Northampton – Whole House Renovation
|Room(s)||Kitchen, Dining Room, Master Bath, Den|
|Project scope||Update home with aging-in-place in mind|
This is a single-family home in Spring Branch on the west side of Houston that was built in the 1950s. While some of the features were timeless and the owners wanted to preserve them, others were due for an update, for both aesthetic purposes and functionality for the owners, who are seniors. Working within both parameters, we were able to update the house so that they can enjoy it now and for years to come.
The new kitchen is night-and-day different from the old, with new cabinetry, stainless appliances, beautiful stone countertops, mosaic glass tile backsplash, fresh paint, and more.
In this second look at the new kitchen layout, one can appreciate the improved flow of the room thanks to the removal of the peninsula that jutted out. This is an extremely common configuration we see in older homes, but the renovated layout makes the room feel much larger while allowing counter clutter to instead be stored out of sight inside the island.
A hand-painted mural as old as the home itself adorned the walls of the dining room, so we built a special screen to avoid marring it while replacing the flooring, crown moulding, and paint and installing recessed lighting and a chandelier. The new lighting makes it easier for visitors to admire the unique artwork.
Pink was synonymous with the 1950s, but white is always a timeless choice. The updated master bath features new cabinets, vanity, flooring, lighting, and window shutters in a chic new color scheme. Aging-in-place touches here include lever-handle faucets and a new walk-in bathtub.
- Although the new pendant lights over the island in the kitchen are striking, the glow on the island countertop is actually from dimmable LED panels under the stone. To achieve the look we had to build a special tray on top of the cabinet that matched the cabinetry. The dimmer switch is hidden under the overhang of the countertop.
- You’ll see one of our favorite additions in the kitchen: a corner cabinet that reaches all the way down to the countertop. This provides extra storage to prevent clutter from accumulating, and also hides an outlet on the inside.