Year: 2011

Three of My Favorite Things

Now that we’ve had a little bit of time to settle into our new kitchen, I have come to love so many things about it. But, I have to say, in addition to the great appliances, hardwood floors, beautiful backsplash and granite countertops, three things that really stand out for me are all convenience features. First, we love love love (did I say LOVE) our single basin sink. It is so fun to be able to stack all of our dishes after a meal or our large baking pans and trays in the sink out-of-sight until we’re ready to do them. Or, even if we’re ready to dig right in, we have the room to work, spray and rinse before putting even the largest pan into the dishwasher.

Classic Contemporary

We’ve been told not to judge a book by its cover and the same is true with our homes. This project is a contemporary respite wrapped inside a traditional brick home. The use of the different style tile in the same color maintains continuity while adding texture to the space. Adding high end appliances, like the induction cooktop (my favorite), make this kitchen a joy to use!

Sleek Spaces

Sometimes less really is more! The simple beauty of the design and the combination of natural materials in this kitchen create a sophisticated and textured look. Fantastic materials and modern appliances can speak for themselves without much design intervention. In spite of the tall ceilings and abundance of light, the use of dark, rich tones allows this space to feel warm and welcoming.

The Reveal…the Before and Afters

Let me back up and tell you a little about our kitchen before the remodel. First, it is a small space and we did not have the luxury (time or money) of being able to remove walls and re-configure. So the same footprint remained but everything else went. We live in a 1950s home and Jennifer (co-owner and general contractor) was concerned we might have some electrical and plumbing challenges. Luckily, when they opened up the walls, there were a few out-of-date issues but nothing that was not manageable (for them – wouldn’t trust an amateur here). They upgraded electrical, water shut-off valves and other stuff I don’t really understand (or want to) to make us feel nice and safe. Our cabinets and drawers were one of our biggest targets.

Process, Process, Process

This became my favorite word during this project as I have to say it made the entire undertaking a breeze. From our first meeting where we talked about the scope of the project and what we liked/did not like about our current space to the final stroke of paint being brushed onto the wall, the Kitchen Design Concepts process makes for enjoyable days. I work out of my home and was a little concerned about the possible disruption, but because we had a well-planned schedule where we knew what to expect and when, I was easily able to manage all of my clients while having our kitchen taken down to the studs and rebuilt again.

Floor is Buckling… Let’s Remodel!

If you are anything like my husband and me, then you will know what I mean when I say “Reverse Remodeling.” We have done this for the past 11 years we’ve been married. We see a little something out-of-order and think it will be a quick fix to change it out.

An Inside Look

For a little over six years, we have worked with a marketing consultant to align our strategies and promote our work. We finally had the pleasure of recently remodeling her family’s kitchen and so I am turning over the next three blogs to her to provide an inside look at what happens with one of our jobs. (Hopefully she’ll have only great things to say, right?)

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.

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.

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