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 complete 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

Cabinetry 101

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Here’s everything you need to know when making decisions about cabinetry during your kitchen renovation.

Please remember, if you ever have questions about anything regarding renovations or construction, don’t hesitate to reach out to us! Instagram is usually the best way to get a quick answer.

When replacing, updating, or relocating cabinetry, you’ll want to consider:

  • Paint grade VS. stain grade

  • Wood species

  • Cabinet features

Find out a little about each below!

PHOTO SOURCE: Our “hills” reno project  (check out the rest of the kitchen right here)

PHOTO SOURCE: Our “hills” reno project (check out the rest of the kitchen right here)

PAINT GRADE VS. STAIN GRADE

You will need to a make the decision of whether you would like your cabinets painted or stained. In terms of aesthetics, the choice might be simple for you. However, in terms of practicality, you should make an informed decision.

Painted cabinets tend to hide dust, resist water, and provide durability, however they will also show a bit more dirt, last fewer years than stained cabinets, and an overall perfect look is harder to achieve (chipping/cracking can occur).

Stained cabinets will more easily attain a perfect look, show less dirt, last longer, and better highlight the natural grain of the cabinets. On the flip side, stained cabinets will be less water resistant, might wear down with thorough cleaning, and are prone to streaks/stains if spills or water are not cleaned up immediately.

Lastly, you should know that a price difference comes with purchasing paint grade cabinets versus stained grade cabinets. Paint grade cabinets are usually lower quality wood (since they will be painted), smoothed out to create a polished painted look and therefore cost less than stained grade cabinets. Stained grade cabinets are created with higher quality wood, highlighting dramatic grain patterns and marks.

For more information, here’s a great resource for painted cabinets vs. stained cabinets.


WOOD SPECIES

Typically, hardwoods are recommended over softwoods for creating cabinetry because these wood species can withstand wear and tear for years without damaging. Hardwoods such as Maple, Cherry, Ash, Hickory, or Oak are all great choices.

If you plan to stain your cabinets rather than paint them, then you should put even more consideration into your wood species choice as different species can create different grain patterns and aesthetics. Here’s a great resource for comparing the physical look of each species.

We usually build our painted custom cabinetry using maple or birch because they are durable hardwoods and also cost efficient without being cheap in quality or construction. For stained cabinetry, we can’t resist saying that Walnut is one of our favorites just because the final product is always so beautiful.

CABINET FEATURES

If you spend a lot of time in your kitchen or bathroom, then you’ll enjoy choosing the features of your cabinetry. Features such as drawer trays, spice rack pull outs, appliance garages, hidden trash can storage, and more aim to make your life easier and increase the functionality of your space.

Unfortunately we don’t have photos of all the cabinet features we have installed, but here are some sample photos of a few of our favorite cabinet features:

Day dreaming about new cabinetry yet?? We can relate!

Let us know if you have any questions at all!

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