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 The one exception in this beautiful space was the outdated, poorly laid out, small kitchen.
It’s taken three years and we are finally finished with our remodeling projects.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
After months of dreaming about and planning for my new kitchen, we are finally ready for my favorite part of the process - DEMOLITION!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
What was going to be an ongoing weekend project that would keep us busy all winter, has now become something that we are in a rush to get to ready for sheetrock. Demolition, although somewhat therapeutic, is still not fun. It’s dusty, messy, and sort of dangerous. My husband is much better with a Sawzall than I am, so he had the task of taking out the recessed closet area in the hall bath to
As the bath remodeling progresses, the clock is ticking and I realize that I had better get the cabinetry ordered. Designing for your own space is difficult enough, factor in a spouse that somehow over the years has developed some design preferences of his own and I’ve got a major project on my han
Early October started off rather chilly in Minnesota, and because our plumber also does heating work he was tied up with furnace issues for the first half of the month. So we had to wait a while longer for him to make time to tear out the fixtures we were planning on eliminating.