Kitchen Remodel of the Day

This beautiful 1930’s Tudor home had charm throughout but the kitchen just wasn’t functional for them. The kitchen had been remodeled in the 50’s and updated in the 80’s and didn’t provide the storage, countertop space or flow they wanted. But with this age and style of home they wanted something that fit the home well and looked like it had always been there. We got to work!

Problems/Challenges:

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  • Kitchen was tight cramped.
  • They couldn’t fit a full size fridge in and didn’t have any countertop space around the range.
  • Not enough storage.
  • Lighting was poor throughout.

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  • The eat in nook while full of character – was too small for their family of 4 and closed off the space. They still wanted an eating area in the kitchen.
  • They loved the leaded glass doors and wanted to find a way to incorporate that into their new kitchen
  • Wanted pantry space.

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  • It was important to keep with the character of the home during the remodel.
  • The kitchen houses 3 doorways, all of which felt very tight and cramped especially since it is a major thoroughfare.
  • A place for a built-in microwave off of the countertop and for wine.

 

Solutions:

  • Opened up the eat in nook to the rest of the kitchen making both spaces feel larger and bringing more light into the kitchen.

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  • Modified the depth of the built-in in the hallway to allow for the range wall to recess, effectively expanding the kitchen.
  • Expanded the openings into the dining room and the hall and repeated the arches seen in the rest of their home.
  • Hanover Cherry Light cabinetry provided a rich warm wood that compliments the style of the home well. Simple Shaker details and crown were used to complement existing woodwork in the home.

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  • A narrow, furniture island provides a great work space and extra storage while not looking too bulky
  • Removed the soffits to bring the cabinetry to the ceiling providing more storage in the space
  • Leaded glass door cabinets on either side of the window retain the character of the old kitchen

Sullivan after 3

  • Added a shallow pantry with open display area for extra storage that doesn’t look heavy.
  • An angled pantry between the kitchen and nook provides extra storage without infringing on the dining space.

Sullivan after 4

  • Efficient storage space was important in this kitchen – we added blind corner pullouts, spice racks on the doors, pullouts, a wine rack, garbage pullout and even a compost bin on the back of the sink cabinet door. Tray dividers above the refrigerator organized their trays, platters and casserole dishes.

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  • Under cabinet lights and recessed can lights throughout illuminate the entire area.
  • Messouri Black granite countertops and hand-made subway tile finish off the classic look in their kitchen.

When the project was finished the clients were thrilled with the feel and function of this new kitchen in their old home!

Designer: Crystal Kennedy
crystal@pnwcab.com
503-652-1268

Photographer: Shannon Butler
photoartportraits@gmail.com
503-891-9354

National Kitchen and Bath Month – My Budget

The wonderful thing about the kitchens & baths of today is that whatever your budget there are fashion forward options within every price range.  From Cabinetry to Appliances, Countertops to Flooring, Plumbing to Lighting – there is something out there to fit your budget and style.

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The first thing to consider before ever spending money is to know how much you have to spend – plain and simple.

This doesn’t mean that you don’t create those dream files or ideabooks with everything you love, but it is your gauge for all involved to know exactly how much can be spent on what, who and why – no matter how small or big the job.

Guidelines for a Kitchen Budget: Home Value x 15% = My Budget

Cabinets 36%
Countertops 14%
Appliances 12%
Installation 11%
Interior Design 6%
Hardware/Fixtures 6%
Flooring 6%
Lighting 5%
Other 4%
 * 2002 Design Trends Survey Update for NKBA by Sovereign Marketing Research, Fifth Avenue, New York
Tools to help you set a budget range and planning!
Tools to help you set a budget range and planning!

Various References with tips and tools – Enjoy!

Controlling Your Budget

Real-World Budgeting for Bathroom Remodeling

Developing a Reasonable Kitchen Remodeling Budget

 

 

Design Contest Winner "Maggie Burns" to the Rescue!

Before we dive into our Design Contest Winner post for this week – I wanted to recap and highlight some key elements to remember about our design contest and the wonderful extras that can come from winning – not just the money – even though that is pretty awesome too!!!

Our Yearly Design Contest has several different categories; Large Kitchen, Small Kitchen, Bath and Other Rooms – you can pretty much enter any space designed with Wellborn Cabinets. Each category has to follow the same guidelines for submission and design guidelines for the spaces that are being designed.

To me one of the greatest aspects about our design contest is the professional exposure that you as a designer can gain by simply entering your design work. Your winning designs could be featured in all of our marketing efforts; publications, websites, advertising, training, and social media. With the digital world we now live in  – – – your work could be visible on a “global platform”!

So remember that when you are designing and building your portfolio consider entering your designs – you never know – you could be a “Wellborn Design Contest Winner” too!

Now it’s time to learn about Maggie Burns and the “Opportunities” she faced in designing for the Terry Family. So enjoy her design story.

Opportunity: How to integrate the awkward corner space left over after building on a new family room addition. A home addition provided the client and his family more space to entertain and relax in. However, the rear of the existing home, when opened up to the new space, became an awkward pass through.It was too small for a furniture seating group, but too large to waste as a hallway.

