This renovation was for a kitchen in Brookhaven area in Atlanta. Design by BeckySue Becker, CMKBD, CAPS.
The existing space was dark and dated, to say the least. The owners wanted to keep the same general footprint as they appreciated the peninsula giving some division from the living space. To increase some privacy, in addition to create more visual interest - the new design included a 42" high wall with bookcases and storage.Pot rack was removed and a skylight was added along with new white trim/recessed cans - changing this kitchen from a dark, crowded room to a bright cheerful space where the homeowners love to prepare meals and entertain friends.Cabinetry was designed to go to the ceiling -- making the 8' ceilings feel much taller than the previous design offered with the cabinets stopping at the dated 7' height.
A hutch was added with a pocket door at the center for mail, electronic docking station. A coffee station is also concealed behind pocket doors near the microwave/oven.Double ovens were moved from being next to the refrigerator to the adjacent wall to allow for a more functional corner (left of refrigerator).The cooktop was originally in the island with inadequate downdraft ventilation. New design it was moved to the wall delivering better prep area on each side in addition giving an opportunity to have a full island with dressed up features.
Cabinetry - custom private label by BSB. Project budget includes products and all remodeling/installation work completed by a Licensed Contractor.
Do you feel anxious in a yellow room? Does the color blue make you feel calm and relaxed? Color theorists have long understood how color can dramatically affect moods, feelings and
emotions. Interesting therapy studies have shown that:
Red was used to stimulate the body and mind and to increase circulation, Yellow was thought to stimulate the nerves and purify the body, Orange was used to heal the lungs and to increase energy levels. Blue was believed to soothe illnesses and treat pain. Indigo shades were thought to alleviate skin problems.
All project photos designed by: BeckySue Becker, Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer, CAPS
The door knob of the future. No arm twisting. No hand turning. Totally new concept for entry hardware designed to be the most convenient, practical and still be aesthetically pleasing! Retrofits to most existing door cutouts and a mere 1/2" of movement easily opens any door.
After sharing this information on my blog, the company contacted me and asked if I would like to test one out - I did not hesitate with YES! And I am pleased
to say this handle is everything they say it is! I installed it on our garage door, the door we use 95% of the time. When we enter from the garage, you simply push the handle - with your hand, elbow or even your hip. Exiting it is a push down, with your hand, or if you hands are full - elbows do the trick too.
Read more.. and see video clip on my blog https://designsbybsb.com/2011/12/soss-ultral...
A home can often be dated by the presence of oddly angled walls and ceilings. So a simple way to modernize may well be to remove these relics of a bygone era.
The master bathroom suite shown here was outdated, with angled walls, a vaulted ceiling and a trapezoid window high up above the bath. A separate toilet and shower room made it seem crowded.
This homeowner wanted their ensuite bathroom to be a luxurious personal oasis that they could escape to. They requested warm, natural materials, better light, a larger shower and a more functional space, the first move was to drop the ceiling to a flat 9ft height.
To overcome the loss of light from the trapezoid window, we added windows behind the tub and the vanity. These help to bring in more light and give a view of the woods outside the window.
The flow was improved by removing the wall separating the toilet and shower from the rest of the space. Instead, a panel of Lumicor acrylic with prairie grass embedded in it and wrapped in a maple frame, provides partial privacy for the toilet. Lumicor was chosen because it obscures the view while still allowing light to flow through the space. The rearrangement also resulted in extra space for a larger shower enclosure.
Originally a set of his and her closets was accessed from the bathroom. These were combined to make a single large closet, and an angled closet wall was made straight. A second closet was positioned in an unused corner of the bedroom, and tall cabinetry for storage of linens and toiletries was built into the space created where the angled closet wall had been removed.
The owners wanted the bathroom to have a feeling of Zen-like calm, and to bring the outdoors inside, so we have used organic materials as much as possible.
Maple was chosen for the vanities and tall cabinetry, the mirror surrounds and framing around the toilet partition. The wood complements the warm, brown tones of the travertine slab countertops and travertine tiles in the shower, around the tub and on the floor.
If you don't want to invest in new drywall/sheetrock and having paneling, here is a straight forward DIY option if you dont mind a textured wall. Also a good option if you have a heavily
These photos are from our cottage on the lake .... I removed all of the molding that covered the seams of the wall board. Then with a bucket of ready made drywall mud and a 6" knife I applied it all over the walls. No need to be perfect and you can apply it as heavy as you want. I did fill the seams of the wall board first, then just started applying throughout the whole room - getting as close to the trim as possible to give a natural look. Give 24 hours to dry completely before painting!
Then paint (see staged photos). Then I applied a translucent glaze that I purchased at Lowe's. Finished product is kind of tuscan looking stucco! Affordable and easy .. and its a pretty good workout for your upper body! :)
My husband is a jack of all trades.. this go around he added another! While the first pictures look pretty good, note this room received some upgrades about 8 years ago which include:
faux painting, changed spot over tub to chandelier (repurposed from our foyer), framed mirrors and individual light bars and a hand held shower.
An ongoing leak near the shower wall has forced our hand to remodel and pull out all the tile. So this remodel is being done conservatively because we do not plan to stay in the house more than 3-5yrs.
NOTE CAPTIONS below the pictures.. there is a story to tell and lessons learned along the way! I still have some out siding decisions (as of 12/30 tile is close to being done). My desire is to enjoy this space, but more importantly make it resale friendly! Photos are going to come in stages...