HOW A STRESSFUL KITCHEN REMODEL BECAME CREATIVE AND FUN
Major kitchen overhauls represent a huge investment of time, energy, and trust. Think about it — after carefully poring over and painstakingly selecting paint colors, cupboard styles, flooring options, fixtures, appliances, floor plan layouts, window treatments, etc., you have to trust that your contractors will deliver something that meets your vision.
Sounds stressful, doesn’t it? But there is a way to improve the trust with your contractors and service providers… and consequently free up your energy for a fun, creative kitchen remodel. Recently, a friendly couple discovered first-hand how they could renew their trust in their service providers and embrace the fun in their remodeling project.
A Little Background
When the couple first contacted me, they were in the process of planning a major kitchen overhaul. They had plans and elevations drawn up by a reputable kitchen designer. But they were getting frustrated because they just couldn’t visualize the end result from those black-and-white CAD drawings. Luckily, as they were looking through an issue of DesignNY magazine, they saw the write-up about CastleView 3D.
They sent me a message.
“We are planning a remodel and having difficulty with our plans. The folks doing the kitchen have very limited imaging software and we are having difficulty communicating our wishes. Can you help?”
Why, yes! Yes, I can help!
Since the couple only lived about 40 minutes away, I got in my car and paid a visit to their home (a rare treat for someone who works virtually with people all over the country). We talked about what they wanted, I took some photos, and they gave me copies of the plans and elevations prepared by their kitchen designer.
More than a Kitchen
As we chatted, it quickly became obvious that they weren’t just remodeling their kitchen — they were actually redesigning the entire main living area of their home. The home had undergone some quirky remodeling before they purchased it. The kitchen was enclosed by partial walls within a great room with a vaulted ceiling (see photos). There was an awkward spiral staircase directly inside the main entry which they were planning to replace. They also wanted to give the fireplace wall a makeover by eliminating the stone facing, adding a hearth, and incorporating a Kozy Heat gas fireplace.
The Innovative Vision
This couple loves to cook and entertain. Their plan was to remove the partial walls surrounding the kitchen and extend the kitchen area across the whole back side of the great room, allowing them to use the entire space to socialize and interact with their guests. A large center island would be added, as well as cabinet/work areas at each end. They had decided on painted black and white cabinets with custom-made concrete countertops. The center island was to include a bar-height counter in the general shape of the Nike® “swoosh” logo, with the front covered in sheet metal with rivets. As a final playful touch, they wanted to incorporate a custom bubble tile mural from Mercury Mosaics on the back wall above the stove (similar to this one, inspired by the work of artist Gustav Klimt).
The overall effect was innovative and modern yet filled with creativity and fun!
Using their plans, elevations, and ideas for materials, finishes, appliances, lighting, and decor, I created a detailed 3D model of the space. Then we worked together through several draft versions to arrive at these final renderings of their new kitchen design (click images to see full-size):
A WONDERFUL WORKING RELATIONSHIP
My clients were ecstatic to see their ideal kitchen come to life. Once they had a good understanding of the process, they really got into trying out different ideas and finish materials to see how they’d look and whether they would work out as they hoped.
After all, with detailed 3D renderings you are free to play with ideas without the risks of investing piles of time and money!
I received a lovely thank-you note at the completion of the project (as well as a really nice review on my Houzz profile):
I am so very pleased with these photos [renderings]. It has made my kitchen come alive! I will be using these religiously to get through the chaos of the remodel. Thank you so much!
These clients were great to work with because they really discovered the value of 3D renderings in helping them to achieve the exciting, fun kitchen of their dreams. In the end, they knew exactly what they wanted and were able to communicate that vision clearly to their contractors and service providers. It was a win for everyone!