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.
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.
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.
There is little doubt that celebrating in the company of family and good friends is what makes the holidays special. But if your home in Tulsa felt a little cramped this season, you may have looked upon the festivities as a kind of mixed blessing. Whether your home is considered the hub of neighborhood activities throughout the year, or it qualifies as "Grandma's house" from Thanksgiving through New Year's, if it's not designed to handle a crowd, your holidays can become less than happy.
It's not too early to begin planning for next year's celebrations. Gaining space doesn't necessarily have to mean a new addition.
A wall separating the kitchen and family room was removed creating a combined space that would become the focus of family activities within the home. The ceiling of the family room was raised from 8’ to 10’ taking advantage of unused attic space. The traditional brick fireplace was replaced with a Cross Cut Travertine fireplace surround. Pella windows were added for additional light.
Our client, like most of us, had focused their attention for upgrading and home remodeling on its interior. Over a series of several years, their design daydreams had stimulated and provided the impetus for contracting for a new kitchen, powder room and master bathroom. Complementing these major projects were new furniture and paint throughout. As the husband contemplated retirement, there was one thing that still bothered them. It was the exterior of their home which was still locked in the 80’s. They wanted a home whose exterior would make them beam with satisfaction as they entered their driveway.
The kitchen is often the heart of the home. It’s where the kids get their homework done, where you enjoy a glass of wine with a good friend, and where everyone gathers for meals. It should be a space that’s highly functional, but also beautiful and fitting to your personality. If a kitchen remodel is in the works for your home, consider these common mistakes homeowners make when remodeling:
1. Setting an Unrealistic Budget
Your kitchen remodel can be as complex or simplistic as you like, but your budget needs to match. Before getting any project started, work with a contractor to get ideas on what you can expect to pay. The cost of remodeling a kitchen can range from $30,000 up to $200,000 or more depending on materials, scale, and features.
You spend hours every week in your master bathroom. From a quick shower on the way to work to a relaxing evening bath to soak away your aches and pains, your master bathroom is a haven in your busy life. Everyone wants a bathroom that is a reflection of their personal style, as well as delivering comfort and convenience. When the time comes to renovate or upgrade your master bath, it is vital to plan every detail to make sure you get the most from your “getaway” space.
The footprints of the master bathroom and kitchen were small and could not be enlarged without taking space from the adjoining rooms. The kitchen lacked purposeful storage space and a “workable flow.” The bathroom had everything it needed to be functional but was boring and dated. Though restricted in square footage by surrounding walls, our challenge was to ensure both the kitchen and master bathroom, became aesthetically appealing with enhanced function and space.
Our clients loved the home they had purchased from her parents. It was convenient to places of employment, had an expansive back yard and with three bedrooms and two baths, it was perfect for their growing family. So, what was the problem? The home was in need of an update.
The husband’s employer recommended The Buckingham Group. In 2013 we started a three-phase remodeling project. Our first remodel updated the master and children’s bathrooms. After several years passed, we added an outdoor kitchen to complete their vision for an outdoor living space. Last but not least, the soon to be empty nester clients tackled the kitchen. They wanted to create a hub for the two to hang out in while simultaneously providing an efficient highly organized workspace for cooking.