Design Board to Reality: Project Frazier Kitchen

Hello everybody! I hope everyone is just as excited as I am for the holidays… I already decorated my downtown apartment for Christmas and have been listening to carols non-stop since Thanksgiving was over… Bring on the cold weather!

Today, I thought you all would enjoy seeing the amazing progress at one of our recent projects in south Austin. You won’t believe how similar the design board is to how the kitchen at Project Frazier is actually turning out. There is obviously much more work to be done, appliances to be put in, etc., but it sure is coming together nicely!

Scroll down to see the ideas from the design board come to life in this young couples’ cute kitchen…

Design Board…

screen-shot-2017-11-21-at-9-36-32-am

////////////////////////////////////////

Reality

Handmade Tiles…

My very favorite part about this kitchen is the backsplash comprised of navy and white handmade tiles. They are nothing like I have ever seen before… Each one is perfectly unique and when put together, the patterns made a almost traditional Spanish design. LOVE how this turned out.

img_1662

pf1

////////////////////////////////////////

Mint & Brass Cabinetry… 

We decided a paint color called Mint Condition Sherwin Williams 6743 for the kitchen cabinetry. The cabinetry that we chose was by Kitch Cabinetry and Design and they did an amazing job, right?!

I love the brass details for the cabinet pulls… This pallet of colors is unique, soft, and very inviting. Once this is finished, theres no doubt in my mind that the couple will host many dinner parties in here!

pf2

////////////////////////////////////////

Fluted Farmhouse Sink…

How amazing does this fluted farmhouse sink go with everything… It fits in perfectly, I’d say. We bought this sink from White Haus Collection and all of our faucets were purchased from Pirch.

project-frazier

////////////////////////////////////////

Sneak Peak: Powder Room

screen-shot-2017-11-28-at-12-29-31-pm

Here is a little sneak peak of the powder room floor tiles…

I love the bold contrast between the glazed white and black hexagon tiles and think it adds more of a retro feel to the home overall. These porcelain mosaic hexagon tiles by EliteTile were purchased from Wayfair.

That is all that has been done in that space, so far, but I will give you all more updates as this powder room progresses!

////////////////////////////////////////

We couldn’t have done any of this without our fave people at Quick Residential Solutions! Thanks so much guys for working hard to get this kitchen remodeled just as we dreamed and in a timely manner.

As you can see from the design board, there are still many components to be installed – such as the Kitchen Hood in White Brushed Brass by Big Chill, the Eternal Statuario countertops by Silestone, and the Stove in White Brushed Brass by Big Chill.

We are so pleased with how this south Austin kitchen remodel has come together so far and are even more excited for how it is going to look when it is completed! Stay tuned for more updates on Project Frazier…

Have a great first weekend of December!

xoxo,

Greta

10 Tips from a Pro when Remodeling a Kitchen // Kitch Cabinetry & Design

The kitchen has been dubbed meeting central. Where everybody seem to assemble whether it’s family members or guests & even if dinner is still 2 hours away. It’s also #1 on the list of what most homeowners want or desperately need to remodel. Floors stuck in the 70’s? Wonder how people lived 10,20,30 years ago with limited pantry shelving? I mean, where do they put at least 3 cereal boxes? Those kitchen cabinets make you cringe? Yes, it’s time … to remodel your kitchen that is! I asked an amazing & experienced pro, Jenn of Kitch Cabinetry & Design here in Austin of her 10 Tips When Remodeling a Kitchen. Here you go!

________________________________________________________________________________________

1. Ask yourself, what is the scope of your remodel and do you have a contractor? There are factors such as plumbing, electrical, hvac, permitting & structural questions that a qualified contractor can deal with so you do not have to do the leg work. I can’t imagine calling each trade professional and trying to schedule each one, especially in Austin’s booming housing economy!  In the long run, it will save time, money and lots of headache.

