Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Kitchen Update

I haven't done a kitchen update in awhile - and it's changed so much!  What was a tight, cramped space is now opened up to the entire living area!

Remember our starting point?  The huge central fireplace took up over 25 sq ft of living area and made everything super congested - probably typical in 1949 when the house was built, but totally unsuitable for today's lifestyle.   Removing the fireplace added so much flexibility for a better layout and the 5 foot addition along the south side of the house provides room for a sweet banquette with sunlight streaming in all day long.

The owners wanted a white kitchen, but we all agreed a pop of blue for the island would give it more interest and reflect its beach house location.  We built out the back of the island to provide room for stools and then painted the whole thing that gorgeous blue.

The countertops are a heavily veined quartz.


I covered them up right after they were installed to keep them safe, but here's a sneak peek. 

The owner asked for a backsplash that had mother-of-pearl accents.  I found this great mix of marble and glass that they love!

We've got a few more things to wrap up - but it's getting close to done! 

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Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Custom Features in the Living Area

To take this split level from ho-hum to wow, we want to add a lot of custom features.  And many of them are in the living area.

The house needed a mud bench to catch all the foul weather gear we have in Maine.  So we created a set of shelves that will be outfitted with wicker baskets.  In winter it can hold all the mismatched gloves that seem to accumulate!  In the summer it can store sunscreen and summer hats to take down to the beach.  

And the open space below the bench has lots of room for flip flops or snow boots, depending on the season!

The fireplace is a focal point for the living area.  I surrounded it with a beautiful honed marble, accentuated with a dark grout. 

Kyle added the decorative wooden trim and then created built in bookshelves next to the fireplace. They will both be topped with chunky reclaimed wooden beams. The vertical nickel gap paneling will provide a nice backdrop for both - particularly for the TV that will go above the mantle.  Doesn't it look great?

In the kitchen, we trimmed out the back of the island with nickel gap paneling and created side panels to create space for 3 bar stools.  Oh, and why the black wavy lines?  Well wood tends to shrink and swell with the seasons.  Once winter comes and it shrinks a bit, the part that shows is black and won't stand out like bright white on a navy island!  

And next to the pantry, Kyle built a banquette that will have a top that lifts up for storage.  This will create a little nook for a table and a couple of chairs.  The perfect spot to have a cup of coffee in the morning as the sun streams through the sliding glass door.

Once everything is painted, it's going to look amazing!!!

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Thursday, July 7, 2022

It's All About the Custom Details - Makeup Vanity

You know we're getting near the finish line when all the fancy carpentry projects get going.  One of the hallmarks of our projects are the custom features we add to every home.  And the split level is getting a lot of them!

First up - the customer make-up vanity.  The owner really wanted a separate vanity to apply makeup each morning.  But finding one that matched a sink vanity (that we liked) proved to be impossible.  The solution?  We needed one custom built to match the vanity we chose.

Look how similar the makeup vanity is to the sink vanity we purchased!

And Kyle did an amazing job - from the beveled edges, to the shapely leg, he nailed it.  Next he will build a cabinet door to match.  And I've found a very similar door pull that can be installed

He extended the top to fit into a corner of the primary bath.  

Our amazing painter sprayed it the exact shade of blue as the original vanity, so they will look like they came from the same cabinet shop!  Finally, we'll get it outfitted with a Carrara marble top, to really complete the look.

This bathroom is really coming together!  Can't wait to get the rest of it finished.

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