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