Project Spotlight: Before and After Condo Renovation

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After many months of design and remodeling our condo renovation project has come to an end! It was no small feat to work with concrete floors and move drain lines, gas lines, and electrical through this space. However, it was totally worth the wait! This condo went from 1980’s dated to classic and modern!

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Porcelain countertops, walnut veneer and white acrylic cabinetry along with glass details and new appliances were all used to bring this kitchen into the new era it so deserved!

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This coffee maker is controlled by Alexa and a new glass “window” was added between the staircase and kitchen to open up the space.

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Every surface reflects the downtown skyline! All new appliances from Don’s Appliance are incorporated into the design.

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Before Photos

View looking from the living room to the old kitchen. Step and walls were removed.

View looking from the living room to the old kitchen. Step and walls were removed.

Side view from the dining area to the old kitchen. We took out this step and half wall. Also, the wall concealing the kitchen was opened up and a new window was created to view the city from the staircase.

Side view from the dining area to the old kitchen. We took out this step and half wall. Also, the wall concealing the kitchen was opened up and a new window was created to view the city from the staircase.

View of the old kitchen.

View of the old kitchen.

Project Spotlight: Before and After Kitchen Remodel

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We believe that every great design starts with the space planning. This kitchen is a perfect example of how space planning makes a major impact on the space. The original kitchen was closed off to the family room leaving the kitchen secluded from family and guests.

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To create an inviting space for everyone, we opened up the wall between these two rooms and moved the cooktop to the opposite wall. The space wouldn’t have been long enough to accommodate this change, so by adding to this wall we were able to make the flip. The pantry cabinet near the refrigerator was placed in the old opening to the dining room and a new doorway was created near the family room to allow for proper traffic flow between the spaces.

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A new larger window floods the space with natural light which is complimented by the accent lighting in the opposing cabinetry. A custom hood was used to create a dramatic focal point.

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Coffee and tea are tucked away in this pantry cabinet. Retractable doors can be left open to allow for guests to serve themselves when you are entertaining.

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Island seating was positioned near the refrigerator to allow guest to get drinks and enjoy the view while the host is preparing the meal.

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Before Photos

View of wall that was removed to open space between kitchen and family room.

View of wall that was removed to open space between kitchen and family room.

View of old kitchen sink / window area. Bulkheads were removed and kitchen window was enlarged.

View of old kitchen sink / window area. Bulkheads were removed and kitchen window was enlarged.

View of wall were new refrigerator is located and opening that was closed to enlarge kitchen area.

View of wall were new refrigerator is located and opening that was closed to enlarge kitchen area.

Project Spotlight: Before and After Bath Renovation for Her

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Let’s face it…life is hectic! We are constantly pounded by information whether it is on social media, tv, or word of mouth. And, who doesn’t need a place to retreat to at the end of the day? I know I sure do! Updating your master bath to a place where you can relax and unwind is ideal in our modern world. There are many features that are great to incorporate for optimal revitalization. One is an air bath or soaking tub. When planning for these tubs, be sure to leave yourself room for bath items by incorporating niches, side tables, and towel bars. Tub trays are also great if the tub shape can accommodate them.

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Storage is key when you want to keep necessities out of plain site. This make-up area has a docking drawer where your hair dryer, curling iron, etc. can stay when in or out of use. A large armoire style cabinet can be used to house toiletries, towels, and even undergarments if you choose.

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Add a personalized touch with decorative hardware, perfume bottles, and custom edged countertops to express your unique style. A steam shower with essential oils is absolutely amazing after a long day! You can completely unwind in the comfort of your own home. 

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If you have a window in the bath that is limiting your shower space, incorporate it into the shower. You’ll need to seal everything properly and use materials that are durable, but it is definitely an option. Also, natural light is soothing and refreshing! Obscure glass can be used for privacy.

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Project Spotlight: Before & After Farmhouse Renovation

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This month we are sharing our latest farmhouse renovation project. It was an exciting project for us because we were able to open up the closed in space to create a kitchen with style and function!

