Our wonderful clients, Angie & Erin, had us remodel both their kitchen and one of their bathrooms in one fell swoop! They were a delight to work with, and we love how their new kitchen and bathroom turned out.
We kept the same layout in the kitchen, but updated everything. We built new custom cabinets, installed granite counters with a leather finish, tile back splash, a new vent hood and cook top, and wood-look tile flooring throughout the kitchen, dining, and living areas. The white cabinets, gray counters, and subtle back splash make the kitchen feel so much brighter than before. Removing the upper cabinets and creating a flat counter space around the sink significantly opens up their galley kitchen to the living room.
On the sink side, we included a trash can pull out and installed a new dishwasher. A larger cabinet was built above the refrigerator to partly make up for the lost storage when we removed the upper cabinets.
We also built a custom wine rack to make use of the empty wall space to the right of the refrigerator.
A closer look at the cabinetry detail.
On the opposite side of the kitchen, we replaced the vent hood and cook top. We also included two sets of drawer banks in the lower cabinets. We installed new recessed lighting on the ceiling to replace the large rectangular fluorescent light.
We love the way their new wood look tile flows all throughout the downstairs living areas.
For their upstairs bathroom, we also kept the same layout, and gave everything an update. We built a new vanity and replaced the doors on the linen closet to match, installed the same granite counter and wood-look tile floor as in the kitchen, removed all the tile from the bathroom walls and replaced it with drywall, expanded and tiled the shower (with two corner shelves), added a recessed light in the shower, installed a frame-less glass shower door, replaced the toilet, and hung a hickory floating shelf above the toilet. We also removed the massive light fixture from above the vanity and replaced it with a simple light fixture.
We love how clean and simple this bathroom turned out, and how well it coordinates with their new kitchen. Angie and Erin were such a pleasure to work with. They have two young kids and were living in their home throughout the remodel, but they stayed patient and flexible with us throughout the process. We are thankful they trusted us with both of these projects, and are so glad that they love their new kitchen and bathroom!
We recently completed a large job for our clients, Zach & Carisse. They own a beautiful 1930’s home in College Station that has been in their family for decades, so they know it will be their forever home. They decided to remodel almost the entire first floor to fit their growing family’s needs so they could continue to enjoy their home for years to come.
Below are brief “before and after” sketches of the layout changes that were made to the first floor.
- We converted the original garage into a new living room, and opened it up to the kitchen.
- We expanded the bathroom into part of the original garage to make space for a second bathroom entrance and larger vanity.
- We expanded the kitchen pantry by relocating the bedroom closet behind it.
- We moved the water heater in the garage to an exterior tank-less one.
- We created a new laundry / mud room out of part of the back porch, moving the washer and dyer out of the garage.
- We used part of the back porch for the newly relocated bedroom closet.
To start, we needed to raise the floor in the existing garage so it would be level with the rest of the house to create the new living space.
They eventually plan to build a new front porch extending almost the entire length of the house. In the mean time, to stay within budget and up to building code, we constructed a simple front porch at the new entrance.
We took apart the back side of the garage to replace the old siding, add two new windows, and install French doors leading out to the back yard.
Below is a view from the inside of the garage. The door pictured here leads into the old kitchen.
The back corner of the original garage: the door pictured below leads to the back yard.
New sub floor is being laid, and the framework has been done for the new windows and French doors.
We opened up the load-bearing wall between the original garage and kitchen. We wrapped the exposed beams in knotty alder, hung a sleek black ceiling fan from the center, and installed recessed lighting.
Two new windows and a new front door were also added to the front side of the original garage to create a new front entrance to their home.
Below is a view from the dining room, through the kitchen, into the original garage.
The same view is pictured below after the remodel was complete. The doorway down the hall on the left wall leads to the bathroom, which we expanded and created this second entrance to.
A view of the new bathroom entrance, so guests can avoid walking through the bedroom to use the bathroom.
Below is a view from the bedroom, through the bathroom, and into the new living space.
We completely remodeled the bathroom.
We expanded the bathroom to make room for a larger vanity and second entrance. Zach and Carisse chose a vintage floor tile to keep with the style and age of their home. They chose to remove the extra small bath tub to create a walk-in shower with recessed soap nook and built in corner bench. We built a custom vanity to match the kitchen cabinets, installed a new granite counter top, and finished it off with subway tile and bronze fixtures and hardware.
Below is the original kitchen space. The doorway pictured on the left leads out into the original garage, where the floor has already been raised. (The nook to the right was built at some point to recess the refrigerator and allow for more space in the old kitchen.)
For the kitchen remodel, we kept the sink, range, and vent hood in the same places. The refrigerator was relocated to the front wall, dishwasher was relocated next to the sink, and a custom island was constructed for the center. Zach & Carisse chose a beautiful gray granite counter with bronze fixtures and black hardware. We built two floating shelves on either side of the vent hood for decorative storage.
Within the island, we built a microwave nook and custom storage, including a trash can drawer and a book shelf end cap.
We expanded the old pantry by removing the bedroom closet that was behind it. Zach & Carisse had reclaimed this door and had been storing it for the perfect opportunity; we hung it as a barn door. It is both beautiful and functional since the pantry opens up to the main walk way between the dining room, kitchen, and living room.
We hung French cleat shelving which can be easily moved around to fit various storage needs.
