how to get started today!

A Wood Floor Alternative

Your floor is the largest continuous horizontal area in your home and it helps to unite every room in your house. Choosing a hard floor surface now involves choosing between a myriad of beautiful options. Here is a brief rundown of one of those options; cork. Cork is a green flooring option that looks great in traditional and contemporary kitchens.

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Cork is becoming more popular as a green flooring option. It is peeled bark from a tree, so when it’s harvested, the tree lives, and years later the bark grows back! The value is found in cork with it’s durability and moderate price points. Cork is resilient and durable while being forgiving to the body – knees, hips, back. Cork also has good thermal and acoustic qualities, in addition to being hypo-allergenic and fire resistant.

For a look at flooring choices in both traditional and modern kitchens, check out our gallery here.

Improving an Investment

This mid-century home, built in 1952, was an irresistible investment opportunity that needed a little work. Since the kitchen is the showcase of the house, that is were the project started. Our goal in this renovation was to create a space that is open, bright, modern, and clean. In order to make this 14-by-11-foot space seem bigger we removed the wall between the kitchen and living space and rearranged everything in the room. To open the room, the refrigerator was switched with the stove to allow for more storage space. The under-counter microwave creates more counter space in the kitchen. An avonite countertop accented by yellow pendant lighting gives the space a warm feeling. A metal laminate countertop has the look of stainless steel and contributes to the contemporary look.

Cork flooring used throughout is softer material, friendlier to both your feet and the environment than traditional hardwood floors. For better access to spices the doors of this cabinet pull up instead of out. The bottom drawer freezer is a more user friendly alternative for those that use the refrigerator more than the freezer. The exposed beams add support as well as a decorative touch.

For more looks of inspiration check out our modern kitchen gallery.

A Design Reconfiguration

This Farmers Branch kitchen started out with a less-than-perfect layout that did not lend itself to a functional kitchen or living space. We set out to redesign the space to create a formal dining area as well configure the kitchen in a way that would allow for entertaining. Keeping in mind that the homeowners love to entertain we changed where things were located and how the kitchen worked without moving any walls. This kitchen has a traditional look with an element of contemporary sleekness to give the space some sizzle.

The existing island was replaced with a an island with a half moon bump out bar and positioned perpendicular to the dining room wall. A wine bar was added along one kitchen wall with a specialty sink located in the island nearby. Every element of this kitchen has a purpose and function.

There is definitely some eye candy in this kitchen! The granite countertops give it a punch of elegance and the dark rose colored paint helps to brighten the space.

For more information on the products used in this kitchen as well as some additional inspiration images check out our feature in DFW House and Home magazine!