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For this project we chose a two tone cabinet design. The bases are chalke green by Farrow & Ball and the wall cabinets are a linen color specific to our manufacturer. We opted for a granite countertop that looks similar to soapstone and a creamy taupe subway tile for the backsplash.

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The existing space was narrow and closed in. We removed several walls to open the space and reconfigured the powder room to add more storage. We added a small office space, built-in pantry storage, and a gas fireplace.

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We chose a table instead of an island so the family of six can share meals together in their new kitchen. The glass chandelier adds an interesting focal point within the space and gives off a ton of light.

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Brick veneers were used to make the new fireplace look like a chimney that was uncovered in the old home. Slate was used for the hearth.

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The sink window location was maintained and two new windows were added near the cooking wall for additional natural light.

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Rustic wood shelves and brackets are a perfect place to store beautiful and functional accessories. The leathered finish on the countertop adds texture to the space.

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Before Photos

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Project Spotlight: Before and After Kitchen Renovation

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With a wall between the existing kitchen and dining room, the client’s kitchen was cramped and congested.  To make matters worse, the kitchen was a galley style with an eat in area which literally cut the kitchen in half. 

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The clients wanted a space that felt open and inviting for entertaining.  They had two windows in the present kitchen that were lower than counter height and they didn’t want to affect the outside of the home.  There was also a bulkhead in the kitchen that contained ductwork that couldn’t be moved.

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We proposed removing the wall between the dining room and kitchen.  We created window wells to keep the windows in tact while maximizing counter space.  In order to address the bulkhead being different on each side of the kitchen we used complimentary crown details and added some character in the corner with open shelves and eclectic brackets.  A blue island and antique brass lights were used to add drama to the space and create a focal point that reflected the clients’ personal style.  They can now easy fit more than 20 guest in the space without it feeling cramped or crowded. 

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Since this is their first home together as a newly married couple, we chose products that were great quality and in line with their budget.  Fabuwood, full overlay semi-custom cabinetry, quartz countertops by Ultimate Granite and Stone, that had a marble look for added durability and easy maintenance, and Jenn Air appliances were a few of these amazing products.   

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Before Photos

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This the wall from the kitchen side that we removed to open up the kitchen to the dining area.

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This is the right side of the kitchen before we updated it.

This is the view from the dining room looking at the kitchen wall we removed.

This is the view from the dining room looking at the kitchen wall we removed.

Got the Winter Blues?

I don’t know about you, but by the beginning of February I am so over winter! Ok, let’s be honest, I’m over winter before it even starts! My mind is already drifting off to sunsets and beaches. Warm weather, grilling outdoors, and Friday night cocktail party’s with friends! So, let’s say a prayer to our friend in Punxsutawney and tell him EARLY SPRING PLEASE! Can my friends in the inner circle call in a favor for me?

Before and After | Master Bathroom Spotlight

In this month’s remodeling spotlight we have a master bathroom full of luxurious amenities located just south of Pittsburgh! Prior to the remodeling, the master bathroom was the only space in the house that lacked a transitional style. The original bathroom was dated and had a very dark complexion due to a lack of windows.  The design we came up with gave the space a more contemporary, warm feel.

It's Football Season!

What better way to enjoy the game then in a decked out basement!  This one is equipped with two large screen TV’s and pool table, juke box, poker table, bar, wine room, and full bath!

We also used a cool hinge to make these cabinets open as doors to conceal a storage room and the AV equipment for the system.  The cabinets themselves house DVD’s!

Holiday Organizing | Neat Method

Hosting for the holidays shouldn’t be stressful. Now is the time to think ahead and organize those items and areas of your home that might have been neglected over the past year—think serving pieces, glassware, guest linens, gift wrap, holiday decor and cards, and entry way closets. Neat Method offers home organizing services to organize any space in your home but specifically those high-traffic areas that need a touch up before the holidays. Our in-home services take care of anything and everything including donating/consigning of unwanted items, purchasing of necessary storage products, and setting up a sustainable, stylish organizational system.