Many times in the renovation industry, you only see the drab “before” pictures and the fabulous “after” photos. Rarely do you get to see the process of how those beautiful after photos came to be. What’s the secret to a good renovation? The part that is rarely seen–sound construction and a solid plan.
Today we want to give you a more in-depth peek into the process of a kitchen renovation right here in Austin, TX. Our client had a load-bearing wall that she wanted to remove in the center of her kitchen. This wall made the kitchen feel closed up, dark and isolated. Her goal, like most of our goals when renovating, was to open up the space and make it lighter and brighter. This was a permitted project and one that we brought an engineer in to consult with us on the load-bearing wall.
After the space had been opened up, we had a large template with which to plan and execute a new kitchen space. We installed a large, waterfall, quartz island with a seamless countertop, and added a desk/study area and much more kitchen storage. In order to accomplish a bigger kitchen plus a study nook, we took space from the garage and laundry area and elongated the kitchen. The existing garage was long enough that the laundry room could be pushed back and yet both cars can still fit in the garage.
It was a hard couple of months for this family to live without a proper kitchen. However, in the end, they ended up with a beautiful space that adds great value to the design and to the value of their home. We love helping clients see their visions turn into a reality!