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And here’s the second one:

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Kyle

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Hey guys ~

In case you’re looking for something to do this Weekend, the NARI Tour of Remodeled Homes is going on Saturday and Sunday.  We have 2 Homes on the tour this year and both of them are being presented on Saturday.

Here is the first one:

 

We’d love to see you out there ~ Thx.

 

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Kyle

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I think you will most definitely enjoy this one. It was not only fun to build out, but, it also had an incredible, earth-shattering impact on the character of the Home. Located in the Brookfield Country Club right on the golf course, this home was the collection of multiple renovations performed by the previous owner. Not only did the craftsmanship leave a lot to be desired, the interior lacked continuity and flow. Our clients purchased the property out of foreclosure with the hopes of transforming it into something special. The only problem was…they had a hard time figuring out what that “something special” was supposed to look like.

Here we have the kitchen:

This is where we started

A Tight Galley Layout

Completely Sealed Off

As you can see, the kitchen was separated from the massive family room and confined to a relatively small space. maneuvering around with multiple cooks (or just kids for that matter) was extremely difficult. It was dark, dated and not a lot of fun to hang out in. Counter top space; while lacking from the get go, would end up being consumed by school work, dishes/glasses or whatever else the general chaos of the day would throw at it. Organizational and storage considerations were a most in the new design. The other major challenge was connecting the kitchen and breakfast room with the adjoining family room and sunroom.
So we sat down and let the design process begin. As personal style and taste attributes began to surface, it became clear that we were heading in the direction of a very Transitional feel. The homeowners also gravitated to the use of strong contrasting materials. Michael Bell and Michelle Taylor with Bell Custom Cabinetry got the ball rolling by pulling together the character of the kitchen. Aren’t those islands amazing!

Moments of Reflection

The perimeter cabinets were finished in a deep, rich “Teaberry” color while the islands were a custom hand-selected paint color that complimented the other adjoining rooms. We then reversed the counter top colors to offset the cabinetry. We have a polished Maroon Cohiba on the islands and a solid Organic White from Ceasarstone on the outlining wall cabinets. A Sub Zero refrigerator and 6 burner Wolf Range provide the muscle to space. Glass shelf niches inside the cooking alcove enhance the professional appearance while the beveled subway tile backsplash instill the quiet elegance that brings everything together.
One of my favorite additions to the new space was replacing that huge bowed bay window. The subdivision was originally developed and largely built out by Chatham Custom Homes. They had included these large, locally built units on a great number of the homes as kind of their signature look. Our clients loved the connection that these units had with the community, but, knew that they had outlived their prime. So, we brought in Pella Windows and Doors to help us re-create some new windows that would retain the original integrity. Drew Hall, our Pella Rep., executed the specifications of these custom units meticulously. I wish we had a better photo that captured the view of the pool and the fairway, but, trust me when I say that it is inspiring to say the least.

What a Focal Point

Another key player on the team was Theresa Minkoff with Moda Floors and Interiors. She worked hand in hand with our clients throughout the entire project guiding the design decisions and ensuring that a cohesive look was achieved in the end. My hat is certainly tipped to her for the talent that she brings to the table by being able to listen to the client and interpret their desires and wishes. It is a unique skill that few people have, but, I can tell you that she is one of the best there is.
Taking It All In.
Some of the components that I Love in this kitchen are the custom milled trim details surrounding the cooking alcove, the strong support columns on the main island, the authentic end panels, the furniture base and scrolled toe kick and the tall pantry cabinets flanking the formal entrance to the Dining Room.
I believe that what we ended up with is a unified, sleek, elegant space that is also very comfortable to a growing family.
Next Comes The Fireplaces:

Yikes!

Wow!

The fireplace separating the family room from the sunroom can only be described as a monstrosity. It was dark, heavy and looming. Blocking all of the natural light from entering the family room. And, upon further inspection, was completely unsafe for operation. Some of the things that we tackled here were: re-building the firebox and flue liners; removing the cased openings on either side; re-working the lighting scheme; running wide plank hardwood flooring throughout; installing a floating mantle; employing sharp, white, quartzite stone on the surround and a Honed Maroon Cohiba slab on the raised hearth.
This is my Favorite part!

Amazing!

Now, what we are looking at is light, warm, inviting and completely in style.

So Cool!

Touch of Class.

Some of the other areas of the Home that we worked on were: re-configuring the laundry room with some new, custom, “drop zone” cabinetry; re-doing the powder room with a new sink cabinet, new plumbing, electrical and accessories and repainting the entire first floor. There is nothing more gratifying for me than witnessing a well designed, highly collaborative project come together. Many thanks to our industry partners for helping us transform this house into a Home that our clients can delight in.
To see more of what we’re up to, please click here to visit the Distinctive Remodeling Website.
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And as always, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please drop me a comment below.
Kyle

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“When we think about the views offered by a home, we are normally referring to exterior views, but carefully designed interior views can also add enormously to the quality and character of a home.”

