Kitchen + Bath Makeovers

Posted On January 2, 2016

Capital Kitchen & Bath

Bathroom Remodel

A leaky tub and leaking shower walls caused significant damage in this bathroom, requiring demolition down to the studs.  New custom cabinetry, hardware and new plumbing fixtures were installed.  A waterproof system inside the custom-designed shower was installed, as well as the addition of corner benches and cubbies.  Electrical switches and sconce lighting added to the appeal, as did granite countertops and sinks.  The custom wainscot panels on the back vanity wall created a built-in wood look.  New glass mirrors and a frameless shower door added even more sparkle.

Kitchen Remodel

A complete demolition and removal of one entire wall in the kitchen opened the room considerably.  The addition of a beam and header added the needed support. Existing hardwood floors were refinished for a clean, new look.  All electrical was moved and updated, including HVAC.  New paint, custom cabinetry and trim updated the look, while can lights, under cabinet lighting and pendant lighting added brightness.

New plumbing fixtures were enhanced by Cambria quartz countertops, a new tile backsplash and new kitchen sink.  The installation of new and current appliances completed the remodel.

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Edisto Kitchens and Baths

When designer Kathryn Clough of Edisto Kitchens and Baths took her first step into Lynn and John Martin’s 1946 Rosewood-area bungalow, she knew immediately what needed to be done.  “There are two great windows in the kitchen that bring in a lot of light,” she says.  “I knew that if we could take down the wall between the kitchen and the dining room it would open up the space and brighten up the whole house.”  The Martins, who had just relocated from a neighborhood near Lake Murray, loved the idea.  “Once we agreed to the wall coming down, Kathryn laid out the rest of the kitchen in no time,” laughs John.  “All of her ideas made perfect sense, like moving the sink so it could be next to the dishwasher. By removing a door, we gained a perfect place for the refrigerator.  It’s such a great working kitchen now, and we love that it’s open to the dining room.”

It’s attractive as well, with Silver Pearl granite topping the counters, deep gray cabinetry and an oversized white porcelain farmhouse sink positioned under a sunny window. To unify the space, the Martins rimmed the room with a backsplash of glass subway tiles in shades of grey and white. Cottage-style details like bead board and decorative mouldings and trims give the space the warm country house look that the Martins desired. “Thanks to the light and the layout, the kitchen can handle the drama of the grey cabinets and floor,” says Kathryn.

There’s also a surprising amount of storage space, both under and over the counters, next to the refrigerator and even atop the counter, where Kathryn had a small pantry built.  “It gave us that extra bit of room for things we use often,” says John.  “We never would have thought to do it ourselves.”  They even had room for a bar so John can hang out with Lynn while she cooks. 

As she was designing the kitchen, Kathryn paid special attention to the scale of the house.  “Bungalows from this era tend to be small and can be easily overwhelmed by large appliances and other fixtures,” she explains.  “To respect the existing style of the house, we kept the cabinets at a cottage height, which is seven feet, and none of the doors are more than 21 inches wide.”  She found other ways to keep the room open—and to scale--as well, including installing a stove with no back and finding a curved 32-inch wide refrigerator with a small handle that doesn’t stick out into the room.  

The Martins are thrilled with the renovation. “We knew the style and the colors that we wanted, and Kathryn made it all happen, while utilizing every square inch of space,” says John.  “She’s the best.”

Gallup and LaFitte

Downtown Kitchen

A major renovation in an older home on Heathwood Circle meant tearing down to the studs and beginning again.  When Gallup and LaFitte got to the kitchen, they used the couple’s design from their Charlotte-based Architect, Josh Allison.  Linoleum floors and laminate countertops were discarded.  In fact, one of the few elements left in the kitchen was a heavy-duty stainless steel three-bowl sink which the owner wanted to save.  The interior was revamped to incorporate a long island, with a second prep sink, and pendant lighting above.  Granite countertops and white subway tile freshened the look.  Traditional cabinetry and exposed hinges and oak hardwoods kept the home’s authentic feel, updated by recessed lighting.

Downtown Master Bath

The full house renovation included borrowing from a bedroom to expand the master bath.  Marble countertops and white cabinets kept the look clean, and the gray subway tile added sophistication.  At the end of the vanities, the subway knee wall concealed cubbies on the back side.  The frameless glass shower door and step in design are very accessible.  Grab bars and two shower heads – one fixed and one handheld – add flexibility.  Cabinetry was custom-built and the mirrors were framed for added elegance.  Ceramic diagonal tile on the floor completes the bright white finish.  

Gallup and LaFitte

Kehoe Constructors

Kehoe Constructors has a very unique expertise; with a combination of an architectural background, master carpentry and skilled craftsmen. For the project mentioned below, they are the BIA 2015 Award Winner in Universal Design for a large bathroom remodel.  They were featured on the TV show “Fix It & Finish It”, in early 2015.

Kehoe Constructors makes homes functional and attractive. They accommodate individuals’ needs for today and in the future while enhancing a home’s aesthetic appeal. Here’s an example:

The Floyds wanted a safer, more accessible shower in their master bath.  As a result, Kehoe Constructors worked with the Floyds to create a more open and spacious look in their master bath, as well as easy functionality.

The solution included a roll-in shower with built-in bench, decorative grab bars, and a hand held shower mounted on a rated grab/slide bar.  The controls are mounted closer to the shower door for easier access.

The open look was accomplished by removing the soffit above the shower as well as a partial wall found between the shower and garden tub.  The wall was replaced with a three-foot, eight-inch frameless glass shower panel. 

Another new item was installed which is practical and accessible.  The toilet paper holder also functions as a grab bar.  To complete the look, Kehoe Constructors replaced all floor tile, vanity, granite counter top and mirrors.  The result is a spacious, comfort, accessible and very beautiful master bath.


Kehoe Constructors, LLC