Before & After Bathroom Adds Storage and Counter Space

There’s a place pedestal lavs. They work when there is limited floor space.The openness below the basins can open up small spaces. But in this bathroom remodeled by the Kitchen Cabinet Factory Outlet of Murrysville PA (near Pittsburgh) the homeowners wanted more. More counter space and more organization.

Waypoint's style 410F in Cherry Java

AFTER photo complements of The Kitchen Cabinet Factory of Murrysville PA . Cabinets: Waypoint's style 410F in Cherry Java

BEFORE

BEFORE photo complements of The Kitchen Cabinet Factory

While an attempt was made to improve the lack of counter space in the old bathroom by adding a shelf above the basins, it fell far short of the family needs. In the remodel, the homeowners gained drawer space and a generous counter surface. Wider drawer bases provide a place for larger items and the base Spice Drawer Cabinet in the center works for smaller items that could get lost in larger drawers.The beautiful cherry cabinets have the look of furniture.

In addition, the room got an upgrade on the light fixtures (not shown), flooring installed on the diagonal, new under mount basins, brushed nickle fittings and on-trend individual framed mirrors instead of the dated frameless wall-to-wall mirror.

A big improvement for one of the smaller rooms in the home.

Coastal Kitchen is More than a Pretty Face

This fresh, bright kitchen is the result of rebuilding after the frightful devastation of Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012 in Breezy Point NY. You might remember that not only were there record storm surges but much of the town was destroyed by fire. The people of Breezy Point proved to be a resilient group and today homes are still going up as people choose to rebuild rather than leave their beloved homes by the sea.

Waypoint's style 720R in Maple Linen

Photo complements of M & G Kitchen Designs LLC or Manville NJ. Cabinets Waypoint's style 720R in Maple Linen

This kitchen was part of a whole house project done by M & G Kitchen Designs LLC of Manville NJ. It has a wonderful coastal look, which includes the perfect blue and white back splash. Some other things I like about this kitchen are:

  • The ‘U’ shape layout that is large enough to hold a nice sized island
  • The white painted coffer ceiling-not common in new construction
  • Staggered height wall cabinets
  • The wall color that reminds me of wet stand
  • Mullion door wall cabinets flanking the decorative hood look like old-fashioned windows
  • The bump out at the sink gives a bit more room behind the sink

This kitchen is not just pretty, it represents determination and resilience.  It’s been almost three years since Hurricane Sandy and the rebuilding in Breezy Point goes on. This home is pure inspiration of what can be done even in the face of unbelievable odds. I hope the homeowners have many, many happy years here.

9 Interesting Things about this White Laundry (and it makes Washday a Breeze)

Remember when there was a washday….a day set aside just to do laundry? Washing clothes was a much bigger task then than it is now. Today we are apt to throw a load of laundry in the washer just about any day of the week and any time of the day or night.

Waypoint's style T60S in White Thermofoil

Photo complements of Cabinet S-Top of Medina OH. Cabinets: style T60S

Above is a great laundry room designed my Cabinet S-Top of Medina OH and some of the things I really liked about it:

  1. Long, wide floor tiles are easy to keep clean and hide dust etc.
  2. A low profile stainless steel sink is handy to have and easy to clean
  3. The open shelf over the sink gives extra head room and would be a perfect place to hang a closet rod. It would be so easy to take the clothes out of the dryer and hang them up immediately to keep them wrinkle free.
  4. Updated track lighting does a great job of illuminating the room. I am seeing a trend moving away from dozens of recessed  lights and moving towards well-designed ceiling fixtures.
  5. The TO6S beadboard door style in easy-to-care for Thermofoil* gives a fresh country look.
  6. Spice drawers are perfect for holding mending supplies,scissors, stain removal sticks and other small items
  7. Under counter laundry equipment gives more counter space for folding
  8. Thick molding to the ceiling gets rid of dust collecting gaps and looks richly detailed.
  9. Stacked tall storage…no home ever has enough no matter where it is.

I think doing laundry would fun in this room!

*Thermofoil is thick vinyl film bonded to warp-resistant engineered wood which allows cabinet doors and drawer fronts to exhibit the same styling and detail found in solid wood doors. The color is consistent throughout the film.

L Shaped Vanity Makes Room for Dual Basins

Waypoint's style 630F in Maple Hazelnut Glaze

Photo complements of Remodeling Max LLCof Houston TX. Cabinet style: 630F in Maple Hazelnut Glaze

We’re used to seeing double bowl vanities in a straight line. But this L shape design  by Remodeling Max LLC of Houston TX fits the room beautifully.

There is even a lazy susan in the corner, which gives abundant and convenient storage. It’s not common to see one in a bathroom but with today’s trend towards taller vanities, it is possible to add this design feature.

Waypoint's style 630F in Maple Hazelnut Glaze

Photo complements of Remodeling Max LLC of Houston TX. Cabinet style: 630F in Maple Hazelnut Glaze

And who wouldn’t love the spacious shower that is adjacent? I always favor showers with seats, clear frameless doors and built-in niche’s for toiletries. This shower has it all.

Sleek Lines, Stainless Steel and Pop of Color Make this Kitchen Special

Waypoint's style 730S in Maple Espresso

Photo complements of Grand Interiors of Santa Clara CA, Style: Waypoint's 730S in Maple Espresso

Not everyone craves an open floor plan. This contemporary beauty by Grand Interiors of Santa Clara California is a classic galley design. But it’s totally updated with sleek cabinets in maple with an Espresso finish and the shine of stainless steel appliances.

Waypoint's style 730S in Maple Espresso

Photo complements of Grand Interiors of Santa Clara CA

The light wood tone floor offsets the classic look of the design. It brightens the space and I love the orange accent wall. It’s just the right amount of color to pull the eye all the way through the kitchen.

Waypoint's style 730S in Maple Espresso

Photo complements of Grand Interiors of Santa Clara CA

The textured full height back splash in a chalk white contrasts with all the other smooth finishes in the room. Great choice.

Updating Surfaces Completely Changes Kitchen

Waypoint's style 610D in Maple Linen

AFTER photo compliments of Sorensen Design Concepts LLC of Fredericksburg VA. Cabinets: style 610D in Maple Linen

Not every kitchen requires relocating all the appliances. While the homeowners in this project did eliminate a bathroom to expand the kitchen, this section stayed nearly the same. The sink and range are essentially in the same area but the dishwasher moved to the left of the sink.

BEFORE

BEFORE

However, the primary thing that happened in this great kitchen is that Sorenson Design Concepts LLC of Fredericksburg Virginia completely updated:

  • Cabinets now go up to the ceiling giving more storage and an updated look
  • An over-the-range microwave/vent adds much-needed air removal
  • A full-height tile backsplash adds just the right amount of texture
  • New lighting makes the kitchen more workable
  • And the brand new granite countertops are just spectacular

By the way, did you know that the proper location for a dishwasher for a right-handed person is on the LEFT? It may seem counter intuitive but that location allows the person to scrape dishes with their dominant hand and load the dishwasher with their left hand without ever putting down the scraper. Makes perfect sense.