We just put the finishing touches on a dramatic transformation and the owners are in love with their new home in Forest Hills with amazing skyline views. I'll share some pics of the living room and bedroom once the furnishings come in but first we had to show off the new kitchen!
|beautiful herringbone floors!|
|stainless black appliance add contrast, undercabinet lighting makes all the difference|
|new closets to replace those outside the kitchen|
The initial layout was very closed off from a prior renovation and we were looking to make big changes. The before and after feeling in person is even more dramatic. Here are some before pics to try to get a sense of the transformation.
|closet blocked the view of the skyline|
|Narrow entry with broom closets on both sides|
|This bench converted into closets|
|opposite of open concept|
There was a large clothing closet outside of the kitchen which choked the entry off even more.. no natural light would make it around this corner. There were also 2 narrow closets inside the kitchen which left very little counter top space. Eliminating the large closet outside the kitchen and removing the interior closets opened up the space dramatically. Topped off with bright lighting and white shaker cabinets, the kitchen feels so much more inviting with a large peninsula for entertaining.
Like most projects, there are many design details to be addressed. The dropped ceiling in the entry was seamlessly extended to the new kitchen as the closet disappeared. The recessed lights were optimized for the new space and set on dimmers for a warm inviting look when desired. The kitchen ceiling fixture ties in with the black faucet, black sink, and black cabinet hardware for a cohesive look. Light grey grout on the subway tile back-splash added a subtle pop of contrast.
Before the kitchen went in, a major priority was losing the carpeting and putting down herringbone floors. Working closely with our flooring team on the design for this space, the owners decided on a 3" x 18" select white oak solid wood flooring. Each board is both glued and nailed down to a new plywood sub-floor that is fastened to the concrete slab for a solid and perfectly flat foundation. There was an initial consideration for a border design but the clients ultimately felt that no borders would result in a cleaner look. The floors were left in a natural color (no stain) to highlight the slight variation in the white oak and finished in a satin water based poly.
|Install of nailed down plywood subflooring|
Our flooring team continues to impress me with their work. The install process is precise and detailed and the finished product is just plain awesome. We finished the trim with 5" baseboard and shoe molding to complete the look.
We can go on forever about the design details but the end product speaks for itself. This is among my favorite renos so far and working with amazing clients made this a project such an enjoyable experience.
I'll follow up with pics of the living space and bedroom once our clients are settled in. The challenge with concrete ceilings is the inability for ceiling mounted lights, so we built a light soffit along the back bedroom wall which was a major improvement. Motorized blackout blinds, Sonos home theater.. so many awesome touches.
Thanks for working with us D&J! You guys rock!