Cabinet fronts: Laminate in rust, ocher, night and mint
Counters: Caesarstone Pure White Engineered Quartz
Lighting: School pendant
Chairs: Modernica Jadeite Case Study Chairs
Table: Hay table with triangular legs
The craziest madness: âOur clients have really splurged on the color,â says Jody. âI suggested they choose a bright accent for the cabinets, but instead of just one color, they gave me four! It took many iterations to come up with an arrangement of the four colors that seemed complementary and useful. In the end, everyone was really happy with the result. “
Sneakest backup: âWe had a relatively small area to work with, so our most devious backups were really about reclaiming hidden and unused space. There was a process of discovery and serendipity in the renovation, âsays Jody. âThere was an old maid’s staircase hidden behind one of the kitchen walls. We turned it into a bank of tiered cabinets that house the refrigerator and pantry. We also discovered that part of the existing kitchen was an enclosed porch from a previous renovation. To make the kitchen feel larger, we actually scaled it down, restoring the original porch and incorporating large sliding glass doors to wash the space in the light and reconnect it to the backyard.
The best part: âNo matter how cloudy, cold or gray it is outside, when you walk into the house the combination of light and color improves your mood,â Jody explains. âI love that when you stand in the kitchen you can now see through the house and both the front and back yards. “
What I would never do again: âWe started construction in February 2020 with the expectation that I would make regular trips to Boston from my Tampa office to monitor the progress of construction. A month after construction began, the whole world closed its doors and it became clear that the trips were not going to take place. We had to improvise. Luckily we had a great entrepreneur and between visits to FaceTime and lots of images we were able to make it work, âsays Jody.
Final invoice : âIt was pretty much what we expected, although customers ended up spending extra money on upgrades such as replacing all old single-pane windows with coated aluminum. energy efficient wood, a new HVAC system and new LED lighting. These had a high initial cost, but long term benefits, âsays Jody.