Our most recent home renovation involved remodeling the kitchen of a historical home in Fort Worth. As a design-build firm based in central Tarrant County, we have remodeled a number of historical homes in this area. While each individual property is unique and comes with its own set of design challenges, there is one thing nearly all historical homes have in common: a lack of space! The narrow rooms and hallways of that era are a stark contrast to the spacious, open floor plans you see in homes today. This is especially true with the kitchen, as original kitchens of the early 1900’s were typically built around a fireplace used as the oven. As you can imagine, transforming a compact historical kitchen into a stylish modern-day one requires a lot of careful planning, space utilization, and smart designing. Along with the challenge of working in a small space, it’s important to keep the integrity of the kitchen in mind. Most homeowners that live in a historical home tend to treasure and appreciate the home’s history. Our designers made it a point to keep the style of that era in mind while updating.
Looking back at original floor plans and layouts of our clients’ homes often makes us scratch our heads and think, “why would anyone design it that way in the first place?” Unfortunately, “cookie cutter” homes are not always designed in a way that optimizes usable space. Kitchens, in particular, are typically set up in a way that creates unwanted traffic and congestion in the work areas, isolates the cook from the neighboring rooms, and lacks the necessary features for optimal organization and efficiency. These are the most common complaints we get from our clients looking to renovate, and were definitely the case with our most recent kitchen remodel!
Our recent clients came to us wanting a more modern, streamlined look and improved functionality in the galley kitchen of their 1970s ranch home.
In 1970’s homes, peninsulas were commonly used in kitchen layouts to provide counter space and cabinet storage. Fastforward to 2016, and nearly every kitchen we redesign from that era involves removing the peninsula and reworking the layout. The result is a surprisingly larger space, a modern look, and improved storage solutions! Our recent kitchen remodel in Arlington, Texas, is the perfect example of this transformation.
Our most recent kitchen remodel involved updating a 1990’s kitchen in Hurst, Texas, with a modern, stylish design. The original shape of the kitchen was closed off by a penisula cabinet, wasn’t a large space to begin with, and wasted a lot of space with the pantry closet. Our designers were able to make some simple changes to open up the space, increase the counter top area and improve storage space to maximize the usability of the kitchen as a whole. The end result is a sleek, eye-catching kitchen with a smart design and improved functionality!
Another beautiful home renovation, complete! Our most recent project features a remodeled kitchen, powder bath, den and bar area of a 1980’s home in Colleyville, TX. The closed off, dated rooms now showcase a spacious floor plan, bright atmosphere, a modern design, and of course, happy clients!
Final photos by the talented Todd Ramsey at Impressia (www.impressia.net).
We recently completed a kitchen refresh for some of our clients. They didn’t need a ‘full gut’ remodel, but definitely had several items in their kitchen that could use a breath of fresh air! This project is proof that small updates really do make a big impact!
Our recent clients have lived in their Arlington home for years and knew it was time for some updating. Not only was their original 1970’s galley kitchen visually dated, but also was less than functional – it’s doorway into the dining room got in the way of opening the refrigerator door, the narrow layout lacked space to host friends and family for get-togethers, and the entire room was poorly lit with one large fluorescent light in the middle of the ceiling. Sound familiar? Unfortunately, these are very common problems with traditional galley-style kitchens built in that era. Luckily, we were able to assist our clients with a fresh, modern design and breathe new life into their tired kitchen!
We recently had the pleasure of remodeling a client’s home in Grapevine, Texas. The clients loved their home of 11 years, but knew that it was past due for some renovations! They wanted a fresher, more modern look with improved functionality and storage space. The remodeled kitchen is beautiful, functional, and meets all of our client’s needs!
These clients have a beautiful home backing up to a lake, along with a great outdoor space that can be seen from a wall of windows alongside their kitchen. Unfortunately, their kitchen was very small and closed off – not ideal for entertaining guests! We reconfigured their kitchen, removed two walls, gave them a huge, beautiful island, and tons more storage space!