Today is Tuesday, 2nd September 2014

New Life for Old Kitchen

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My last post was all about my bathroom remodel, so now I want to share my kitchen remodel with all of you!  Last year I posted some pictures of my kitchen and asked for advice.  Well, a year later I was finally able to create the kitchen of my dreams!

After - Right Wall

After

Right side of kitchen - Before

Before

When I bought the house, I loved the fact that the galley kitchen was so large.  At 9′x14′, it was one of the largest galley kitchens I had seen.  It was also one of the most awkward and ugly!  The original yellow tile from 1923 was everywhere, and there was a partial wall that broke up the appliance wall into two areas.  All of the appliances were on one wall, making it very uncomfortable for cooking.  And to top it all off, most of the cabinets on the opposite wall were only 18″ deep because of where the doorway was located.  I knew the only thing I could do was gut the entire kitchen, so that is where the renovation started!

To make better use of the space, I removed the partial wall that housed the waste pipe and hot and cold water lines, moving those back against the wall so there is only a 4″ bump out.  I kept the sink and dishwasher where they were, but moved the fridge, stove and microwave.  To make the space lighter and brighter, I chose white cabinets, backsplash and countertops.  The herringbone pattern in the floor tile makes the room look wider, and the wallpaper accent wall gives the room a “Wow” factor.  Wondering what that hole in my custom pantry door is?  It’s a cat door so my cat can access her litter box!

Before

Before

After

After

What is your favorite element of the space?

 

Bathroom Bombshell

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After View from Door

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Before View from Door

Last year when I bought my 1923 home, I knew I was going to have to gut the bathroom.  While the space was actually decent at 8′ x 5′, the layout was horrible and there was no storage whatsoever.

After a year of living with this bathroom, the construction started.  I took the room completely down to the studs, replacing every pipe in the house.  The pipes were all original to the house, so it made it easy for my to move all of the fixtures around.  The back wall was conveniently 5′ wide – perfect for a standard alcove tub.

It was very important to me to keep with the architecture of the home, so I used fixtures and tile that would have been used in the 1920′s.  I used Kohler’s Bancroft tub, which is designed to reflect tubs os the 1920′s and 30′s.  But this is no ordinary tub!  I took it to the next level by including VibrAcoustic technology, which connects to my phone via bluetooth and uses built-in speakers to emit sound waves that envelop and gently resound the body.  The tub also include’s Kohler’s heated backrest, known as Bask.  The technology doesn’t stop there!  I also included a bidet seat on the traditional toilet, making my bathroom quite the experience.  The vanity is Kohler’s new Damask model, and features their Ceramic/Impressions countertop.  For my faucetry, I chose Kohler’s Artifacts line for a timeless traditional look.

Before View from Tub

Before View from Tub

After View from Tub

After View from Tub

I chose two different styles for my wall tile – one inside and shower and one for the wainscot outside the shower.  The tile outside is by Ann Sacks, and gives the look of a traditional wood wainscot.  Inside the tub I chose to use a simple 3×6″ subway tile in a brick pattern.  I am most excited about the floor tile.  The marble mosaics from Elon Tile, and adds a classic yet bold pattern to the space.  The shower curtain was made custom on Etsy from Pamper Your Style.  The wall color is Old Navy by Benjamin Moore.

What do you think of the space?  What’s your favorite element?

Special thanks to Q.C. Construction and DelVecchio Plumbing & Heating for an amazing transformation.

 

Creating your Custom Space

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Are you ready for a bathroom or kitchen makeover, but don’t know where to start? Relax. We have your back, with experts who can guide you through every step of the process. Like any successful project, yours should begin with a plan. Follow these tips and you’ll be off to an organized and constructive start!

  • Explore your style and design options beforehand using a variety of resources. Our website can be a rich source of information and inspiration. Completing our handy “Before You Visit” checklist can also be a helpful tool for organizing your thoughts, ideas, and research. Favorite home and design publications or the Houzz website have proven to be excellent sources for researching specific styles and designs.
  • Understand your space and size constraints. Contact your contractor for help in determining the specific dimensions you’re working with, which in turn will guide the product sizes you’ll need from vanities and cabinetry to sinks to tubs to tile and everything in between. Armed with these important measurements, you will have a much more productive meeting with the pros at Best when it’s time to visit a showroom.
  • Plan ahead. You want to allow ample time to order products and ensure their delivery in the timeframe needed for your project. Many of the products displayed in our state-of-the-art showrooms are in stock in our 137,000 square-foot Somers warehouse.

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