Our recent clients had a beautiful 4,700 square-foot home in Keller, Texas. The spacious 1990’s house included a large kitchen, complete with an L-shaped bar for seating and a small center island. While the size of the kitchen itself was great, the layout was not ideal. The clients loved to cook as a family, so the existing footprint with the bar on the outside and the island in the middle made it difficult for multiple people to be in the kitchen at once. This resulted in a very congested, crowded workspace. The clients came to us not only wanting to resolve this issue, but also had hopes to modernize the kitchen’s dated appearance with an open-concept look.
A lot can change in 50 years, especially when you compare dated homes to the modern aesthetic seen in today’s new builds. Low-hanging soffits have been replaced with sky-high ceilings; cabinets are taller and more uniform with hidden interior hinges; singular box lights have been phased out with sleek recessed can lights; even things like faucets, hardware, and decorative light fixtures have evolved over the years to become the popular styles we see today.
As trends and styles continue to change, not updating your home for literal decades can result in a home that needs a complete overhaul. Such was the case for our recent 1961 kitchen remodel in Arlington, Texas.
We recently completed a whole house remodel for our clients in Arlington, TX. This extensive project involved touching every room in the house: the kitchen, living areas, bedrooms, master bathroom, and secondary bathrooms. The completed renovations have completely transformed the dated home with a beautiful aesthetic and significantly improved functionality!
Our team is excited to share the details of this major project and intend to do so with a 4-part series of blogs, starting with the kitchen:
The clients wanted to update their 1970’s kitchen without changing the original footprint. This is a common request from clients that are happy with the existing floor plan, don’t want to lose the character of an older home, or have limited options when it comes to layout. For these particular clients, the existing floor plan worked well with the rest of the home while providing plenty of cabinet and counter top space. Instead of changing the floor plan, we opted to make smaller modifications in order to create an updated aesthetic and improved functionality within the existing space. This option saved time and money while still resulting in a gorgeous new kitchen for our clients!
One of the biggest components of a kitchen remodel is new cabinetry. Updating the look, improving storage space, and creating a more functional kitchen overall is directly related to the layout and design of the cabinets. Making structural changes to your kitchen, such as removing a wall or relocating appliances, can result in loss of cabinetry and as a result, loss of storage space. That’s why it is so important to hire a contractor that is experienced with kitchen remodeling and cabinetry design! You want to make sure the professional you choose to work with is knowledgeable when it comes to space optimization and storage solutions.
Increasing storage space is always a goal we have in mind when designing a kitchen remodel, especially if we are removing walls to open up the space. For most of our clients, maximum storage space is a priority because there is so much that must be stored in the kitchen cabinets: dry foods, pots, pans, dishes, utensils, and cleaning supplies. Don’t forget the appliances: the blender, coffee maker, toaster, can opener, crock pot, waffle iron… the list goes on! Including features like appliances garages, cookie sheet racks, spice racks, utensil drawers, and the like may seem to be common sense, but you’d be surprised at how many home builders do not include these types of features in their standard kitchen models. This is especially true for older homes, built before the 90’s.
If you are considering remodeling your kitchen or just updating your kitchen cabinets, here are a few tips to keep in mind:
This project blog is a little different than our usual ones; there are no original floor plans, 3-D renderings for us to show, or backstory of the clients needing a larger floor plan or more storage. This kitchen remodel is the work of our very own Project Manager, Dave Broadfield, which he completed in his own home, on his own time, after hours of working in our client’s homes each day! We are blown away at his dedication and hard work to get this done without the assistance of our design team. The beautiful final result shows just how talented he is and the amount of detail he puts into his work.
Our recent Southlake clients absolutely love hosting get-togethers with friends and family in their beautiful 1990’s home. Unfortunately, the original floor plan just wasn’t accommodating for their average crowd of 15-20 guests. With the holidays quickly approaching, they diligently searched for a commendable contractor that could assist with both the aesthetic appeal and the functional design of their kitchen, formal dining room, formal living room, and breakfast area. After being referred to us by a few different people and reading many positive reviews, they reached out to Medford Design-Build to set up an in-home consultation.
As the story goes for just about all of the homes we remodel, our recent clients in Arlington, Texas, needed to update their kitchen with a new look and improved functionality. The original 1970’s kitchen wasn’t dysfunctional, but it was certainly dated and lacked the modern storage space the clients realized they needed. The fortunate thing about this project was that the kitchen had good bones – the layout was great and the cabinetry, although out of style, was high-quality; it was in fantastic shape for being 40+ years old! The kitchen itself was large and had a lot of available cabinet space, and our clients really wanted to upgrade the lower cabinets to drawers to take full advantage of it. This might not seem like a big change, but incorporating pull-out drawers in place of deep cabinets makes it significantly easier to access stored items. This is especially helpful as homeowners age, when it gets increasingly difficult to get on your hands and knees to reach stored goods or appliances at the back of the cabinet.
If you’ve read very many of our blogs or followed our posts on social media, you’ve probably heard us refer to the kitchen as the “heart of the home.” This title perfectly represents the space as a central hub for entertaining guests, enjoying family, and celebrating holidays and events. Part of the reason our team takes such pride in renovating kitchens specifically is because they play such a big role in the lives of our clients. The memorable sounds and smells that resonate from the kitchen flow throughout the rest of the house like a heartbeat. The humble title has never been more fitting than for our recent kitchen remodel in a 1940’s home.
The layout of the Fort Worth property is structured so that the kitchen is located in the very middle of the house. Because it was built shortly after the recession, the floor plan was very small and modest. A few years ago, the master bedroom was added on to the back of the house, requiring our clients to walk through the entire kitchen and the laundry room just to get to their bedroom. Not only was this a hassle, but it also created unwanted traffic through the already crowded kitchen. Our clients knew it was time for a change, so they sought the help of our designers to find a solution to their dilemma.
A Guest Post by Adrienne McGuire
Homeowners, you’ve doubtless already learned that kitchen renovations are one of the most impactful upgrades you can choose for your home; having a beautiful kitchen created from high-quality materials is sure to boost your home’s value substantially. Now more than ever, too, there are trending kitchen countertops that can be incorporated into timeless designs that are sure to delight prospective buyers for many years to come.
It’s crucial to select the countertop materials that will enhance the beauty of your kitchen; seeing a gorgeous photo of a granite countertop on Pinterest that gets your heart racing can be a great place to start, but without considering your lifestyle, your kitchen’s style, and your intended cabinetry, choosing the perfect countertop can be tricky.
That’s why our designers spend time with each client, carefully discussing each aspect of the remodel and learning about their kitchen needs before suggesting countertop materials that will not only deliver the look they desire but will also work with their lifestyle so that their counters will still look amazing in a decade’s time.
Countertops are having quite a moment in the realm of design. Homeowners are in search of open, clutter-free surfaces that support creative cooking, easy cleaning, and frequent entertaining. Because countertops are now usually fully visible, they must be attractive and free of unsightly stains and scratches.
In 2018, the sleek, understated, traditional kitchens that have dominated most of this decade are more popular than ever, with no signs that buyers have lost interest in neutral, soft, open spaces. Subtle textures surrounding integrated sinks have crowded out busy patterns, bright colors, and heavy textures. The entire country has rekindled our fascination with subtlety in home design.
With that in mind, we’ve compiled the following list of countertop materials that have been trending strongly throughout 2018 and are expected to remain popular well into the next decade.
In 1970’s homes, peninsulas were commonly used in kitchen layouts to provide counter space and cabinet storage. Fast-forward to the present, 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.