Welcome to the One Room Challenge! Hellooo old and new friends. I’m Naomi and I am pumped to be back again for the 6 week decorating extravaganza. This season features the 20 superstar design bloggers you see above. We will each transform a room from start to finish and update you every Wednesday on our progress. You can also count on sneak peeks and mini-updates from me on instagram (designmanifest) under the hashtag #oneroomchallenge.
This is my 4th time doing the ORC. (Thank you Linda for organizing this event and inviting me back yet again! I fancy myself a regular in this series.) The first time around I did my own bedroom, and then a client’s living room and dining room (lovingly dubbed the Gentleman’s Bachelor Pad,) and last time I transformed my attic into a lounge. This time I’m taking you behind the scenes with Dad and the construction crew of Design Manifest…
We are gutting and renovating a kitchen.
In 6 weeks. No Big Deal.
Just a little about us… Design Manifest is a Father-Daughter Boutique Construction Firm. We Design and Renovate houses in the Philadelphia area. I am the designer and specify floor plans, cabinetry/furniture and all the finishes for our projects. Dad, (Andrew,) is the construction manager and meticulously brings our projects to life. He likes to get his hands dirty, I like to watch and tell him what to do. It works well.
Our work is typically high end, highly custom, a blend of traditional and modern with special attention to detail and quality. This kitchen we are renovating is pretty much the typical example of what we do every day and I’m excited to share the progress with you!
Most of our projects are on Philadelphia’s Main Line, which is well known for expensive real estate, older homes and teeny kitchens. Huge open spaces with high ceilings, double height cabinets and attached great rooms? Yeaaa, not so common here. But we do what we can to modernize, maximize, brighten up and improve the quality of life in our clients homes.
This kitchen project is no exception and one of the smallest we have tackled. How Teeny are we talking? 8’7 x 14’8 to be exact.
THE BEFORE PHOTOS
Since it is so small, there is a real issue with lack of counter space.
The electric range, dated cabinets and microwave on the counter have got to go.
The table wall seems a little under-utilized, right?
Problem is, we still need a place to eat in here.
That’s the door to the basement on the right. That has to stay.
And the view from the dining room.
Not much Wow-Factor Here.
THE ORIGINAL LAYOUT
Our clients called us in to discuss kitchen renovations after they were so impressed by our work designing and renovating their master bathroom and hall bathroom. They were explicit in their needs but also fully trusting of our vision and capabilities. They had a few rules but the most important is…
RULE #4- NO REGRETS.
They didn’t want to say “We should have…” after the renovation. So we are really thinking through the details and are selecting special finishes. They are only doing this once and are willing to splurge where it matters and save where it isn’t important to them. Let me just say- that is always so refreshing! We are professionals… let us do our thing. I promise we will WOW you.
More Storage. More counter space. Storage for two sets of cutlery and two sets of dishes. A home for all small appliances and items. (Only coffeemaker and toaster to live on the counter.) Improved and Updated Appliances including a professional style duel-fuel range. A Big Sink. A proper pantry. A place for trash and recycling. A place for two people to eat meals. A Bright Space. A garden window for plants. A “Portfolio-Worthy Design.” (My client’s words… you know I swooned at that request.)
This space is small!!! At the first design interview my client’s told me they were NOT interested in taking down the wall between the kitchen and dining room, so we were stuck trying to pack everything into a space that is less than 9′ x 15′.
Three doors and two windows also cut into workable space and make the layout challenging.
THE STYLE HIGHLIGHTS
You can expect to see the following:
* A mix of White and Walnut Cabinets
* Brass Accents
* White Quartzite Counters (Just as beautiful Marble only more practical)
* A Statement Tile Backsplash
* Top of the line Appliances
* A Custom Range Hood
* A Touch of Blue
WEEK 1 ACTION
Week 1 means demolition! Dad and the guys have wasted no time taking out the fixtures and finishes.
Stay tuned as I will share the new kitchen layout (plus a few rejected versions.) Week 2 the boys will be doing framing and drywall. This petite kitchen will begin to take shape and I’m pretty darn excited about it.
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