There are a lot of variables that come into play during a kitchen remodel. The size and state of the existing kitchen, the complexity of the project, the features and amenities to be included, the structural changes that need to be made, and of course, the intended use of the remodeled space by the homeowners – that is, determining what modifications will most effectively solve the homeowner’s current issues with their kitchen. These variables are different for every project: perhaps the existing kitchen is too small and lacks storage space or the layout is dysfunctional. Maybe a remodel was started with a contractor who did things incorrectly or failed to finish the job, leaving the kitchen completely unusable. Because each of these scenarios has a different starting point and involves a different course of action to meet the homeowner’s needs, they each require their own customized design plan.
Our recent clients in Arlington, Texas, came to us with plans to renovate their dated 1978 kitchen for a more modern, personalized aesthetic. They had given much thought to the project and were certain a full-gut was the way to go. After some discussion with our team, the clients were excited to have our Designers draw up plans and renderings to provide a clear visual of the transformation.
The floor plans were especially helpful in communicating the structural changes in regard to an existing walk-in pantry and bar area that were to be removed. Initially, the clients intended to leave these areas there, but doing so would require them to be updated with new cabinets, paint, and countertops to match the new kitchen. After going through a few different layout options, the decision was made to fully demolish these areas, allowing for additional counter and storage space in the kitchen and a much needed under-stair storage closet in place of the bar.
We recently shared a post on 3 options for getting rid of popcorn ceilings. There are a few different ways to approach it, including hiring a professional (like Mike’s Guys) or installing beadboard sheets over the popcorn for a cleaner look. Of course, if you have settled on the idea of tackling the project on your own, we thought it would be helpful to have a step-by-step guide explaining how to scrape and refinish your ceilings.
Before You Start…
As mentioned in our initial post, before you start scraping away, it’s important to test your ceiling for asbestos. Homes built prior to 1980 potentially contain this dangerous substance in the ceiling, which could be a hazard to your health if inhaled. You can easily scrape off a section and send the sample by mail to an asbestos testing lab for a small fee. If asbestos is present, it will be necessary to hire a company that specializes in removing materials containing the substance rather than trying to do it yourself!
Our project spotlight this month features the dining room of a whole-house remodel we recently completed in Fort Worth. The space was a central part of the home and was visible across the living room upon entering the front door. It was important to the clients that this room was open to the living room, creating an open-concept floor plan and allowing the natural light from it’s large window to brighten the neighboring rooms. While there weren’t a lot of structural changes made, the updated dining room is absolutely stunning and just what the clients had in mind! Check out the details in our blog post!
The Book Angel non-profit organization (501c3) is hosting the Book Angel Book Walk 2022 coming up in April!
The goal of this wonderful organization is to combat illiteracy in our underserved local communities; to provide and distribute literature and literacy resources to those in need. Another goal is to interact with those communities/community leaders, businesses, and students in the various school districts and learning agencies across the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex during this event. Families will come together to build social connections, while experiencing the book, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” by Dr. Seuss. Also, during the event Book Angel seeks to increase literacy exposure and to demonstrate different ways to make literacy learning fun and exciting for kids.
One of the primary goals of our recent whole-house remodel in Fort Worth, Texas, was to create a brighter, more open floor plan throughout the entire home. A big contributor to achieving this goal was to renovate the dining room, which is in the direct line of sight upon entering the front door. The original room included a large window overlooking the backyard and providing plenty of natural light that our designers wanted to emphasize. Our clients loved the idea of streamlining the design and refreshing the dining room as a whole. Check out the full story on our blog post!
Aside from wanting to see detailed floor plans and 3D renderings, there is one primary reason homeowners choose to purchase our custom design package for their major remodel: to receive an all-inclusive price quote for their unique project. The Scope of Work document we provide as a part of your design package allows you to see exactly what is included – everything from foundation work to framing, to plumbing, electrical, and so on — and the total cost of everything as installed by the Medford Team. Your total project cost includes installation, materials, and labor, plus the total cost of your Budget Items. This bottom-line number is your total project cost. Since your Budget Items are the portion you as the homeowner get to control, we’d like to discuss them a bit further: