Historic Home Remodel Featured by Phoenix Home & Garden October 2016

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Historic Home Remodel

October’s issue of Phoenix Home & Garden is just out featuring one of our remodels in the historic Willo neighborhood of downtown Phoenix. The cover photo is of the kitchen. The feature has beautiful shots of numerous other rooms that we helped create over a period of years.

Alex Rentzis of Sparta Photo took the following slideshow’s photos. They were the photos that inspired Phoenix Home & Garden to do the feature in their magazine.

 

 

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Refinishing Existing Cabinets

With home remodeling trends lending their prowess not just to the dilapidated spaces but, also to those desiring an update, keeping quality kitchen cabinets has become more prevalent.  Recently, we have completed several kitchen remodel projects that include refinishing existing cabinets.  In our experience the quality construction of the cabinets, functional layout of the kitchen and hope to not add to the landfill has led more remodel clients down this path.

Throughout the Valley of the Sun, from Ahwatukee to Phoenix, Chandler to Tempe and Scottsdale to Mesa we have worked with home remodel clients that desire an update to their kitchen with out the larger scope of work to include all new cabinetry.  We have added design details like: light rail, wainscot panels and glass door panels.  We have increased storage capacity by adding custom cabinets.  Additionally, we have modified the space plan of the kitchen by adjusting the locations of several existing cabinets to increase functional counter space.  All are work expectations of our remodel design projects whether kitchen, office or bathroom.

For this Ahwatukee kitchen remodel project we had our custom cabinet maker craft wood wainscot

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panels and install them on a back panel to the pass through and around the exposed end of the peninsula.  The homeowners hoped the existing quartz counters and natural stone backsplash would still coordinate with the cabinet paint color.  As the designer on this project, I reassured our clients that the counters would look brand new once the cabinets were  painted.  The end result is spectacular.Refinishing Existing Cabinets in the Kitchen of this Ahwatukee home

 

The homeowner for this kitchen remodel project in Tempe hoped to have additional storage cabinets to fill Refinishing Existing Cabinets in this Tempe Kitchen Remodel some of the cavernous space above the existing, but also wanted some decorative elements added to give her kitchen the custom look she hoped for.  We even found/made a spot for wine bottle storage. Refinishing existing cabinets in this Tempe kitchen 1 She was hesitant, at first, to choose either white or espresso as the paint finish due to the amount of caRefinishing Existing Cabinets in this Tempe kitchen remodelbinetry. We procured a custom sample in a beautiful dry brush finish with a soft white background and grey accent.  While this color is beautiful, once it was in her space she could see how it could make the space feel even more cavernous with the monochromatic color pallet.  At the suggestion of our designer the homeowner agreed to refinishing existing cabinets on the espresso finish.  This combination complimented to the other finishes fabulously.  The end project is stunning.Refinishing existing cabinets in this Tempe Kitchen 2

 

The original space for this kitchen in Phoenix left the homeowner running into the refrigerator every time he opened the stove. Refinishing Existing Cabinets in this Phoenix Kitchen We relocated the cabinet above the refrigerator swapping it with the cabinets to the left of the refrigerator.  This move provides more functional counter space right where its’ needed, next to the stove.  Once the laminate counters were removed and we realized how much space was unused in the peninsula, we decided to add a corner open cabinet for more functional storage.  The finished space functions much better than before and looks amazing.Refinishing Existing Cabinets in this Phoenix Kitchen RemodelRefinishing Existing Cabinets in this Phoenix Kitchen Remodel2Refinishing Existing Cabinets for this Phoenix Kitchen Remodel 8

 

 

2 PULL or NOT 2 PULL…

Cabinet PullsIf you have been contemplating replacing your old warn out cabinets in your home with new updated ones, then don’t forget the most important feature of all: Hardware and no I’m not talking about the hinges and glides (although they are important), I’m talking about the Hardware Pulls that you attach after your cabinets after they are installed.

It’s amazing how something so small and which may be insignificant to some, are a definite must have in my book. Actually, come to think of it, in the last 20 years of designing kitchens and baths I have never “not” applied pulls to the door fronts and drawers of my clients’ new cabinetry, (and hopefully they are thanking me right about about now.)

Now, I suppose your probably thinking why is she saying pulls instead of knobs? Well, it’s because pulls are “Universal” and knobs aren’t. Meaning everyone from a young child, a person with arthritis in their fingers, or just someone with limited use of their hands can use a pull fairly easily, where as a knob can be very limiting. Since Hardware Pulls are “Universal”, therefore for that reason alone, should be installed on all cabinets.

