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Fabulous Featured Kitchens & Baths

The folks at New Homes & Ideas have a penchant for remarkable homes. The kitchens and baths shown here are undeniably very special… They’re fabulous, in fact! Read on to learn how these show-stoppers came to be, and how to incorporate ideas such as these into your own home.

By Rebecca R. Newsome, MIRM

PROJECT 1: Eclectic Elegance
Designer/Builder: Wood Wise Design & Remodeling
Style: English Cottage
Inspiration: The desire to create a farm kitchen with plenty of room to cook and entertain.

Kitchen

“This kitchen is the result of a great collaboration between the homeowners, Michael Steiner of Steiner Design Interiors, and Wood Wise,” says Hank Wall, President of Wood Wise Design & Remodeling. “In response to a need for a more spacious and inviting area to bake, cook, and serve, we transformed the existing dated kitchen into a welcoming focal point of this 30 year-old North Raleigh home.”

The kitchen was enlarged to 17'x 20'6", with an expansive 5'x10' island serving as the room’s centerpiece. Cambria’s “Coswell Cream” engineered stone was selected for the island countertop, complementing Cambria’s “Brown Hill” countertops throughout the remainder of the kitchen. The cabinetry consists of a Mouser island with Distressed Ebony finish mixed in with KraftMaid cherry cabinets on either side of the 43" CornueFe range, and KraftMaid maple cabinets with Biscotti finish. According to Steiner, a variety of finishes were incorporated to create an illusion of antique furniture throughout the room.

The kitchen’s backsplash is 4"x4" Tumbled Travertine from Byrd Tile. Raleigh’s Marina Bosetti of Bosetti Art Tiles created the eye-catching mural inset over the range, depicting the landscaping of the homeowner’s yard. Above this work of art is a flared 48" Vent-A-Hood, bringing even more drama into this eclectically elegant room.

Newly installed skylights and light fixtures from Architects & Heroes allow ample lighting in harmony with the home’s new Jeld-Wen kitchen windows. The cottage look is completed with a double farmhouse sink, uniquely made from one very large mass of soapstone, as well as gleaming oak flooring.

A welcoming focal point, indeed. With an abundance of work, storage, and prep space, not to mention breath-taking features, these homeowners can now entertain in style.

PROJECT 2: Sensational Spa Sanctuary
Designer/Builder: H. Glazer Builder, Inc.
Style: Soft Contemporary
Inspiration: A wish for a spa environment in the comfort of home.

Heartwood Pine Floors

One of the greatest compliments a builder can receive is the request to build a second time for a customer. Imagine Harold Glazer’s delight when asked to embark upon a third renovation for these North Raleigh homeowners.

“The homeowners wanted a master bath with modern flair to harmonize with their traditional home,” says Glazer, President of H. Glazer Builder, Inc. “Delivering this in the elements of a spa retreat was great fun.”

Glazer gave the bath area its own space with the use of select 1" x 6" cherry tongue-and-groove diagonal hardwoods to create a tub alcove. A ledge built under the existing window furthered the spa atmosphere by allowing an area for plant groupings. Beyond the tub, glass blocks present the entrance into the shower, which includes a “rain” showerhead and multiple body sprays, all with thermostatically controlled valves. Porcelain tile completes this spectacular shower area.

A his-and-her granite-topped vanity with a glass-door tower sits on ball feet, providing the homeowners with a great look as well as durability and plenty of storage. Heated multi-colored floor tiles in three sizes, 18" x 18", 6" x 6" and 4" x 12", create a subway design, highlighting their terracotta tones. A closeted area contains the toilet and bidet. Soothing wallpaper, a trey ceiling, and recessed lighting conclude the look.

As with the two prior remodeling projects for these homeowners, Glazer was recognized with a Gold Award for this
category at the 2009 Remodelers Council STAR Awards Banquet. These homeowners may never venture out to an offsite spa again!

PROJECT 3: Traditional Transformation
Designer/Builder: Matthews & Wade Building Company
Style: Traditional
Inspiration: A longing for a fresh kitchen look in keeping with the homeowners’ lifestyle.

Eatman’s Carpet & Interiors

"Sometimes the most difficult part of a renovation is taking the first step,” says Steve Wade of Matthews & Wade Building Company. “These homeowners had seen our work on another project and liked it. They started talking with us about possibilities and decided to go for it. I feel confident in saying we’re all pleased with the final product.”

Located in Cary, this early-‘90s traditional home featured a conventionally dark wood-stained kitchen. To supply more space, a wall was moved in the renovation to enlarge the room by two feet. A local craftsman built the raised-panel cabinets by hand, culling out the inherent blonde mineral streaks to provide beautiful cabinetry of 100% heartwood cherry. Seeded glass was utilized in select areas to emanate a rustic/old-time feel. A breakfront cabinet to the right of the oven functions as an appliance garage, complete with receptacles to allow appliance usage inside the cabinet, with no need of countertop placement. The hood over the new gas updraft range is built into the cabinetry, with a grooved mantle shelf for plate/platter displays with rear door storage. Visually pleasing ornamental corbles serve as mantle support.

New, upgraded appliances are surrounded by cranberry/brown polished granite countertops and a backsplash of 4"x4" Tumbled Ivory Field Tile with 2"x2" Bronze Deco and 1"x1" Bronzed Renaissance Deco insets. Recessed and under-cabinet lighting enhance the luminosity from the existing window. And to complete the transformation, oak hardwoods now inhabit not just the renovated kitchen, but the entire first floor.

From drab to dream-like, this functional yet gorgeously transformed kitchen is sure to enchant homeowners and guests for years to come.

Project 4: Powder Perfection
Designer/Builder: Resolute Building Company/Debby Gomulka Designs
Style: Italian
Inspiration: A glamorous nod to a bygone era.

Heartwood Pine Floors

“The powder room in this new home in Raleigh’s Midtown had challenges from the start,” says Debby Gomulka of Debby Gomulka Designs. “Its dimensions ended up smaller than originally planned, and due to its location under a staircase, the ceiling slants downward. It was a joy to use the space we were given to create a dazzling jewel box, or Versace bath, as I like to call it.”

Gracing the walls is “Morning Fog” by Sherwin Williams, with a beveled/etched glass Venetian mirror serving as the room’s focal point. A transitional oval-shaped sink and matching toilet give continuity to the mirror’s curvature. Gomulka changed the initially intended overhead lighting to an Italian-style wall sconce, with crystals reflecting off the mirror and draping medallions emitting a bygone era effect.

A heavily carved shelf with a silver finish over the toilet and semi-dark hardwood flooring put the final touches on the lavish lavatory in this Old World style home.

“Our goal was to create an alluring place to freshen up in a design reminiscent of the 1920s,” says Gomulka. That mission certainly appears to have been accomplished in this so aptly named “dazzling jewel box.”

REBECCA R. NEWSOME, MIRM IS A FREELANCE WRITER