Everything listed under: remodel

  • Before & After Story: Dog River Laundry Room

    This remodeled laundry room in a home on Dog River in Theodore, Alabama was designed by Coast Design Kitchen & Bath's Anne Will (Hans-VanMeter) in Mobile, Alabama. Twilley Builders was the general contractor. The cabinets are Wellborn Estate Custom Collection. This is a great example of a simple, yet effective laundry room make-over that took the room from a cluttered eye-sore to an elegant space with high functionality. 


  • Historic Downtown Mobile Kitchen Remodel


    Built in the late 1800's, this home is listed on the National Register of Historic Homes of America. Known as one of the "twins" or les Jemuelles, the property is located in the historic district of De Tonti Square in downtown Mobile, Alabama. The client wanted an upscale, yet casual, feel to the space. We accomplished this by the use of color, materials, and texture, while still maintaining many of the home's original qualities. The original brick pavers on the floor were refinished and restored, and the original plaster walls received a fresh coat of paint in a soft grey color, which preserved the true architecture of the home. New Crema Marfil tumbled tile laid in a brick patter was used for a backsplash, as well as under-cabinet lighting. 

    Designer Anne Hans-vanMeter and the client choseWellborn Estate Cusom Collection cabinets, which blended well with the historic nature and quality of this home. For the kitchen perimeter and wet bar area, the Melrose door was selected in Pebble Java finish and for the island we chose Maple Espresso. 

    The refrigerator and gas stove were relocated, adding a better flow and function to the space and updated to modern professional appliances of a 36" Gas Viking and a built-in Bosch refrigerator. The island was designed to resemble a large furniture piece with chunky mission legs, and utilizes all drawers facing the sink side for optimal storage. 

    The upper cabinets now go to the 9' ceiling with glass doors, and the crown moulding runs the entire perimeter of the room, similar to the original kitchen. For the wet bar area, a Viking wine chiller was added and glass doors in the upper cabinets to compliment the client's beautiful glassware and accessories. 

    For more information about this kitchen, or to find out how we can create a space like this for you, please give us a call to set up and appointment or stop by our showroom on Hwy 90 in Mobile, Alabama. 

    All photos credit Jessica Henderson

  • May is National Home Remodeling Month

    As Spring approaches, many home owners kick their home improvement projects into overdrive. Do-it-yourself (DIY) projects have seen huge gains in popularity, stemming partly from a flood of popular home improvement TV shows. DIY can be a fun and rewarding experience, but it can be time-consuming and frustrating too. Before you dig too deeply into a kitchen or bathroom DIY remodel, ask yourself these questions:

    • Do I have a clear idea of what I want my finished product to look like?
    • Do I really have time to finish this project?
    • Am I aware of everything I'll need to complete this project? Do I have all those things?
    • Am I familiar with building codes and permits?
    • Do I love physical labor?
    • Will you need assistance with this project? Do I have help?
    • Do I comprehend all the safety issues associated with this project?
    • Am I familiar with the structural makeup of my home?
    • Have I considered the hidden costs?
    • Have I considered that a project gone wrong could actually decrease the value of my home?


    For anything more than countertop replacements or faucet change-outs, we suggest that our clients hire a professional home remodeler. It's easy to see a contractor as only added labor cost, but that's a misconception. Professional contractors offer you much more. You get years of experience, the right tools, a network of suppliers and subcontractors, and an in-depth understanding of legal regulations, cost estimating, scheduling, etc. 

    If you're considering a kitchen or bath remodel and want to look into hiring a Certified Remodeler, let us know. We can certainly recommend a great one!

    Excerpts for this article taken from www.nahb.org. 

  • Kitchen Remodeling Budget Tips


    There are many ways to make your dreams a reality. You might decide to use personal savings or take out a personal loan. If you are purchasing the house while you are considering remodeling, you may want to incorporate the cost of your project into your mortgage. Whatever your situation, there are financial solutions to make your dream a reality. 

    Here are some things to think about: 

    When considering a budget for your total kitchen project, it's recommended that it not exceed 20% of your home's total value. And should you ever decide to put your home on the market, it's estimated that 85% of any money spent on kitchen remodeling is recouped. 

    An average kitchen costs somewhere between $15,000 and $26,000, including design, products and installation. Of course, you could spend much more or less depending on your selections. 

    It's always important to remember when considering ways to save money to not sacrifice quality for a cheaper route! The worst thing you can say after the completion of a project is "I wish we would have..."

    *2002 Design Trends Survey Update for NKBA by Sovereign Marketing Research, Fifth Avenue, New York. 

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