I must admit that what my Mother always told me growing up is true. Maybe she won’t read this post and tell me “I told you so,” but truth be told, she is right that time goes by quicker as we get older. 2017 has been the fastest year on record, one filled with growing pains, but a good, solid year none the less.
We are in the process of wrapping up a handful of projects that we have been hard at work on for the last year or more. I thought that this would be a good opportunity to share what we’ve been up to and show some design concepts and projects near completion.
One of my favorite parts of the design process, aside from envisioning the transformation and creating a design plan, is the actual construction. I love the demolition of what it once was, to expose the bones of the structure, and watch the transformation happen before my eyes. Most of all, I love seeing the layers slowly get added, one at a time and being able to see the vision come together in the pieces of handiwork and construction.
We had a number of kitchen projects all incorporating new “great room” plans. I thought it would be fun to give a short synopsis of each story. And, like the New Year, a look back at where we started and a peek into where we are going.
Before - Kitchen #1
Overall for this project, we were called in to renovate the kitchen, dining, family and living areas. This kitchen itself was last renovated in the late eighties. The flooring was a combination of narrow oak flooring and carpet. The cabinets were also oak and the counters the typical white, square tile. While all of the items mentioned above needed to be addressed, the most compelling item in my mind to change the overall feel of the space itself was addressing the large, swath of wood planked ceilings. They overwhelmed the main space and made the room feel very dark. The ceiling height and header going into the dining area needed a bit of tidying up as well.
Kitchen #1 Design Concept Board for Renovation
And here is the project thus far. We had a few minor hiccups and we are waiting on a backsplash tile, but once that arrives we can wrap up the construction.
We are currently working on a furnishings plan, which will finish up the renovation on the main living space.
In Process – Kitchen #1
Before - Kitchen #2
This home was purchased new in the late nineties and hadn’t had a facelift since the original build. The clients wanted to update by opening up the floor plan and creating a space that they could entertain family and friends in. The house had high ceilings and great light but needed to lose some of the 90’s architecture and choppy flow. I also wanted to address the fairly saturated color that ran through most of the house as I felt it added weight to the general feel of the space. It’s funny how you get used to looking at things when you live in a space and a new set of professional eyes can change what you see…
Still in working mode, but the after photos on this one are going to be good!
The plan for the renovation
Before - Kitchen #3
The clients had purchased this home back in 1993 and had done very little to it in the 23 years of living there. They wanted to update and renovate the tri-level, Tudor style home.
We were called in to address the kitchen and dining room layout and create a design plan for the whole home to be renovated in two phases. The kitchen was narrow, tight, and dark. We opened up the wall between the kitchen and dining room and reorganized the cabinetry layout to open up the space and create an overall feel of expansion. We kept the original oak wood flooring but stained them the most beautiful, chocolate brown called Bark. They added a rich traditional tone which spoke to the overall style and bones of the home.
In Process – Phase 1
The renovation plan
So, that’s an update on a few of the projects that we’ve been working on. I find it interesting to see similar type projects and show the individuality of each design wrapped with a bit of a project story. Until next month, happy renovating!