Now that brings me to my second reason…Hardware Pulls can actually be lifesavers to your cabinetry finish. When our fingers constantly touch our cabinets over and over again in the same area when opening or closing a door or drawer front; the oils in our skin will slowly over time breakdown the finish little by little. Now speaking as a woman, I know far too well about preventative maintenance for my skin…and just as I take care of my skin today for the future, well, the same holds true for your cabinetry. My advice to any homeowner and it doesn’t matter if you spend $5,000 or $25,000 on your new cabinets, if your want to maintain the luster of their finish for years to come, then get your drill bit out and apply some Hardware Pulls.

Wine Space Savers

For the LOVE of Wine!!  Sub Zero Wine Unit

Like most people, it’s nice to sit down with family and/or friends and uncork a bottle of your favorite wine (every now and then) whether it be a Cabernet, Chardonnay or a bottle of Pinot Noir out of our wine cellar. But in reality not all of us have the space in our homes to dedicate entire room for a true walk-in wine cellar, right?  I know that I don’t, every room in my house seems to already be accounted for whether it be for my home office or guest room, etc… Here is my suggestion to all of you wine connoisseurs, when you decide to remodel your kitchen later this year or the next, for that matter…

I have the perfect solution for you!

Install this great Wine Cellar Refrigerator unit from Sub Zero and Wolf in your new kitchen. I have already designed several kitchens with this tall wine unit and my clients absolutely love them. Now, besides these units having UV Resistant Bronze Tinted Glass (to protect your wine), pullout rollerglide shelves (which minimize vibration), and with a flip of a switch turn on the interior LED lighting to display your bottles the BEST part about these Tall Wine Units is that they have the capabilities of storing 59, 120, or 146 bottles of either red, white or combination of both in the same unit, because they come with 2 individually controlled storage zones and dual evaporators to maintain constant moderate humidity.  Okay, okay…i love my wine I will admit! But in all serious, when you open up your wallet and in my case, my purse…for the MSRP $5,595 – $6,965 price tag it’s going to set you back to purchase one of these beauties, you expect it have some bells and whistles,…like it allowing you to link your wine unit directly into your Home Security System.

Sub Zero Tall Wine Units

Whether you select the 18″, 24″ or 30″ wide model for your space, you won’t go wrong this selecting this unit. They are available left hinged or right hinged and come in either classic stainless steel or panel ready to match your cabinetry finish. So…in my book, this is a Wine Space Saver that doesn’t disappoint at all!

 

Tempe Home Remodel: Choose a NARI Certified Remodeler



When searching for the right home remodeler in the Tempe area, you may see the designation of being a NARI member and ask yourself, what is NARI and why is it important to hire a NARI professional? The acronym stands for the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. It is the only association solely dedicated to the remodeling industry, today they encompass 58 chapters across the country. “NARI is an organization of high-quality remodeling professionals. Its’ members are committed to integrity, high-standards, professional education, ethics, and market recognition”, as stated on their website, www.nari.org. NARI is important to homeowners because it can connect them with a dedicated, local expert to ensure that they have a “positive remodeling experience”. Every member of NARI has agreed to conduct their business in accordance with the Standards of Practice for the Remodeling Industry. NARI Certified Remodelers will write contracts and warranties that comply with local, state and federal laws. They always take appropriate action to ensure the health and safety of clients, employees, and trade contractors. Also, every member has been actively involved with the remodeling industry for at least 2-5 years prior to earning a certificate. NARI has taken all the guesswork out of hiring a reliable, professional contractor who is knowledgeable, ethical and respectful. As stated on the NARI website, NARI certified contractors are pledged to observe high standards of honesty, integrity, and responsibility in the way they conduct their business. They are trusted, qualified business owners who will get your project done right by obtaining the proper permits, carrying the required insurances, following local codes and designing innovative solutions to renovate your home. By choosing a NARI certified professional, you are working with an expert in their field, a tried and true specialist who will turn your remodel into your dream home.

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Transitional Kitchen Remodel in Tempe

 

A ROOM WITH A NEW VIEW

Transitional Kitchen Remodel in Tempe

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This stylish Transitional kitchen remodel in Tempe maximized the use of the existing square footage.  We created a spacious kitchen for multiple people to work in and enjoy together.  The wall dividing the dining room from the kitchen had to be removed to set the tone for our open concept space plan.  Our homeowner wanted to relocate the dining table to the other side of the kitchen for easier access during parties.

