Pocket Doors

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As cute as they sound, pocket doors can be one of the most useful, space saving elements when renovating your home. A pocket door is a sliding door that disappears, when fully open, into a compartment in the adjacent wall. They’re there when you need privacy and gone when you don’t. We have installed many pocket doors throughout many of our projects here at Skelly Home. They have saved a lot of space for homeowners and helped them be much more practical in the conservation of space. Can you find the pocket door in each of the images below?

What are the benefits of having a pocket door in my home?

In a bedroom or living room, a swinging door may slam into nearby furniture and make it difficult to open the door fully.  In a closet, the swing of a door can mean fewer shelves and less hanging space inside. In these instances, a pocket door can be the best option. Did you know…installing a pocket door rather than a hinged door can add an average of ten square feet of floor space!

When you have a pocket door installed, you no longer have to worry about keeping a door closed or losing space with an open doorway. Also, some spaces like a closet only require privacy sometimes. When privacy is not needed, the pocket door can remain open and create a much more spacious feel to the room.

This type of door doesn’t just save space—it can also solve problems, particularly in tight spots. For example, a pocket door might be used in a small half-bath or powder room that simply doesn’t have enough space for a door to swing in or out. Therefore, the use of a pocket door could eliminate the need for stealing space from a nearby closet or similar area. This is a big payoff!

So what do you think?  Do you love pocket doors?  If you have a pocket door in your home, what do you like/dislike about it? Let us know in the comments below!

A Complete Transformation in NW Hills

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Northwest Hills is one of Austin’s most sought after neighborhoods—its schools, its convenient location to Downtown, and its rolling hills with developed trees and landscaping all contribute to its popularity. The only problem with this particular house, built in 1977, was that it was in need of some major updating!

Our clients contacted designer Christian Ales to draw up the design plans, and Skelly Home got to work on the construction of this project. The result, as you can see from the before and afters, is a fresh, clean palette and an updated look that will make this house sought after for many more years to come!

Many rooms in this house received a renovation, including the living room, wet bar, kitchen, master bathroom, and laundry room. Take a look at the before and afters and see what a big difference a renovation can make!

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The mantle served as a feature focal point in the living room, per Christen Ales’ vision. She wanted to continue showing it off and enjoying it, but also ensure its practicality for the homeowners. The current fireplace tile was demoed out and replaced. New wood shelves were installed to replace the existing glass shelving. Electrically, outlets were added for the TV and scone lights were added overhead to make the built-ins appear elongated.

The full interior of the home was repainted, including all the walls, trim and doors. For the flooring, we demoed out the current carpeting in the house & installed a new birch toned carpet + carpet pad. The hardwood flooring was kept the same but was sanded down, stained, and then sealed with a poly finishing coat.

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My favorite part of this renovation was probably the smallest renovated area - the wet bar! New cabinetry doors and drawers for the lower half and the uppers received custom floating shelving, giving it a night light appearance. A wine fridge and ice maker machine was installed along with decorative light fixtures. To finish off the detailing, Silestone countertops and backsplash were added.

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In this project, the entire kitchen was demoed out. New appliances were installed, including a new sink, refrigerator, and dishwasher. Wiring was done for decorative lighting over the peninsula. The existing can lights were re-spaced after the drywall was installed. Speaking of dry walls, all new drywall was fitted after removing fur downs and the entire ceiling. The ceiling was then raised to open up the room and bring in more light to the room.

The entire cabinetry was replaced with new, storage optimizing cabinetry. This included ceiling reaching cabinets, a trash pull out and pull out shelving. White oak detailing was used on the shelving as well as around the vent hood. Silestone countertops were then added on top of the gold accented cabinetry. The finishing touch of this room was the 18’’ backsplash tiling that reaches around the vent hood and up to the ceiling. The same tiling was then added to the sink area surrounding the window.

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Gutting out the master bathroom was our next focus. We said goodbye to all the doors, vanities and the shower area, which would later become part of the closet. A pocket door was installed for the toilet room. New closet doors and entryway doors were added as well. A shaker style double vanity set was in the works, topped off with quartz Fiji countertops along with matching cabinets over the toilet.

