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Taking Old AND MAKING Warm Modern Style

Beautiful old bones, but this kitchen needed functional updates. All of the built ins added charm, and some functional storage, but this kitchen lacked the modern amenities that the homeowners yearned for. You can see hints of the style that the owners desire in some stainless steel appliances that they have added over the years. We took those in to account when budgeting and planning for the remodel. 

The traffic flow and layout of the kitchen left a lot to be desired. With many a friend and family member wanting to hang out while the homeowners cook, we decided to open it all up when we presented the new floor plan. 

Kitchen BEFORE REMODEL

Kitchen BEFORE REMODEL

The adjoining Dining Room before

The adjoining Dining Room before

The adjoining dining room was so shut off from the kitchen, that it was barely utilized. We could let so much good space go to waste! The plan is to combine the 2 spaces to make for a grand kitchen and entertaining space. 

 

Old counters needing upgrad

Old counters needing upgrad

The breakfast eat in kitchen space always ended up as the home office, eating area, and conversation location. The issue was that the space was just not big enough to accommodate more than a few people at one time.  Not wanting to turn a good group of people away from the kitchen hangout, we are planning on the new open concept to accomodate as many guests as they want. There were also many doorways and openings to the space. The new design will help the traffic flow more comfortably through the hall spaces.

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Last, and certainly not least, we are taking in to account the need for asthetic upgrades. The tile counter had a vintage feel that was nostaligically pleasing, but the color, and the thick grouted spaces made it hard to clean. We will be upgrading that with a streamline modern counter top, and new backsplash. The cabinets were another feature in need of upgrading. Weathered and not very interesting, it is time for a new layout, style, and finish. 

Stay tuned as we demolition the space, reconfigure the layout, and create a new space. Prepare for a kitchen that homeowners dream of. 

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FAQ: How Do I Make the Most Out of a Small Bathroom?

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FAQ: How Do I Make the Most Out of a Small Bathroom?

FAQ: How Do I Make the Most Out of a Small Bathroom?

One of the most popular, yet most likely one of the smallest, spaces in your home is the bathroom. Your bathroom serves multiple purposes, and because of this and its natural tendency to have less square footage, the area can quickly become cramped for storage. Toiletries often end up stacked along messy countertops, and towels have the habit of falling into heaps on the floor without a proper home in your tiny space.

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Luckily, making the most of your small bathroom can be easy, if you follow these three tips:

Design Wisely
When choosing the type of sink, vanity, tub, etc., during your remodel process, keep in mind your need for storage. Opt for pieces that have built in space for toiletries, towels, and other bathroom essentials. By utilizing practical design elements, your space will instantly allow for a more open atmosphere.

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Mount Shelving
An easy way to free up floor space in your bathroom and give the area a larger aesthetic is to mount open shelving on your wall. Open shelving eliminates the closed off tone and extra special requirements of cabinets, while also giving your room a modern, useful twist.

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Hang Strategically
In your bathroom, it is vital that you make sure every object has a home, otherwise it will just end up on the floor or shoved behind a closet door. Don’t give into that laziness and insteadtake an afternoon to hang simple hardware like towel racks to help give items a proper place to live, and also save you the hassle of always trying to find new hiding spots.

While your bathroom may not be as big as you wish, you can easily make adjustments to help the space open up. By simply installing a few shelves and opting for practical pieces of furniture, your small bathroom will quickly become the open oasis you have always dreamed of.

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Tile Style Trends to Be Aware Of

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Tile Style Trends to Be Aware Of

When it comes to home design and the remodeling process, one major factor that can make or break an aesthetic is tile. The tile that you choose for your home, whether for your bathroom, kitchen, or even other living areas, sets the tone for your entire house.

So what tile should you pick for your home project?

Tile styles are as wide ranging as homeowners in the Kansas City area, but these three trends are sweeping the industry, and have the potential to make your home the envy of the neighborhood.

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Natural
Natural tile, most often utilized in showers, gives the look of real stone, helping the rock to blend beautifully into your bathroom design scheme, almost as if it is just a typical slab one would find in nature. Natural stone works best in traditional homes, but when installed in a lighter shade of gray or white, can make any contemporary room pop.

