Column: Total remodel of ranch-style home


EXISTING HOME: This home located in the 96th Street and College Avenue area was built in 1998 but had been unoccupied for a few years. The owner was able to purchase the home from a family member. “The whole house was severely outdated and I was skeptical about buying it. To ease my concerns, my dad recommended a complete house remodel. I trusted his judgment and decided to move ahead with the purchase.”

DESIGN PHASE: Every single room in the dated one-story ranch needed a facelift. “I knew I wanted dark cabinetry and bamboo wood flooring throughout the house. While working through the design phase, the rest of the details fell into place.”

KITCHEN DETAILS: The original kitchen was completely gutted and replaced with dark maple cabinets, granite countertops, a tiled backsplash and coordinating stainless steel appliances. To brighten up the kitchen and illuminate the dark cabinetry, new recessed light fixtures were strategically installed around the perimeter of the cabinets. Long plank bamboo flooring with a “baked natural” finish was installed not only in the kitchen, but throughout the entire house.

GUEST BATH: Everything but the mirror was replaced in the guest bathroom. A dark maple vanity was installed with a coordinating “Autumn Brown” granite countertop. The original tub and ceramic tile surround was replaced with a deep soaking tub and shower wall surround.

MASTER BATH: The original master bath had old carpet, outdated fixtures and peeling wallpaper. Everything was gutted and prepped for a complete remodel. The same dark maple cabinetry and granite countertops were kept consistent with the guest bathroom vanity. Replicating the look of natural travertine, porcelain tile called “Giotto Gris” was used for the floor and shower walls. The shower was finished with a new brushed nickel shower head and a semi-frameless glass shower enclosure.

FINAL RESULT: After all the planning and construction, the dated house was transformed into this first-time homeowner’s dream home. “The kitchen is by far my favorite room in the entire house. I like the way the colors all turned out with the dark cabinets and light colored countertops and backsplash.”


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