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Most realtors will tell you the right home is all about location, and that certainly was the case for a couple who found their ideal spot by a quiet stream in Manoa. But while the location was perfect, the house wasn’t. According to Brenton Liu of Design Trends Construction (DTC), “They went ahead with the purchase in hopes that they’d find the right contractor to remodel the home the way they envisioned.” Luckily, the couple received a referral from a friend who did a kitchen remodel with them, leading them to DTC.
To watch the video blog and hear kitchen designer Brenton Liu discuss the kitchen remodel, click on the photo below.
Liu says the first step in making the couple’s kitchen remodel vision a reality was reconfiguring the kitchen and laundry room areas. DTC was able to enlarge the kitchen, enclose a laundry space formerly located on the screened-in porch and add an 8-foot glass door for easy access to the yard. According to Liu, the redesigned kitchen “…really made it a lot more cohesive to the rest of the home and a lot more functional in the end.”
The kitchen remodel wasn’t without its challenges. “One of the big requests was bringing in natural light, and with a more minimalistic design, we didn’t have a lot of wall room to spare,” commented Liu. DTC’s solution was adding two skylights. “So we cut the roof penetrations, re-roofed to the skylights …and now they have natural light in addition to the LED recessed cans.” Crystal pendants also provide direct light over the island and create an accent that fits with the minimalistic feel of the kitchen.
A major focal point in the kitchen remodel is the stunning backsplash, a mosaic of textured tiles featuring a random wave design. It was manufactured by Porcelanosa and supplied by Davis Design Center. “It’s a sequential matching tile, so all the lines matched up perfectly, both left to right and up and down, which really added to that full-wall look that we were going for,” says Liu.
The kitchen remodel utilized a three-tone look with the cabinets to provide contrasting color elements. The custom cabinets and island were built locally by Pat Woodwork. For the cabinetry, quartered walnut contrasts with a white Shaker-style, giving the kitchen plenty of interest. The island features cabinets in a third darker tone, while the white countertops are a natural quartz by Silestone.
The couple decided on all high-end appliances for the kitchen remodel, including a Wolf gas cooktop and hood, a refrigerator by KitchenAid, and a Bosch dishwasher.
When it came to the floors, Liu wanted a warmer feel for the kitchen remodel, so he chose a manufactured surface by Paradigm. “Going with that rustic look in a more contemporary kitchen really tied it to the rest of the home and kind of gave it that sense of place,” says Liu.
Thanks to finding the right contractor, the family now has a place they’ll always want to come home to—the perfect house in the perfect setting.
To see more projects by Design Trends Construction, or to find out how they can help you with your kitchen remodel, click on anywhere you see the company name, or DTC. or on the photos above.