Sarah Susanka

The quote above is from Sarah Susanka’s book Home by Design.  I’ve often fallen back on this book when designing a new space because it is just plain chock full of excellent strategies.  It is definitely a must have reference book to have on hand for anyone considering themselves a Home enthusiast.  We can think of an interior view as basically an architectural design approach that focuses the visual composition of the space.

 

Photo via Things That Inspire

 
 
If you are not aware of the Things that Inspire Blog Site then you certainly need to check it out.  It has become revered as one of the most popular Interior / Home Design blogs published in the Atlanta market.  In the photo above, notice how the artwork is framed perfectly by the arched opening.  More surprisingly, even though you are not aware of it, your eye is unconsciously being drawn through the room taking in each element, layer by layer.
 
 
 

Photo via Things That Inspire

 
 

Here, a window is utilized at the back of the Master Closet to pull you through the room.  Some will claim that a window is the most difficult feature to incorporate into an interior view because it also impacts the exterior elevation, but, that is what makes the practice of architecture such a grand endeavor.  It is truly one of the greatest puzzle building exercises known to mankind. 

 

 

From the Portfolio of Castro Design Studio, LLC

 
 

In this scenario, the doorway that is centered at the far end of the hallway, leads the entire composition marching up to its entry.

 

 

From the Portfolio of Peter Block Architects

 

This is one of my all time favorite images.  The good folks at Peter Block Architects are certainly leading the way.

 

 

From the Portfolio of Castro Design Studio, LLC

 

 

Talk about being drawn through a room.  I am dying to see what awaits for us on the other side.

 

 

From the Portfolio of Castro Design Studio, LLC

 
 
 
Even though this room is not symmetrical, it is still perfectly balanced and your eye begins to explore all of the different elements slowly making your way to the far windows.  All I can say is…Absolutely Well Done.
 
 
 

From the Portfolio of Castro Design Studio, LLC

 
 
In this image, the hood is utilized as the central focal point and then your eye is allowed to wander out to either side as you study further.
 
 
 
 And now for one of our own
 
 
 

Distinctive Remodeling Solutions

 
 
We started with this small galley kitchen.
 
 
 

Distinctive Remodeling Solutions

 
 
 
Which was separated from the family room by this wall.
 
 
 

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So we opened it up a bit, thus creating an incredible interior view.
 
 
 
Distinctive Remodeling Solutions
 
 
 
I suppose you can say that I am a very visually oriented person, but, it is simply how I relate to the world.  When things are orderly, aligned into a nice composition or basically just fit together well, I am at ease.  When they are out of whack or dis-jointed, I am typically uncomfortable.  Here we have a range alcove taking center stage as the focal point of the room regardless of the vantage point from which you are viewing it.  From there, your eye ventures out to the rich, “teaberry” colored cabinetry; onto the handsome, handcrafted islands and finally landing on the awesome custom 11′ wide bowed bay window.  Huge thank you to Drew Hall with Pella Windows and Doors for helping me with the details on this one.  Also, Kudos to Michael Bell and Michelle Taylor at Inspirations Kitchen and Bath who helped us pull the whole ensemble together.  And I couldn’t sign off without giving a proper acknowledgement to our project manager Kane Hawkins for not only executing the details of the project flawlessly, but also, for taking care of our client all the way through.  It is amazing how much you can do when you surround yourself with good people.
 
We do plan on spotlighting this project as a feature post on its own in the near future, so stay tuned.
 
To see more of what we are up to, please visit the Distinctive Remodeling Website.
 
 
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Also, I love to hear your views on the importance and impact of carefully crafted interior views, so please leave a comment.
 

 

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You know, I love the Spectacular Transformation.  Whether it plays out in our own Lives or in our Homes, there are times when we all can find ourselves in a rut.  A little bit out of date, kind of worn down, definitely in need of some polishing.  The homeowners of this Roswell beauty found themselves in just this sort of predicament.  Although, other areas of the Home had been renovated to change with their changing lifestyle, the Master Bath had long been overlooked.

Here's Her Vanity

 

 

And His

 
 

The shower was tucked back in this dark corner

 
 

Flanked by this Stylish Sunken Tub

 
 

And Separarted by the "Throne Room"...Of Coarse

 
We made a few simple modifications to the layout, but, for the most part, did not move a lot of stuff around.
 
 

And Here We Are

 
 

The Window Now Assumes It's Proper Place of Prominence

 
 

We Customized the Shower Components to Meet the Clients Wishes

 
 

The Zig Zag Shower Tile Pattern is Repeated out on the Main Bathroom Floor in a Rug

 
 

Her New Vanity With All That Extra Storage

 
 

And His. Yeah, We Always Get the Short End of the Stick

 
 
The Master Closets also gained New Life.
 
 

Before We Had 2 Broken Up His and Her Closets

 
 

And then there was One. I just Love that Custom Pocket Door.

 
 

To The Right

 
 

And The Left

 
 

To The Right

 
 

And The Left

 
Oh Well, you get the picture.  While we were on the job, we also renovated the Guest Powder Room and removed all of the popcorn ceiling treatment throughout the home.
 
 
 If you would like to see more of our work, Please visit the Distinctive Remodeling Website.
 
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