You’re renovation should be all about what YOU love, not the hottest trend on HGTV. If you’re not the soak-in-the-suds type, nix that big tub and spend your remodeling dollars on something that you will truly enjoy and use regularly.
Case in point, the owner of the renovated condo pictured here is a surgeon and as such spends all her days in super-bright sterile environments. She specifically requested dim lighting and a warm rich environment in which she could rest her eyes and relax. This choice bucks the trend of installing bright white cabinetry and big open windows, but it works for the homeowner. And it’s quite striking, if we do say so our self.
Before the renovation, a peninsula separated the kitchen and breakfast room, making both rooms feel smaller. The peninsula was removed and a central island installed instead. Moving the doorway to the right left room for the fridge at the other end of the kitchen. The resulting space feels much more spacious, even though the square footage remains the same. Creamy new cabinets, granite countertops, a paneled refrigerator and glass globe pendants polish off the kitchen with modern-day style.
If you spend 10 minutes a day in the shower, that’s equivalent to about 2.5 days a year. By the time you are 72, you will have spent approximately 182 days washing up. Just in case you needed a little help justifying that bath renovation you’ve been dreaming of.
We are pleased to report that one of our kitchen renovations has been featured in the Summer 2014 edition of Signature Kitchen & Baths magazine (page 40). Give it a gander next time you’re at Lowe’s, Home Depot or Barnes & Noble. We especially love how the classic white cabinetry contrasts with the espresso stained island for a distinct look. If you love white kitchens this Ideabook is for you.
Banquette seating in a kitchen saves space, brings pattern and color to the room through fabric and creates a cozy spot for meals. Plus, it can be designed to match any kitchen style. Banquettes can be custom built by a finish carpenter, purchased as a bench from a cabinet manufacturer or assembled from cabinet parts.
Greater Philadelphia Fall Home Show
September 5, 6, 7, 2014
Valley Forge Casino Resort
1160 First Avenue, King of Prussia, PA 19406
Free Admission! Free Parking! Plus – we are once again giving away our award-winning remodeling services! Stop by our booth (#22) to register to win a few hours of architectural services from one of our talented designers. It’s a great way to get started on that project you’ve been dreaming about.
The renovation created a more functional kitchen with modern style — all within the existing space. Rich Shaker-style cabinets, gray Quartz counter-tops and a variety of glass and stone mosaic tile give the kitchen a contemporary edge. Changing just a few things made a 180-degree difference.
Two words will see you through any remodeling project: patience and planning.
Mark Fox, a registered architect and founding partner of Gardner/Fox Associates, a renovation firm based in Bryn Mawr, recommends that you start planning early for home improvement projects. “The success of your project depends on proper planning prior to the start of construction. Taking the time up front to think through the project will lead to a more enjoyable, successful process,” states Fox.
To ensure the success of your project, first determine your needs and start thinking about a budget. Be ready to explain how you want the new space to function. The next step is to contact a design professional who can work with you to develop and formalize your ideas. They will address obvious structural and support issues and provide information about products and trends that relate to your lifestyle.