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Reuter Kitchen Remodel

When the Reuter family decided to remodel their home in Williamsburg, they called Hatchett Design Remodel. Like many homeowners looking to remodel, they were generally pleased with the layout of their kitchen.  That said, they also felt it was too dark, showing signs of wear and just needed a refresh.

Reuter Kitchen BEFORE
Light Painted Cabinets

The Reuters’ kitchen is in the center of their first floor, so the only natural light in that space is from adjacent rooms.  The open concept of their existing floor plan allows light to enter the kitchen, but the dark stained cabinets soaked up too much of the light.  To brighten the space, Jessica recommended painted cabinets to help bounce the light around their kitchen. The Reuters opted for two-tone cabinets with Gray Mist for the lower cabinets and Dove White for the uppers. A neutral color palette such as this gives homeowners flexibility in choosing and changing their decor. It also provides longevity to the life of your renovation.

Reuter Kitchen AFTER

For contrast against the light cabinetry, the Reuters chose slate pulls from Top Knobs‘ Atlas collection. Then we added a subtle pop of color with light blue glass tiles from Morris Tile in the backsplash by the refrigerator.

Reuter Kitchen AFTER
Countertops & Tile

While most of their new kitchen is indeed “new”, they asked us to salvage one thing – their kitchen island countertop. That request was tricky, but Hatchett’s team is always up for a challenge! In order to keep the countertop of their uniquely shaped island, we had to replicate the size and shape with new cabinetry. This took a little extra creativity, but as you can see, it turned out beautifully.

The hexagon shape of the Soho Eco Ocean 2″ tiles complement their larger counterpart on the opposite wall.  The backsplash behind the range was created from gray Classico 7″x8″ hex tiles from Mosaic Tile.

Reuter Kitchen AFTER
Specialty Storage

The cabinetry is Ultracraft Eurotek frameless cabinets with Cape May doors on the island and Jamestown doors on the surrounding cabinets. The surround cabinets are topped with Silestone Cemento Spa countertops to complement the granite top of the island.

Reuter Kitchen AFTER

To help this busy family of five stay organized, we added matching cabinetry and tops in the pantry and a specialty cabinet next to the refrigerator.  This organizational cabinet now serves as their “home base” for schedules, forms and mail.

Reuter Kitchen AFTER

The Reuters are very pleased with their kitchen remodel, and it was our pleasure to bring it to life.  Well done, team – Meghan (Design Consultant), Jessica (Designer) and Buck (Project Manager).

The Reuter Family

If you’re ready to remodel your kitchen, bathroom or addition, reach out to Hatchett Design Remodel in Newport News or Virginia Beach. We are conducting virtual consultations to keep your home renovations on schedule and to keep progress progressing! Remember, it costs nothing to ask!

Introduction to Induction Cooktops

Among the decisions you face during a kitchen remodel is choosing your appliances, and one of which is your stove. When selecting the right range, there’s more to consider than size and finish. Most serious cooks prefer gas stoves for the heat control, while homeowners who want easy clean-up opt for a smooth top electric. However, Hatchett Design Remodel offers a third option that provides the best of both worlds – induction!

Jessica, one of Hatchett’s designers, recommends induction ranges to her clients. She tries “to direct everyone who wants gas to choose induction, because it’s easier to control, more energy efficient, and safer.”

Raytrace Design Rendering featuring Induction Cooktop with Under Cabinet Hood
Raytrace Design Rendering featuring Induction Cooktop with Under Cabinet Hood
What Is Induction Cooking?

This article explains each of her points in detail, but first it explains what it is. Induction cooking “uses electromagnetic energy to heat pots and pans directly.” This means that your cookware gets hot while the stove top itself remains room temperature.  The article goes on to explain, it  “is able to deliver roughly 80% to 90% of its electromagnetic energy to the food in the pan.” Electric burners convert about 70% of its energy, while gas stoves only convert roughly 38%.

Induction Cooktop with Retractable Downdraft Range Hood
Induction Cooktop with Retractable Downdraft Range Hood
Energy Efficiency

Another article cites a new report from Curbed that points out that many cities are pushing for homeowners to stop cooking with gas, because of its effects on climate change. It states that “the movement is an effort to cut down on the 560 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions released each year.”

It goes on to point out that “electric stoves are twice as energy efficient.” So while electric is two times more efficient than gas, induction cooktops are even more efficient than traditional electric cooktops.
Induction Cooktop with Wall Mounted Hood
Induction Cooktop with Wall Mounted Hood
The Advantages
For those skeptical chefs out there who are die hard gas fans, give induction a chance. It provides easy and quick temperature control by achieving a wide range of temperatures faster than its electric or gas counterparts. As a bonus, the cooktop itself remains cool to the touch the moment the pot leaves the surface. The cooktop isn’t what gets hot; it’s the pot that heats up. This is why induction ranges are safer for families with small children.
When you’re ready to remodel your kitchen, talk to your designer about an induction range. You may also call or visit our showrooms in Newport News or Virginia Beach. And remember, it costs nothing to ask!

