What’s particularly fun about my vocation is that I get to design vicariously through my clients’ projects. This project was exceptionally fun, since these are materials I might pick for myself if I were starting over from scratch. Projects are especially enjoyable when the impact is big. In this case it was enormous. Eliminating the walls enclosing her shower and replacing with frameless glass and heightening her shower tile dramatically enlarged her space. The freestanding tub selection feels so decadent, I’m hoping for an invitation. The sleek, full overlay cabinets finished in a dark espresso stain match the faucet and Roman tub handle inlays and the oversize chrome pulls provide the contrasting “punch”.
We started with a special purchase quartzite and selected all other materials based on that starting point. It is impossible to tell that attention was paid to budget. My client has been a friend for many years, and I’m happy to say she remained a dear friend from project start through completion. Dust and noise tolerance was put to the test for both my client and her cat as this was one of three bathrooms we remodeled in sequence. New wood floors, a new wood staircase and painting bedrooms and hallway were thrown into the project scope as well. This client has definitely earned an “ideal client award”.
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A budget that might have been used exclusively to overhaul a kitchen was invested wisely so that other home improvements could be made to sell this home quickly: new and refinished hardwoods throughout the downstairs, a new wood staircase with iron balusters, a refreshed front door and fresh paint throughout the home.
How did we accomplish this? Three “tricks of the trade”: instead of replacing cabinets they were refaced with updated doors and drawers, with the exception of a sorely needed new island and drawer bank to replace an outdated and unused kitchen desk. New stainless appliances were purchased benefitting from the combination of a package and contractor discount. Stunning Lennon countertops were selected from my fabricator’s special purchase options and the island countertop was purchased as a remnant.
Numerous improvements in the kitchen make this 30-year-old home look new: new LED ceiling and undercabinet lighting; lowering the breakfast bar to counter height and removing door casing between the kitchen and family room to visually expand the space; converting the cooktop to gas; the combination of incorporating the microwave into the second oven and installing a retracting venthood to open the head space over the cooktop; installing a new stone backsplash; installing a new stainless faucet, undermounted sink and cabinet hardware. Bright white cabinets, newly refinished floors and a neutral taupe wall color all feel fresh.
Word got out about the improvements being made and the home sold even before going on the market at a price that validated all the improvements made. Both buyer and seller were happy with the outcome.
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