Before & After: Kitchen Remodel with Maximized Seating

 

I've been meaning to share this dramatic transformation for a few weeks now. Alli and I met these amazing clients last Fall and fell in love with them and their sprawling Frisco home. They called on us to remodel their kitchen and to decorate their Living Room and Dining Room....so in an effort to prolong the drama, I'll be blogging about each room individually over the next week or two. You're welcome ;-) Let's start with the kitchen, shall we?

For a home of this size, the kitchen was lacking appropriate seating. This family of 5 loves to entertain and host dinners, so we needed to come up with a plan to gain seating.

King Kitchen Before
King Kitchen Before

I'll be honest...that hood might as well have reached out and slapped me in the face when I walked through the door...we needed to tone it down a bit.

Can you see the small counter top ledge/sitting area behind the settee in the above photo? It was meant to seat 2, but it felt like an afterthought and was completely non-functional.

King Kitchen Before 2
King Kitchen Before 2

The above  photo gives you a feel for the original travertine countertops and backsplash...they read very yellow in the space.

So after several weeks of blood sweat and tears, our client finally has a functional kitchen that they are excited about!

Look at all that counter space! And it goes without saying that we loooove the new custom faux crock counter stools...all eight of them! Stylish + kid friendly = perfection!

We reshaped the wood hood, which feels so much more chic. And besides the new counter tops, we added a subway back splash, new lighting, new plumbing and a boat load of storage under the seating area! The only thing we really kept was the wall color.

Here is a look from the sink area, which is allowing you a little peek at the Living Room.

Do you see those cabinets on the left at the end of the kitchen? Here is what that area used to look like...

King Kitchen Before 3
King Kitchen Before 3

The "mommy desk" wasn't functional for our client...she needed a place to store back packs and school related items, so we flipped the desk to the other side of the kitchen (as seen on the right side of the last remodeled kitchen photo) and we turned the original mommy desk into storage.

The new desk area provides so much more functional storage that was customized to our client's needs!

AWDH King before and after sneak peek
AWDH King before and after sneak peek

Stay tuned for the Living & Dining Room reveals!

***Due to client contracts, we are unable to share sources and/or materials used***

Photography by: Nate Rehlander Photography

 

Client Project Reveal: An 80's Kitchen Transformed

 

We are excited to be revealing the kitchen remodel that we told you about several weeks ago! If you follow us on Facebook, you know that we held an open house last week per the request of several neighbors who were anxious to see the finished product. As I mentioned in my last post, this project took place only one street away from the house that I grew up in...it seems that the neighborhood is just as friendly now as it was then! We had a great time at the open house, so thank you to those of you who came out and to our awesome clients who so willingly welcomed their new neighbors into their new home!

Now to the good stuff! Let's recap incase you missed our last post about this project....

This house was built in the early 80's, burned to the ground in 1988 and was immediatly rebuilt. And from what I understand, the previous owner was a single male who smoked in the house for a number of years causing the walls and trim to yellow. Our clients purchased the home about 3 months ago and immediately hired A Well Dressed Home to execute the remodel wich consisted of the following:

- a completely remodeled kitchen complete with a new layout, new cabinets and appliances

- repositioning of kitchen walls to allow for more square footage

- new hardwoods downstairs

- removing carpet and adding wood treads to stairs

- new carpet upstairs

- new paint throughout, including on outside trim (we used Kilz to eliminate the odor)

- new windows

- new lighting and door hardware

And to give you a better understanding of the transformation, we had our photographer position his shots from the same angle as the original photos. Here are the photos taken when the house was on the market...

McCormick Remodel 1
McCormick Remodel 1
McCormick Remodel 2
McCormick Remodel 2
McCormick Remodel 3
McCormick Remodel 3
McCormick Remodel 4
McCormick Remodel 4
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awdh McCormick Kitchen 3
awdh McCormick Kitchen 1
awdh McCormick Kitchen 1

The new kitchen layout allows plenty of space for a breakfast table and chairs. And the spacious island not only allows for work space, but it also contains cabinet doors on the sides and back of the isalnd for maximum storage.

awdh McCormick Kitchen 4
awdh McCormick Kitchen 4
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awdh McCormick Kitchen 5

Notice the far wall...the "before" photo shows the tiny built-in desk and wall of windows. We opted to remove the desk, push the wall out 3' into the back patio and replace the windows with french doors for easy access to the goreous back yard and pool.

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awdh McCormick Kitchen 2
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awdh McCormick Kitchen 6

Ahhhhh...gotta love that gorgeous marble backsplash!

Thanks again to Dana, who was the lead Designer on this job, to our awesome construction team and to our amazing clients! We hope you all enjoy your new home for years to come!

Photos by Nate Rehlander www.naterehlander.com

***Due to client contracts, we decline to share sources***

 

Before & After: Cantrell Kitchen Remodel Reveal

 

I'm so excited to finally reveal the remodel that I posted about last week! A great big thank you to the home owner, Jamie, for giving me free reign on this design, and to her husband, Shawn, for saying to her, "It's whatever you want, babe..." during our initial consultation! (I swear he totally said that...and when he did, it was like the skies parted and the angels started singing.......ahhhhhhh!!!)

Ok, onward...

When I first stepped into the space, this is what I saw...

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Dark oak cabinets, a rust colored travertine floor and dated wall paper. And no offense to the builder, but what is up with that "serving bar?" It totally closes off the kitchen from the adjacent living room. And the counter top overhang was no more than 3", making it virtually impossible to comfortably incorporate barstools for dining.

And did I mention the miniature island in the center of the kitchen? You can't see it because it is blocked by the serving bar, but it was literally 2'x3' and offered zero work space.

Here is a "before" picture of the breakfast area...

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And another view of the kitchen from the breakfast area...

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And here is the new kitchen design from the very same angle...

Cantrell Kitchen 6
Cantrell Kitchen 6

My favorite part of this remodel has to be the custom island.

By removing the "serving bar," as well as the island, we were able to build a 10' x 5' custom island with built-in counter height dining and a freak load of storage. It's the perfect place for their boys to sit and do homework while Jamie prepares meals.

Removing the serving bar also allows the kitchen to feel more open to the living room (which also has a new design in the works, btw!)...I know that Jamie & Shawn will really enjoy this aspect of the kitchen when entertaining friends and family.

Below is a shot from the opposite end of the kitchen...

Cantrell Kitchen 5
Cantrell Kitchen 5

We replaced all of the cabinet fronts with paint grade wood and had all of the cabinets painted white.

We also added glass uppers, island pendants and additional canned lighting as well as the most beautiful taupe/grey solid surface counter top. We opted out of marble and granite as we wanted to keep the counter top free of pattern and movement.

The new wood floors were a must... We extended the existing living room floors into the kitchen to merge the space.

And of course, the herringbone pattern backsplash styled with fresh white subway tiles .... Love.

Cantrell Kitchen 1
Cantrell Kitchen 1

And finally, the breakfast area...

Custom drapes, woven shades and a lively graphic print rug.

Cantrell Kitchen 4
Cantrell Kitchen 4

Such a fun project! Can't wait to show you their living room remodel in the next several weeks!

***Out of respect to my clients, I decline to share sources***

Photos by: Jay Davis of Jay Davis Photography