An Extraordinary Kitchen
We were contacted last October about performing a minor kitchen facelift at a previous client’s home in the Ferry Street Bridge neighborhood. The folks were hoping for new appliances, countertops, plumbing fixtures, flooring and a re-surfacing of their existing cabinetry. For kicks, we also estimated a more substantial project, including replacing the cabinetry in lieu of the re-surfacing option. It turned out that replacing was not terribly more expensive than resurfacing but also allowed all the new amenities available in custom cabinet construction. Once we settled on the idea that the cabinets were to be replaced, the slope got slippery, and fast. . . The adjoining Powder Room and Laundry were going to look pretty shabby next to this brilliant new kitchen. The adjacent, seldom used Dining Room became available for expansion of the kitchen and the insertion of a walk-in pantry. The closet housing the water heater and furnace became an obstacle to the opening of the kitchen to the rest of the home.
Knowing everything was now on the table, we spent the next 3 months working on the design. After a very enjoyable back-and-forth, including cutting exploratory holes in the ceiling to determine existing framing loads and mapping kitchen footprint options on the floors and walls with blue tape, we arrived at our final plan. We created a plan which claims the old formal (and redundant) dining room for kitchen and pantry and shifted around the footprint of the powder and laundry rooms to better use each space. We landed a large island in the middle of the new space that will seat as many as 7 guests for informal dining. We created a new entry to their beautiful backyard and swimming pool by inserting a new 8′ sliding door to invite guests out back and make those in the backyard feel connected to the rest of the crowd in the new kitchen/great room. We also took this opportunity to upgrade some of their existing systems by rebuilding their electrical service, installing a new tankless water heater, adding insulation where there was not, and assessing and repairing their forced air heating and air conditioning system.
We commenced with the demolition and framing on May 21st. Continue to check in with us from time to time to see the kitchen evolve!
The kitchen remodel is underway. The demolition, framing and rough plumbing, electrical and HVAC work are complete. Drywall starting right away!
The owners of this home wrote a nice note to our project supervisor, Jake Shafer. . .
It looks like we are entering another phase of the project: Demolition and framing complete! The guys working here have been terrific. Darren has had a positive cheerful attitude the whole time despite the rotten job of pulling up the resistant tile. And he persisted even though he was injured on the job. Kevin and Zane did great jobs while they were here as well. The sub contractors: Kyla’s crew, Plumber Jeff, and Aaron from Marshall’s have been very competent and easy to have in our home. They have all been good problem solvers.
I have REALLY appreciated that you and your crew have fixed or reinforced mistakes and/or shortcomings that have occurred during original construction or previous remodels. I have told several friends about this, about how you do “business.” Some of these friends are considering remodels. In all cases I have told them to consider Stonewood.
The final drywall texturing is taking place today (6/13)! Tomorrow we move into the “Finish” phase of the kitchen remodel, starting with interior painting, followed by installation of the cabinet package which is being stained and lacquered at our finishing shop as we speak. We’ve come up with a finish scheme that features dark-stained Alder cabinetry topped with “Solarus” granite. We’re installing a 18″ porcelain tile in soothing brown tones over electric heat mats throughout. We’ll be choosing our paint colors over the next couple of days by brushing out various sample colors on the walls; we’re looking for the perfect earthy green wall color on select walls to really tie all of the elements of color together. Pretty pictures coming soon!