It’s interesting to watch interior design trends change as the years go by. One of the most popular trends we are seeing recently is a more modern aesthetic, typically with shaker-style or slab cabinetry for a streamlined look. These cabinets are often paint-grade with a cool or light color scheme (gray and white is a big favorite!) A quick search on Pinterest or Houzz will provide hundreds of inspiring examples. This aesthetic is certainly beautiful and is the ideal design for many of our clients. However, it is always a welcomed change of pace to get the request for the more classic, traditional vibe – dark wood stain, raised-panel cabinetry, and warm tones. Our recent clients in Arlington, Texas, wanted just that for their long-awaited kitchen renovation.
If you have kept up with our Small Projects Division, Mike’s Guys, you know that a big part of what they address involves kitchen and bathroom updates that are not large-scale remodels. These projects don’t require design packages; no floor plans or renderings to be drawn. All major components of the space remain in the same location and may or may not include minor modifications. A great example is this small kitchen update our Mike’s Guys team recently completed in Arlington, Texas.
The kitchen has been called “the heart of the home” as the central hub for family gatherings, celebrations, heartfelt meals, and lasting memories. It’s no surprise it is one of the most popular rooms to remodel before any other area of the home. Aside from creating the ideal aesthetic for the kitchen, it’s important that the functionality is taken into deep consideration before moving forward with a major remodeling project. One of the most critical aspects of a functional kitchen is organization – specifically, storage space. Strategically planned storage can make all the difference in the overall success of a remodel. After all, what good is a beautifully remodeled kitchen if it is hidden by pantry items, dishes, and countertop appliances that do not have a proper storage space?!
With neutral grays and whites being the popular choice for many home remodeling projects today, it is both refreshing and exciting when clients come to us with a different color scheme in mind. For our recent clients in Fort Worth, they knew they wanted to incorporate blue and gray into their new kitchen from the very beginning. This color combination made sense for this project because these colors were being used throughout the rest of the house, which we also had the pleasure of remodeling. Continuing a specific style and color palette throughout the entire home can really tie the design together and create a sense of harmony and consistency. This was just the type of refresh the clients were hoping for!
It’s common for homeowners to come to us with the idea of a small remodel – “cosmetic” updates such as new paint, tile, or countertops. This is a great option if you’re not changing the layout or moving major components of the space. Sometimes, however, our clients find that these minor updates don’t quite get them what they want. In such scenarios, the project can shift from a small project to a large-scale, full-gut renovation. Our recent clients in Arlington, Texas, are a great example of how this can occur, and that it is totally doable with the help of our design-build team!
Our recent clients in Arlington, TX, came to us requesting some updates to their kitchen and neighboring dining room. The main focus was to open the area by removing the wall separating the two rooms. They also wanted to refresh the kitchen with new paint, backsplash tile, and countertops. Since this wasn’t a full-gut remodel, it was perfect for our small projects division – Mike’s Guys!
The clients knew they wanted a new cabinet color in their kitchen, but instead of painting both the uppers and the lowers the same color, they decided to go with the two-tone trend. They chose a new white for the uppers and a deep navy blue for the lowers, with gold knobs and pulls for an elegant touch. They also decided to paint the walls of the kitchen white, resulting in a brighter space and the illusion of higher ceilings.
Our recent clients have a gorgeous home just off the lake in Arlington, TX. Many updates had already been made throughout the original 1978 build when the clients initially came to us, and the kitchen was one of the last items on their list to remodel. They knew the space needed a more modern aesthetic to match the rest of the house and the stunning view of the lake from the large breakfast nook windows.
Because the layout wasn’t going to change, it was important that the functional and aesthetic modifications were impactful. Custom cabinetry, new backsplash tile, countertops, and updated stainless steel appliances were a few of the items discussed early on. Along with keeping the butcher block countertop on the island, the clients also wanted to keep the existing stainless steel back panel and vent hood with the gas range, which was noted in the designs. Our team began working on the design package to showcase these changes and detail the scope of work required for completion.
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.
It’s always fun for our designers to look back on a completed project and remember how the space was the first time we saw it. In review of this kitchen remodel in Grand Prairie, our Senior Designer mentioned that “there were a lot of small problems within this space, but they were easy to solve.” Issues like lack of storage or counter space, poor layout, insufficient lighting, and dated aesthetic were among the list of things the clients brought up in our first meeting with them. They had a general idea in mind of how they wanted the new kitchen to look but were unsure of the specifics needed to get there. After talking through the detailed pain points the clients had with their existing kitchen, our designers got to work creating visual concepts for the renovated space.