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Working alongside our homeowner we designed a large island for five people to sit at comfortably.  A homeowner “must have”, as seen by the blue tape on the floor, this island had a predesignated location no Designer could move.  The kitchen sink, dishwasher and concealed pull-out trash can and recycle center are all in this island.  We were careful to design the countertop so that no seam would be necessary to detract from the marble like pattern of the quartz solid surface.  This large island with waterfall ends is a beautiful focal point that reflects our homeowners love of entertaining family and friends.

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This amazing vaulted kitchen ceiling called out for taller wall cabinets to maximize storage and minimize clutter.  We designed a stacked wall cabinet layout to include several glass door cabinets with LED tap lights.  Now those decorative pieces collected during travels abroad have a home.  The shaker style cherry cabinets really speak to the style of this Transitional kitchen remodel in Tempe.  Clean lines are created with the sleek crown molding, light rail and linear stone and glass mixed mosaic backsplash tile.  The stove hood is capped with a wood panel and crown molding bridge that continues the visual line around the top of the kitchen giving your eye something to settle on.  The creation of this break point helps the kitchen not seem as cavernous as the 12′-6″ tall ceilings are.   An amazing transformation . . .  check back in for more details in future blogs.  

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Bathroom Design in Scottsdale

Part I of III

From the moment I walked through the front door of my Canadian clients home, I knew from an instant what style I would be designing their new master bathroom. Their single story Spanish style home located in beautiful Scottsdale, Arizona was completely designed with Southwest decor from head to toe. Now, I’ve learned early on in my career to never assume anything so when they walked me back into their master suite and showed me their bathroom I smiled and jokingly said, “So you want this bathroom to be designed ultra modern to fit in with the rest of your decor?” and they chuckled and said “No, we’ll continue the Southwest theme in here as well.” I always like to joke just a bit when I initially meet clients just to break the ice. As I stood in the doorway and peered into their master bath, it literally brought me back in time and the memories flooded my brain of the times when I would stand in the doorway of my parents bathroom watching my mother get ready for a big night out. There were wall to wall mirrors, cultured marble counters, integrated sinks that were adorned with chrome faucets that had these huge plastic handles for turning the water on along with a large oval tub and shower combo.  Total 80’s…and after my brain absorbed everything, I turned to my clients and asked okay…what are

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your must haves?

My clients had 3 basic requests other than it having a Southwest feel. Here is what they told me, “We want a large walk-in shower without a door, some sort of seating in the shower and definitely a vent fan.” So after taking measurements and snapping some before pics of the bath, I returned to my office to begin the design process. After long hours sitting at my computer and shopping for the Southwest materials for the project, I was able create a beautiful color 3D image of the new layout & a few Presentation Boards of materials that I had selected.

I have included the 3D image and the selected materials that made the final cut, after my design presentation. Check back for my next blog in this 3 part series on how I transformed my clients current master bath design in Scottsdale, Arizona and was able to give them the Southwest retreat they so desired!!

Interior Remodeling – Converting a wood Fireplace

When you are ready for interior remodeling – converting a wood fireplace to now use an alternative fuel source is an easy and environmentally friendly interior project. Whether your home is Transitional, Southwestern or Mid Century Modern, we have the perfect solution for you. Interior Remodeling - Converting a FireplaceConverting a wood fireplace to a gas fireplace has many benefits, such as being more energy efficient than wood, without the mess and expense. Gas fireplaces can be used on “No Burn” days or when the electricity is out. No more cold nights! They are designed to produces real flames, like wood, without the hot embers that could potentially start a fire. Gas is reliable, easy to control and remodeling adds value to your home. Another environmentally friendly alternative to wood are electric fireplaces. No heat is lost up the chimney as electric fireplaces have a fan that blows the hot air out into the room. They too, can be used on “No Burn” days and are easy to clean and maintain. Interior Remodels Fireplace Conversion Installation is simple and to light it, just flip a switch! Since no venting or gas lines are needed, they are portable and there is no danger of a fire starting. They offer precise temperature control and are designed so they can be used without heat, if you only want the ambiance of flames. Alcohol gel fireplaces are designed to be vent free and portable also. These too can be used on “No Burn” days. Clean burning and smoke free, they do produce the sound of a wood burning fireplace, none of the others do, without the harmful fumes or hot popping embers. Alcohol burning fireplaces will produce more warmth for a longer period of time than wood will. Being environmentally conscience has become easier with the variety of alternate fuel sources available to homeowners today. Long gone are the days of chopping, hauling and stacking wood to dry, or having to pay someone else to do it for you! Interior remodeling – converting your existing wood burning fireplace is easy to accomplish, easy on your budget and easy on nature.

