We are thrilled to announce that we are featured in the Winter issue of Austin Home magazine! The home may look familiar to you as this is the kitchen that won at this year’s Legacy of Design Awards. On today’s blog we will tour the spaces featured in Austin Home. Grab a copy of the issue to read the full article or follow the link to preview the article. We will also share the before photos from this remodeled ranch home!
When our clients purchased their new home, they enlisted our team to transform the layout. Their home, which was built in the 1980s, felt cramped and dark. It also simply lacked the modern touches they imagined for their home. Despite structural issues and setbacks, this Texas ranch home’s dated kitchen was transformed into an eye-catching example of pragmatic functionality.
Our clients wanted a large, open concept kitchen with a pair of oversized islands that would give their family plenty of space to entertain, gather, and cook as a family. They also wanted plenty of storage space to hide kitchen appliances and accessories. The problem was their kitchen was dated and uninspired. It needed to be completely gutted to create a grand, open-concept kitchen that they imagined for their new home. There was also a stone wall that divided the living room and kitchen. It felt especially out of place as it housed the kitchen appliances.
The kitchen had plenty of space and potential to be remodeled into the kitchen of their dreams.
What a transformation! The focal point of the home is the remodeled kitchen, which has two large islands made of Silestone Calacatta Gold, a backsplash of Ann Sacks hexagonal tiles with shimmer grout—a detail appealing to the homeowner’s glamorous taste—and deep navy cabinetry.
As with any remodel, the main challenges were the structural limitations of the space. The main problem was the pitch of the roof. Our clients wanted to raise the ceiling in the kitchen, however the taller ceiling required additional support that would interfere with the layout of the kitchen. In order to raise the ceiling and incorporate two islands into the kitchen, two large support beams were built to flank either side of ‘working’ island. The layout had to be reworked a couple of times to account for these challenges!
The homeowners were drawn to clean lines and a timeless look for their new kitchen. The final kitchen layout we proposed offered symmetry and plenty of functionality to fit their needs.
Along the back wall of the kitchen we specified the range to be framed by a matching pair of windows to overlook the home’s pool and impressive acreage.
For added character, crown molding was added to the wall, hood, and cabinets. Not to mention the cabinets painted in a cool blue paint color, pops against the easy-to-care for quartz countertops and gathered hanging lanterns above each island.
The two oversized islands that sit in front of the range offer even more space for prep and thoughtfully-designed storage space. The island closest to the range houses the sink, dishwasher and a pull-out trash/recycle bin. The other island incorporates counter seating and a hidden microwave built-in on the opposite side, which is closest to the dining room and breakfast nook.
We will tour more of the living room later in the blog, but here is a glimpse into how the kitchen opens up into the remodeled living room. An overall view of the main spaces highlights how the extensive remodel transformed the home and made it look like new.
After Breakfast Room
In the breakfast room, we incorporated a family heirloom into the space. The banquette is from the homeowner’s aunt, but with a new fabric and punchy pillows it is perfect for the remodeled kitchen.
Before Dining Room
The dining room also needed to be modernized to flow with the dramatic kitchen remodel. We removed the built-in wet bar for a cleaner look.
After Dining Room
In the dining room we incorporated the homeowner’s existing dining chairs and heirloom weathered sideboard. A new brass light fixture, dining table, art, and black faceted lamps pair beautifully with our client’s pieces.
The entry had a typical Texas feel and simply did not fit the sophisticated plans for the new home.
The entry now really makes a statement. Tall and modern double doors modernize the space. An acrylic light fixture and other contemporary furnishings help set the tone for this reimagined home.
Before Living Room
As you walked into the home from the entry, this was your main view into the home. The heavy stone wall divided the living room and kitchen.
After Living Room
Now the living room is as equally as grand as the remodeled kitchen. On the long wall, we recommended a unique built-in to surround the fireplace. We specified smaller bookshelves built-in with a decorative border to make the size of them more manageable for decorating. We also recommended a ventless fireplace. Two slabs of Silestone Statuario surround the TV, while a mosaic pearl tile can be found between the TV and fireplace.
For the furnishings, we mixed in a skirted and tufted sofa with tall wingback chairs. Tables with a mix of finishes give the living space an elevated and sophisticated palette that plays up the major renovations and upgrades of the home.
Here is another view of the built-ins from the kitchen/breakfast room.
This was such an exciting project reveal. We are so thrilled to have it published and featured in Austin Home. Grab a copy of the issue to read and see more about this home.