Remodeling

A traditional styled Dura Supreme kitchen with functional space with two seprate work zones.

"This couple enjoys cooking together regularly, so they each wanted designated space for cooking and prepping," explained Lindsey Markel of Dillman & Upton, Rochester, MI.  Understanding how the couple works together in the kitchen was the inspiration behind Markel's creation of two separate work zones.

Sep 28, 2015
Author: Karen Wistrom
Cabinet Installer's Hammer Close Up. The Value of a Good Installer

With so many decisions to be made before and during a kitchen remodel project, there is a critical component of the process that cannot be overlooked.  Who is going to do the cabinet installation?  A good cabinet installer is worth his or her weight in gold.  Their skill and expertise can make or break the project

Sep 08, 2015
Author: Wendy Anderson
A Master Bath Remodel With Style

Take a dated 80’s oak bathroom, infuse it with 21st century style, and admire the stunning result!  Designer Jeff Topolinski, of Hines Supply in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, worked his creative magic to design a beautifully styled master bath retreat using cabinetry from the new Dura Supreme Bath Furniture Collection.

Aug 24, 2015
Author: Wendy Anderson
Cabinet Handles

Several decades back, in an era of not so great design, placing the hardware in the center of the cabinet doors was the “thing” to do. There’s nothing technically wrong with placing the hardware in the middle of the door, but it does date the kitchen. 

May 26, 2015
Author: Wendy Anderson
A Dramatic Update in a Vintage Space

When empty nesters, Bill and Anne, decided it was time to downsize they became the new owners of an almost perfect condo oozing with vintage charm.  The one exception in this beautiful space was the outdated, poorly laid out, small kitchen.

Nov 03, 2014
Author: Wendy Anderson
Whole Home Remodel with Before and Afters with White Cabinetry

It’s taken three years and we are finally finished with our remodeling projects.

Aug 11, 2014
Author: Wendy Anderson

The original plan for the upstairs remodel was to include a walk in closet directly off the bedroom.  But when we realized that the structural things we would need to change were going to make the whole project cost prohibitive, that idea was scrapped.

Jul 21, 2014
Author: Wendy Anderson
Remodel Stories: Adding Mirror and Storage to an Unused Space

One of the key design changes in the bathroom remodel was the addition of useable storage other than the vanity.  Prior to the demolition there was a 12” base cabinet and a couple of awkwardly placed towel bars directly behind the shower wall.  It was useless and unattractive as far as I was concerned.

Jun 30, 2014
Author: Wendy Anderson
Form and Function and the Interior Design Process

Form follows function is a phrase that you learn about early in your interior design education.  The concept originally was used when referring to architecture, but it also has applications for interior design as well.  What this means in the world of cabinetry is that the intended purpose (function) of a cabinet or overall layout should be where the design process starts.  What the design or c

May 19, 2014
Author: Wendy Anderson
Sheetrock Really Makes a Room. Bathroom Remodel Story

After a couple of months of looking at framing and roughed in plumbing we have sheetrock!  The taping, mudding and sanding are complete; it’s starting to look like a bathroom.  It’s always such a change when the walls get closed up and the space is truly defined. 

Apr 07, 2014
Author: Wendy Anderson
One Step Forward-Two Steps Back during a Bathroom Remodel

We continue to make slow progress on the bathroom remodel project.  Just when we think we have things figured out, structural issues seem to get in the way and it’s back to the drawing board.

Mar 17, 2014
Author: Wendy Anderson
Rubber Dock in Bubbles

When our house was built the original plans called for two bedrooms and a half bath on the second floor.  I always thought that was odd and not very functional, which at some point in time the original owners must have thought so too, because the bathroom was remodeled to include a tub. 

Feb 03, 2014
Author: Wendy Anderson
Remodeled Dura Supreme Bathroom with a Double Sink Vanity

Before and after photos document the start and finish of any project, the ultimate reminder of how far you’ve come, the validation that hopefully you’ve made an improvement.