Upscale faux finishes and textures

As a local Phoenix remodeling company, we understand the numerous decisions homeowners are forced to make during such an endeavor. Ceiling finishes are rarely the main focus of a remodel, in fact they are often completely overlooked. Homeowners are missing a wonderful chance to show off their discriminating taste by not including a stunning faux finish on a newly textured ceiling. Upscale faux finishes for walls and ceilings will add to the value of your home. There is a multitude of choices, homeowners are not destined to a life with dust catching popcorn ceilings any longer! The following techniques can be used to create a captivating ceiling finish that will stimulate your new space. Upscale faux finishes and textures 1 A skim coat is a smooth, almost plaster-like finish that is sophisticated and classic. It can be rather plain and boring unless a faux finish is added. By introducing an intriguing color combination into an unexpected area, you are ensuring interest and excitement. A swirl texture, sometimes referred to as mud texture, generates the look of overlapping scallop-like half circles which can create an almost 3-D effect. Skip trowel textures like Santa Fe and Spanish knockdown lend themselves extremely well to Southwestern and Country style homes. An informal atmosphere is guaranteed by the hand worked, rustic lines integrated into the texture. Light catches and skips across the uneven, natural roughness illuminating the informality of the space. Raised stencils can be used to create many different looks for your ceiling. Formal, stylized designs incorporating a striking color palette can create an eclectic ambience. Muted hues of unrefined pigmentation will add character and visual stimulation to any home style. The overall mood of your space will be determined by your choice of texture, color and finish. A great service provided to homeowners are remodelers who utilize a knowledgeable design staff to assist their clients with the overwhelming variety of options. Intoxicating designs don’t happen by themselves, it takes an imaginative designer and a trusting homeowner to bring them to fruition. These before and after photos demonstrate how much more compelling and dramatic this dining room is after stenciling and faux finishing the ceiling with metallic paints and Venetian plaster. The rich, warm tones create a strikingly powerful, yet intimate dining experience.Upscale faux finishes and textures

Scottsdale Kitchen Remodel

Gainey Ranch Kitchen Remodel

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CROWN DETAIL

Hard to believe this beautiful Scottsdale kitchen remodel located in the Gainey Ranch subdivision once lacked the design prowess of its current stature. This kitchen remodel was a full scale overhaul from the new space plan with a large island for entertaining to the exquisite marble, limestone and granite finishes. The custom cherry cabinets have all the accessories of any high-end modern Traditional kitchen. Each component lends to the elements of a finely executed design: line, texture, shape, space, color.
Our discerning homeowner of this Gainey Ranch Kitchen Remodel appreciates architectural detail. The custom cabinet details include: multi-stacked crown molding with rope molding detail and stacked light rail with center beaded insert molding, acanthus leaf capitals with plinth blocks at the fluted columns and intricately carved corbels for the island overhang.

The SubZero refrigeration column and freezer column have custom made panels to resemble the cabinet doors. The warming drawer and refrigerator drawers have custom cabinet drawer fronts.Gainey Ranch Kitchen Remodel D

The interior accessories of this Gainey Ranch Kitchen Remodel abound. In the island we installed a trash compactor with a custom painted and glazed panel and a recycle center.

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ISLAND DETAILS

We included full extension roll-out trays, pull-out vertical storage, a pop-up mixer stand, utensil organizers and spice drawer organizers. Lighting at each work station was of great importance. We utilized LED tape lighting on remote dimmable switches, to illuminate the kitchen at the toe kick for ambient lighting and under wall cabinets for task lighting. To make it easy to see all that is stored, inside several of the cabinets we specified LED tape lights on door sensors. To maintain a clutter free backsplash, we utilized undercabinet plug strips for small appliances. The beauty of this remodeled Scottsdale kitchen is not lost on it’s function. Form and function work together to amaze us in this one-of-a-kind masterpiece.
Wanting more . . . too much to share in this one blog, look for more to come.