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Ready to make some quick kitchen updates, but not quite ready to commit to a full remodel? It’s not as daunting as it seems: Small changes can add up to big results. Whether you’re looking to add style, function or a boost of energy to your eating space, these 5 ideas will inspire you to make changes that will have maximum impact on your kitchen.
Open Things Up
Make a small kitchen feel bigger by opting for open shelving instead of upper cabinets. If you’re not ready to ditch the cabinets, remove cabinet doors to make a display for pretty plates and keep your most used cookware handy. If you choose this option, you’ll have to work a little extra to make sure you keep your goods organized. Group together similar colors, shapes, and sizes to create a streamlined and purposeful look.
Replacing cabinet knobs and drawer pulls remains one of the easiest and affordable ways to bring new life to your kitchen. If you’re looking for a sleek and modern look go with a polished nickel finish. Satin or antique brass has made a re-entry into design, so this could be fun to try. With all the kitchen hardware choices out there, you’ll find that an upgrade is a simple and efficient way to breathe life into a ho-hum kitchen. Click “Update Hardware” to see the wide variety of choices from Top Knobs, available through JWH.
Ceilings are an unexpected place to add dimension to your kitchen. Add a quick pop of rich color with a fresh coat of paint or install new recessed lighting in various sizes. Instead of using the same old pendant lamps, opt for oversized trendy commercial-grade fixtures for an industrial look. Add some sophistication to a traditional coffered ceiling. For maximum impact, tin-ceiling tiles can be painted to fit your current color scheme.
A classic white subway tile backsplash is an inexpensive way to add pizazz to kitchens. For a more exotic look, add a brightly colored Moroccan tile backsplash or iridescent glass in a herringbone pattern. For a dazzling effect, extend the backsplash all the way up to the ceiling. This small but potent change may be just what you need to transform your kitchen in a pinch. Artistic Tile has plenty of ideas to spark your imagination!
From installing faux bois floors to slapping on a fresh coat of paint to laying porcelain tile, sprucing up your kitchen floors is a surefire way to give your space a facelift. For a low-maintenance option select engineered flooring; it’s available in a wide variety of styles and is one of the most affordable options when it comes to installing new floors. Bamboo remains a more eco-friendly and ergonomic flooring choice, while a cork kitchen floor adds a unique texture and a padded feel.
Need help? The JWH Design & Cabinetry Team comes armed with creative design expertise to improve layout, function, flow and long-term value of your kitchen remodel project. Designing with high-quality custom cabinetry, we can fully execute our creative “out-of-the-box” space planning, interior design and kitchen cabinetry solutions. Contact us today and find out how we can help you realize your kitchen remodeling dreams!
From Boxed Atrocity to Beautiful Kitchen
We have been told that the favorite projects at JWH are the ones that require them to “think outside the box.” In this part of the country, the charming Victorians and solidly built Tudors are known to present plenty of challenges, but sometimes a 1980’s colonial can be just as tricky when it wasn’t designed properly from the start. The story of this beautiful kitchen design will shine a light on this.
In this recent project designed by JWH Design & Cabinetry, the existing kitchen was actually “in a box.” A rectangular room with long solid walls, one exterior window, and one doorway to the mudroom. To add, the cabinetry layout made no sense whatsoever! Even with a big opening to the adjoining family room, nothing about this space worked well.
Taking on the Challenge
Before the Design Team at JWH will even focus on designing the cabinetry, appliances, and countertops, they approach the space (and all the adjoining rooms) as a whole. “Fixing” the space architecturally, whether it is adding or adjusting doorways, increasing windows, or even knocking down walls, is the critical first step.
“Any cabinet dealer can simply replace white cabinets and marble countertops, but this is a disservice to the homeowner,” says Jennifer Howard, owner and principal designer at JWH Design & Cabinetry. “Improving the architecture of the room first will allow the designs to flow naturally, resulting in a space that “feels” right and functions well for the long term.”
The JWH Team begins to explore various layout options. Meanwhile, the homeowner is presented with realistic 3-d views to help them visualize their new space. In this case, the windows and new appliances had to remain. Nonetheless, new cabinetry configuration created a fully functioning kitchen. This design suit both the kids and mom. With a large island for seating, a separate Bar with an added wine unit, and a generous desk area, everyone is happy! Adjusting one door location and adding another was the simple architectural solutions that created new flow through the area. The latter thrilled this homeowner.
