I’m so excited to finally share finished shots of Project Craftsman. This was such a great project to work on because the clients are just the nicest people ever and they were down to try something a little different. I’ve long wanted to try a “two-tone” kitchen with wood base cabinets and white wall cabinets and I think the results turned out so great. It’s a great mix of practicality (stained wood base cabinets are more forgiving) and aesthetics (white uppers really help brighten up the space.) We designed a custom 3 panel door for the wall cabinets. I love that it dresses up a simple shaker door but is still clean and classic. The DM team did a great job executing all of the finishing details and turning this once ugly duckling kitchen into the happiest spot into the home.
Today I’m excited to share a bathroom renovation by my father and I that I LOVE. I’ve posted some peeks during the process, but now you guys get the real deal. This was a repeat client (our favorite!) as we previously designed and remodeled their kitchen. We love when clients come back to us with new projects because A) it means we did a good job the first time and B) I already have a sense of their style and personality so it makes the project so much easier.
My client is really fun. She gravitated towards a more modern aesthetic, but also wanted the space to be warm and comfortable. She wasn’t afraid to take a few risks which is always a thrill for me. Pushing your comfort zone always creates the best results. When I walked into the finished bathroom I was just floored. The guys transformed the space into something beautiful (and functional!) Most importantly, my clients love it. Score one for the home team.
An antique-mirrored linen cabinet provides plenty of storage, including two hampers.
Thought I’d share a little before and after today of a kitchen we recently completed. This job was of note because it wasn’t a full renovation. 95% of the kitchens we do are full gut jobs. Usually they are old, cramped, and need a major overhaul. In this case, the kitchen was pretty functional except for a broken range and a few dated materials.
Due to the extra depth of the range, we needed to re-work things a bit, so we decided to improve this whole side of the kitchen. Cabinets and a custom hood were built to match the rest of the kitchen. Florata granite, a new tile backsplash and updated hardware complete the makeover.
Unfortunately my before pictures are kind of lacking. The old range jutted out from the wall on an angle. There was a downdraft hood and not a lot of counter space on either side.
Off the range was a raised eating counter that jutted further into the room on an angle. It ended up created a bottleneck of traffic getting in and out of the room with stools constantly in the way.
We decided to rework the area, keeping it clean and simple. The range is now straight against the wall with plenty of prep space on either side. The eating peninsula comes out straight into the room, creating more space and easy flow. We also kept the eating area at counter height. Now it can double as an extra prep zone. I happen to hate raised counters for eating. I think they are uncomfortable, unsightly and break up counter space.
Open shelves are a nice place to store cookbooks and vases. I like how the open space allowed us to take the tile all the way up the wall.
Speaking of the tile, I Love the detail we created above the range. Tone-on-tone with a pattern change is subtle, pretty and sophisticated. This isn’t some trendy tile accent my clients will tire of in a few years! (Such a common mistake in kitchen renos.)
Lighting is always a place to have a little fun in the kitchen.
Really happy with how this one turned out. I hope my clients’ enjoy it for many years to come!