Before and After a $162,000 Kitchen Remodel
In order to rent the homes, they had to remodel them, whether it was paint and polish or more extensive work. Now, as home sales bounce back, and, perhaps more importantly, as thousands of homeowners regain much-needed equity in their homes, remodeling is seeing greater gains. “In the near term, homeowner spending on improvements is expected to see its strongest growth since the height of the housing boom,” said Kermit Baker, director of the Remodeling Futures Program at the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies. Home remodeling projects jumped 14 percent in September from a year ago, according to a new report from BuildFax, a data company that tracks building permits. The trends, however, are changing.
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Before & After: Transforming a McLean Kitchen
The dated finishes, strong contrasting colors, and an awkwardly shaped multilevel island presented a challenge when designerAnne Hardockof Dwellings by Design set out to transform her mid-’90s builder kitchen into a serene and functional space. Hardock always felt the existing cherry cabinets were a diamond in the rough and knew if they were paired with the right surroundings, they would sing. Before (top) and after (bottom). Once the decision was made to keep the perimeter cabinets, Hardock designed an island painted in soft white with a butcher-block countertop in walnut and cherry with a walnut ogee edge to serve as a main focal point and gathering place. The butcher block was custom made by Grothouse Lumber in Pennsylvania and ties in the warm wood tones from the cabinets.
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