The half bath before

May 06, 2013
Author: Wendy Anderson
Contemporary Craftsman Kitchen Remodel Reveal

After months of designing, planning and installation - my new Contemporary Craftsman inspired kitchen is finally complete! Overall the process of remodeling my kitchen has gone fairly smoothly.

Apr 29, 2013
Author: Anonymous (not verified)
Kitchen design by  Rob Gurski with LJ’s Kitchens & Interiors of Mount Pleasant, MI featuring Dura Supreme Cabinetry

The role of a good kitchen designer is to listen to the needs of the homeowner and provide creative and beautiful solutions that fulfill those needs.  Rob Gurski with LJ’s Kitchens & Interiors of Mount Pleasant, MI lis

Apr 22, 2013
Author: Karen Wistrom
Bathroom Remodel Story. Almost Finished!

The project that we were going to take our time with and work on all winter appears to be exactly on schedule.  Although the calendar says it should be spring we have yet to see any real signs of the season in Minnesota this year.  It’s April, it’s cold and it’s still snowing.

Apr 15, 2013
Author: Wendy Anderson
Cabinet assembly in a kitchen remodel.

Now that the old kitchen cabinets and countertops have been removed, the electrical and plumbing work has been completed, the flooring has been patched and repaired, and the new appliances and cabinetry have been delivered, it's time to begin the cabinet installation!

Mar 18, 2013
Author: Anonymous (not verified)
Kitchen Remodel Story: Demolition!! Now the Fun Begins!

After months of dreaming about and planning for my new kitchen, we are finally ready for my favorite part of the process - DEMOLITION!

Mar 12, 2013
Author: Anonymous (not verified)
Bathroom Faucet

The temperature has finally climbed out of the single digits and the plumber managed to work us into his crazy schedule.  The faucets are in and the sinks are functioning.  It’s amazing how much you miss running water when you don’t have it readily available.

Mar 04, 2013
Author: Wendy Anderson
Purging Process. Keep Toss Donate

Now that the design and planning stage for my new kitchen is complete and the products are on order you might think I get to sit back and wait for the installation phase of the project to begin. Unfortunately, there are a few things that I as the homeowner am responsible for taking care of prior to beginning the installation phase.

Feb 25, 2013
Author: Anonymous (not verified)
When a Project Delay Turns Out to Be Good

Most remodeling projects don’t go as smoothly as you would like, there is always a glitch of some kind that makes your best laid plans go out the window.  We were moving along at a pretty good clip, making the bathroom semi-presentable for the holidays. We knew trying to get a countertop installed during that time frame was going to be impossible, but we were ok to wait. 

Feb 11, 2013
Author: Wendy Anderson
backsplash tile

Now that the design for my new kitchen is done, it's time to focus on the cabinet details and the color palette. I decided to create a Contemporary Craftsman inspired kitchen which would flow with the rest of the home's architecture, design and materials.

Feb 04, 2013
Author: Anonymous (not verified)
Making a Fabulous Guest Bath using Parts and Pieces

It’s time for the cabinet installation!  Darryl, the installer extraordinaire, is back to work his magic just like he did in the kitchen.  To get the look I wanted without breaking the bank, I designed the entire vanity using parts and pieces.

Jan 21, 2013
Author: Wendy Anderson
Kitchen Design Process. Kitchen Layout Drawing.

The design process begins by selecting which appliances I would be incorporating into my new space. As a designer, it's hard to design a space until you know what appliances will be used. For example, designing a space around a separate cooktop and oven is significantly different than designing for a freestanding or slide-in range.

Jan 14, 2013
Author: Anonymous (not verified)
Seeing the Light at the End of the Bathroom Remodel Tunnel

Over the last few weeks we have made significant progress in the new bathroom space.  In fact, that is pretty much all we have been focused on.  It’s been a lot of late evenings and long weekends, and we have the sore muscles and calluses to prove it.  The sheetrock is finished thanks to a wond

Dec 31, 2012
Author: Wendy Anderson

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