Kitchen Before & Afters
Kitchen Design Remodel Oakton, Virginia
The homeowners planned to retire in their pleasant Colonial home, for them conveniently situated in Oakton. The dining room, required for larger family gatherings, although dated was of adequate size, but closed off from and too separate from the kitchen. The kitchen itself was dated, dark and while small, made even smaller by the inclusion of the eat-in table for more frequent, informal meals.
Their logical conclusion was that they had to provide for a small addition on the back of the house to enlarge the kitchen footprint which would allow for a reconfiguration. That would fix it.
Through initial design discussions, it was realized that the goals of the homeowners could be accomplished within a more realistic budget by integrating the existing dining room and kitchen spaces, still allowing for the accomplishment of all of the homeowner goals.
An open, continuous space is accomplished by removing the wall between the dining room and kitchen, and converting the small single window over the sink, to a wider bay window. Thus there is light.
Small changes can have a big impact. Entering through the front door into the foyer, there was a modest doorway opening into the dining room. Cutting back the wall of the stairs and installing a new handrail, markedly broadens the view, both to and fro the front door foyer area.
The dining room kitchen wall and former kitchen eat-in area is replaced with a peninsula, including raised counter and ample seating edged slightly into the larger dining area. Along with allowing more space for a larger kitchen work area, more countertop space and drawer storage is provided. There was also room under counter drawer microwave, elevated for easy reach.
Charm and function is topped off with a window seat bench flanked by glass cabinets and storage along the dining room window wall.
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Bathroom Before & Afters
Master Bath Design-Remodel Fairfax, Virginia
A small door led from the master bedroom into this master bath combination, a separate vanity area then door to the toilet/shower room. Very builder grade and mundane, with original tile and cultured marble vanity tops on ordinary cabinets.
The homeowners liked having the separate rooms for privacy, but little else. They wanted a special space, something unique, but not extravagant. The tub was of no practical use, as what these homeowners needed was a comfortable shower that would serve to get up and go, or end the stress of the day.
The small bedroom doorway was replaced with a double door, modern style full view with frosted glass. This same type of door was then used between the vanity and bath areas, and the style mimicked further in a painted wood version for the two closet areas.
Dated bulkheads and recessed lighting, along with a full view mirror and plain countertop and cabinetry were replaced with a sophisticated configuration of dark maple cabinets and cream marble tops. A shallow tower cabinet, custom fit to the to the angled ceiling, divides the individual vanity areas, complimented with matching framed wall mirrors and wall sconces.
The tub becomes a walk-in shower, well apportioned with custom frameless door, body jets and tiled corner bench.
A Key West style pedestal sink and toilet, along with brushed nickel faucet and accessories to match the shower trim completes the pretty picture.