With the cabinetry design process now complete, the detailed shop drawings are “signed off” and in production. Next, demolition and reconstruction of this space will begin. This Connecticut family will be enjoying their new kitchen well in time for the holidays. Stay tuned for additional “In the Works” projects.
Posted by C.C. Murray, 2016
The Kitchen Concept
Before the start of the renovation of this NY home, our JWH Team measured all the existing spaces; most of which lacked flow and light. Working through several new layout options, evaluating the pros and cons of each, resulted in the “best” layout for this family. Taking the lines on the page a step further, Jennifer Howard created the realistic 3-dimensional perspective views, allowing the Clients to fully visualize their new space and feel totally confident in their decisions. The cabinetry, countertops, backsplash, lighting, flooring, and even furniture layouts can be selected (and visualized) before the actual construction begins. This not only ensures creating a cohesive end result, it allows for realistic budgets of all these materials and avoids mid-construction changes. This process at JWH is unique and highly effective.
“BEFORE” photo and JWH’s 3-D View of Proposed Kitchen
The whole house is only as good as the sum of its parts. Looking at the big picture is as important as looking at individual areas. Be it a bathroom, kitchen or family room project in question, taking all the spaces into consideration is the first step in achieving the best possible results.
AFTER: A New Transitional Look
Every project is a challenge to the JWH Team– but the more challenging the better. Check out the rest of the Before and After Photos of this project on Houzz.
A Kitchen Crisis meets Innovative Team
Removing an expensive Christopher Peacock Kitchen was a tough decision for this CT family. However, the kitchen didn’t function well, provide the necessary storage, or allow the kitchen’s proper flow to flourish (See the remarkable Before and After Photos on Houzz). Hiring Jennifer Howard for the new design and cabinetry was an easy decision and their first right step. Donating their used kitchen to charity through Green Demolitions was their second right step. And hiring the JWH Construction Management Team to coordinate their project from start to finish, was the third and final right step. The result: a whole new look and function for this fabulous Greenwich Kitchen.
Rearranging a few interior walls and doorways can make all the difference,” says designer, Jennifer Howard, who presented the idea for combining a messy storage closet and awkward walk-in pantry, to create a fabulous Wet Bar and hidden “Office” for this working Mom. Relocating and increasing the main window let in more light, thus creating a generous clean-up area, with symmetry and storage in the right places. Kids’ can serve themselves in the coffee/snack area featuring the newest Miele convection oven/microwave. The best part? They won’t get in Mom’s way while she is working at the 48″ Wolf range. And the new tall Pantry with the magnetic chalkboard doors added a charming touch and accessible storage. Once presented with the realistic 3-d perspective views, the Clients were instantly on board and the fun began.
Kitchen Renovation to the Rescue!
A classic white Kitchen evolved, with 1″ thick doors and 2″ thick marble countertops– as seen in many home magazines lately. But JWH added unique bits of character in the layout and finishing details for this Client. The custom blue-gray stained Island is a great accent in this large space. The nickel wire-front cabinets combine practical storage with an open look. The blue-gray stain repeats inside these wire cabinets and again in the open shelves next to the Wolf range. And the dark magnetic chalkboard and funky glass backsplash at the Barkeep this Kitchen from getting predictable.
The 10-week start-to-finish project was coordinated by the JWH Construction Management Team. The combination of our JWH design details and drawings, expertly executed in the field, allows for a quick and seamless project, and all for our happy Client.
Catching up on the photography of our recent renovations, this Tudor Kitchen is a prime example! Keeping the same footprint and antique leaded windows, JWH combined separate interior spaces to create an open Kitchen space. With room for cooking, family meals, and entertaining JWH really opened up this space. This new Project uploaded on Houzz shows the Before and After photos that are worth a thousand words! This was truly a kitchen challenge.
A Kitchen Challenge Overcome
The before spaces are recognizable, from the previous table area to the windows over the kitchen sink, and even the “challenging” long wall. Removing two interior walls, thick with plaster and old pipes, allowed us to create one continuous space from the newly built-in banquette across the Kitchen to the Family Room seating, and even a bonus Kids’ homework space tucked in a corner. Our JWH Construction Management Team coordinated the process from permits through painting.
