Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Monday, March 5, 2012

Cook's Kitchen

i love creating lots of different spaces, but kitchens has to be one of my favorites. it is also one of the hardest. it takes a lot of research to design a good functional kitchen. i design each cabinet for them, where the pots go, plates, knives, containers, etc. i want the kitchen to work for them when it is all said and done.

this kitchen was a culinary dream. dream appliances. dream cabinets. dream space.

it wasn't so bad before. i have had lots of people tell me that they would loved to had this kitchen.
when the new owners purchased it...they however were not so wild about it. so we did what every new homeowner does when they buy a house.....we ripped it all out. wait....everyone does do that right????

i worked with the homeowners to come up with a new floorplan and design that they would be able to work in, cook in, entertain in, and enjoy! the first thing i did was added a window above the sink. the original kitchen did not have a window above the sink. i like a sink with a window over. maybe it's the southern girl in me, but i think that sinks and windows are like salt and pepper. if you have one, you must have the other! 

next i planned a cabinet layout. i do this but figuring how much space i have for each cabinet run. after that i specify each cabinet by its use. i will usually have the homeowners tell me where they place things in the kitchen. that way i know what to put where and where the specialty cabinets need to be. i love using roll out shelving, drawers, spice racks, etc. to utilize space in a kitchen.

here a few of the kitchen elevations. let's walk through them shall we..

G) this was actually a wall that was open to the dining room. the owners wanted a wet bar, so i closed off that wall with built in cabinetry. it has plenty of room for appliances, dishes, and large trays. The center cabinets have glass doors that can be used for display.

H) this elevation shows the fridge and freezer, the double ovens, and microwave.

I) this elevation is the corner cabinet....the not so exciting corner cabinet

J) this elevation lets you see how the sink and window live in harmony as one :-)...or actually it's 3 windows and one sink...but you get the drift.

here are a few computer renderings to show what the kitchen would look like before construction started. i always have to remind myself that everyone is not as visual as i am. to relay my ideas i usually do a color board, renderings and a lot of sketching.

the reflection on that stainless fridge really bothers me. its like the pearly gates. blinding!!!!

now that you have all been blinded by the lights...lets look at the final product

 i absolutely loooove this kitchen! it turned out just like i had envisioned. i really looooove that refrigerator too....pretty awesome huh?

i usually design islands large enough so you can utilize the space on each side. this island has functional space on 5 sides, the only 2 sides that don't are where the bar is.

as you can see, the kitchen opens up to the living room. come back later on this week and i will share the living room remodel with ya'll.

'til next time

Friday, March 2, 2012

Master Bath Addition

happy friday! hope ya'll have a fun filled weekend ahead like i do! i will be heading to an antique sale today, but don't worry....i will take plenty of pictures for you!

today i am sharing a master bathroom addition with ya'll. the bathroom was part of a house that i remodeled. the master bath and closet were added onto the rear part of the home. the bathroom itself is 18' wide by 20' long. nice, spacious bathroom!

the was a patio behind the home that was removed in order to make room for the addition.

here is the bathroom once it was framed in.

my clients were very easy to work with and i pretty much had free reign over the bathroom. i will generally come up with 2 - 3 plans for clients to review, and let them make the final decisions. sometimes they will combine ideas from all 3 plans. i will say that it was not my idea to have two toilet closets!! the homeowner wanted separated toilets for her and her husband....which is pretty funny to me.

in the center of the room i have a large walk in shower. it is framed on both ends with walls, but open on each side. this made the bathroom very hard to photograph, but i think you can still see how awesome it is.

these are just a few of the vanity cabinet elevations. i know they are kinda hard to see. i have to print them from auto cad, to a pdf and then convert the pdf to a jpeg just to get it after all that it gets a little pixelated. but anyway, back to vanities. i looooove to put vanity towers on top of the counter top. for women i usually add roll out shelving with power receptacles built in. this was we can keep our rollers, hairdryers, flat irons, etc. all plugged in, and when we need them just pull out the shelf. i may not do that on the men's side, it depends on what they want. they usually just want adjustable shelving on their side.

so lets take a look.
the door you are seeing is her toilet, the wall to your right is the end of the shower. you can also see the end of the linen cabinets, as well as her vanity cabinet.

the shower has clear glass partitions and doors on each side, as well as double shower heads. basically my dream shower!

behind the shower we have a claw foot bathtub that is on a raised platform. the windows behind the tub are an obscured glass, so no one can peep in on you!

a view of "his" bathroom vanity

an up close of the tub

"her" vanity

all of the flooring, shower wall tile and shower floor tile are travertine. the counter tops are marble. i can find the specifics if you would like them.

ya'll have a great weekend! i will have lots more to share with ya'll next week