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Harrison Kitchen Remodel

The Harrisons decided to settle down in Norfolk after over 20 years of moving with the military. Their new home is perfect for them, but there were updates they wanted to make. They decided to remodel the kitchen first, so they called Hatchett Design Remodel.

Kitchen Remodel Replace Peninsula with Kitchen Island
Harrison Kitchen Before (top) and After (bottom)
Initial Consultation

In our initial consultation, we discussed removing soffits as well the peninsula and wall cabinets. Doing this would allow space for a kitchen island. For added storage, our design included tall pantry cabinets.

Kitchen Remodel Coffee Bar

Ashley, the designer, noticed that the Harrisons enjoyed drinking coffee very much, yet their coffee maker was squeezed into a tight corner next to the refrigerator. For the redesign, Ashley designated an area specifically as a coffee bar for their daily enjoyment as well as for entertaining.

Kitchen Remodel Open Concept
Harrison Kitchen Before (top) and After (bottom)
Removing Walls

The original kitchen and living room were separated by a wall, and the Harrisons didn’t like it. Instead of completely removing the wall, we created a wet bar area in its place. Since they wanted to keep the existing carpet in the living room, we carefully removed the wall without damaging the carpet.

Harrison Remodel Before (left) and After (right)
Choosing the Right Materials

The structural changes made a huge difference in the overall design, but the materials we chose for the Harrison’s kitchen were instrumental in creating a bright and inviting space. The old, dark cabinets were replaced with white painted cabinets from Mid Continent, and topped with Atlantic Quartz from Reston Countertops.

Kitchen Remodel White Cabinets Quartz Countertops

The brushed nickel Charlotte pulls from Top Knobs complement the light colored cabinets, countertops and stainless steel appliances, while the Angora crystal glass tile backsplash creates a beautiful contrast.

Kitchen Remodel Glass Tile Backsplash

To finish off the look, we opted for soft tones for the floors and the walls. The flooring is Stafford’s Parkhill Collection from Earthwerks, and the paint is Benjamin Moore Palladian Blue.

The Harrisons were so pleased with their remodel by Hatchett that they gave us all fours on our customer service survey! Big shout out to the our design team: Jake & Meghan, Design Consultants; Ashley, Designer; and Dennis, Project Manager.


If you’re ready to remodel your kitchen (or any room in your house), reach out to Hatchett Design Remodel. You can call us or come by our showrooms in Newport News or Virginia Beach. Like Don always says, “it costs nothing to ask!”

Tips for After the Storm

Being prepared for the storm is really all we can do as a hurricane approaches. However, it’s also important to know what to do AFTER a storm passes. From Virginia Beach up through Newport News and Williamsburg, it looks as though we are going to be spared from the worst of Dorian, but we are still facing strong winds, excessive rain and tidal flooding. If your home is damaged by Dorian or any future hurricane this season, Hatchett Design Remodel wants you to know what to do next.
Stay Tuned
Governor Northam has not issued mandatory evacuations for Virginia, but municipalities may be ordering evacuations if storm surge predictions worsen. If you are evacuated from your home, stay tuned to local news channels for updates on when it’s safe to return.
Wait for Daylight
It appears that the worst of Dorian will blow through our area Friday evening. Whether you evacuate or bunker down at home, wait until daylight to venture outside to assess the damage. Some damage like roof damage may be difficult to see from the ground, and we do not recommend climbing onto your roof. Try the view from your neighbor’s yard or house – or look for signs of leaks on the ceiling or in your the attic.
Document Damage
Be sure to take your phone with you in case you need to take pictures.
Avoid Flood Water
Avoid walking through flood waters without protective clothing, such as hip waders and water proof gloves. Flood water is contaminated and may lead to illness or disease. For this reason, do not allow children to play in flood waters.
Do not drive through water, especially if there are downed power lines present. Even if there are no power lines, there is a high likelihood of hazardous debris or sink holes that you can’t see.
After the Storm Avoid Downed Power Lines
Use Extreme Caution
Fallen trees may have brought power lines down with them. If a tree pulls power lines down onto your home, stay out of the house until work crews remove the power lines.
No Open Flames
Do not use matches (or an open flame of any kind) in storm ravaged areas until you are certain that potentially damaged gas lines have been checked and/or repaired. If you smell gas, turn off the main if possible, open the windows and leave the building. Then report it to your gas company.
After the Storm No Open Flame in Hurricane Ravaged Areas
Insurance Claims
Contact your insurance company as soon as possible. Once you receive the claim forms from your insurer, fill them out and submit them immediately. If your home in uninhabitable, keep records and receipts of all emergency living accommodations.  Most insurance policies cover these expenses.
Clean Up & Rebuild
During clean up, be sure to wear protective clothing, like goggles, boots, heavy duty work gloves, and hard hats, if possible. Manage tasks so not to overexert yourself during this process. This will be a very trying time, both emotionally and physically. Be sure to pace yourself, drink a lot of water and get regular rest.
After the Storm Remodel Damaged Deck into Outdoor Living Space
The Adkinsons replaced their damaged deck with an outdoor living space
When you’re ready to rebuild, work with your contractor to design and build a storm-resistant structure.
All of us at Hatchett Design Remodel are hoping for the best while we prepare for the worst. Stay safe everyone!

