A modern update to a 90’s kitchen

It’s so exciting to see a space come together exactly as the drawing depicts.  In this kitchen everything was spot on.  I’m so excited to show you!

Let’s start with the before photos.


The kitchen was previously dated and just lacked any “wow” factors.  It also had a huge inefficient corner pantry.  On to the after photos!  See more about the planning process at the end of this post!

NOTE: These cabinets are from my good friends at Cabinet Kingdom here in Round Rock.

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We went through multiple rounds of options that varied quite a bit.  A goal was to get the stove centered on the back wall and that was going to be impossible without removing the corner pantry.

Below you’ll see an option where kept the existing corner pantry.  This layout was great, but it didn’t have the symmetry we were looking for.  Also, the client had expressed a desire for a double oven AND plenty of counter space.  With so much square footage being occupied by the corner pantry, alternative solutions were needed.  That’s why in this option you’ll see that I used a much wider range that serves to fill the role of the double oven.

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Now, the drawings from the final layout.

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And here is a comparison from before > drawing > after.

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What is a drawing? + Reckless reno update

Every Tuesday I stand up at my networking meeting and tell everyone that I do drawings for people who have trouble envisioning their future space, or maybe want to “try” some ideas before making a decision.  But what does that mean, really?  A “drawing”?  What is it?  The best way to tell you is to show you.

Below is the before photo of a client’s bathroom.  In this case, the client toyed around with expanding the shower while also keeping a bath tub, but a smaller one.  So, in the case of this client, the “drawing” was all about being able to visualize the options.


Sometimes you have an idea that will technically work, but once you’ve seen it, it no longer appeals to you.  In this case, removing the half walls on either side of the tub would gain a few inches for the shower, but not enough to be worth it.  Also not worth leaving the toilet so awkwardly exposed.

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So we tried it a different way, with no tub at all.

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This ended up being exactly what we were looking for which means my next job is to turn it into an actual plan with dimensions and notes for the contractor.  This helps to eliminate misinformation and miscommunication.

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In the case of this client, I loved how close the final product came to the drawing.  I still swoon over the floor.


Next, is a kitchen client who wanted to see some options, but also wanted to be able to see, in 3D, some of the big changes they were wanting to make.  Things like taking out an entire wall and moving a doorway.  Construction on this project hasn’t started yet, so there are no after photos.

Here is the current space being viewed from in the dining room. Note: A big ole wall is in the way.


Now here is the 3D perspective view of the future kitchen.

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Here you can see the current sink and stove which stay right where they are in the new plan.  However, you’re going to see a major difference when the refrigerator moves the back wall, and the large built in pantry goes away.  In addition, the kitchen expands into the current “breakfast nook” with a bank of cabinets under the wall of windows.  Note: I’m not good at taking before photos.  They’re always crooked!



Now the future space…

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I currently charge between $350 and $500 for renderings and floor plans, which includes 4 revisions.  Not every project requires a drawing or a plan, but I would say that a large portion of them do.  If you want to have some certainty in your decisions, seeing it in 3D can give you that.

Now on to my reckless renovation update!


We did some stuff, ya’ll!  BAE (My business administrative executive) scraped the ceiling in this entire portion of the house and put sheetrock back where it was missing.  I then painted the walls this not quite black color.  Eventually the pretty much black will be mostly covered by whitewashed cedar planks so only a bit of that awesome darkness will creep through.  I am soooo not looking forward to taking up that 1984 tile.  Whoever put it down did an excellent job.  30 years later, that stuff does not want to come up.

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