Kitchen Remodel Before Photos

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Kitchen Remodel Before Photos

What triggers the desire to remodel? For this homeowner there was a long list of needs and wants. We were called in, when the style and the space were no longer functional. They had items that they had purchased some items, that were headed in the right direction. The stainless steel fridge speaks to the modern direction they desired to go.  We sat down and cast a vision for the future that will surely make their dream kitchen a reality. 

The quality of the current cabniets was not holding up to the way that the kitchen is utilized. Function is usually one of the first triggers that homeowners experience. When trying to cook for the family, you become frustrated and making a meal becomes a major task. When we increase functionality in the space, the homeowners dreams of meals made around a joyful group of fellow family members, becomes a reality. 

The dated formica counters really needed to go! When you need to plate a hot meal, who wants to run from the stove to the sink across the kitchen?

The flooring was not holding up to the major kitchen traffic. It was also time to upgrade the style to meet the current kitchen trends. The new tile will tie the whole space together. The layout also left the homeowners wanting for a better gathering space. 

Lighting upgrades will be made to bring about that clean crisp modern feel they desire. The black appliances make a strong contrast to the white cabinets, but pop out too much. Our goal is to make a space that functions at the maximum capacity, looks beautiful, and feels warm and inviting. 

Check back as we headed to a completed kitchen that provides function with fashionable updates. 

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Three Kitchen Storage Trends In Remodeling

Three Kitchen Storage Trends

Between dishes, cooking appliances, and of course food, kitchen storage space can be a tricky task to master. While having enough space to properly store your gadgets and grub is vital to the flow of your kitchen, it is also important to consider the style of storage you want, and how that storage will tie into the aesthetic of your culinary home remodel project.

Kitchen storage comes in many versions, each with their own unique quirks. Three current trends that are increasing in popularity across the Kansas City area include:

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Closed Cabinets

The most popular storage option, closed cabinets give you plenty of space to store your kitchen essentials, in a classic design style. These cabinets are great for keeping your space organized and feeling clean, and are easy to customize with paint and hardware. However, closed cabinets take up a lot of wall space, and can leave smaller kitchens feeling cramped.

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Window Displayed Storage
Similar to closed cabinets, window displayed storage gives your kitchen items a designated space within a boxed off area. However, instead of hiding the inhabitants of the shelving, window displayed shelving has a glass exterior in the doors which allows for all of the contents to be showcased. While uncommon, this storage type is perfect for showing off meaningful dishes and knick-knacks.

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Open Shelving

Inspired by industrial kitchens, open shelving allows for fast access to all materials, without the hassle of slamming doors. This storage option is also great for making the most out of smaller spaces, since the openness helps to free up your culinary area. Ideal for modern homes, open shelving is quickly gaining traction as one of the most versatile storage options.

Gone are the days of boring kitchen storage. Swap out your predictable pantry for open shelving, or consider updating the hardware on your closed cabinets to help bring new life to your remodel. Your kitchen is one of the most used rooms in your home, so give it the attention it deserves by installing new storage solutions today.

Learn more about kitchen storage options by visiting Total Home Remodeling.

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FAQ: What Kind of Faucet Should I Install?

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FAQ: What Kind of Faucet Should I Install?

FAQ: What Kind of Faucet Should I Install?

When it comes to renovating your kitchen or bath, the faucet you choose helps set the tone for the space, as well as your home's overall aesthetic. However, while you may know that you want blue tile, open shelving, and motion detected lights, how do you know which faucet is right for your design?

Thanks to modern technology and state-of-the-art style improvements, you now have more choices than ever when it comes to faucets for your home. Ranging from contemporary chic to classically rustic, these faucet options are perfect for Kansas City homeowners.

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Contemporary

Contemporary faucets are a staple in houses all across the metro. Coated in stainless steel and complete with upscale knobs, these pieces of hardware fit flawlessly into most modern design plans, and are easy to keep clean through every day use. Perfect for homeowners looking to show off their personal style, contemporary faucets will enhance your bathroom or kitchen as soon as they are installed.

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Rustic
Coated in bronze and complete with standard knobs, rustic sinks are a great addition to classic homes. The dark color of this piece not only helps to accent the overall theme of your house’s interior decoration, but it also subtly adds value to the space. Great for giving your space warm undertones, rustic faucets are a top trend in home design.

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High-Tech

Smart faucets are the perfect investment for high-tech homes. These faucets, which typically come in shiny metal finishes, turn on and off with just the touch of a finger. Ideal for avid cooks who don’t want to mess with tricky knobs, this faucet is quickly becoming one of the most popular options in new home projects.

Pull together your remodel project by choosing a faucet that fits your family’s practical needs and style wants. Do you live in a renovated farmhouse? A rustic faucet will enhance that charm. Do you plan on using the faucet primarily for cooking? Invest in a high-tech version. Explore your faucet options today, and find the perfect piece for your home.

To learn more about your faucet options and to get started on your remodeling project, visit Total Home Remodeling today.

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From Traditional to Rustic Modern

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From Traditional to Rustic Modern

Remodeling takes a regular space, and transforms it to a spectacular space . Total Home Remodeling has the pleasure of doing this everyday! We take a space that functions OK, and change it in to a space that fits your needs and desires. That is where we started with this traditional kitchen space. 

Before the remodel, this home had some modern stylish updates, such as subway tile. It was still missing that modern feel that spoke to the homeowner's style. They envisioned a whole new feel of modern melded with warm classic details. Tired of the old world look of yesteryear, we worked together to cast a vision for a clean lined space, with rustic appeal.  They wanted to keep the original wood flooring, but wanted to do without the heaviness of large amounts of wood cabinets. The original floor plan suited them just fine. To conserve on budget, we keep the cabinets in place, removing unwanted pieces, but not relocating major appliances. 

As demo began the dark black and brown granite was removed from the island.  The double range was just what the homeowner desired for a cook top, so it is a keeper. We removed the upper cabniets in exchange for wooden slat open shelving. With the upper cabinetry removed, we left space for backsplash tile to go to the ceiling.

We went darker on the previous painted white cabinets, that lined the sink area. For those we choose a light shade of gray. 

Here you can see the side wet bar cabinet area transformation. Wooden counters replaced the darker black granite counter from before. This once under utilized  counter, became a unique wood counter with a wet bar. 

We look forward to showing you the final finished space soon! Keep in touch for the final reveal!

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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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