When Kristine Lamont wanted to do some remodeling work in her home, she called us because we had previously worked with her mother on a project and she was pleased with our professionalism and kindness at that time. Like many of our clients, Kristine knew she wanted to update her bathroom and kitchen, but was very unsure of what exactly to do from there. Just update the current layouts? Knock down a wall and open the kitchen up to the rest of the house? Re-locate the bathroom entirely in order to make it bigger? We drew up several different designs and weighed out all the pros and cons of each with Kristine. The layout that best fit her needs opened up the kitchen and expanded it a little bit, while keeping her bathroom the same size & providing it with a much needed facelift.
Next came product selection – Kristine didn’t have a definite look in mind, but she did want to incorporate environmentally friendly items wherever possible. This gave us a definite direction for the biggest decision in her kitchen – the cabinets! We introduced her to Lyptus, which is a wood made from a hybrid of two species of Eucalyptus tree. Developed for quick harvesting, and grown on plantations in Brazil, Lyptus is marketed as an environmentally friendly alternative to oak, cherry, mahogany and other wood products that may be harvested from old growth forests. Lyptus trees can be harvested for lumber in approximately 15 years, much sooner than woods from cooler climates. As a plantation grown wood, use of Lyptus does not deplete old growth forests which are regarded as valuable havens for biodiversity. Lyptus’s fast growth rate ensures that supply stays high, and keeps costs low. From there, we directed Kristine the LG Eden Collection of solid surface countertops. This innovative new product line from LG is made from 12% recycled content, making it the only acrylic countertop that is easy on the environment. www.lgcountertops.com for more info.
To top off the kitchen, we selected ceramic floor tile and a coordinating backsplash with colorful accent pieces. From a design standpoint, everything came together beautifully, but perhaps the biggest eye catcher is the spaciousness and open layout of the new kitchen, along with a huge new peninsula!
As mentioned, we did keep the same layout in her bathroom, but updated it with all new fixtures, along with replacing the vinyl flooring with tile!
Other elements of her project included a new bay window, relocating the front door, patching in and re-finishing the hardwood floors where we expanded the kitchen into the dining room and hallway and custom building a railing for her stairs.
“I liked the professional yet kind manner that was used to help my mother, so I decided to hire them for my remodel project. Frey has been a good company-in fact great to work with. I appreciate all the work that has been done. Both the bathroom and the kitchen look great. Thanks.” ~Kristine Lamont