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Get Your Home Winter Ready

It seems we’re not going to get much of a Fall here in Hampton Roads. Mother Nature is moving swiftly from summer temps to winter weather. The Farmers’ Almanac is calling for a Polar Coaster Winter this year, which means frigid temperatures and above average snow, sleet and rain are expected. To ensure your home’s ready for what’s to come, Hatchett Design Remodel recommends winterizing now before it gets colder.

Clear Yard Debris Close to House

Whether you’re close to the coast in Virginia Beach or more inland in Newport News or Williamsburg, we all need to prepare. Clean up debris around the exterior of your house, such as leaves and overgrown shrubs. You want at least a foot of clearance between your home and your landscaping. You’ll also want to cut back any limbs that are touching or hanging too close to the walls, windows or roof.

Home Winterizing Clear Debris Close to House
Repair Cracked Caulk & Peeling Paint

Check for cracked caulk and peeling paint. The smallest exposure to water can lead to significant wood rot.  The first step is to scrape away the loose paint and old caulk. Then apply new caulk around your windows and doors and seal wood surfaces with a couple fresh coats of paint. It’s best to do this when temperatures are 55 degrees or warmer, so your materials dry properly.

Home Winterizing Repair Cracked Caulk and Peeling Paint to Prevent Wood Rot
Prepare Plumbing for Extreme Cold

Turn off and drain hose bibbs, and disconnect and drain hoses.  If you have any exterior plumbing that’s exposed, we’d recommend insulating your pipes.  Wouldn’t hurt to also insulate the pipes that are exposed in your basement or crawl space. When severe cold temperatures hit, opening bathroom and kitchen cabinet doors and dripping faucets will also help keep your pipes from bursting.

Home Winterizing Turn Off and Drain Outdoor Spigot and Hoses
Clean Gutters

Clean your gutters. Leaves and debris will trap water and freeze. This could cause your gutters and downspouts to split or even break away from your house.

Chimney & Gas Log Inspections

Have a chimney sweep inspect your fire place, and have a certified technician service your gas logs. In case of a power outage, your fireplace may be your sole source of heat until electrical lines are restored.

Home Winterizing Fireplace Chimney Sweep and Gas Log Inspection

When you’re done winterizing, stock up on hot cocoa and hunker down with your family for the cuddliest time of year.

At Hatchett Design Remodel, we pride ourselves on helping you take care of your most prized investment – your home. These tips will help protect it from winter elements; and when you’re ready to renovate, we can help with that too. To talk to us about building an addition or remodeling your kitchen or bathrooms, reach out to our design team at our showrooms in Newport News or Virginia Beach.  It costs nothing to ask!

Sower Kitchen Remodel

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.

BEFORE
Initial Consultation

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!

Sowers' Kitchen Photo-Real Rendering of Proposed Design
Photo Real Rendering of Design for Sowers’ Remodeled Kitchen
The Design

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.”

Sowers' Remodeled Kitchen White Shaker Style Cabinets with Stained Wood Range Hood Vent Cabinet
AFTER
The Materials

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.

Sowers' Remodeled Kitchen Quartz Countertops with Undermount Sink
AFTER

We chose the vault undermount sink by Kohler, because it is sleek and refined. The Moen faucet, like the pulls from Top Knobs, have a matte black finish that creates contrast in the design.

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!”

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!”

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!