We created a new laundry / mud room out of part of their existing back porch. We created a place for a second fridge and mud sink in this space, as well. French doors were installed leading from the dining room into the laundry room where the pair of windows are below.
The remaining porch space on the back side of the new laundry room, through the door pictured below, became the new bedroom closet.
Zach and Carisse have a great eye for design and are a pleasure to work with. We are so thankful that they trusted us with their forever home. We know they will enjoy it for years and years to come.
Our client, Andrew, and his business partners, own a rental property. They had previously converted half of the garage into a bedroom, but it was very outdated, and not located near a bathroom. They first hired us to update the bedroom: we enlarged the closet, replaced the wood paneling & ceiling with drywall, installed new windows & exterior siding, painted, and replaced the carpet.
A few months later, they had us back to create an on-suite bathroom. The bedroom was currently located next to the laundry room, so we renovated that space to include a bathroom. This kept plumbing costs down and created a much more functional space. We first created a designated space for the washer & dryer, and gave the water heater it’s own designated closet.
We raised the floor under the shower to allow for plumbing drainage. Our client opted for this option since digging into the concrete foundation is significantly more expensive, and since this is a rental property, keeping overhead costs down was important. We installed a sleek, curved shower stall, and a new vanity with a granite counter top.
We installed a macerator system for the toilet, and a linen closet (with electric water heater access). A macerating toilet pumps the waste water up to the top of the waste line with an electric pump, as opposed to letting gravity pull the waste water through the line. It is then tied into the waste line of the other existing bathroom. This is a great solution for bathroom additions as it avoids having to dig through the foundation to create a downward sloping waste line. This was another way we helped our clients keep overhead costs low so they could earn maximum return on their investment.
Andrew & his business partners now have a beautifully updated 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom house that immediately earns them more rental income each month and adds total value to their home.
We recently completed a bathroom renovation for some wonderful clients, James and Becky. Their master bathroom had an elevated shower which they were hoping to remove. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the original construction of the shower, we were unable to lower it to ground level without extensive foundation work, so we gave it a complete update instead. We widened the steps in and out of the shower for safety, expanded the length and width of the shower, removed the shower doors, and updated all of the tile and fixtures.
We installed travertine tile throughout the shower walls and tub surround, with an mosaic arabesque tile used as accents around the shower head and inset shelves.
A fixed shower head and separate body sprayer were installed.
Custom door fronts were made for the front of the tub surround to match the doors on their existing vanity.
Their vanity area had been recently updated, so we left that alone, and simply replaced the floor tile throughout with a wood-grain tile.
Becky chose a rectangular soaker tub to replace their existing tub. This allowed us to make room for the shower expansion.
We love the three different tiles and fixtures Becky chose, and how they bring together the unique elements of this bathroom. It was such a pleasure working with James and Becky!
Our client, Jim, had a rental property with water damage. They had to gut the entire kitchen and both bathrooms, and we were contacted to lead the remodels. We built custom cabinets for the kitchen and installed granite counters, arabesque tile backsplash, floating shelves, and new appliances. We also had the entire exterior of the home painted and installed new carpet in the bedrooms, and refinished the hardwood floors in the living spaces.
We removed the cabinet and accordion doors over the peninsula to open up the kitchen to the main living room.
We installed new custom vanities, linen storage, and granite counters to match the kitchen. Subway tile surround was installed in both showers.
It was such a pleasure to work with Jim and his family. We love how they chose finishes that give the home a clean and unique update without taking away from its mid-century style. If you or someone you know is interested in a rental property just a block from campus in the College Station historic district, check out their listing here: http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/125-Pershing-Ave_College-Station_TX_77840_M73496-21924
Our client, Justin, had an outdated and very tight bathroom. To the right of this shower stall was a narrow linen closet which was removed to make room for a much larger shower. We installed custom maple floating shelves and towel racks above the new toilet. The existing vanity and built-in storage unit was repainted and we replaced the top with a leather finished black granite counter. We love the way Justin’s tile choices came together: a gray wood-look tile for the floor, subway tile surround in the shower, and a small hexagon shower floor tile. In order to help out a friend financially, Justin decided to save some money on the remodel. He did much of the demo and painting himself, and did an excellent job. He is a great guy and we are thankful for the opportunity to work with him!
Here’s a look at some of our most recent interior projects!
AFTER: We painted the existing cabinets and added brand new hardware, installed granite counter tops, a tile mosaic & subway tile back splash, and a wood grain tile floor. We love the color palate Susan chose to transform her kitchen from its previous Southwestern vibe to a sleek and modern space.
BEFORE: On the other side of the wall from this built-in is the dining room. Jon & Tracy wanted to open up the dining space to the living room, but still wanted to save this built-in piece.
AFTER: We added custom columns, arched openings, and moved the built-in to another wall in their living room. This renovation made a dramatic difference in the functionality and visual appeal of this home!
BEFORE: This master bathroom was really tight with the large garden tub. The vanity had been recently updated with a granite counter top, so we focused our efforts on the tub & shower side of the space.
AFTER: We opened up the space by creating a half wall between the shower and new free standing bath tub. We installed wall mounted tub fixtures and a floating shelf. We just finished this bathroom, and are waiting on the custom glass shower enclosure to be delivered!
Thank you to all of our clients!