From Divisive to Inclusive: Bringing a Family Together During Dinnertime
Taking Home Improvement From Dreams to Reality
We love making the dreams of our clients a reality. So often, clients come to us with a problem to solve: their space does not work for them and they are looking for a change. We are in the business of making your dreams come true and ensuring that your new bathroom, kitchen, or home improvement project is a joy in your house for years to come.
The challenge for this project is one that is familiar to many: a kitchen that divided the home instead of bringing the family together. Our client was a family of four with two young girls. This growing family found dinner time divisive with the husband separated in his office adjacent to the kitchen (not quite part of the action but not quite separated either), the wife preparing dinner in the kitchen, and the young girls isolated in another part of the home.
Design: The Beginning of Kitchen Remodel
Our owner met with this family for the first time interested in their needs, background, and their goals for their home. At Wineteer Construction we like to start any home improvement project off by listening first and asking questions. You’ll hear phrases like “tell us what you dislike about your kitchen” and “what do you love and want to keep” from our very first meeting with you. Our goal is to get to know you and your family so we can do what we do best: create your dream kitchen. We recognize that you have many options to choose from when remodeling your home and we want you to make the decision that is best for you. This family had bids out with several other companies, but ultimately chose to work with Wineteer Construction for our personal touch. At Wineteer, you don’t have to jump through hoops to get your questions answered. Nick, our owner, met with this client several times before they decided to move forward with our team, and continued to be their main point of contact throughout the project. That’s the beauty of working with a small company-our team is with you every step of the way from the initial conversation to the design phase to the final touches.
Like any of our kitchen remodel projects, the family received a detailed proposal broken out into easy-to-understand sections. They knew what they were agreeing to up-front with allowances for materials clearly stated. After the proposal was approved we got to work on the design phase. Wineteer Construction is a design-build company, meaning we don’t outsource the designs to someone else. In fact, Nick constructs these designs himself after his initial meetings with our clients. How many people can say that the owner of their remodeling company personally designed their kitchen?
The Home Renovation Process
For this project we had the goal of creating a functional, yet beautiful kitchen to bring the family together. The space had several doorframes closing people in so we started by opening up the space to bring everyone into the same area. We helped this family imagine dinnertime unencumbered by walls. Through our 3D design software, they were able to picture the husband wrapping up work by his desk in an alcove with no doors while the wife started on dinner, the children playing within view over the new Peninsula Island. We actually created two versions of drawings for this particular project. The initial concept has less separation between the work area and the kitchen while the second helps divide the spaces more. We created a space that would grow with the family as the girls began to learn to cook and clean. Our client had just purchased beautiful new stainless steel coordinating appliances and wanted to keep those in their new space, which helped with cost-savings. The client also wanted to bring a unique color palette into their home, so we designed a kitchen with green cabinets. Part of the design process is iterating on ideas; in this case we originally discussed Dried Thyme colored cabinets with beech wood accents, but settled on Sherwin Williams Pewter Green with gold hardware and a Moen brushed gold pulldown faucet to match. We also installed a garbage disposal air switch on the counter since there is not a wall for the switch. The switch is gold as well and brings together both form and function. The designs that were shared with the client showed those green cabinets and stainless-steel appliances, which really helped our client to imagine this space as their new kitchen.
Your Kitchen Renovators: Specializing in Design-Build Remodeling
Making dreams a reality is what we specialize in, and we did this by pulling the upper cabinets back from the window and running the backsplash tile all the way up to the ceiling for a unique element. Removing the dividing wall between the kitchen and dining room really opened up the floor plan. Our client had an attachment to the window above the stove, so we kept that piece of their kitchen. Knowing this going into the design phase helped us to bring together their vision. We also tied new kitchen floors into the old hardwoods. We matched floors and stain, lacing them in so there was no visible seam. This project has brand-new lighting throughout and new quartz countertops.
You don’t have to remain in a kitchen or space that doesn’t work for you. Wineteer Construction can help you create a space you will love. Our projects will grow with your family for years. This is why we’ve adopted the phrase “Remodel for Life”. If you’re interested in designing and creating your perfect new space, give us a call. We can’t wait to turn your dreams into a reality.
Check out the finished project! Click into each photo if you would like to see a closer view.