2. I hate to use the B word, but a BUDGET is vital to a remodel.  Many times when I ask my clients their budget for cabinetry, they have no clue.  I understand that, but everyone has a secret number floating around.  A contractor can help you establish a realistic amount of money your project will cost you.

White Cabinetry Kitchen

3. Educate yourself.  Consumers know less about cabinetry than any other item in the kitchen. It is easy to get online and compare appliances, tile and flooring.  But cabinetry is different.  They are the largest, most visible, and potentially most expensive purchase in your kitchen.  Your choices are incredibly varied and influenced by your needs and tastes, budget and floor plan. When shopping around, make sure you compare apples to apples.

4. We all know you have excellent taste, but a designer can take it to another level.  Todays designers are more than fluff and stuff. They often act as contractors, hiring the correct trades and scheduling, along with sourcing lighting, tile, flooring, paint…etc. Then the magic happens. They know how to pull it all together.  Designer’s work hourly, by room, cost plus, and may even offer package pricing.  Make sure your designer has qualified contacts.  Kitchen design is a bit different than overall interior design.  At Kitch, we deal with circulation clearances, appliance specifications, will this door hit that door.  We have all seen the drawer that won’t open because it hits the oven handle!  These things shouldn’t happen with a professional kitchen designer. We want to know what you like. Tear out magazine pages, save ideabooks to Houzz, go crazy on Pinterest!  My worst client is one who walks in and says “I don’t know what I like, let’s pick out cabinets”. Be prepared for a long, painful kitchen remodel!  It saves time, money and in the end, you get a space that YOU love, not one your designer loves.

Marble Island Gray Cabinetry Kitchen

6. Ask yourself what you liked about your old kitchen and what things you would change. Storage is the most common complaint, but sometimes it is a matter of accessibility.  I typically prefer designing with tons of drawers.  You pull it out, and wala, grab what you need…instead of digging in the back of a cabinet!  You may have a corner that is completely wasted.  Pull out corner storage is a perfect way to utilize that space. Appliance cabinets, microwave cabinets and spice pull outs can also hide items that clutter the countertops.

7. Be realistic. The kitchens in magazines are in magazines for a reason!  These pages and ideabooks should be strictly conceptual when planning your kitchen space. Be prepared to be shocked a few times when getting bids for your remodel!  HGTV has given us all the conception that you can have a brand new kitchen in 2 weeks with no hiccups. Be prepared that you’ll be eating a lot of take out and cleaning up lots of dust.

8. Look before you book. So you and your designer/contractor have settled on a bid, picked out cabinetry, tile, etc.  DON’T purchase anything until you know your vision can be completed.  Even if your contractor is 99% sure the main wall you want to remove is not load bearing, get it checked.  Whether you have to cut a hole in your ceiling or call a structural engineer, getting ahead of yourself can be a costly mistake.

9. Don’t be afraid to say no and communicate, communicate, communicate. As a kitchen designer, sometimes I can get a little wrapped up in what my vision is for my client’s space.  We all have wonderful intentions, but this is YOUR space and YOUR money.  Have an honest conversation with your designer or contractor if you do not agree with the design, time frame, material selections or scheduling.  But do this BEFORE completion.  Again, it will save you money and headache if you have an open line of communication.

Mosaic Backsplash Kitchen

10. If something goes wrong during the process, its not the end of the world!  As designers, we live in a world of compromise, problem solving and client expectation control!  We understand if the wrong tile shows up, it can usually be swapped out.  If a wall was cut too short, more can be added.  Give your contractor or designer the chance to make it right before you get your boxing gloves on! Sure, vent a little while we’re forming solutions right away. Most problems are an easy fix if caught in time.

______________________________________________________________________________

Thank you so much Jenn! Brilliant tips! Remodeling can be an arduous and long process and more expensive without the help of a Kitchen Design professional. Don’t forget to check out her work here.

May your spaces scream of beauty and awe and your rooms effortlessly curated. Interior Design Austin and beyond.

Design questions or dilemmas? Drop me a line! Click here >>>