Quick & Easy 4th of July Party Tips

If you too have been blindsided by July’s arrival, then you’re probably scrambling for party ideas for your 4th of July festivities. Hatchett Design Remodel is here to help! Our design teams in Newport News and Virginia Beach have come up with a few easy ideas that will put the patriotic in your party plans!

Front Entrance Decor

As in home design, decor sets the tone. Embrace the flag theme and carry it through every element of our party. For starters, guests should be greeted by old glory upon their arrival. If you don’t already have an American flag hanging from your home, now’s a good time to wave those stars and stripes.

 

Luminaries along the driveway, sidewalk and front stoop are a festive way to welcome your guests. All you need are mason jars, small American flags and battery operated votives (all of which can be found at your local dollar store).

 

If you have a little time to commit to your porch decor, make a patriotic wreath for your front door. This clothespin wreath is simple and inexpensive to make. The wire wreath frame, twine, clothespins, spray paint and foam stars are all available at any craft store. We recommend spray painting the clothespins before assembly.

 
Backyard Decor

Most 4th of July parties spill over into the backyard, so don’t forget to decorate out there too. This balloon flag display is fun and super easy to replicate. If you’re using helium, attach each column of balloons to a single string tacked to the floor or tied to a weight. Then line them up next to each other to create the stars and stripes. If you don’t have helium, the balloons can be attached to a wall with tape or poster putty. Be sure to clean the surface of the wall so that the balloons stick.

 
Patriotic Playlist

When it comes to parties, silence is NOT golden. You’ve gotta have good music to create the right mood. Let freedom ring by including these star spangled singles in your 4th of July playlist.

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Kid Activities

If you have little ones attending your soiree, you’re gonna need some games or activities to keep them entertained. This clever Snap, Crackle and Pop display has all the stuff kids love, and it doubles as decor. “Snap” fireworks are harmless and loud – kids love loud stuff. Sparklers are a 4th of July staple, so they are perfect for the “crackle”. Last but not least, little bottles of bubbles are the “pop”. Have at it, kiddos!

 
Cocktails

Now that the kids are covered, you need a little something special for the adults. This red, white and blue vodka lemonade slushy is a refreshing party pleaser that will help the grown ups beat the heat. It may look harder than it is, but be sure to follow the recipe carefully. It’s important to pour the heaviest red layer on the bottom, followed by the blue, top it off with the white, then enjoy responsibly!

 

Cheers! All of us at Hatchett Design Remodel wish you and yours a happy and safe 4th of July.

And when you’re ready to remodel your kitchen, bathroom or addition, we hope you reach out to us at our showrooms in Newport News or Virginia Beach… remember, it costs nothing to ask!

Kitchen Remodel for the Jennings

“More space” is something almost all homeowners want when they remodel. That may translate into more storage space, opening up a space or even building a whole new space. If physically adding square footage is a bigger project than you’re ready for, Hatchett Design Remodel can still make your space look bigger. There are several tricks of our trade that create the illusion of space – three of which were applied in the Jennings’ kitchen remodel.

Photo-Real Rendering of Jennings’ Kitchen Remodel
White Cabinets

White works wonders when it comes to making a space look larger. It reflects and bounces light around the room, which makes the space appear brighter and more airy.  To achieve this effect, we replaced the Jennings’ dark stained cabinets with white painted cabinets from Ultracraft‘s Frameless Full Access collection.

Jennings’ Kitchen – Before (left) and After (right)
Tall Wall Cabinets

The height of the cabinets also plays a significant role in making their remodeled kitchen look larger. Cabinets that extend all the way to the ceiling pull the eye up, thereby making you think the room is bigger than it was before.

Their new cabinets also create more actual space for additional storage. The Jennings chose a few special features for their new cabinets, including a Lazy Susan base cabinet, a pull-out pantry, a pull-out trash can cabinet, and a broom pantry closet.

Flooring for Flow

While their white cabinets pull your eye up and around the room, the color of their new flooring pulls you through the space. Before the remodel, the Jennings’ kitchen floor was a different color than the flooring in the adjacent room. The stark contrast between the two types of flooring broke up the space rather than pulling the rooms together. We improved the visual flow between the spaces by installing LVT with the same dark tone as the floors in their dining area.

Jennings’ Kitchen Remodel – Before (left) and After (right)

Do you want more space in your kitchen?  We can help you with that! Join us for one of our upcoming free remodeling seminars or reach out to Hatchett’s design team at our showrooms in Newport News or Virginia Beach… it costs nothing to ask!