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Callahan Kitchen Remodel

The Callahans were expecting their second child when they decided to undertake a remodel. This growing family needed a more functional kitchen to help their daily routine run smoothly, and our design team at Hatchett Design Remodel was happy to help!

Initial Consultation

In the Callahans’ initial consultation with Meghan and Tara, we learned what they liked and didn’t like about their kitchen. Their biggest complaints included the kitchen peninsula and the lack of useful storage space.

Callahan Remodel Kitchen Peninsula Before
Callahan Kitchen BEFORE

The original kitchen peninsula cut the kitchen off from the living room, and this proved to be a nuisance. The Callahans wanted the two rooms to flow together as one. Replacing the peninsula with an island was the obvious solution, but finding the right island design was challenging. The angles of the kitchen floor plan meant that a standard rectangular island would not sit well in their space, so Tara custom designed an island that fits perfectly in the Callahan’s new kitchen.

Callahan Remodel Kitchen Island After
Callahan Kitchen AFTER
The Design Phase

In order to create more functional storage space, Hatchett extended the wall by the stairs and removed a closet. Doing so created ample room for additional wall cabinets and a large pantry cabinet as well. Unlike the original cabinets, their new Echelon cabinets provide extra storage space by extending all the way to the ceiling.

The Callahans chose their Echelon cabinets when they visited Hatchett’s Virginia Beach showroom on Selection Day. Visiting our showroom allows clients to see and touch the materials that will be used in their remodel. This step in our design process not only ensures that you will be pleased with the finished project, but it also makes it easier to make decisions about your materials. The Callahans, for example, knew they wanted two-toned cabinets for their kitchen – white uppers and colored lower cabinets; but they weren’t sure which color they wanted on the bottom. As soon as they saw the blue green hue of Echelon’s Baltic painted cabinets in person, they were sold!

Kitchen Remodel Two-Toned Shaker Cabinets Matte Black Hardware Quartz Countertops Wood Plank Tile Backsplash
Callahan Kitchen AFTER

The hints of gray in their Atlantic Quartz countertops help tie the light and dark cabinets together. They then chose wood plank tile for the backsplash to bring warmth to the space and mimic their floors. For the cabinet hardware and fixtures, they opted to embrace the trend of mixing metals. They picked matte black pulls for their cabinets, and their son chose this beautiful chrome faucet for the sink in their island.

Callahan Kitchen Remodel Chrome Fixtures Mixed Metals Matte Black Cabinet Pulls
Callahan Kitchen AFTER
The Construction Phase

The Callahans’ first born child also proved to be quite handy come Demo Day. He’s one of the most promising apprentices that Dennis has ever had.

Little Callahan helping Dennis on Demo Day

Mrs. Callahan described their experience with Hatchett as “enjoyable and smooth.” She added, “They listened to our wish list and designed our kitchen to match. We are so happy with the finished product and love using our new kitchen”.

We had a great partnership with the Callahans, and our design team thoroughly enjoyed working with them throughout the remodeling process. The completed project turned out beautifully… and just in time. A few short weeks later, the Callahans welcomed their second child. Congratulations to Mom, Dad and Big Bro!

Ready to remodel your kitchen? Now’s a good time! Through the end of October, you can save up to $2500 off a full kitchen remodel by Hatchett Design Remodel. Just call or visit our showrooms in Newport News or Virginia Beach… it costs nothing to ask!

Horton Kitchen Remodel

Mr. and Mrs. Horton recently purchased a condo in Chesapeake that was almost everything they wanted. Before they moved in, the Hortons hired Hatchett Design Remodel to put the dreamy in their new dream home.

Demo Day: Horton Kitchen BEFORE
Rethinking the Floor Plan

One of the bigger construction goals of this remodel required widening the entryway between the family room and the kitchen to create an open concept. This also created floor space for a larger, more useful kitchen island.

Horton Kitchen After Remodel White Cabinets Glass Subway Tile Backsplash Fantasy Brown Granite Countertops
Horton Kitchen AFTER

To make the space more functional, they also opted to replace the French doors from the kitchen to the deck with pantry cabinets and a wet bar. There’s another door to access the deck from the family room, so this wasn’t a tough call for them.

Horton Kitchen After Remodel Replaced Extra Exit to Deck with Built In White Pantry Cabinets and Wet Bar
Horton Kitchen AFTER
Material Selections

The Hortons visited our showroom in Virginia Beach to make their material selections. They chose Midcontinent shaker style kitchen cabinets painted Divinity White as well as several bonus accessories. These beautiful cabinets are outfitted with wonderful features such as hidden trash can pull outs, spice pull outs, tray dividers, deep pot & pan drawers and roll trays.

Horton Kitchen After Remodel White Cabinets Glass Subway Tile Backsplash
Horton Kitchen AFTER

They originally selected a mosaic tile backsplash, but we wound up going with the classic simplicity of subway tile for a cleaner look.

