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BEFORE

A dropped ceiling complete with plastic grids hovered over this 1980’s kitchen. Oak cabinets with arched top doors,
that had yellowed with age, were tucked under the plywood covered soffit. Laminate countertops provided the
foundation for a surface mounted sink, while 4” x 4” ceramic tile covered the backsplash.
Builder Basic
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A five-foot Galley Sink centered in an Alaska White Granite Countertop is serviced by
two Delta faucets providing the heartbeat of this unique prep and serving center. Custom
full overlay cabinets by Broken Arrow Woodworks provide a wealth of storage.
Preferred Seating
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The dropped ceiling with an elaborate wood grid, effectively hid the fluorescent light bulbs while lowering the ceiling
height to seven feet. The claustrophobic feeling of the low ceiling was amplified by a row of nondescript cabinets.
Cathedral shaped cabinet doors and the magenta laminate countertops locked this kitchen firmly in the 80s.
Stuck in the 80s
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AFTER

Twin Knotty Alder Islands provide a unique design solution to spatial requirements in this kitchen. The island in the foreground
contains a warming drawer, vegetable sink and eating bar. The second island contains a beverage cooler and main sink.
The space between the islands provides a direct path between the Wolf Cooktop and the expansive walk-in pantry.
Island Living
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Decorative box beams were reflected in the high gloss finish of the hardwood floors. A used brick fireplace
façade and narrow mill finish aluminum windows effectively blocked the view of the expansive back yard.
The eight-foot ceiling height created a cramped feeling in this large family room.
Dreary Days
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AFTER

The ceiling of the family room was raised to ten feet. A double French Vault ceiling was created and
outlined by Knotty Alder decorative beams. A cast stone fireplace from Stone Legends of Dallas Texas
created a fireplace focal point. An abundance of Pella Architectural Casement Windows with simulated
divided lights wrapped around the room now provides an expansive view.
Room with a View
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Ash cabinets with cultured marble tops wrapped around the corner of this master bathroom. Framed mirrors reflect
a portion of the shower stall which is complete with polished brass framing. A standard eight foot ceiling, which
characterized the 80s look, does not take advantage of the attic space above.
Beleaguered Bath
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AFTER

Knotty Alder cabinets with inset doors from Jay Rambo Cabinets provide an abundance of storage as well
as a luxurious bathroom environment for the wife’s vanity of this master bathroom. Antique wall scones,
custom beveled glass mirrors and a Travertine Marble countertop with a Delta lavatory faucet complete her
side of this spacious master bathroom. An electrically heated floor adds a hidden source of comfort.
French Country Comfort
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The fireplace of this 80s home was covered with used brick. Complete with polished brass screen and
surrounded by twin aluminum windows with vertical blinds it was the dominant and exceptionally ugly
focal point in this master bedroom. Worn carpet covered the floor.
The Blank Canvas
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AFTER

A cast stone fireplace, custom fabricated by Stone Legends of Dallas Texas, transformed the
fireplace from ugly to beautiful. A double French vault ceiling took advantage of attic space
above the room. Oak hardwood floors replaced the carpet. Custom drapes from Leslie Elliot
Interiors complement the traditional club chairs in this revitalized master bedroom.
A Woman’s Touch
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BEFORE

A brick covered fireplace surround with oak fireplace mantle and legs were the focal point in this family room.
Surrounded by twin aluminum casement windows, it had no visual interest. An eight- foot high ceiling limited
the comfort level in the room. It along with a worn carpet and pad called out for change in this room.
Pretty Basic