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Rustic
Rustic tile is the perfect way to add accents to your traditional home in a tastefully subtle manner. This style of tile embraces the soft lines and hues of different stones, while being cut into sharp, geometric patterns that form together to create works of art. Often used in kitchen backsplashes and even bathroom flooring, rustic tile helps add character to older homes.

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Modern
Modern tile, usually found in neutral tones such as white, gray, and black, is most commonly laid in straight, strict patterns to help emphasize the intricate style of contemporary spaces. This tile is one of the most popular styles exploding throughout the country, as it gives spaces a clean, expansive atmosphere.

The tile that you choose for your home project is just as important as the color you paint your walls, or even the type of cabinets you install. While the style of tile you opt for has the potential to alter your entire design, one thing is for certain, you can’t go wrong with any of these three trends.

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Giving a Home a Facelift

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Giving a Home a Facelift

There comes a point that the home will either need to be sold below market, or be updated. That is the state of this charming home, with wonderful bones, in a great neighborhood. All that needs to be done to make this a sought after home, is to have Total Home make on trend updates. 

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The dated backsplash, and cabinet style are keeping this kitchen from meeting the current desires of young homeowners. The outdated light box casts a sufficient amount of light, but does not add aesthetic value. 

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The ivory colored cabnoets are country, but not farmhouse, cabinets are holding this kitchen back from being modern farmhouse. 

What we are planning for the kitchen remodel.  

What we are planning for the kitchen remodel.  

Here are some options we are purposing to bring these old bones up to par! beautiful marble counters, neutral, but whimsical mosaic backsplash, and fresh white cabinets. 

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After tackling the kitchen, we will move on to the Family Room space. Too much heavy wood is dragging this space down. We are purposing fresh and clean with paint, to bring light to the dark.  

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We want to set the tone for the home in the entryway. We will change out the lighting and the wallpaper that dates the space and is way too formal for the new look of the home.  

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Throw back brass fixtures paired with stark white tile cast an 80s feel to this bath. Bathrooms matter much to the value of a home. Although, the space has been well maintained, we need to bring modern updates to life. Out with the boarder, and wallpaper. 

A new vanity will make all the difference in the look, feel, and function of this bathroom.  

A new vanity will make all the difference in the look, feel, and function of this bathroom.  

Stay posted as we take this home through the facelifting remodel process. 

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Charming Cottage Kitchen

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Charming Cottage Kitchen

An older ranch home was often created with the desire to make a kitchen functional, and hidden away.  In today's world, we do so much more than just cook in the kitchen. The kitchen has become a show place for beautiful features like granite and wood. This Praire Village home was ready for a kitchen/living space makeover; to maximize the usable space, and update the flow to how  the homeowner's utilize the space. 

We took the smaller cramped space and transformed it from a standard galley kitchen to a warm cottage style kitchen. A mixture of stock and semi-custom materials and finishes were choosen to accomplish this remodel at a moderate cost.

Before photo showing the closed off kitchen ready to be opened up. 

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Out with the cumbersome wall, and in with wide open space! The peninsula island is the maximum that the floorpan would allow for. It works to serve up the daily meals, and often is used as a work from home surface. 

We combined cabinet styles of Shaker and Recessed-panel cabinets sourced from: Aristokraft Benton. This brand was chosen for it's durability and attractive look. 

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Counter tops in New Venetian Gold with a ½ round edge granite pick up the warmth of the warm wood floors. We reclaimed the original flooring, restoring the warm red oak finish. Wood floors glow warmly against the white cabinetry.  Aptly named and chosen for the coffee lover in the house, the wall color is latte. Eggshell sheen makes for easy touch up in the high traffic areas.

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We used the multi color Vellum/Natural and Wheat; to create a two tone herringbone glass tile.  We sourced the backsplash from ISC Gallery Lunada Bay Tomei.  The Moen single-bowl sink is an under-mount. The sink was relocated from the back counter to the island. This was added bonus to assure that the cook and cleaner of the kitchen could still converse with guests. The undermount sink style aids in keeping the look of clean lines. Having a sink installed from below, with the counter covering the rim, allows for easy clean up for the homeowners.

