A Kitchen on the Move--Relocating & Refreshing a Condo Kitchen

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This beautiful downtown Austin condo had so much going for it. Beautiful ceilings and architecture throughout, a great location, and good bones. However, the kitchen had room for improvement. It was located in a very cramped space and simply was not functional where it was in the entry space of the condo. There was a wrapped post in the middle of the island, very little countertop space and no natural light, which made food prep very challenging. Due to the concrete walls and ceilings in the condo already, the client worked with an architect and Allison Crawford who opted to keep the industrial style throughout the new kitchen plans and design. The final product has an antique mirror backsplash, dark navy blue cabinets, and lots of very accessible black granite countertop surfaces! Check out this amazing kitchen transformation below!

The previous kitchen was cramped and not very functional. However, moving the entire kitchen to the living room meant relocating electrical and plumbing, which is a logistical challenge in any condo space!

The previous kitchen was cramped and not very functional. However, moving the entire kitchen to the living room meant relocating electrical and plumbing, which is a logistical challenge in any condo space!

The newly relocated and renovated kitchen provides a welcoming space that is easy to use with lots of countertop & storage space!

The newly relocated and renovated kitchen provides a welcoming space that is easy to use with lots of countertop & storage space!

The selection and installation of materials kept with the industrial feel of the kitchen. Here are some that contributed to the overall design aesthetic: Appliances— Bosch Black Stainless Steel; Countertops—Honed Black Leather Granite; Backsplash—Custom Antique Mirror Panels; Faucet—Delta Matte Black; Cabinetry paint—Farrow & Ball Railings; Pulls & Hardware—Antique Brass or Matte Black. Allison Crawford, Designer.

The selection and installation of materials kept with the industrial feel of the kitchen. Here are some that contributed to the overall design aesthetic: Appliances— Bosch Black Stainless Steel; Countertops—Honed Black Leather Granite; Backsplash—Custom Antique Mirror Panels; Faucet—Delta Matte Black; Cabinetry paint—Farrow & Ball Railings; Pulls & Hardware—Antique Brass or Matte Black. Allison Crawford, Designer.

This kitchen condo renovation teaches all of of us to rethink the spaces in our home. Do you have a room that would make a better kitchen than the one you are currently using? Are there walls in your current space that could be removed to open up a more natural traffic flow in your house? What are you dreaming for your space? Contact Skelly Home today for a free walk through!

Designer: Allison Crawford Design

Photos: Sophie Epton Photography

Our Favorite Countertop Options (for any budget!)

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But I love them all…

When you start dreaming about renovating your kitchen or bathroom, countertops are usually the very first thing you envision ripping out and replacing! Like many other areas of renovation, once you begin shopping around for a new countertop, the options are endless and the nicest options begin to stick out as the ones you don’t want, but you need.

Today, we’re going to share with you our favorite countertop options. There’s a great countertop out there for every budget, it’s just a matter of envisioning which is best for your space and your household’s needs.

QUARTZ

For those that love the look of marble but want the ease of a low-maintenance countertop, quartz is the perfect choice! Quartz countertops are durable, easy to clean, easy to maintain, and look great in every space.

Seen above, quartz countertops are man-made, so there is little variation in the batches. The sample you pick will likely resemble the final product.


QUARTZITE

Similar to quartz is quartzite. Unlike quartz, quartzite is a natural stone, and therefore will have more variation among veining and coloration from batch to batch. Quartzite is durable and is actually a bit more heat and scratch resistant than quartz.

Above you can see some images of our favorite quartzite, Taj Mahal Quartzite.


GRANITE

Granite is quite literally rock-hard, and the great thing about granite is that even if it does chip, repairing granite can be done easily and can usually be a small DIY project. More variation of color and veining can be found in granite than in quartz, so there’s lots to choose from.

We don’t install granite often, but above you can see some of our favorite granite slabs.


MARBLE

Marble is naturally heat resistant, and it’s a wonderful choice for a countertop surface. Every slab of marble is different, so the look of marble in your home is truly unique. Marble is also usually stained and/or sealed for extra protection.

We typically don’t suggest installing marble in kitchens because it is so porous.


TRAVERTINE

The Colosseum was created form Travertine, so if durability is a question, you’ve got your answer right there. Travertine countertops are available in cross-cut or vein-cut slabs, and both look great. Travertine tops can also be used in outdoor areas, like around a fire-pit or as a countertop adjacent to your BBQ.

Travertine is a bit more pricey, but it’s long-lasting and will add value to your home.


LIVE EDGE WOOD SLAB

This is a personal favorite here at Skelly Home. Sean and I actually used live-edge maple in our first condo after we got married. A live edge countertop creates a focal point for your space. Live edge slabs allow you to see the natural knots, curls, and marbling of the wood grain as well.

There is a bit more maintenance required for this look, but we personally think it’s worth it.


Do you have any questions about which countertop will work best in your home? Don’t hesitate to reach out to us, even if it’s only to ask one small question!