The cabinetry has been designed to be classic with a modern twist. Clean lines, a mixture of slab and flat panel doors, partially exposed face frames and concealed hinges, are offset with the open walnut shelving and iron brackets. Staying away from the common “white” cabinet, the paint color is a long favorite of this homeowner. We learned this from traveling with her across the country from her previous home. The light countertops and backsplash add a beautiful contrast. Steel was needed to span a few spaces, but the JWH Construction Management Team has the expertise to make it work. The rustic beams create a warm, finishing touch, after being located in a PA barn by our partner Millshop.
From our initial 3-D perspective views, the Client and our JWH Design Team were able to work through all the details before the project ever started. The result for JWH: a streamlined process from beginning to end. The result for our Client: results beyond expectation!
Here’s a chance to see some great Before and After photos of a kitchen renovation. From dark and cramped, to open, bright and functional! Check out all the photos on HOUZZ.
Great photos showing the transformation of a local Rye home by JWH Design & Cabinetry and our Construction Management Team.
Do you remember this project we featured on our blog a few weeks ago? It’s barely recognizable from its earlier photos! Minimizing the impact of the renovation on the family, we were able to have the kitchen up and running within 5 1/2 weeks, leaving week 6 to wrap up the final touches, such as finding the perfect pendant light and barstools (courtesy of Crate & Barrel). The final touch should arrive any day now — a custom magnetic bulletin board. We pulled the blue from the piping of the custom window seat cushions for the frame and used a cream colored board for a kid friendly hub of family notes and information.
In the adjoining living room, we installed gas starters in the 100 year-old fireplace and replaced its dated brick surround with a gorgeous non-combustible marble. We kept the beautiful architectural mantel and breathed new life into it with a coat of fresh color. Maintaining the home’s beautiful architectural elements while being sensitive to what’s needed for the family was the key to protecting the value of this home and building confidence with the homeowners. As it often happens, an ongoing relationship blossomed once the homeowners saw the result and experienced firsthand how easy it was — so watch our blog for more before/afters from this family!
We’re in the midst of a complete home renovation for a family in Old Greenwich, CT that recently purchased a home within walking distance to town and the beach. Besides the ideal location, the home itself is situated on an enviable corner lotinside a classic shoreline neighborhood — absolutely gorgeous. However, despite its beautiful surroundings, the home itself was outdated and not the right fit for the family’s needs. It’s been such a pleasure working with this family to fully transform this cramped split ranch into a shingle styled custom home spanning 8000 square feet over three levels, each room with a unique purpose customized to the family’s lifestyle.
How the Project Began
The homeowner was referred to JWH and contacted us before hiring an architect. As a result, our conversations evolved from cabinetry to big picture brainstorming — and our role quickly changed to that of a general contractor. Once the architect was hired, the homeowner felt more confident in communicating their vision for the home and were actually able to sit back and enjoy the process while JWH managed the details of electrical, plumbing, painting, fabrics and furniture. Besides their peace of mind, we saved the client countless hours; consistently keeping each project to schedule and on budget.
The outdated split ranch is currently in the process of being transformed into a grand home full of graceful curves, custom moulding and specialty windows. Below, you’ll see a few pictures from the framing and sheetrocking stages, as well as the computer rendering of the kitchen design. We are anxiously awaiting December 1 when the kitchen cabinets are delivered and this computer rendering comes to life.
Keep following our blog for the stunning reveal!
A Greenwich, CT homeowner’s dream has become reality — she’s won a free JWH Kitchen Design! Keep watching our blog for updates during this exciting renovation project. Our heartfelt thanks go out to all of you that entered; it was such a pleasure reading your enthusiastic responses and sharing in your excitement over our new website.
Our winner, the mother of 4 young children, spends nearly 75% of her at-home time in the kitchen since her family loves to cook and entertain. That’s her “before” kitchen pictured below — cramped and a hindrance to their current lifestyle. For years she’s dreamed about the ease and convenience of a more modern layout, which would combine the dining room and kitchen to create a large and functional yet family-friendly space.
We can’t wait to start making this kitchen dream a reality. We’ll start with the design, streamlining the process from start to finish and minimizing the impact of the renovation on the family as much as possible. Join us online and track our progress as we post the designs and ideas for this project on our blog throughout the coming weeks.
Please continue to use our new website to save examples of your favorite designs and start planning your dream project — and at any point, join us in the JWH showroom in Rye and let us share our ideas for your dream project.
The “Before” …
Watch our blog in the coming weeks for the stunning “After !”