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 The outdated light box casts a sufficient amount of light, but does not add aesthetic value.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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Three Ways to Style Your Family Room

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Three Ways to Style Your Family Room

Three Ways to Style Your Family Room

Your home isn’t complete without your family, so make sure your family room is styled to fit the needs and wants of every member in the house. Whether you and your loved ones spend your free time discussing the latest global events, or hosting Wii Golf tournaments, the design of your family room is a major factor when it comes to those precious memories.

When renovating your family room, consider incorporating these three styles:

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Traditional
In a traditional family room layout, the focus of the space is all about the people in it. Complete with comfy couches, spacious shelves, and a usable fireplace, this style trend stays simple, and keeps the main function of the area strictly to spending time with loved ones. The neutral shades throughout the room also help accent pieces to pop, while keeping the room clean and fresh.

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Entertainment
Some of the most popular family rooms in Kansas City are spaces dedicated to entertainment and fun. Whether you complete the room with a pool table, video game system, or shelves full of board games, this design trend centers around action, and creating memories through entertainment. This trend also allows for you as the homeowner to have more fun when choosing bold colors, brassy hardware, and wall décor.

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Functional
Perfect for homeowners tight on space, the functional family room style is a great way to make the most of a smaller home. By combining the social areas of your home like the kitchen, TV, and dining room areas, this functional trend helps your home to open up and appear much bigger than it is. This design functionality also allows for family members to still be together, while working on different projects. For example, Mom can be finishing dinner, while Dad watches TV, while the kids do homework at the table. The best of both worlds when it comes to design and aesthetic, this family room combines your spaces for optimal performance.

Whether your family room is in need of a complete renovation, or you are looking for a simple change, updating your space can help bring new life to your home. Mix and match elements from each design trend to create the family space of your dreams, and get started making new memories.

For more information on updating your family room, visit Total Home Remodeling today.

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Vintage Revival Kitchen

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Vintage Revival Kitchen

There was nothing typical about the place we started, and the direction he was taking when we arrived. This house is a 100 year old 4 square house in downtown Kansas City that had once been converted into a 2 story multi family home. When we first heard of the project, we only knew that the homeowner was working to change a multi family 2 story home, back into a single family home. His story unfolded as we learned that he had started this remodeling journey 15 years ago. There were the directions of previous architectural drawings, and unfinished work of previous contractors, then no progress for 15 years. When we took over the owner was overwhelmed by the scope of the work that had to be done, the vision that had to be realized by his new contractors, and the current state of disrepair of the home. 

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As we surveyed that lay of the land, which at the time was still in a state of demo, the challenge was to see the homeowner’s ultimate vision. In order to successfully complete this remodel, our wise designer JoAnn asked him to set aside the plans of the past, and recast a plan that we would complete to be their forever home. She looked over the previous attempts to remodel the space, and saw the heart of what mattered to the homeowner. A progressive visionary, this homeowner has a passion for flexibility, advancement, and growth. He is not afraid to be open to doing things that only others dream of. As for this remodel, his hopes of having a home that is imaginative and flexible, had stalled out the other more traditional home remodelers. We were more than up for the challenge of hearing his dreams, and making his vision a reality. 

Previous work had taken the front upstairs bedroom out to create a grand entry. He also desired a wide open space in the main downstairs living area. To accomplish that, he had the previous contractors remove the interior walls on that floor. Large metal beams were placed through the main floor to keep the home structurally sound. A previous room addition had been added at the back of the home to gain square footage. Much like the loft style homes in the downtown area, he want to see the space function with multiple uses. To accomplish a successful space, and build trust with the homeowner we tackled the kitchen first. Our reasoning was that it was a heavily utilized space that they had progressed the furthest in.

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The design scheme for the kitchen was driven by the goal to meld rustic and industrial. He was adamant that he wanted to keep the home’s design from fitting into a typical, and specific genre of design. One guiding design factor was first realized in the rustic the pine shiplap already installed on the ceiling. JoAnn took in other design direction from his use of commercial kitchen pieces, and stainless steel garage tool boxes. A unique challenge presented itself in that he specified that nothing should be nailed in or permanently installed.

Given his background as a commercial bakery owner, he desired the space to have all of the function of commercial grade kitchens, but the warmth of an eat in domestic kitchen. JoAnn met this challenge, by not doing conventional cabinetry, and keeping almost everything on wheels. The large European antique looking armoire functions as pantry and storage. The original plain stainless sink unit, got a warm wood slab that will function as a breakfast bar. The stove was the one item that had to marry it’s location due to the gas lines installed in the wall. The home owner wanted to have industrial type concrete floors, but due to code, and HVAC needs, and the slab that the original addition was on, it could not be left uncovered. We came up with solution of a large scale porcelain bronze tile, that met the functional and aesthetic needs of the client. 

It is a space that truly takes into account the desires of a creative client, and meets the functionality of the way that they live in the space. We consider that a raging success! Stay tuned as we continue to make this Vintage Revival come to life. 

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Vintage Revival Remodel

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Vintage Revival Remodel

We took this bathroom down to the studs to create the overall look and feel of a vintage home with modern amenities. We all want optimal function out of the spaces in our home. A challenge can arise when homeowners desire to get modern functionality and keep the vintage feel. As we have progressed in technology, we expect to have a bathroom that looks as beautiful as it functions. 

Before the space was cramped, pink, and dated. 

Before the space was cramped, pink, and dated. 

As dated as space can be, the home owners were ready to see a fresh bathroom.The space had beautiful bones, that we worked hard to bring  up to the standards of the homeowners. That beautiful claw foot tub was a keeper. The pink walls had to go. Once the studs were exposed, and we could assure that the structure was to code. We then applied the blue backer board that will keep this bathroom in tip top shape in the years to come. 

The homeowners also desired to keep that natural light. When the home was built, bathroom windows were inefficient. We provided Marvin Windows that will keep the utility bills down, and flood the room with gorgeous light. At this stage you can see the subtle bathroom floor Geologic Bronze tile. Chosen for its color and durability, the tile looks beautiful without taking away from the vintage appeal of the space. 

To keep in that same vein of retro style, we took the tile half way up the walls. The white Imperial Bianco tile was selected to achieve a clean modern feel.  The cool blue wall color is subtle retro throwback, but remains cool and modern in style. A common goal, we work to achieve in many old home remodels, is to keep the look historically accurate, but speak to a modern version of that time period. 

Metal vanity frame looks like it came straight out of an old home. The chrome finish of the Delta faucet is reminiscent of olden days, but hints of modern day, with the open spout cut into the top. When the water flows out, it makes a water feature worthy of watching. The  pairing gold bathroom accessories, and chrome  fixtures, strikes a vintage note. 

We welcomed the bathtub back in it's much roomier space. Adorned by the chandelier light fixture, the claw foot bathtub takes the stage. Even the chrome pipes of the bathtub act as pleasing architectural details. We accomplished setting the scene for relaxing times in this vintage revival bathroom.  

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