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And finally, the laundry room. Although the renovation to the laundry room was mainly cosmetic, many changes were made to maximize the space in the laundry room. In order to do this, the framing had to be reworked, and a pocket door was installed. Two new recessed can lights were wired to draw attention to the repainted cabinetry and accented floor tiling.

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What about your home? Have you been remodeling your space in your head for many years? Now is a great time to turn those dreams into reality!

Zilker Modern: From Builder Grade to Custom Finishes

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Have you ever wished your home looked and felt a little more like you?

One of our recent renovation projects accomplished that very goal—to transform a standard builder grade home in the Zilker neighborhood into a dream custom home for our clients. Etch Design created the custom design plans, Skelly Home Renovations executed the construction and installation, and the result is a one of kind, modern design!

In the kitchen, dark cabinets were paired with bright white, creating a striking look that is especially popular in modern design, thanks to Etch Design Group. To start off, we built a custom floor to ceiling center cabinet to replace the current unit. Next, we sanded and sprayed the existing kitchen cabinetry + new custom cabinetry to a dark gravel gray. We installed Maestro Quartz on the perimeter countertops & backsplash, and gold polished pulls on the cabinetry. Finally, custom lighting replaced builder grade lighting, and Cambrian Black 2cm countertops were installed on the island to complement the white cabinetry underneath.

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Haven’t you heard? Wallpaper is making a huge comeback! The homeowners were on board with Etch Design when they proposed this trend and the featured variety of styles that transformed this home into a custom one of a kind space. One of the main features of this renovation plan: custom wallpaper! Notice in the rooms below how custom wallpaper adds character and authenticity to a space!

Back Powder Room: First, the existing mirror and light fixture was demoed and hauled off. Next up was some drywall work. Before installing any kind of wallpaper, make sure your walls are smoothed out and prepped properly! After prepping, we installed this eccentric geometric new wallpaper and the half bath ceiling received a new coat of paint and ceiling trim. To finish out the room, a new mirror that perfectly fits the space replaced the existing one.

Back Powder Room: First, the existing mirror and light fixture was demoed and hauled off. Next up was some drywall work. Before installing any kind of wallpaper, make sure your walls are smoothed out and prepped properly! After prepping, we installed this eccentric geometric new wallpaper and the half bath ceiling received a new coat of paint and ceiling trim. To finish out the room, a new mirror that perfectly fits the space replaced the existing one.

In the front powder bath, we installed wainscoting, which provides the perfect mix of function and style by adorning the lower half of walls while also protecting the wall from scuffs and smudges. The shiplap trim was then painted a dark gravel color that matches the newly installed print wallpaper.

In the front powder bath, we installed wainscoting, which provides the perfect mix of function and style by adorning the lower half of walls while also protecting the wall from scuffs and smudges. The shiplap trim was then painted a dark gravel color that matches the newly installed print wallpaper.

Yet another bathroom received a brand new look when we smoothed out the walls and installed this fun patterned wallpaper!

For the laundry room, the design team decided to move from the walls to the floor for inspiration. A little tile can go a long way to transform a space and make it look like a custom project. Skelly Home demoed out the current flooring in the laundry room and replaced it with black and white accent tiles. The flooring is the star of the laundry room— it provides the pattern and interest, while the walls and cabinets were painted more muted colors that do not compete with the flooring.

Are you getting ideas how to transform your space into more of a custom home that reflects your style and interests? Skelly Home can help you turn that vision or design plan into reality! Contact us today to get started on an estimate for your home!



Zilker Contemporary--A Kitchen And Master Bath Renovation

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Renovations for this project began at the door. Literally! The front door and back doors were replaced, and the interior renovation consisted of the kitchen and the master bathroom. A full interior repaint of the walls and ceilings was done, along with all of the trim. Becca Stephens designed this renovation, and Skelly Home had the honor of executing her design plans.

The skeleton of the kitchen was too awesome not to keep. It just needed a modern facelift. New doors and drawer fronts were installed to the already existing cabinetry; they were sanded and painted a deep navy blue color. Becca’s kitchen design started with us demoing the current island countertop and installing a quartz waterfall countertop.

