|Tina Brady’s home in Norfolk was built in 1912. Like most homes from that era, the kitchen was small and the laundry room was in the basement.
New Addition to Old Construction
Building an addition is a sizeable chore, but adding on to an old house brings a unique set of challenges… ones that aren’t usually fully revealed until demo begins. After many conversations and plan revisions, Hatchett’s Design Team figured out the best solution.
Once the structural issues were resolved, the next priority was to keep the design of the renovation true to the traditional style her home. A classic color palette of whites and grays helped create an updated design that hearkens back to times past.
Tina chose maple Ultracraft cabinets that are painted Arctic White and feature the Royalton door style. She opted to complement her cabinets with Silestone Lyra polished countertops and Ice White beveled subway tile for the backsplash.
For contrast, we incorporated cherry wood accents from Southside Woodshop into the design. Both the island top and floating shelves are American Cherry treated with Food Safe Mineral Oil.
The warmth of her new kitchen comes from these cherry wood features as well as the brick of the original chimney.
The black and white tile floor with its custom designed border are stunning and add an air of nostalgia to the space. We used a combination of Retro and Metro hexagon mosaic tiles to create the pattern.
Bathroom & Laundry Room
The border runs along the perimeter of the kitchen cabinets and through the adjoining laundry room and half bath – which pulls the new spaces together seamlessly.
Tina and her adorably huge Great Dane, Sophie, are enjoying every new day in their timelessly beautiful and spacious kitchen addition. Kudos to our Design Team: Michael, Design Consultant; Eileen, Designer; and Dennis, Project Manager.
Whether you’re looking to build a whole new addition or simply remodel your kitchen or bathroom, Hatchett can help. Call or come by our showrooms in Newport News and Virginia Beach. It costs nothing to ask!
Every remodeling project is unique, but there is one thing they all have in common… questions from homeowners! With over 50 years experience remodeling thousands of kitchens, bathrooms and additions, Hatchett Design Remodel knows what homeowners want to know.
According to Don Hatchett, “one of the biggest hurdles for homeowners is knowing where to start on their remodeling project.” The unknown can be very daunting. How do I pick a contractor? How long will it take? Can I live in my house during renovations? How much will it cost? Can I finance my remodel? What’s the first step?
Don’t let these questions bog you down and leave your project in a stalemate. Hatchett is hosting two free seminars in October that will address the most common questions and ease your concerns. One will be held in our Newport News showroom starting at 6pm on Thursday, October 17. The next will be the following week at our Virginia Beach showroom at 6pm on the 24th. Both seminars will be hosted by Meghan Hatchett and one of our talented designers, Jessica.
What to Expect
While we have planned these events around our clients’ frequently asked questions, we want to make sure your specific concerns are addressed as well. Jessica will kick off the event with hot topics such as this year’s most popular colors and top design trends. Then Meghan will walk attendees through Hatchett’s Design Process. Our process is one we have refined over the years to maximize efficiency while minimizing costs and stress.
Jessica will also demonstrate how our designers use technology in the design phase of our process. These photo-real renderings allow our clients to see exactly what their remodeled space will look like before any of the materials are ordered.
After our informal presentation, we will open the floor to a Q&A session. Don Hatchett encourages all attendees to participate in this open discussion, because “it’s a great, pressure-free way to gain knowledge about the remodeling process.” Jessica added, “we hope people gain a better understanding of how the remodeling process works and what to expect whenever they’re ready to remodel.” While HGTV has brought remodeling into the spotlight, Hatchett’s seminars will provide more detailed, realistic information that will better prepare you for your future renovation endeavors.
How to Register
Space is limited, so please register by October 14th for the seminar in Newport News on the 17th. The registration deadline for the seminar in Virginia Beach on the 24th is October 21s. To register, simply email Meghan Hatchett at email@example.com. Be sure to let her know which seminar you would like to attend and who will be in attendance.
Since many folks will likely be coming straight from work, we will have cheese and crackers for hors d’oeuvres… and wine, of course. Non-alcoholic alternatives will also be provided.
|There is more to a well-designed kitchen than meets the eye. Updating your cabinets, changing the fixtures, and replacing your appliances will make your kitchen look prettier, yes; but Hatchett Design Remodel understands that function is just as important as form. That’s why Mr. and Mrs. Sower chose us for the job.
Mr. and Mrs. Sower love their home in Virginia Beach, but they knew their kitchen needed more than just updating. It lacked sufficient storage. The floor plan was not user-friendly. There was no “eat in” area to grab breakfast or for company to sit while they cook. The placement of the stove was not only awkward, it was unsafe. And the list goes on and on. Our design team couldn’t wait to get their hands on this kitchen!
After the initial consultation with Kevin, the Design Consultant, and Ashley, the Designer, we decided to rework the footprint of the Sowers’ kitchen. Changing the cabinet configuration from a galley style to more of a “U” shaped layout provided a lot more storage and counter space. It also allowed us to move the range to the center of the back wall, rather than having it jammed in the corner. This design choice was as much for form as it was for function. The range and hood became a focal point of the kitchen. The hood cabinet was built on site and installed by our own very talented Project Manager, who is aptly named “Art.”
The cabinets are from Ultracraft‘s frameless Eurotek collection with the Jamestown door style. We topped the white cabinets with Atlantic Quartz. These light colored countertops with the white cabinets and white subway tile backsplash reflect light and make the Sowers’ kitchen appear larger. The white palette also creates the perfect backdrop to make that gorgeous range hood cabinet the star of the show.
Ashley’s design also called for swapping the placement of the sink and the refrigerator. We relocated the sink beneath the window – a much better alternative to staring at a wall while you wash dishes. During the day, there’s plenty of natural light that pours in through the kitchen window. In the evening, the space is illuminated by the three sconces above, providing both task lighting and ambiance.
The refrigerator was moved to the left wall in a bank of pantry cabinets. All appliances are from the GE Cafe Collection – supplied and installed by Ferguson.
The Sower family is glad they remodeled! When you’re ready to take the next step towards your new kitchen, reach out to Hatchett Design Remodel. You can call us or come by our showrooms in Newport News or Virginia Beach. Remember, “it costs nothing to ask!”
|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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.