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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.
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.
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.
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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This the wall from the kitchen side that we removed to open up the kitchen to the dining area.
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.
1. Set goals for your project - Define your must haves and then any additional wants that would be amazing if they fit the budget! So often budgets and expectations don’t align. This causes a lot of running in circles!
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?
With 2017 in the rear view mirror, Evalia Design is looking ahead to an exciting 2018 for the design industry. We saw trends like whites, grays, wire brushed wood, marble surfaces, and subway tiles emerge in 2017, but with a new year brings new trends. Here's our 5 favorite interior design trends for 2018...
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.
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!
Are the thoughts of the Holidays and out of town guests leaving you feeling overwhelmed this time of year? If so, we have a special treat for you! I’ve teamed up with Jessie from Streamline and Simple and Louisa from the Neat Method to share a few simple things you can do to spend more time enjoying family and friends and less time feeling exhausted!
The holiday season is upon us! This means lots of family, friends, meals, parties, events and gifts. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be run over by this holiday season. I want to savor it, soak it all in and truly enjoy it. I want it to be simple, yet meaningful.
Here are a few tips to help make the holidays more Streamlined & Simple...
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.
It's the time of year when the air is crisp, kids are back to school, and fall is about to descend upon us. If you are like me, then you are looking for ways to simplify our daily routine and integrate habits that allow you the time to enjoy life and family!
In the heart of Pittsburgh lies the historic town of Squirrel Hill, known for its deep roots that date back nearly 100 years before the civil war occurred. Squirrel Hill's past is well preserved in the visual appearance of the town today, as most of its houses are older and traditionally styled. When taking on a remodeling job in the area, we were tasked with injecting a modern design into a house and town that have forever been about maintaining a historic aura. The need to preserve that “older feel” in the midst of a modern kitchen presented the perfect opportunity to incorporate an industrial kitchen design.
This previous Evalia Design kitchen remodel that was featured in Kitchen & Bath Design News Magazine, is a great visual testament to our design work and style. Check out the before and after pictures below to see how we turned a struggling space into the cornerstone of our client's home.