Browning Kitchen Remodel

Mr. and Mrs. Browning contacted Hatchett Design Remodel, because they wanted to update the kitchen in their Virginia Beach home. Overall, they were happy with the bold green color of the walls and the footprint of their kitchen, but they wanted the space to be more functional and up to date.

Browning Kitchen BEFORE
White and Bright

The original space was dark and felt heavy. The new white shaker cabinets from Mid Continent really pop against the bold green color of their kitchen walls. The new design is bright and cheerful.

Browning Kitchen Design – Photo Real Rendering

To complete the look, the countertops are Pacific Ocean Silestone Quartz, and the brushed nickel pulls are from Top Knobs‘ Lydia collection.

Browning Kitchen Island AFTER
Storage Space

The layout of the Brownings’ kitchen remains the same, but we increased the size of the island and replaced their furniture pantry with a larger pantry cabinet.

Browning Kitchen Pantry AFTER

These design choices added to their overall storage space and created a more cohesive look. For even more storage space, their new cabinets extend higher up the wall giving them another shelf of storage inside each cabinet.

Browning Kitchen AFTER

In their base cabinets, we installed pull-out drawers, spice pull-outs, pot lid holders, tray dividers, trash can pull-outs, and 2 Lazy Susans that help keep their kitchen supplies well-organized and easy-to-access.

The Brownings have so much storage now that they haven’t even filled all their cabinets yet. They are very happy with how their remodeled kitchen turned out, and they love showing it off to friends and family.

Our Design Team

Congratulations to our design team for another job well done: Meghan, Design Consultant; Tara, Designer; and Adam, Project Manager!

Every remodeling project is as unique as you are. When you’re ready to remodel your kitchen, bathroom or addition, we hope you consider Hatchett Design Remodel for the job. Feel free to call or visit our showrooms in Newport News or Virginia Beach. And remember, it costs nothing to ask!

Bathroom Vanities & Cabinetry

Choosing the right cabinets and vanities for your remodeled bathroom is critical in creating a well-designed and user-friendly space. In addition to the cabinet style and finish, quality craftsmanship is of utmost importance to ensure the longevity of your remodel. That’s why Hatchett Design Remodel works with companies like Mid Continent Cabinetry.

About Mid Continent Cabinetry

Mid Continent Cabinetry is a long-time partner of ours. With a wide array of customizable bathroom cabinets and vanities, we know you’ll be happy with your new cabinets for many years to come.

Their bathroom cabinet collection provides furniture-quality storage in a variety of styles, colors and finishes to suit any design, including under-sink storage, wall storage, or classic vanity storage.

Bathroom Cabinet Storage

The Scudder master bath cabinets are maple and are painted white. This customized combination of cabinetry provides both under-sink storage and two types of wall storage from Mid Continent’s Towne collection. On the far left side, we installed a wall unit with cabinet doors that allows items to be hidden away from plain sight.

However, between the sinks, we chose an open shelving model for easy access to those items that are used daily.

Vanities for Aging in Place

In the Buckalews’ bathroom, their vanity and wall cabinet are made of oak and finished in a slate stain. The enclosed wall cabinet features Mid Continent’s Concord door style. To the left of the wall unit, we installed an under-sink storage vanity with Concord doors. Then to the right, they chose a wheelchair accessible sink cabinet.  Thoughtfully customized designs like this one allow homeowners to age in place as they head into and beyond retirement.

Traditional Vanities

During the Robinette’s master bath remodel, they decided to remove the large soaking tub. This choice allowed room for all three types of Mid Continents storage cabinets. On one side of the bathroom, they have double under-sink storage vanities and a wall storage cabinet.

Photo Real Design Rendering

In place of the old tub they rarely used, Mrs. Robinette was thrilled to finally have a traditional vanity where she can sit and prepare for her day. These Mid Continent bathroom cabinets are cherry with a cranberry stain and black glaze.

Photo Real Design Rendering
Customizable Storage

The various types of cabinet storage allow us to customize a bathroom design that suits your daily needs as well as your style. There are also a number of built-in cabinet features that greatly improve the functionality of your new space, from hot tool storage to pull-out hampers. Be sure to talk to your designer about the available options in Mid Continent’s bathroom cabinet collection.

Visit our showrooms in Newport News or Virginia Beach to check out Mid Continent cabinets in person. We’re open Monday through Friday or by appointment. This month is the last month to save up to $1000 off a full bathroom remodel, so give us a call today and set up your free consultation. Remember, it costs nothing to ask.