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Appliance finishes stay more modern in style, by sticking with stainless. They also add a nice contrast to the white cabinetry. To accomplish the modern feel of an updated cottage, brushed nickel finishes were chosen for the other fixtures. That pop of blue on the entry hall wall, is clever, and makes the treasured doggy art pop.

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The previous lighting was inadequate for to meet the needs of the cooks in the kitchen. We added many more recessed lights in the form of can lights. The drum shade dining light, makes for visual interest, as well as amply light the dining space. 

Overall, this remodel has made the dreams of a modern cottage home  in to a reality. The space is now set to entertain family, and friends, in the cozy cottage style that the homeowner's desire. 

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FAQ: What Are My Kitchen Seating Options?

FAQ: What Are My Kitchen Seating Options?

Your kitchen is the place where people gather for food, fun, and friendship. That’s why it is so important that you incorporate seating elements into your design plan when it comes to remodeling your space. The seating that you need depends on the size of your kitchen and dining room, your entertainment plans, as well as the number of people in your family.

While no two kitchens and families who use them are exactly the same, there are three standard options when it comes to your kitchen seating.

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Minimal
If you have a small floorplan for a shared kitchen and dining area, a great way to make the best use of your space is to incorporate barstool seating into your design. This option allows for you to open up floor space by eliminating the need for a table, while also giving you the freedom to be creative with the style of chairs you choose.

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Classic
The most popular option when it comes to kitchen seating is that of a standard living room table. These tables are perfect for single unit families, and typically sit up to six individuals at a time. This classic set up allows for the luxury feel of a dining room, while also not overtaking the space that you have.

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Large Scale
For households that plan on entertaining often, large scale dining area seating sets are the way to go. These expanded tables allow for ample room for all of your guests, giving emphasis to the space it occupies. Because of its massive size, this seating option often makes the kitchen and dining areas a highlighting factor of the home.

When choosing the kitchen seating options for your home, keep in mind what your wants and needs are for the space moving forward. By building this space around your unique tastes and plans, you will get the dining set up of your dreams.

For more information on kitchen and dining remodeling, visit Total Home Remodeling today.

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How to Give Your Home Rustic Charm

Even with today’s modern marketplace, many homeowners are shying away from contemporary designs in favor of houses that portray a warmer, more rustic feel. Instead of focusing on sharp lines and shiny unforgiving chrome, people are craving the comfort that comes from dark woods and country kitchens.

With just a few simple projects, you can craft a rustic charm for your house that gives your space the old-time homey atmosphere you crave, while still taking advantage of all of the latest building and remodeling trends.

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Layer Stone
One way to instantly add a classic, yet luxurious, feel to your home is to add stone. Whether around your fireplace, kitchen, or even a walkway, stone will help to accent the other rustic elements that you choose for your home, pulling together the overall theme and tone. Not to mention, this project is an affordable way to add significant value to your home quickly.

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Mix Metals
Incorporating metals into your remodeling project is a great tactic when it comes to adding a more present day twist to your classic design plan. When you mix metallic pieces with standard wood, you will give your home the artistically pieced together look that rustic homes thrive on.

Accent with Hardware
The easiest way to add country charisma to your home is to swap your old hardware out for new, more stylistically pleasing pieces. By replacing nickel or chrome door handles, faucets, and kitchen knobs with brass or bronze, the overall atmosphere of your home will shift in a rustic direction.

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Rustic homes are at the top of remodelers’ minds this season, and with these few simple additions, you can transform your entire space to match this charming trend. For more information on how to best give your home this shabby chic tone, visit Total Home Remodeling today.

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Fresh and Clean Kitchen Remodel

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Fresh and Clean Kitchen Remodel

We spend way too much time in our kitchen not to love it.  The original space was not bad, but it was rather blah, and not up to date with modern kitchens. The beige tile was not doing anything for the look or the function of the space. 

The old gas range working, but not as highly functional as the homeowners desired. The wood fronted laminate counters also called for an upgrade. Again, it was a functioning kitchen, but did not highly functional for a home owner who loves to cook.

This project shows how you can take a simple kitchen from basic to beautiful. 

