A 50-Year-Old Kitchen Gets a Stunning Upgrade

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. Read more

Whole House Remodel Pt 1: A 1970’s Kitchen Transformation

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:

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A Carpenter’s Own Kitchen

 
 

 
 
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.
 
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An Updated Look & Upgraded Storage for a 1970’s Kitchen

This original 1970’s kitchen was large and had a lot of available cabinet space that our clients wanted to take full advantage of. Incorporating pull-out drawers in place of the deep lower cabinets has made it significantly easier to access stored items below the counter. Other updates included removing low-hanging soffits from the ceiling, replacing the lighting, installing new flooring, painting the walls and ceiling, and more.

An Updated Look & Upgraded Storage for a 1970’s Kitchen

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. Read more

Shaker-Style Kitchen Remodeling

A Guest Post by Adrienne McGuire

 
 


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The simple, clean look of Shaker design has proven to stand the test of time in many modern homes today, especially in the kitchen. One of the biggest draws of a Shaker-style kitchen is its minimalist beauty that focuses on clean lines, function and order. Everyone loves a kitchen that looks perpetually neat; thus the steady popularity of implementing Shaker design elements into the busiest room of the home.
 
 
Where did Shaker style originate?
 
 
In the United States, Shaker-style got its start in the mid-1800s along the New England coast. Many Shakers (a branch of Quakerism) set up settlements in the Northeast during that time period. The Shaker community in general is committed to living simple lives that are unobstructed by unnecessary ornateness. They were keen crafters, and made much of their own furniture, cabinetry and buildings. Their simple, modest belief system transferred to their crafting, and the Shaker-style craftsmanship was born.
 
 
Today, Medford Design-Build recognizes the stylistic advantages of Shaker style kitchens – as many of our clients request Shaker-style cabinetry. In fact, it is currently our most popular cabinetry style, so that should tell you just how well-loved this design truly is.
 
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A 1940’s Home Gets a New “Heart”

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. Read more

A 1940’s Home Gets a New “Heart”

 
 

 
 
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.
 
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From Dark & Dingy to Bright & Airy: A 1970’s Kitchen Renovation

 
 

 
 
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.
 
 
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4 Ways to Make the Most of a Small Kitchen Remodel

 
 


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The term “full-gut kitchen remodel” tends to make people think of an expansive, high-end kitchen with all the bells and whistles – where surrounding walls have been knocked out to create an open floor plan, the luxury countertops are never-ending, and the shiny, new appliances are massive in size, all contributing to a show-stopping completed project. While there’s absolutely nothing wrong with the idea of an over-the-top large kitchen remodel, only a small fraction of our clients actually have this experience. Every project is different when it comes to the size of the kitchen, it’s starting condition, the client’s aspirations for the space, and of course, the budget. More often than not, the kitchen remodels we complete are done in small or medium-sized kitchens where the clients are trying to update the aesthetic, but also make the most of the existing space. Sometimes, due to the structure of the home and other limitations, it’s simply not realistic to remove walls or install large appliances. However, just because you have a small kitchen doesn’t mean it can’t be remodeled into the beautiful kitchen of your dreams! There are many kitchen design ideas and techniques that can help a small kitchen feel bigger and look just as impressive as a larger one.
 
 
Here are 4 ways to make the most of a small kitchen remodel:
 
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