One of the best features of this kitchen is the mosaic backsplash that was hand cut and selected, making this backsplash a one of kind piece of artwork selected by Becca Stephens Interiors. The electrical outlets were replaced to a white color in order to match the tiles. Throughout the first floor, the hardwood wood floor was demoed out and replaced by large tile, as well as new baseboards.

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Signs you may be standing in a custom kitchen, top from L to R and clockwise: fun, built-in storage, a combination of storage options: open shelving and closed cabinetry, custom tile patterns and designs, and custom cabinet design!

Signs you may be standing in a custom kitchen, top from L to R and clockwise: fun, built-in storage, a combination of storage options: open shelving and closed cabinetry, custom tile patterns and designs, and custom cabinet design!

The second space in the house to receive a cosmetic renovation was the master bathroom, which was completely flipped. The existing cabinetry was repainted, and wallpaper was installed. Electrically, two lights were installed above the new custom glass-front medicine cabinet, per Becca Stephens’ design plan. Changing out the edges of the master bath tile to bullnose tile was the next step. A custom frameless glass shower surround and shower door was added to the already existing shower to finish out the project!

Do you have dreams for your kitchen or master bathroom? Let this project inspire you to begin thinking what you can do in your space! Contact us for a complimentary walk through today!

Design: Becca Stephens Construction: Skelly Home Renovations Photography: Sophie Epton

Open Passageways... A Complete House Transformation in the Arboretum Area of Austin, TX

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Some clients in the Arboretum area of Austin hired Allison Jaffe Interior Design to tackle a number of limitations in their recently purchased home. In the kitchen, several areas needed to be tackled: the tile flooring was outdated, the ceilings were dropped, the amount of storage left something to be desired; and, most notably, the entire space felt closed off due to a staircase that was surrounded completely by drywall. This staircase limited sight lines and gave a closed off feeling from the minute you entered the front door. Once the design plans were final, they were passed off to Skelly Home to begin the execution of construction.

Our personal favorite part of this project is the transformation of the stairs. Allison Jaffe worked with the existing stair location while creating an open concept with glass and posts, therefore being able to see directly into the kitchen, while also reflecting the natural light with the glass. The bold staircase is wrapped with stained white oak and has glass inserts and steel brackets. It is a perfect design combination of wood, metal and glass. Construction wise these stairs were a large portion of the project as each post is structural and essential to the framework of the house.

Opening the sheet rocked stairway up greatly increased the visibility from the kitchen all the way to the front door while adding light to the space and a much cleaner aesthetic to the design.

Opening the sheet rocked stairway up greatly increased the visibility from the kitchen all the way to the front door while adding light to the space and a much cleaner aesthetic to the design.

The kitchen storage deficiency was perfectly designed by Allison Jaffe and team. The plan included removing the sliding glass doors and inserting a window instead to obtain more countertop space. This enabled a seating space for two people as well as a pass-through window for the exterior eating space. The kitchen cabinets are flat-panel, full overlay with a combination of paint grade and stain grade white oak.

The kitchen was fully gutted, re-configured and rebuilt. The sliding glass doors in the kitchen were removed and the countertop was extended so there was seating space for 2-3. This renovation allowed for a pass through window in the kitchen and a countertop on the exterior for eating space when it’s nice outside.

The kitchen was fully gutted, re-configured and rebuilt. The sliding glass doors in the kitchen were removed and the countertop was extended so there was seating space for 2-3. This renovation allowed for a pass through window in the kitchen and a countertop on the exterior for eating space when it’s nice outside.

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The guest bathroom space is now much more spacious and inviting in this home as well. The toilet is concealed by a pony wall that allows for privacy between the shower and the toilet, and the floor to ceiling storage was demoed to make the bathroom feel larger and extend out the vanity space. We did a tub to shower conversion, transforming the tub area into a beautiful black and white shower. The vanity is white oak with an open shelving system at the bottom. All of these details work together to make the guest bathroom space much more spacious and inviting.

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The end result is a bright, open, welcoming space that feels modern and new. What design or construction challenge would you like to solve in your home? Do you already have a design plan but still feel unsure about the construction or how the end product will turn out? Contact Skelly Home today to begin the conversation!

Design: Allison Jaffe Interior Design Construction: Skelly Home Renovations

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!