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Small Contemporary Kitchen

Posted by on Apr 21, 2017 in Blog

You may have finally decided to update your smaller kitchen to a contemporary style, but  when looking for ideas, most show spaces show a  large, “over the top” area.  Looking at these kitchen examples can be overwhelming and you may not realize that you can take ideas from these large spaces and fit them into your vision of a Small Contemporary Kitchen. 

Most kitchen remodels include an island. This may be something you “Really” want, but space is space and if you are not willing to knock down some walls, the kitchen island can not be included in your remodeled kitchen.  Now this can be the tricky part of remodeling.  At times, when we really want something and space does not allow us to have it, we can get discouraged and focus on the negative and not see all the potential of your small kitchen.

A recent client of ours has a small bungalow and a small kitchen.  We could not move any walls to remodel their existing space.  This is a galley style kitchen (no room for an island), but we were able to give them exactly what they wanted with updated features and materials.

All of our projects begin with our design and we let our clients know what their kitchen could look like before we start our demolition.

OUR CAD DESIGN TO OUR CLIENT                                                                                              

FINAL DESIGN

OUR CAD DESIGN

FINAL DESIGN

THE DETAILS

 QUARTZ COUNTERS WITH GLASS SUBWAY AND GLASS MOSAIC DECO STRIP

 “MERILLAT” MAPLE CABINETRY.                                                                          

 TILE FLOORING – “OLYMPIA” 6″ X 36″ SIGNUM SERIES

 PULL OUT GARBAGE AND RECYCLE BASKETS

KOHLER” STAINLESS STEEL FARM STYLE SINK  

Our clients newly remodeled kitchen includes a new lighting plan.  We installed recessed lighting along the perimeter of their space and a semi-flush light along with under cabinet lighting. Their flooring has the look of wood, but with the durability of ceramic tile.  Quartz counters are stain and heat resistant and are non-porous.  The glass backsplash tile is easy to clean and will look terrific for many years.  A stainless steel farm style sink and pull- out garbage/recycle complete this small contemporary kitchen. 

 

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St. Patrick’s Day

Posted by on Mar 17, 2017 in Blog

Why we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

St. Patrick died at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland, on the 17 March, 461 A.D at the age of 76. He is believed to be buried in Downpatrick, County Down. This is why we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on the seventeenth of March. St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland.

Now you have some history, here are some ideas I found to add a little Green in your home.  

Green can be a “scary” color to work with, but there is no need to avoid this color.  There are so many shade variations, you can go very light or use a bold color on a piece of furniture.  Your home is an expression of you – so go ahead and flex your creative juices and try adding a little “Touch of the Irish”.   

 

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Contemporary Style Entertainment Center

Posted by on Sep 16, 2016 in Blog

CONTEMPORARY STYLE ENTERTAINMENT CENTER

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All designs start with an idea and once you start drawing it out, the vision can become a reality.

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I wanted to build a Contemporary Style Entertainment Center.  I knew one side of the unit would have a chair; therefore, the shape would be “C” shape.  To add interest, the space with the mounted TV has random sizes of cedar (left over from other projects).  When we stained this part, it came out darker that originally envisioned, but this was a “Happy Accident”.  I think the darker color camouflages the TV when it is off and contrasts well with the cherry stained wood of the unit.

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Thanks to advanced technology and flat screen TVs the depth of the entire unit is about 14″ – No more monster cabinets to fit the BIG TVs.  We added drawers on the bottom and mid-century style legs.  For stability, we secured the entire unit to the wall.

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I love this look and the style and function will last for years to come.

 

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Bright White Kitchen

Posted by on Jul 8, 2016 in Blog

We had recently updated a 1960’s kitchen to a Bright White Kitchen.

This kitchen has not been updated since the house has been built, with the exceptions of two sky-lights and newer windows.   Our client wanted to make a make a dramatic change and we proposed a neutral color palette that gave her options to change out her decor through out the year.  In the end, it is a very bright space and we included some warm wood tones to compliment the modern look so the kitchen would not seem too “cold”.

BEFORE OVERALL AREA

BEfore view to sink

AFTER OVERALL AREA

After stove area

BEFORE STOVE TOP AREA

 Before view in to kitchen

 AFTER STOVE TOP AREA

BEFORE REFRIGERATOR AREA

Before view to refrigerator  

AFTER REFRIGERATOR AREA

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Here we moved the wall oven next to the refrigerator and added a utility cabinet for more storage.

BEFORE EAT IN DINING AREA – FEATURE WALL

Before Dining room wall
BEFORE EAT IN DINING AREA – TABLE

Before Dining area

AFTER EAT IN DINING – FEATURE WALL   

After dining room wall

AFTER EAT-IN DINING – TABLE

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Here we wanted to add some warmth and create a focal wall.  The wood is from the original kitchen that we saved from the demo.  It was sanded down and only applied a  clear coat.  To create more seating, we built a banquette that included more storage underneath. Our client wanted to keep her light fixture and exiting table.

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Kohler Sink and Faucet.  Quartz Counters . Backsplash Tile  

After Sink area   Merillat Cabinetry with Amerock Hardware cabinet hardware

This space is dramatically different.  We moved some appliances to create more storage and built more seating for family dinners.   Our client is extremely happy with the final look and she looks forward to inviting friends and family to her new space.

 

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Mud Room In Your Home

Posted by on Jul 5, 2016 in Blog

Having a mud room in your home may not be the first item on your long list of “Wants” but it is very convenient.

We have all seen the pictures of a separate room with enough space for coats, muddy boots and/or shoes, kids backpacks and a washer and dryer. All tucked away and organized from the rest of the house.  Life is good….Right?

Well, most homes may not have the luxury of a separate room that could be the “Mud Room”, but with some creativity, every home can achieve a “Mud Room” for the family’s coats, shoes, backpacks.  With limited space, some planning is needed and any off season clothing may have to be stored in plastic bins.

Here is a great idea of how to organize coats, shoes with very little space.

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In this picture, stock cabinets are used and can be bought at most home improvements stores.  The shoe holder is an easy construction project.  Add the coat hooks, paint or stain to match your decor and you have storage for the whole family.

If you have carpentry skills, this is a good weekend project or find a reputable contractor to build this for you.

Look around your home and find that little nook that can be converted in to your own “Mud Room” and maybe (just maybe) you may get your kids to hang up their coat.

 

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Black and White Bathroom

Posted by on Jun 10, 2016 in Blog

A Black and white bathroom is timeless.  This color palette is so versatile and coordinates with any color.  Black and white tiles can be a permanent fixture in your bathroom, but when you feel like a change, you can repaint your space and add different color towels and accessories.  This is a very good option for those who like the “Change It Up” every now and then, but does not have the time or resources for a major construction project.

Black and white bathrooms look Really good in small spaces.

There are situations that you can not enlarge a space.  You have to work with what you have.  We had a client with this scenario.  Our client that wanted to redo their attic bathroom in their 1930’s bungalow.

To help them save money, their current vanity was in good shape, but the wood tone did not go well with the new color scheme.  Our client painted the vanity, mirror frame and light fixture with a black gloss paint.

We added the black and white tile on the floor, upgraded their bathtub fixtures, and installed wainscoting on their walls.

OVERALL VIEW OF SPACE

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BATHTUB AREA

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RE-PURPOSED VANITY, MIRROR FRAME AND LIGHT FIXTURE.  PAINTED EXISTING FIXTURES WITH BLACK GLOSS PAINT

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This space is very small, but with a little help, it now has some character and fits our client’s lifestyle.

 

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