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A Phoenix Rising

A Phoenix Rising

This two-story town home within The Phoenix Building had a lot of potential, but when my client purchased it, it was bland and had all builder-grade materials and cabinetry.

This client’s style is on the traditional side. She had requested to utilize her existing furniture, as we were able, but was also open to new if it would’ve better suited the space. The goal for the finished spaces, was to create a home that had a traditional feel with a unique, cleaner and fresher approach, while catering to the function and efficiency needs of the client.

First we addressed the space planning. The existing kitchen had two small lengths of cabinetry opposite each other, boasting only a slide in stove, refrigerator, sink, dishwasher, and adjacent to it was an inefficient pantry. In order to maximize the space, we removed the walls around the pantry that extended all the way to the stair entry to open up that view. We removed the partition dividing the kitchen from the living room and raised the soffit to be level with the existing kitchen ceiling to provide a cleaner and open look. We designed a u-shaped cabinetry layout incorporating two pull-out trash and recycling drawers, double wall ovens (with convection), cooktop, dishwasher, wine refrigerator, full sized refrigerator/freezer, walk-in pantry with extra countertop space for small appliances, and plenty of open countertop space as well as plenty of drawer space.

The removal of the wall that followed along the stair was a dramatic change. It opened up the view to the stair and we were able to incorporate a custom designed balustrade system that added a fresher transitional element to the space.

Upstairs, we removed the half-wall partition that acted as a railing to open up the hallway, giving a more grand feel. The laundry room was previously a closet within the master bathroom where the square footage was completely under utilized. The master closet was just a large open walk-in with wire shelving and rods. In the master bath, we removed the laundry enclosure, tub shower, double vanity, and white builder tile from the floor. We incorporated a full size stackable washer and dryer in the closet, a large custom designed shower where the laundry room was, enclosed the toilet for privacy, and created custom cabinetry for the double sink vanity, shelving above to the left, and built-in in the toilet room.

Next we moved on to furnishings, materials, fixtures, finishes, etc. The entire home received new hardwood hand-scraped hickory engineered floors. The master bathroom received a checker pattern of granite and white marble with a tile area rug for the flooring. A substantial profiled crown moulding was added to all of the ceilings throughout the house to encourage the transition from one space to the next. All of the walls were painted the same warm, neutral color to give a clean and fresh look to compliment the ornate designs of the furniture, mirrors, and brand new custom framing for the newly selected or commissioned artwork for the client.

A new warmth, ambiance and illumination was added to all of the spaces by designing down-lighting with dimmer controls throughout the home. All of the decorative light fixtures through the house are unique and add a bit of personality and whimsy to the spaces. We replaced all of the plumbing fixtures, and appliances throughout the home.

All of the furniture within the house was previously owned by the client. We were able to incorporate a lot of her pieces by simply reupholstering the traditionally styled frames with more contemporary, neutral, tone-on-tone, and monochromatic, fabrics, and editing the occasional pieces to only use the ones that worked best in terms of color, finish, size and style.

In the Living Room, we created regal, custom puddle draperies of 100% dupioni silk with a striae (lined to protect the silk from the sun). In the Master Bedroom, we created custom roman shades with an amazing tone-on-tone embroidered brocade fabric with banding to add a subtle accent.

I hope you enjoyed this brief visit to this beautiful project. Check our blog soon to learn more about the project and to see the before, during and after pictures.