Apex recently renovated a 1930’s Gambrel home with an eyesore of a kitchen, complete with a weary set of cut-rate cabinets.
The homeowners wanted a sleek new space that was open and functional, but still retained the home’s original charm, warmth and character.
The first thing the Apex crew did after gutting the old space is open up the cramped floor plan, giving it a modern flow that made it brighter and more efficient.
We swapped out the dated old cabinets for a new two-tone scheme with sleek white uppers and warm walnut base cabinets for contrast.
Apex helped the homeowner come up with the design for the cabinetry, which was based on inspiration photo she had pulled from a magazine. We moved the position of the stove to give the space a better flow.
The new kitchen and dining space was not only designed to look good, but to work hard. A rugged wood-look porcelain tile went down on the floor, chosen because it has all the appeal of wood, but was sturdy enough to stand up to years of wear and tear. We extended the tile from the front foyer throughout all the main living spaces to maintain an open flow through the space and added radiant heating to keep in warm in the winter months.
The Apex team knows that in an older home, it’s even more important to maximize existing space. We were able to carve out additional space by cleverly recessing display shelving into the walls, adding walnut details that tied the integrated shelving in with the kitchen cabinetry. The television was also recessed for a sleek appearance.
In addition to integrating shelving, the dining space was brought to life with a gorgeous custom-made table and a porcelain antler light for a touch of whimsy.
In addition to the kitchen and dining space, Apex also remodeled a modest sized ½ bath off the kitchen. To maximize small space the team installed a custom-cut curved wood countertop, topped with a vessel sink. We also added a walnut accent wall using planks from the fireplace surround. This detail not only added interest to the space, but tied it visually to the kitchen design.
In the end, this old home got the facelift it needed, while retaining its original charm.