We all heard how expensive building materials were during the height of the pandemic. This client learned that lesson firsthand: they had planned to build on a lot they’d owned for years, only to find the costs reaching uncomfortable investment levels.
They set their sights on buying an existing home and found one they liked in the Nakoma neighborhood. Since they were no longer building, they decided to put their budget toward remodeling the home to fit their needs and aesthetics. The original space was drab and dated. Much of the home felt closed off and dark. To help make some of those changes, they turned to our designer, Dana Langreck, to help bring their vision to life.
This remodel was not for the faint of heart. Almost nothing was left untouched, from redoing the staircase to adding a garage to moving walls. On the upper level, two smaller rooms were combined to create a more expansive primary suite.
Dana was primarily tasked with the main floor, reconfiguring the kitchen and dining areas to brighten the space and better suit the owner’s needs. The clients were looking for a Midcentury Modern vibe that fits with the home and greater neighborhood.
The final result is a bright, cohesive space. The space feels richer and more open than seemed possible before. This home was brought up to current living standards and feels fresh and new, despite having been built in 1951. The natural materials add to the Midcentury Modern feel, while the mix of colors and finishes feel like 2023.
Moving the refrigerator and adding wall ovens utilize a wall that wasn’t being used before. This creates an even more open space and provides more room for counter space. The range was also moved from the island to the back wall which creates a large counter area for entertaining and casual seating.
The addition of a bar area to coordinate with the kitchen cabinetry ties the whole space together. The owners have an extensive bar glass collection that has a beautiful home now. The whole space feels elevated with the addition of custom cabinetry.
Two-toned cabinetry adds interest to the space and helps to brighten it up.
In the narrow area by the new porch door, Dana was able to use shallow pantry cabinets to create even more storage. It was an awkward space that would have otherwise been wasted and by not taking them to the ceiling she kept them from feeling too bulky and a decorative space was created.
The 3D nature of the backsplash tile, selected by their interior designer, adds interest and texture to the space and provides a pleasing contrast to the slab cabinet style.
At the island, the three stools wrap around one end, creating a more conversational area to eat breakfast or chat over a cup of coffee.
We are excited to share this incredible remodel with you.
Other Team Members:
Interior Design & Landscaping: Construction:
Keith Mitchell Design, LLC Bask Construction