This month’s project spotlight takes a fresh look at traditional design. We worked with our homeowners to update their nearly 100-year-old-home’s master bath, kitchen, and sunroom to meet their modern lives’ needs while maintaining their home’s classic appeal.
When we first met our homeowners, they wanted to update several spaces. The overall goal was to freshen up their kitchen, update their master bath, and renovate their solarium to create a bright sunroom.
The first of the spaces, the kitchen, needed some serious TLC. When we first met, the kitchen had clearly been updated since the home’s original construction in 1926, but it did not seem that recent. The kitchen was an L shape, with storage on two walls and a pantry and space for a built-in refrigerator on one side. The room was segregated from the adjoining sitting and dining room, accessible through swinging doors at each entrance.
As you can see, the kitchen needed a refresh!
We worked with our client on their new design to open up and create a more accessible space, incorporating plenty of traditional styles to match the rest of their home while including all of the features a modern kitchen could need!
On the opposite side of the house, the homeowners had plans to update their existing sunroom. Because it had no heat, it seemed more like an enclosed patio than a room. They wanted to upgrade the sunroom so the family could use it year-round (which we couldn’t agree more with, because how functional is a room if you only get to use it for half of the year?). We worked within the existing footprint to provide them with a room where they could be one with the outdoors at any time.
The final stop on this trip back in time is the master bath (sorry that the photo only shows half of the space, it was a tight squeeze). The homeowners wanted to create a dedicated master bath, as the current ensuite was accessible from the hall. They wanted to upgrade their finishes, introduce more storage, and create a private escape where they could relax and unwind.
Not quite sure if you’re ready for the new kitchen, but take a peek!
Hello gorgeous! Talk about an update! Now we have a few key features to thank in this stunning new space. To create more space, we removed the wall that separated the kitchen from the sitting room. It seems like a small change, but talk about results! Newly open sightlines, more natural light, and matching hardwood to the existing sitting room’s flooring help make this kitchen feel spacious without taking from any of the surrounding rooms.
Another key to making the space feel open: window placement. Previously, the kitchen had 3 windows which were separated by a single overhead cabinet. By installing three larger windows, side-by-side, the kitchen has a larger, cohesive look and more natural light (and you can’t beat the view!).
On to the fun details, like the kitchens delectable new island! It makes for a show-stopping centerpiece with seating for three, ample storage, and a matching black mist granite top. The cherry-stained coffee bean color also adds a touch of warmth, contrast, and classic appeal against the surrounding elements’ backdrop.
Now that we’ve covered that show-stopper let’s move onto the perimeter cabinetry. To help room feel larger and give it a clean updated look, our homeowners chose Glenbrook Cabinetry’s signature Snowcap for their perimeter color. Topped with the same black mist granite as the island, it creates a clean, polished look while providing added durability.
To keep the clean, polished look cohesive throughout the kitchen, the clients chose the Bulevar White ceramic tile as their backsplash. With a subtle wave texture and polished look, it adds to the kitchen’s classic style.
Instead of maintaining its predecessor’s L shape design, the new kitchen utilizes every wall for storage! In place of the wall that we removed, full-height shelving serves as a functional display, as well as the additional storage surrounding the kitchen’s new refrigerator. Moving this refrigerator opened up space on the opposite end of the kitchen…which the homeowners took full advantage of…
You can say goodbye to the old wallpapered pantry and hello to the new coffee/wet bar!
This new space ties together functionality, with a new beverage chiller and built-in microwave, with elegance, beautiful glass-door cabinetry, and polished nickel accents.
If you’re wondering what happened to the original pantry storage, fear not. We worked it out! Part of the original effort in this renovation was to make the homeowner’s laundry room, which was off the kitchen, into a more functional space. We helped them do exactly that by converting it into a mudroom, new laundry room, and pantry (it was a huge laundry room)!
Moving on, let’s check out the updates to the sunroom! As you recall, the original sunroom just needed a bit of help, and we would like to think we delivered!
Voila! Sun galore! The improved sunroom is now complete with floor-to-ceiling windows and a glass door that leads to the family’s patio. To assure the room will be comfortable for year-round use (and, of course, house plant friendly), the space was re-insulated and connected to the home’s heating system. Adding those key features to the new window’s energy-efficient design created a beautiful space cozy enough for our clients to enjoy even in the coldest of months.
On to the second floor of this renovation, we present the client’s new (and exclusive) master bathroom to you!
What makes it so exclusive, you ask? The bath was reconfigured, removing the door that made the room accessible from the hall, creating a private ensuite escape! And what an escape it is! It’s hard not to feel relaxed just staring at the pictures.
We can begin with the new built-in storage vanity. If you remember, the previous design offered only one cabinet for storage, and now the bathroom has an entire wall! Glenbrook Cabinetry designed this understated piece in Haddon Grey, which maximizes the functionality of the room’s footprint.
The homeowners chose a polished Bianco Carrara marble for the vanity’s top, which brings a clean, classic look. It extends to the window sill, which is a small detail that we couldn’t help but highlight.
A departure from the vanity’s classic style, the glass-enclosed shower has a bold, slightly more modern look.
The Metropolis enclosure, created by Glasscrafters, certainly elevates the sophistication in this room! The matte iron adds contrast without overwhelming the space while pulling out the black accents from the polished Hampton Carrara Hermosa tile.
We’re grateful to have been able to help these homeowners update their spaces, and we hope they enjoy them for many years to come! Thanks for checking out our latest polished home renovation. We hope you check back again next month to see our newest project. To see more photos of this project, visit us on Houzz.
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