Nothing like some “before” and “after” photos to get thinking about the potential in one’s home. Marty Morse of Morse Remodeling shared with me some amazing photos of a project his company recently completed. It’s a good example showing how an otherwise elegant home’s interior design can become dated-looking and in need of updating. In this case, the homeowners sought out Morse Remodeling to design and build an updated kitchen, dining room and living area without altering the home’s footprint.
The clients wanted to blend a classic Craftsman influence with elements of Asian contemporary design. They wanted to do away with the existing L-shape island and create a new layout for the ktichen opening up to a “great room”. New custom crafted cabinetry with a light cherry-stain finish replaced the existing white kitchen cabinets. Miele appliances were used throughout the kitchen, including a double oven with a warming drawer. The same wood tones were carried into the great room for the new stylish entertainment center with high performance audio-visual equipment. The old fireplace was replaced with a Valor gas insert, and re-positioned into the corner of the great room, creating a focal area for the great room.
Not only did this update look fantastic, the functionality of the space improved greatly by eliminating the unnecessary circulation pattern of the original floor plan in the kitchen. Now with a granite-topped center island, there is more storage space and efficiency for food preparation. Morse also widened a kitchen window to bring in more light from the backyard. Specialty niches with spot lighting were included in the re-design to create interest and break up the long wall.
In the eating area of the kitchen and formal dining area, carpet was replaced with the same Brazillian Oak laminate flooring used in the kitchen/great room, creating a natural cohesiveness between the rooms. Custom built-ins in the same cherry finish were installed to feature the homeowners’ collections of china, crystal and art. The couple’s existing dining table and chairs were repositioned with an exquisite new chandalier from Ferguson’s in Sacramento. The same chandalier style was selected for the kitchen nook also, again creating unity and flow between the areas.
The homeowners didn’t want to move from their neighborhood, but they did want to update their living areas for entertaining family and friends in a casually-elegant environment. Morse Remodeling worked with the couple listening to their design requests, and ultimately creating the home that they wanted but couldn’t do themselves. Working with a design and build firm takes the uncertainty out of a remodel project. An award-winning remodeling and custom home builder, Morse Remodeling has been in operation in Davis for over 15 years. If you’re considering a project in your home – big or small – call the team at Morse for a consultation. You’ll be pleasantly surprised with the depth of expertise within the firm, and with that expertise comes a beautiful home in your future!
Morse Remodeling, 530-758-5321, 2860 West Covell Blvd., Davis, CA 95616.
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