Design: Edward Kaplan | Construction: The Buckingham Group

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AFTER

The existing fireplace surround was removed and furred out to give added dimension to the fireplace surround. It was
then covered with a Cross Cut Travertine Tile from Visions Tile & Stone. The ceiling was raised to ten feet with a double
French Vault taking advantage of available attic space above. Pella Architectural fixed clear view windows were added
for additional light. An oak hardwood floor and custom furniture completed the transformation.
Laid-Back & Posh
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A small center island in this kitchen had little utility while in reality it encumbered traffic flow during
meal preparation. Oak cabinets with visible hinges dated this home to the late 80s. Laminate
countertops and four-inch tile on the backsplash completed the 80s picture. A combination of
carpet, wood flooring and walls defined individual rooms in this home.
Cluttered & Cramped
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The kitchen was opened up to the family room by removing a load bearing wall. An abundance of seating space
was created with Alaska White granite overhangs on two sides of the kitchen cabinets. A strong focal point was
created by renovating the fireplace with a Cross Cut Travertine face. New hardwood floors now run throughout
the first level, unitizing the family room, kitchen and adjoining library.
Family Friendly
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The 1500sf basement of this 1928 vintage Maple Ridge home had fallen into disrepair. Leaking basement walls
had provided all of the moisture needed to warp the original hardwood floors. The dark and wet basement created
the perfect environment for mold growth which was beginning to permeate the balance of the home.
A Neglected Space
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To solve the basements water intrusion problems its entire perimeter was excavated exposing the basement walls and
footings. French drains were installed, the basement walls were sealed with mastic and the excavation backfilled with
a combination of crushed rock and topsoil. Existing window wells were reconstructed bringing in much needed light
through custom made Pella Architectural series casement windows. A cast stone fireplace surround replaced the brick
veneer. New moldings that matched the original were created by custom grinding knifes at Southern Millwork. A
Travertine tile floor was installed throughout the renovated living space.
Bring in the Light
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Green linoleum countertops, with polished chrome edge treatment along with flat plywood doors and a
large electric range locked this home in the 50s. The cased opening lead into an adjoining room which
was a giant walk in pantry where groceries could be delivered from the local high-end grocery.
Untapped Potential
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The wall separating the pantry from the kitchen was removed opening up the space into a long and luxurious
kitchen. Brazilian Mahogany Euro Style cabinets, twin Bosch dishwashers, a Wolf dual fuel range & exhaust
hood and abundant countertop surfaces create the perfect kitchen for entertaining. Three large picture windows
light the kitchen and allow a view of the expansive front lawn.
Form meets Function
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The dark and dated kitchen was locked in the 80’s and in significant need of a 21st century update to
boost its floor space, function and aesthetics. Adding to this major problem were outdated appliances,
laminate countertops, an undulating Mexican Tile floor and builder basic seven-foot tall orangey-ash
cabinets, which in themselves stuck out as a sore thumb.
Dysfunctional Design
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With a wall removed, the kitchen has become an integral part of the home’s entertainment space.
Twin islands with "African Fantasy" Granite countertops provide an expansive workspace for the
husband and wife gourmet cooks. Jay Rambo Knotty Alder cabinets with inset doors provides customized
storage. Kohler farm front and vegetable sinks are integrated into the island cooking center. His and her
clothes closets are disguised as kitchen cabinets at the end of the kitchen.
Custom All the Way
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A painted sandstone fireplace with disproportionately squat firebox were the dominant features in this
family room. Inefficient casement windows outfitted with surface mounted miniblinds gathered dust as
they shielded the carpeted floor from the sun rising to the east.
Stuck in the 80s
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Pella Designer Series casement windows, outfitted with interior miniblinds, were installed for added comfort
and convenience. A cast concrete fireplace mantle and surround with a linen finish, custom manufactured by
Solus Fireplaces of Vancouver B.C. embraces a Napoleon HD35 fireplace insert. Complete with a remote-
controlled flame it provides a romantic setting in the room. A ten-foot tall wall of split slate from Emser Tile &
Stone adds both beauty & visual interest to the fireplace wall.
Stunning in Slate
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A vanity with his and hers cultured marble tops were crammed into the corner of this master bathroom in
this south Tulsa home. The yellowed peeling finish on the ash cabinets coupled with polished brass faucets
and an impractical floor covering of carpet placed an explanation point on the need for an update.
Cornered and Cramped
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The layout of the master bath was totally reconfigured thereby enabling, both the husband
and wife to have separate vanities. Brazilian Mahogany (Sapele) cabinets were designed and
custom manufactured for this bathroom. Etched glass mirrors and custom wall sconces add
both decorative and functional features to the space. A Kohler surface mounted vessel lavatory
provides both clean-up-space and a cosmetic center for the wife.
A Sophisticated Sanctuary
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A mammoth cultured marble tub for two complete with a polished brass tub filler were the focal points as you entered this
master bathroom. Fussy, outdated wallpaper, an aluminum window, carpeted floors and an abundance of louvered doors
created a maze of dated visual effects.
Past its Prime
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AFTER

This Bain Ultra air tub is filled with a Kohler floor mounted tub filler. Characterized by its many programable
luxury features the user is able to activate stimulating air jets, Chromo-Therapy lighting and or Vibra Acoustic
treatments all while relaxing in the tub. Release your imagination and focus on how you would like to either
start or end your day in this master bathroom air tub.
The Art of Relaxation
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BEFORE

Typical of the 80s this master bath was a bewildering assembly of cultured marble. A whirlpool
tub for two and a large shower complete with six foot tall cultured marble swan along with
polished brass fixtures screamed for replacement.
The Swan Song
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AFTER

The walls and ceiling of this custom frameless steam shower are covered with Travertine Marble Slabs. Oil rubbed bronze Delta
plumbing fixtures provide a choice of a showering experience. A Kohler whirlpool tub with a stimulating array of jets is centered
in a custom Knotty Alder tub surround. A double French Vault Ceiling adds a spacious feeling to this master bathroom.
Luxurious Lair
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