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The solution was to build an entertainment bar, which would enhance entertaining, and highlight the space as a point of interest. We nestled cabinetry into the angle of the corner, and designed a radius bar that would curve gently out into the room. Angling it served two purposes. It kept it compact, as well as introduced it frontally to both spaces, further blending them together.

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Opportunity: The homeowner wanted the cabinetry in the new spaces to closely match the home’s existing cabinetry. Matching existing cabinetry is almost always impossible, but because we were around a corner from the existing kitchen, we used the Wellborn door style (Bedford Square Poplar finished in dark) that most closely resembled that in the rest of the home. We also used the same dramatic granite, Oceanic Bordeaux in both areas to tie them together. The result is that as you move from one area to the next, the differences are imperceptible.

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Opportunity: The client wanted this project to not only be functional, but very unique and conversational. We decided to offer something that was unexpected. The client wanted a flat screen television in the rear wall, but we decided to mount it under two way glass, so that when not in use, it was still an elegant mirrored bar. He loved that he could change the whole feel of an event by just “turning on the game.”

Opportunity: How to trim the curved bar wall. We ordered Wellborn finished panels, Wellborn matching stain, and flexible base molding from a building supplier. The 3/16” panels curved around the half wall, and the flex molding was stained to match and applied over the panels.

A great design that took a unused corner what was seen as a waste of space and turned it into a focal point of this great family room addition. Great design work Maggie Burns and kudos to your installation team on the island!!!

Maggie Burns
maggielburns@aol.com
407-497-8479

James Stratton is a Dream Kitchen Designer and Design Winner

James Stratton of DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen is a Dream Kitchen Designer and a Wellborn Design Winner!

James entered his “Townhome Treasure” in the (Large Kitchen (>42 sq ft of Countertops) Type: Remodel) Category and won.

We are proud to share his work with you! Enjoy the images and his design statement below.

When you walked into this Townhome you were faced with an outdated and cramped kitchen.

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The customer wanted her guests to be greeted by a bright, “up to date” space which incorporated a warm classic style.

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Now, as you enter this townhome you are drawn into the sophisticated, modern kitchen with its touch of European styling.

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The diminutive space and placing of skylights made opening the kitchen difficult. By expanding the room into the laundry room both obstacles were overcome. The washer and dryer had to be placed inside the kitchen which created a blemish to the design.

By “hiding” the washer and dryer behind matching Wellborn cabinetry customized bi-fold doors, a balance and continuity was established which ultimately contributed to the design of this space.

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With the extensive choices of door styles and accessories that Wellborn offers, cabinets that were oak and ordinary were replaced by Monterey Maple Cabinetry finished in Glacier. This made a homely kitchen come to life with sophistication and warmth.

White tile countertops were replaced with beautiful granite.

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Using the colors in the granite a distinctive backsplash in a three-dimensional design was an artful addition, a pleasing change from the plain blue and white tile backsplash that existed before.

The design of the workspace is redefined by changing a closed “u” to a more open design.

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The island has an elegant 6cm OG round over edge, giving prominence to the black granite composite under mount sink.

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The heated tile floor provided a literal warmth which allowed the customer to function a little easier on those cold winter mornings, as opposed to the vinyl floor which existed before.

Recessed lighting, classy pendants and natural skylights created general and task lighting which made
a dreary kitchen more brilliant and workable, and added to the panache of the design.
Attention to detail was followed all the way down to the hardware on the cabinet doors in a collaboration of different
styles.

This created a customized look, which the client loved!

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Designer: James Stratton
jim@vhplans.com
(801)476-4222

DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen Photographer: nate@vhplans.com

 

 

 

Award Winning "Family Farm" Kitchen from Bob Burmeister

As we continue our tribute to our past Design Contest Winners our next post features the work of Bob Burmeister (Marc Christian Fine Cabinetry) the 2011 Large Kitchen (>42 sq ft of Countertops) Design Winner and the kitchen used in our Dream Kitchen Makeover Campaign for the Fall of 2012.

So sit back and enjoy the work of Bob Burmeister!

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When the owners built their vacation home in 2009, they wanted to add modern touches while still remaining true to the home’s location on the family’s farm in the country.

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The design of the cabinetry complements the house’s Craftsman style with massive posts and arching beams.

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The selected finishes of painted sage green and distressed midnight black are true to the design and add to the “lived – in” quality.

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The one of a kind characteristics come not just from the cabinet style, but also from the bead board, seeded glass door inserts and carved turnings.

The hammered copper sinks with reverse-hammered stars add to the natural theme.

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The layout is very user friendly, while still excellent for family dinners and entertaining with the curved raised seating area.

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Random distressed wood plank flooring, iron cabinet pulls, 2×2 slate mosaic backsplash, timber beamed wood ceiling, and natural stone countertops are true to the architecture of the home.

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The industrial lighting and professional style stainless steel Thermador range top, Thermador double ovens, and Sharp microwave drawer add to the home’s modernized appeal.

Other appliances are fully integrated and hidden behind matching wood cabinet panels. These include the Thermador 36” French door refrigerator, warming drawer and dual dishwashers.

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The intelligent mix of modern and past elements create a timeless space to be shared and loved by all for years to come! Breath-taking work Bob!

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Designer Contact Information: Marc Christian Fine Cabinetry  Bob@MarcChristian.com  314.994.7111