Makeover Takeover: our Recipe for Renovation Posted on August 11, 2015 By hello kitchen

(this post is a continuation from Country Living’s Makeover Takeover)

For the Country Living / Makeover Takeover project, I’ve provided our Hello Kitchen service ‘Recipe for Renovation.’ To keep things interesting, Country Living is inviting Facebook fans to vote on certain aspects of the design. I’ll share the documentation that we created, and follow along with the reader voting results to see how the design is tweaked along the way!

The first part of our design service is all about observing existing conditions: the floor plan, age and history of the house, family life patterns, and goals for the new space. So our first page of documentation helps ‘set the scene’ and includes an as-built floor plan. We like to include a few inspiration images here, but each design will have a unique character that’s best left described through drawings and words.


Recipe for Renovation page A1; for full scale click on image

In my previous post I shared our sketch-y plans that gave Gina and Brian a pretty clear idea how the kitchen, bath and laundry would work. With the basic sketch in place, we move into the development of the kitchen layout at an even more detailed scale. On this page, the cabinetry is sized and noted with storage items, and appliances are drawn with accuracy. The drawings indicate electrical fixtures, flooring and countertop type, too.


Recipe for Renovation page A2; for full scale click on image

Finally, the concept for the aesthetic finishes is developed and explained through a visual graphic and collage. The 1825 farmhouse provided the historical backdrop for a really interesting design, and the Bishops had admired several Hello Kitchen projects that integrated modern and reclaimed materials. So one really important aspect of our aesthetic vision is to preserve the wood flooring and walls which are just FULL of character and history. Another foundation of the design is the selection of the Big Chill Retro fridge and pro-range in Buttercup Yellow. These appliances will create a strong focal point on each wall and bring a happy vibe to the space, especially paired alongside the Schoolhouse Electric light fixtures.


Recipe for Renovation page A3; for full scale click on image

The ‘Recipe for Renovation’ goal is to create a clear direction for the overall look, but we leave a little wiggle room for clients to play with different fixture and finish combos… or in this case, provide several design options for the Facebook fan vote.

The first voting option centered around the kitchen faucet, so I helped narrow down to three options by Moen. I thought it would be interesting to test readers’ style barometer by selecting one modern (Align), one transitional (Brantford), and one very classic (Waterhill), all in stainless steel. Honestly, I like all of them! Guess which one the readers picked? My lips are sealed until publication!!

Our next vote was for the paint color for kitchen trim and doors, which will pair against the white cabinets and Buttercup Yellow appliances. We settled on three options from the Livable Luxe palette: Snowbound, Temperate Taupe, and White Duck. Personally, I prefer the White Duck since it’s a soft balance with the buttercup yellow appliances.

The countertop choice was our third voting option. This Wilsonart Quartz is a relatively new product, and I have to admit I’m pretty excited about it. We usually direct clients to quartz surfaces when they prefer a non-staining, heat-resistant, durable surface for the kitchen. Since quartz is a composed of natural quartz stone chips and polyester binders poured into slabs, the pattern and color becomes an important part of the design. For the Bishops’ kitchen, we selected Lorraine, Duomo and Haida and let readers finalize that decision.

Once all the selections were in place and products ordered, the builder and cabinet shop got to work with their construction planning. A few design questions came up, as they always do! In my next post, I’ll follow along with some of the challenges and minor changes that were necessary to make this kitchen a reality.