The project in the images below was a pretty major renovation/addition to a home. The client added onto the side of the house expanding the kitchen & living room areas in order to incorporate a garage below. The before and after shots are fantastic and show a dramatic change in the two major living spaces. The kitchen and living room were once separated by a wall and you had to walk around the stairs and through the foyer to get from one space to the next. Once that wall came down and the two spaces became one, it became an entertainers dream! Family functions and gatherings would be much more inclusive and the flow of the home works so much better now that the living spaces are on a more open plan.
You can see major change in these two photos. In the before photo, you can see the wall on the right that divided the living room and the kitchen which was completely removed. The far wall with the three windows was pushed out over the driveway to allow for more interior space. To give a good idea of placement, the new slider doors are positioned where the old sink used to be.
These two photos are taken from almost the same spot before & after the renovation. The stair location did not change; it was just opened up and highlighted in the new design. Again, a couple of walls were taken down which opened up the space incredibly. The cabinets with the wood top are the perfect location to take on some overflow from the kitchen. They provide an ideal location for a food serving area during a party or for a bar area where mixing drinks can be done outside of the busy kitchen. Adding a second trash and an under counter refrigerator assures that you will have everything that you need at a close proximity.
This angle shows the new flow for the kitchen versus the old flow. The original kitchen was sort of a dead end with only one interior doorway in. By removing the wall that was shared by living room the entire space becomes much more organic.
This last angle here is a shot of the original living room, and then showing how open it is now that the wall has been removed. The clients chose to have the fireplace squared off and it brings the two areas together, yet still defines the living room as its own space.
This image is a close up view of the range and hood, because… well, I like it! I hope that you enjoyed our tour of a home before and after a kitchen renovation. If you would like to see more, please give us a call or stop into our showroom during our business hours.
During the planning stage of a kitchen remodel, we are often asked about the properties associated with the different types of countertop materials. Choosing the right countertops depends on your needs and taste. In this post we’ll compare granite versus marble versus quartz to help guide you through your next kitchen remodeling decision.
Granite is a natural stone, therefore each piece is one of a kind. There is also a wide variety of colors and tones to choose from. Granite will need to be sealed once installed in order to protect against staining. Frequency of sealing will be determined by how porous the material is. Lighter granite tends to be more porous so those colors can be more susceptible to staining. Granite can hold up very well to heat and it is highly resistant to scratching.
Marble is another natural stone and just like granite, each piece extracted will be completely original. It’s a very traditional selection and the look is typically organic veining on each slab. The veining can vary depending on the type of marble. Some have several thick & striking veins on each slab, where other types of marble have lighter veins that seem to merge and blend in with the background. Each of these looks will make quite a statement when used in a kitchen. Marble will stand up very well to heat. It will be more susceptible staining and the surface could potentially etch if exposed to acidic foods such as lemon juice. It is possible to have the stains removed every so often if they get bad over the years.
There are several types of man-made stones, the most popular being quartz. Depending on the brand of quartz, some of the selections can appear manufactured; while some have mastered the natural look, which can be quite appealing. Most brands can withstand some heat, but not as much as natural stone. Quartz materials will be quite durable and hold up well against staining. Many people confused quartz with quartzite. Quartzite is a natural material and the qualities can differ depending on the exact type of quartzite. It’s best to get a sample of the actual product that you wish to use and try to scratch/stain/etch the surface with basic items from your kitchen to test its durability.
Most of the focus of a kitchen design goes into choosing everything from the cabinet color to flooring materials to countertop choices, but cabinet drawer interiors often get overlooked. Custom cabinet design doesn’t need to end with the hardware. There are several advantages of custom kitchen cabinet interiors that add practical accessories, bins, storage racks, and drawers. Unique and well-built storage solutions will automatically improve the usability and organization of your kitchen. With so many creative storage solutions from pull-out shelving to spice storage, the possibilities are endless.
Pull out shelves in a bottom cabinet are a great way to organize pots and pans eliminating the need to crouch down and crawl inside the cabinet to find what you need. The top shelf is a handy place to store lids.
Make the most of your drawer space with custom-made utensil organization. Unlike pre-made silverware trays, custom organization makes the most of the entire drawer space putting an end to useless gaps and spaces where pre-made trays fall short.
Pull-out storage next to the cooking range is a convenient place for spices and other items for easy access while cooking. The open sides allow for easy visibility.
This double bin pull-out is a must-have for hiding unsightly trash and recycling bins.
Under the counter baskets add texture to a kitchen design and help to give the space warmth. This is a great spot to store anything from root vegetables to linens and is a favorite addition to kitchen islands.
Hideaway storage is key to keeping a kitchen looking well organized and clean. Creative drawer and cabinet storage can revolutionize your kitchen experience entirely. Other ideas include a cookie sheet drawer with vertical spacers, an appliance “garage,” or dish drawer.
White kitchen cabinets are stealing the show as the top requested color in recent years. They’re bright, fresh, and coordinate beautifully with any decor. The classic look and universal appeal of white painted cabinets make them increasingly popular, but most importantly, they withstand the test of time.
Often times it’s easy to date a natural wood kitchen, even if it’s only a few years old. No matter how beautiful or well-crafted, stains and wood styles come and go quickly. But quality kitchen designs with white cabinets can be ageless—decor notwithstanding.
Below are photos of a project we completed in Sudbury, MA in 2016.
Compare this with a kitchen design a decade earlier in Brookline, MA.
White is the ultimate neutral color. Accents like light fixtures, hardware, and decor can really shine against a white kitchen. White cabinets also allow flexibility to rotate styles easily as trends and styles change without the need for an entire remodel. Just replace a few fixtures and accents, swap out some decor, and it’s like an overhaul without the price tag.
So if you’re looking to brighten up your space, or want to make your remodel last for years to come, consider white cabinets—you won’t regret it.