How Showers Have Become a Focal Point in Bathroom Renovations

It wasn't too long ago that separate showers were a convenience but not a necessity in the home. Occasionally, a second bathroom was equipped with only a shower, but that was usually considered a nod to limited space or budget and deemed to be a less than ideal solution. A standard tub with a single shower head, even in a master bath was the norm. Not so any longer.

A custom frameless shower door and enclosure encloses this master shower. The walls are covered with full body porcelain tiles. A combination of a fixed shower head and personal shower provide a choice of showering. The heated shower seat capped with an Alaska White Granite slab provides a place to relax while enjoying the soft spray of warm water.

Today, in luxurious master baths, a large and imposing shower is often the focal point, with or without a freestanding tub. Things have changed dramatically. And the best of today's showers are nothing if not dramatic!

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How to Remodel a Kitchen & Master Bath

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.

Background

Our client’s home was surrounded by a hard to replace collection of mature trees. It was located in a quiet neighborhood that was known for its interesting collection of architectural styles. It had a back yard pool that was perfect for the empty nesters to have family gatherings.

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9 Bathroom Design Trends for 2020

His and her vanities surround a Kohler cast iron whirlpool in this master bathroom. The Euro style frameless cabinets are finished with ten coats of Dupont Automotive Lacquer. Jaclo Faucets and a Kohler cast iron whirlpool are mounted on a cantilevered platform that gives the illusion of the tub being suspended in space. A cathedral ceiling with Velux Skylights provide a tranquil environment for an evening soak under the stars.

Do you remember when the hottest bathroom features were gold-plated swan faucets? Those days are long gone and best forgotten, and other design excesses of the time, including pink marble heart-shaped soaking tubs, are now equally laughable.

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How to Remodel an Outdoor Kitchen

Background 

The Buckingham Group had recently completed both a master bathroom and guest bathroom remodel for our client. We were in the design stages of a kitchen remodel, which was to be the second phase of a planned multiphase total home renovation. The new year had just begun, a new swimming pool was under construction in the back yard when we received a phone call. The owners decided to change direction, placing the kitchen remodel on hold. They felt that the needs of their family and teenage children would be best served by creating a final project in their rear yard. The family dynamics of an outdoor kitchen would close the circle in what they envisioned as an entire outdoor living experience. They felt it would become the centerpiece for both their children’s and family’s social activities.

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55+ Design Makes Good Sense for Any Age Group

A homeowner can age-in-place in this user-friendly kitchen. The perimeter of the large center island is surrounded by 42” - 48” wide aisles providing ease of access for current and future needs in the event that wheel-chair access is required.

At The Buckingham Group, we respect tradition. We tend to think that good design is ageless, and that building homes to nurture, sustain and delight residents of all ages is a calling. It's a concept that we believe should drive all architecture and interior design.

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How to Create an Open Floor Plan

Background 

As empty nesters, our clients were confronting the traditional dilemma of most home owners, that being to move or improve. Two of their three children were married and the third was in college. It was time to either find, or create a household that would provide them with not only updated amenities but an environment within which they could entertain their growing family and friends. To assess what was right for both them and their house they looked at other neighborhoods, but were always drawn back to their quiet cul-de-sac. With a referral from their painter, our cautious clients visited two Remodeled Tulsa tours and then selected The Buckingham Group to partner with them in the remodel of their home.

Walnut cabinets with inset transitional doors provide a striking contrast to the Alaska White granite countertops. Kitchen smoke and smells are controlled by a custom Vent-a-Hood vent with polished and brushed stainless steel finishes.

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Treat Yourself to an Easter-Ready Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of every home within which the aromas of good food mingle with the laughter of family and friends. From preparing family meals to entertaining, the functionality and design of your kitchen is one of your home’s most important features. Moments in the kitchen crystallize into cherished memories. Moments worth savoring. With a Buckingham Group kitchen such moments can become everyday events.

Easter is much more than a time for egg hunts and chocolate bunnies. In addition to its religious significance, Easter celebrates hope and new growth, the promise of warmer temperatures, and family. The focus differs from one household to another, but honored traditions and casual fun share top billing. Easter ushers in a renewal of mind and spirit, and spring celebrates a return to warmer temperatures, natural beauty and more time spent outdoors.

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How to Remodel a Total Home

Custom cedar shutters by Timberlane Wood Crafters surround the Windsor divided light replacement windows on this whole home remodel. Fixed Rogue Valley true divided light French doors finish out two walls of the sun room. Craneboard foam backed vinyl siding provides added insulation and unifies the front, sides and rear of the home.

Background

It didn’t happen suddenly over a cup of coffee or while reading the newspaper. Over a period of time, our clients had come to the conclusion that their existing home no longer fit their needs. It was time to make a hard decision, one that would involve thousands of dollars, should they stay or go? For over a year, they had gone through the normal and frustrating process of looking for a home that would accommodate their vision. After inspecting a variety of homes and the options they presented, our clients came to the conclusion that they would remodel their existing home. Initial factors influencing the decision were the home’s prime location and its proximity to their places of employment. Pushing the decision over-the-top was the unique and irreplaceable topography of their heavily wooded rear yard, which contained a crystal clear stream flowing through a rocky ravine.

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How to Design a Gourmet Kitchen

Our relationship with this client started in 1986 when, with a design build project, we converted a three-bedroom “bachelors pad” into a five-bedroom home to accommodate a newly blended family of five children. Years passed, children moved out, the original home was sold, a condominium bought and remodeled by us to provide the reduced space requirements of an empty nester' s life style. Finally, in 1996. we were engaged to provide design build services for a total remodel of their third and current home. With this home, the focus of our client was on family. Their vision was that this would become the nuclear center of family life. A place where they, their married children and grandchildren could gather for the holidays and family functions. The following paragraphs describe the problems and solutions for the kitchen portion of this total home remodel. For The Buckingham Group, this was the start of the final phase in what has been a thirty-year relationship with this client during which we have provided design build services on three different homes and completed a total of twenty-two individual projects.

Knotty Alder island cabinets support Kohler farm front and under-mount vegetable sinks to provide functional work spaces. An exotic "African Fantasy" granite with unique veining provides aesthetic appeal. A simulated fireplace mantle hides a Vent-A-Hood exhaust system. Antique Rain Glass insert cabinet doors adds visual interest to the Straw on Knotty Alder wall cabinets.

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