Margaret/Terry Mainfloor Renovation
Having had the opportunity to help many people make their vision become a reality, Shelly was excited when approached by Margaret and Terry to help them with their main floor renovation. Walking into their kitchen, although it had white cabinets, it was still darker, dated and closed in. First challenge: What was the best way to let light in? We took down the dividing wall between the living room and kitchen.
Designers Note: Not every home will allow walls to be removed, but checking with our contractor, we had the clear adding a new load bearing beam for support and structure.
Margaret and Terry were excited to add a fresh look and to maximize on the space they were gaining. Moving their gas stove to an exterior wall so the hood fan could vent outside was a must and we accented this with tile to the ceiling.
Designers Note: The relationship you build with your designer is important when they suggest ideas you may not have even thought of. The tile now reflects into the home and they are pleased with the colors and effect.
The larger fridge and built in pantry with roll out shelves allowed the perfect storage for the mix master and removed the chances of losing items at the back of the cabinet.
Designer Note: Sharing the appliance specs with your designer is key to making sure everything fits as it should on installation day.
The island, with rounded granite counter top added extra seating and the wall to wall storage buffet was another bonus this kitchen didn’t have before. To make the space feel bigger, we put a mirror as the back splash on the buffet wall which added depth to this space. Electrical outlets with USB ports were installed in the island and the hidden central vac in the toe kick will make the cleaning of this kitchen space a breeze. Hardwood flooring was taken throughout the main floor and a fresh coat of paint.
The project was taken one step further with a renovation of the bathroom as well. Fresh, coordinating cabinetry to the rest of the home, new tile, fixtures and a linen closet are an appreciated addition. There used to be laundry shoot hidden in the old cabinets, now it is used for storage. The linen closet was once home to a furnace stack that was no longer used any more. Again, we maximized on the space we had and have created a classy bathroom with the same foot print we started with.
How long did this project take? The walls were taken back to the studs where they were properly insulated. New electrical wiring was run and plumbing moved as needed. Drywall, painting, new hardwood floors, cabinets, counter tops, tile, blinds and fixtures were installed and with the cooperation of the trades working amazingly together, we got Margaret and Terry back into their home in 8 weeks.
Designers Note: Having a designer project manage through a renovation will help remove some stress from the decision making. Making the renovation process easier to enjoy the finished product.
Check out these before and after photos. Next week we will be showcasing part 2 of the renovation, be sure to watch for it.