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Open Kitchen Remodel

Last fall, our project manager, Chester, completed this kitchen remodel for our clients, Rodney and Gena. They had a small, enclosed kitchen and wanted to open up two walls: one to the dining area and one to the living room. Even though we didn’t move any major appliances or plumbing, it is one of our more significant transformations! They chose white custom cabinets which Buck built in our local cabinet shop (for more information on our custom cabinetry, click here!) A white farmhouse sink, steel gray granite counter tops, stone back splash with a green quartzite mosaic strip, vinyl plank flooring, and new appliances completed their design.

 

We removed the furdown (area of drywall above the cabinets) and relocated the AC duct to the ceiling. This allowed us to make their new upper cabinets ceiling height. We removed the entire wall between the dining area and kitchen to make it one seamless space.

 

 

We also removed the entire wall from the kitchen to the living room. We created a peninsula with a bar to the right of the refrigerator overlooking the living room.

 

We love Rodney and Gena’s design and the finishes they chose. The oak vinyl flooring and mixed back splash add texture and character, while the white cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and new recessed lighting keep the design simple and bright. And now, with ceiling height cabinets and both walls removed, the entire space feels much larger without adjusting the footprint at all! Thank you to Rodney and Gena, for being such a pleasure to work with, and for trusting us with your home.

 

First Floor Remodel: Kitchen, Bathroom, Bedroom, Living, & Laundry Room

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.

Budget Kitchen Update

Peter & Crystal hired us to help them update their kitchen. They were on a tight budget, and were looking to give their kitchen a much needed face lift. We adjusted their wish list & design to keep costs low where we could, while still giving them a kitchen they love.

In a typical kitchen remodel, high-end, semi-custom to full-custom cabinetry can account for as much as 30%-40% of the total renovation budget. Simply redoing the doors & drawer fronts on this job saved thousands of dollars. We created a few custom cabinet pieces: a small one to fit between the dishwasher and relocated fridge, and a larger one with pull-out drawers to replace the cabinets where the peninsula once was. We kept their existing appliances and the general footprint of their kitchen by just opening up one wall. We didn’t need to relocate any plumbing or electric (with the exception of a small water line running to the fridge) which also saved a significant amount of money.

We painted the existing cabinets, installed new granite counters & tile flooring, and kept the backsplash clean & simple with subway tile. We removed the fluorescent lights & installed recessed lighting. We also saved a substantial amount of their budget by opting for a pre-made roll-away island, as opposed to a built-in custom island.

Peter & Crystal were such a pleasure to work with, and we love the end result!

Kitchen Remodel & Laundry Relocation

Our client, Carolyn, approached us about a kitchen & laundry room remodel. She opted to keep the same kitchen footprint and reuse her appliances to keep costs down. We converted their current laundry room into a mud room, and took part of their storage space in the garage for the new laundry room. They now have a much more functional, updated space.

Through the doorway (behind the yellow wall) in the above picture was their old laundry room & storage closet. Below is a view through that doorway, of the old storage closet (which we completely removed,) and the washer & dryer to the left (which we relocated.)

We took down the wall behind the washer & dryer to reveal a storage nook in the garage. We enclosed that nook to create the new laundry & pantry area. We raised the floor (since the garage floor was slightly lower than the house,) and moved the plumbing & electric for the washer & dryer.

In the picture below, you can see that new converted mud room & laundry room through the doorway.

The picture below is the view from inside the kitchen, looking through the mud room, into the new laundry room. We built the pantry on the right and made space for the washer & dryer on the left. We kept the same vinyl tile throughout to give a seamless look through to the laundry room.

Below is a view of the mud room from the outside.

We built, painted & installed new custom cabinets, laid vinyl tile flooring, installed granite countertops, a farm sink, and finished it off with brushed nickel hardware & fixtures.

We really enjoyed working with Carolyn. She had a great vision for the design of her kitchen and for reworking her laundry space. We love the finished product!

Complete Home Remodel

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

Interior Remodels: Before & After!

Here’s a look at some of our most recent interior projects!

BEFORE:

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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Thank you to all of our clients!