Horton Kitchen After Remodel Kitchen Island Stacked Wall Ovens Stainless Steel Appliances
Horton Kitchen AFTER

The counters are topped with Fantasy Brown Granite. To complement the color scheme of the granite, we selected hardware and plumbing fixtures in brushed nickel. The finished project is stunning, and the Hortons couldn’t be happier with their new kitchen.

That makes us happy too! Kudos to our design team led by Jake (Design Consultant), Tara (Designer) and Dennis (Project Manager).

Ready to remodel your kitchen? Now’s a good time! Through the end of October, you can save up to $2500 off a full kitchen remodel by Hatchett Design Remodel. Just call or visit our showrooms in Newport News or Virginia Beach… it costs nothing to ask!

Universal Design for Bathrooms

In our last blog, we talked about the Universal Design Workshop we hosted for our design teams based in Newport News and Virginia Beach. As more and more homeowners opt to age in place, there’s a growing demand for universal design. This week, we’d like to share some examples of how universal features can be worked into the design of your remodeled bathroom.

Location, Location, Location

The fundamental principle of universal design states that the space should be accessible to all people, regardless of their age, size or ability. While many multi-level homes offer a half bath on the first floor, a universal home should have a full bathroom on the main-level. If your home is a single story, then you’re already on the right track!

Wide Entry

The average size doorway ranges from 30 to 32 inches. For a universally designed bathroom, opt for an entryway that’s at least 36 inches wide. This ensures ease of access for anyone who uses a wheelchair or other mobility devices.

Floor Space

Once IN the bathroom, there should be ample space to maneuver. A good rule of thumb is have enough open floorspace for a wheelchair to make a 180 degree turn.  Beyond the square footage of the floor space, it is also important to choose the right floor materials. Slip-resistant tile and wide grout lines help provide traction even when the floor is wet. If you like having some kind of floor covering in your bathroom, choose for a decent sized non-slip area rug instead of a flimsy bath mat.

Alterations

Bathroom features like your toilet, vanity and shower need alterations to make them universal. A standard toilet seat is only 14 to 15 inches tall. For a universal design, your bathroom should be outfitted with a potty seat that’s 16 inches from the ground. Floating vanities and ones designed specifically for wheelchairs will make accessing the sink easier for everyone. Instead of a tub, opt for a walk-in shower with a wide entry way. A curbless shower threshold provides the safest entry and exit.

Grabbable

Tiny knobs can be hard for people to use, so choose large d-shape door and drawer pulls that are easy to grab.

Speaking of grabbing, grab bars should be placed in the shower and beside the toilet to give your bathroom a safety boost. There is a wide range of metals and finishes available, so you don’t have to sacrifice form for function.

To learn more about the universal design options for your next bathroom remodel, reach out to our design team at Hatchett Design Remodel. Just call or visit our showrooms in Newport News or Virginia Beach… it costs nothing to ask!

Universal Design Workshop

Hatchett Design Remodel believes that universal design is important to all of our clients, and it is especially important to homeowners who plan to age in place. That is why we recently hosted a universal design workshop for our entire design team from both our Newport News and Virginia Beach showrooms. This workshop, led by Dr. Kathleen Rose Parrot, helps remodelers empathize with the every day challenges faced by people with disabilities by simulating similar experiences.

Dr. Parrot leading Universal Design Workshop at Hatchett Design Remodel

As a highly respected expert in home remodeling and design, Dr. Parrot authored the textbooks for the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) accredited major. She also happens to be Jessica’s former professor at Virginia Tech. Dr. Parrot is a huge influence in her design career, so Jessica was very excited to share her mentor with her Hatchett family.

Hands On Experience

In the workshop, Dr. Parrot asked our team to “try on” various disabilities by wearing special types of gear, like glasses and gloves. Then she asked us to attempt “simple” tasks, such as gripping knobs and reading displays on appliances. While we might think we understand how hard common household tasks may be for people with disabilities, it’s an entirely different level of understanding to experience a similar type of challenge first hand.

Hatchett Designers in Universal Design Workshop
Understanding the Challenges

The truth is that many standards in home design create accessibility and usability challenges for the disabled. A universally designed space, however, can be accessed, understood and used to the greatest extent possible by all people regardless of their age, size, ability or disability.

Hatchett Design Consultants in Universal Design Workshop
The Value of Universal Design

While you may not currently feel hindered in your home, it is still important to consider universal design options when remodeling your kitchenbathroom or addition. A universal design will improve the livability of your home for both residents and visitors for years to come. Universal features, like widened entry ways, curbless showers, and lowered or raised kitchen appliances, can be worked into any custom design by Hatchett.

Dr. Parrot’s workshop made us even more aware of how our remodeling recommendations will impact homeowners in the near and distant future. This experience will forever influence the thoughtfully designed spaces we create for our clients. To learn more about the universal design options for your upcoming remodel, reach out to our design team at Hatchett Design Remodel. Just call or visit our showrooms in Newport News or Virginia Beach… it costs nothing to ask!