My new assistant Kelly and her husband just bought a house when she started with us this summer and the renovation began as soon as they took possession August 1. Kelly’s Dad is a contractor and her two brothers work for him so she’s lucky enough to have all the expertise she needs in the family.
This is the front of her house which you saw when I posted about the exterior colour here.
Kelly and Mike bought the house from a couple in their 80’s with two big dogs and a cat. Needless to say, the smell in the house was very bad! There’s no way anyone could have bought this house without taking out all the flooring, which is what they did.
Here’s the entry.
The lovely 80’s fireplace, this was also ripped out.
This wall in this dining room is coming out.
Here’s the other side of the dining room into the kitchen.
Kelly’s Dad had a window leftover from another job so this corner window was being removed and the sink and new window will go where the stove is now.
The awkward and narrow great room (looks smaller in person than it does here).
The built-ins were also removed. The ONLY piece of furniture that will work here is a small sectional because of the patio doors (not shown) on the left side of the built-ins and the door way from the entry on the right (above).
The pink powder room
The bathrooms will not be renovated in this round, the budget only allows for new flooring, moulding and a kitchen but the vinyl flooring in the powder room will be replaced with hex tile.
The master ensuite with built-ins to accommodate bedding and towels.
One thing that was good about the 80’s was that cream bathrooms were a trend. Much easier to live with than what so many people installed in the tuscan brown trend, pink beige tile with gold beige countertops, or worse, brown slate from top to bottom.
It’s much easier to live with dated cream or white bathrooms because you can still pretty much paint any colour to create flow with the rest of the colours in your house.
The upstairs bathroom
This was the first layout Kelly and her husband designed. This will be a semi-custom kitchen with standard size cabinets. For example, 12″, 18″ and 24″ cabinets.
I didn’t love this plan because it didn’t seem right that the counter stools would be in the dining room so I asked Jan Romanuk (my kitchen designer) to weigh in on the design.
Jan said peninsulas are technically dated. My kitchen originally had one 4 years ago, and she redesigned it to included an island instead, just as she did here.
Obviously there are kitchen layouts which only work with a peninsula, but in this case Kelly’s dining room was too small to accommodate counter stools AND a dining room in the same area which is why this new design was much better for her layout.
Here’s another view of the first design.
And another view of the new design with the island. There will be a tower which will include the microwave on the left side of the kitchen where the cooktop will go. This program is limited in what it can show but you can get the idea.
Another view into the living room area from the kitchen with the peninsula.
And another view with the island instead. (note: please disregard the hardware in the drawing)
Kelly is installing a white kitchen with black countertops just like we designed for Crystals kitchen this past Spring. Here’s a sneak peek (above), see all the before pics of Crystal’s kitchen here.
When you have a small space, you often will need a peninsula, but if you can design the kitchen to accommodate an island, it’s usually creates a more efficient overall solution for family and friends to to gather, with the cook positioned on the other side.
Also what happens with a peninsula, is you have that dead corner because you can’t comfortably reach those shelves.
Here are some ways to work around that:
Here there’s two decorative shelves. Notice that the backsplash tile goes all the way up to make it look finished.
This design has a tower in the corner which is perfect for an area that can’t be used for prep anyway. Notice the corner cabinet in this kitchen which should have either mirrored the other cabinet on the left side of the window or it could have been upper shelves as well.
Jan said a peninsula always looks the best with counter stools on the other side so try and design yours to accommodate stools. Notice in this kitchen the cabinets don’t go all the way to the end of the peninsula so here the backsplash tile could have been installed beside the cabinet up to the crown moulding for a more finished look.
The first kitchen Jan and I designed together many years ago had a peninsula with upper cabinets! Those were the first to be removed in that kitchen refresh, you can see it here.
Also for the designers out there reading this post, notice that my before pictures were taken with the lights off. And then they were photoshopped to take out the shadows. It’s way easier to look at before photos without bad lights blazing in the shot. Something to consider when you take your next before photos!
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Have a great week everyone!
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