Don’t remember that one by the great Lloyd Price? Well, maybe it didn’t go exactly like that. But everyone wants rooms with functionality (personality too, for that matter). Funny thing is, we often don’t understand how unfunctional a home is until after we’ve lived in it for a while. Yet with home values down throughout Southern California and much of the country, the last thing many homeowners want to do is sell their home because it’s not as functional as they thought.
That’s where I come in. With some creativity, a little faith in your loyal home remodeling expert and some great materials, I help clients reorganize a single room or an entire house to make it work better for them.
Case in point: my recent project in Laguna Niguel. Overall, the clients liked the home and loved the location, but the rooms just weren’t meeting their needs. We did a lot of cosmetic upgrades to the home, which I’ll show you another time, but the real challenge was transforming the kitchen and second bedroom into rooms that had, well, “functionality.”
Sorry I don’t have the before photos for this one – you’ll just have to use your imagination.
Let’s start with the kitchen. The biggest problem was that the washing machine and dryer had been installed right there in the epicenter of home. Not only did they cut down on the valued workspace, but they also broke up the flow of the room.
We got them out of there, and in the open space that was left, we built these great, functional cabinets and relocated the fridge to where the washer and dryer used to be.
Then we built a 21-inch pantry where the fridge used to be, and put in the microwave and oven with warming drawer underneath, and cabinets up top.
With the washer and dryer out and the fridge moved over, that left a big working space where we put in granite countertops.
That big hole there is where we put a cooktop. I installed a hidden hood under the cabinet with a fan. You can’t see it, which makes it all the more aesthetic.
The clients didn’t like having two small sinks, so we put in one large one.
And we built a large island for added workspace. The island has a built-in trash receptacle and lots of cabinet space.
Here’s the granite. Notice how we finished the edges. That’s good craftmanship.
You see the big, open space between the sink and the post?
There was a wall there, but it made the kitchen feel closed up and kept the light out. We took the wall out, giving a much more spacious feel and bringing the light in. The pole is structural, so we had to leave it, so to give it a designer’s touch, we refaced it with wood paneling. Here it is from another angle.
The backsplash is made from edged subway tile.
It comes in a lot of colors and finishes.
For even more of a modern flair, we raised the ceiling and installed recessed lights.
The other room we remodeled was the second bedroom, which the clients wanted to use as an office. That meant they didn’t need the closet anymore. We took it out and replaced it with upper and lower shelves with pull-out drawers that will be used as filing cabinets.
On the other side of the closet, I put in an art niche with glass shelves and lights to showcase the art pieces the clients will put there. An elegant touch, wouldn’t you
And there you have it. A kitchen and office that have a lot more functionality and style than before.
So what’s going on in Irvine? Glad you asked. Permits. Often when we do major construction work, we have to get permits from the city to ensure that our building is up to code. So that’s what we’re doing. Building will continue next week.
Next time around I’ll try to come up with some more contemporary tunes – I may have to ask the kids about that. Until then, stay tuned and stay functional.
Want a room with more functionality? Call Doron for great ideas and a free estimate. 949-228-5218 or Doron@EdenFlooring.com