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Dated kitchen lacking in modern amenities.  

Dated kitchen lacking in modern amenities.  

Well HELLO GORGEOUS! 

Welcome to the new FRESH and CLEAN kitchen! We accomplished this clean look with white subway tile, and shaker cabinets paired with flat front drawers on the lower cabinets. The white contrasts beautifully with the black granite counter top. The new brushed nickel drawer pulls, and knobs, enhance the modern look. That stainless and black range really sets the tone of the space. All eyes of on that stunning new gas range! One item that we did keep original is the wood flooring. We kept it protected during construction, and enhanced it with a clear coat of poly. This worked to enhance the depth of the natural wood color, the met the homeowner's desire to keep it original.

Notice how the microwave really blends into the upper cabinet space. Keeping it white helps it meld into the run of cabinets, and not distract form the real focal points of the kitchen. We thoughtfully planned out the task lighting that now illuminates the counter space. Now the kitchen is crisp, clean, and has top notch functionality. This is a design style that will last, and last. 

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Cinema Suite

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Cinema Suite

This home owner wanted to take his work home with him. If we all had his job, we would bring our work home too.

The experience of going to the theater is a wonderful way to be drawn out of the present places in our lives, and get lost in the story played out on the screen.  This Theater Exec desired  to create a place for guests to feel welcome to come,eat, drink, and enjoy a top notch theater experience.  He envisioned a vibrant theater, and an additional, private restful space in the guest room suite.

One of the things we excel at is using space wisely. Our designer, JoAnn, cast the functional design vision with the home owners. She helped them decide how the space would flow, without adding additional costly construction expenses. When possible, we seek to not move the guts of the home. Her consideration of the existing plumbing drove the layout of the bar and bathroom. Instead, of a straight shot of a hallway, she chose to angle the storage, and required utility space, to create a unique journey to the theater space. 

Architectural details as in the, barn wood treatment behind the bar brings a weathered warmth to this otherwise modern space. Open shelving created even more visual interest by displaying the fave bar items. Finish choices such as, brushed nickel, and chrome set the tone to modern design. This is a state of the art theater space, and the look of the furnishings should reflect that feel. To keep it from becoming too cold and austere, the warm wood and brown tones in the flooring, speak to coziness. Theater chairs that will surely meet all of your comfort needs, beckon you to kick up your feet, and stay a while.

We look forward to hearing about all of the wonderful gatherings that this new space inspires. If you now have a sudden need to have your own basement transformed, give us a call! We would love to chat about the possibilities. 

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Small Kitchen Big Functionality

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Small Kitchen Big Functionality

Your kitchen is the go-to room in your home when you’re looking for good food and good company. However, when you have a small kitchen, those good times aren’t always easy to come by. A small kitchen makes your space feel cramped, and like a hassle to maneuver. However, even the tiniest of cooking spaces has big potential.

Don’t write off your kitchen as useless space just because it doesn’t have the square footage you crave. Instead, try one of these easy tricks to make the most out of your most valuable room.

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Utilize Unique Shelves

Every kitchen could benefit from more storage space, but add a unique touch to yours by installing open shelving. Exposed shelving will open up your kitchen, rather than closing off large blocks of space with traditional cabinets. This type of shelving even gives you the freedom to mix and match style elements, giving your design the perfect accented pieces.

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Add Simple Seating

By adding a row of chairs along your countertop, you can maximize the functionality of your kitchen in seconds. Not only does this furniture give your space more usability, but they also serve as a spot for guests to sit, instead of them having to linger in tight spaces while food is being prepared.

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Embrace Your Floorplan
Does your kitchen open up to an empty room that you aren’t sure what to do with? Convert that space into a dining room, or other informal eating area. By embracing the natural layout of your home, you can extend your kitchen into other rooms where it makes sense, and give yourself the space you desire to do your cooking and entertaining.

No matter the size, your kitchen deserves to live up to its potential. By converting your cabinets into open shelving, adding a bar area, and even extending your kitchen into another part of your home, you will be able to make the most out of your miniscule culinary masterpiece.

For more information on how to get the most out of your small kitchen, visit Total Home Remodeling today.

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