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DuBois Kitchen Remodel

January 31, 2018

Remodeling your kitchen does not necessarily mean that the space has to be completely gutted nor that major plumbing and electrical changes have to be made. Oftentimes, Hatchett Design Remodel is able to keep the footprint, the floors, and in some cases, even the appliances. The DuBois kitchen is a prime example of how we can drastically transform a space by making fairly simple renovations.
DuBois Kitchen – BEFORE
Mr. and Mrs. DuBois didn’t have any complaints about the layout of their kitchen, yet they wanted a brighter, more inviting atmosphere. We did not change the footprint of the kitchen. However, with the guidance of their design team led by Michael and Jessica, the materials they chose completely revamped the space.
Rendering of New Design
The old dark cabinets and countertops were replaced with white Bethany Cabinetry by Starmark and Silestone Lusso Tops. A bonus feature of these cabinets is that the end units can be accessed through the doors on either the front or the side.
Unlike the original cabinets, the new ones reach all the way to the ceiling. Extending cabinets to the ceiling automatically makes a space appear larger. To take it one step further, Jessica recommended frosted glass doors along the top. This translucent glass conceals the items being stored while allowing interior lights to illuminate the kitchen. This added lighting contributes to the illusion of more square footage, even though the footprint of the kitchen has not changed.
To draw attention to their beautiful new Whitehaven Apron Sink, they decided to go with a contrasting color. Of the 16 colors offered by Kohler, they selected Sandbar which gave them that contrast while maintaining a nice, neutral color palette.
They chose Top Knobs Curved Bar Pulls in a brushed satin nickel finish. The Simplice Pull Down Faucet by Kohler has a Vibrant Stainless finish, which complements the tone of the nickel hardware.
The backsplash adds a splash of color to the space. These Icelandic Blue Crystal Glass subway tiles from Mosaic Tile measure 4″ x 12″, a modern twist to the traditional 3″ x 6″ dimensions.

Mr. and Mrs. DuBois and their dog, Sadie, love their new kitchen, and they were happy to answer a few questions from us to explain why.

What is your favorite part of your new kitchen?
Our favorite part of the kitchen is the clean look and the quality lighting. The style and color scheme of our new kitchen now coordinates with the interior of the rest of our house. We told you what we wanted to accomplish, and the remodel exceeded our expectations.
What was the driving factor in remodeling your kitchen?
The driving factor in the remodel was to brighten the kitchen and to remove the high bar area. The kitchen was 12 years old and had darker wood grain cabinets and dark countertops that made the kitchen look closed in. We just wanted to have a kitchen that looked as though it was designed with the rest of the interior of the existing house, and that’s what we got!
What made you choose Hatchett to remodel your kitchen?
There were two contributing factors. We liked what we saw on your website, and we had friends who recommended your services. After talking with them about your process, the quality of your workmanship, the professionalism of your crew and staff, your flexibility, and your ability to meet deadlines, we called to schedule the consultation. We were impressed by the design and appreciated all your help with material selections and recommendations for added touches.
What was your favorite part of Hatchett’s design-build process?
Our favorite part of the design is the lighting features you suggested. I was thrilled that the final design accomplished our goals of a bright, open kitchen while remaining in the footprint of our existing kitchen. Jessica’s recommendation to extend the countertop into the breakfast nook makes our kitchen more functional. We are also very impressed with the quality of the cabinetry and the craftsmanship of the crew who put the kitchen together.
Would you change anything about your remodel?
Having enjoyed the kitchen over the past few months, we wouldn’t change anything. We’re still very happy with the choices we made and more so with the design you developed that met our requests.
Do you have advice for homeowners looking to remodel?
Look at all options and ask questions. More importantly, have an open mind. Work with your designers and listen to their suggestions. There are many options and quality products in the market. Be open-minded and not afraid to ask questions, after all, this is a big decision. And always, always keep the budget in mind and what you want to accomplish. Overall, we appreciate the quality of work that Hatchett provided in a timely manner. The end result was a great remodel. Thank you!

If you’re ready to remodel your kitchen, bathroom, or addition, take it from the DuBois and call Hatchett! Reach out to us at our showrooms in Newport News or Virginia Beach to schedule your free in-home consultation.

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