The old cabinets, parquet floors, and wallpaper really outdated this Downers Grove kitchen. The homeowners hated having to get on all fours just to reach a pan in the back of the base cabinets, and everything felt so cluttered when they opened their falling-apart drawers. That’s when they turned to Crimson’s design team for a solution.
For the cabinets, we chose ivory cream inset cabinets by Fieldstone Cabinetry with simple hardware to give the kitchen a crisp, clean, and timeless look. We increased the efficiency of the cabinets by adding lots of internal organization to keep everything in its place and allow all dishes to be easily accessible.
The outdated parquet floor was replaced by a new hardwood strip floor to make the space feel larger and longer. We removed the soffits and the busy wallpaper to give the kitchen even more of an open feeling.
As a bonus, we also added an extra eating area by extending the countertop and flooring into the adjacent family room. What a great transformation!
Dark mocha cherry cabinets (by Fieldstone Cabinetry) were a bold choice for this traditional Naperville couple, but they couldn’t be happier with the results! The cabinets offer perfect contrast with the light travertine backsplash. And the slate accents in the backsplash compliment the Tunas Green granite counters while drawing attention to the beautiful wood hood.
A lovely wine storage center with decorative glass upper cabinets sits where an old and rarely used built-in desk was. A closet pantry is replaced by a much more efficient pantry cabinet with plenty of roll trays for easily accessible storage. Added task and decorative lighting serve as a final touch to this beautifully renovated Naperville kitchen.
Last fall, Crimson worked hard to get a Naperville family into their brand new kitchen/addition just in time for the holidays. As you may recall from the past post “South Naperville Home Seeing The Light”, this family started out with a small, dark kitchen that blocked their view to the outdoors and wasn’t very conducive to entertaining.
With the addition of 300 square feet, plenty of windows, and a little creativity from Crimson’s design team, their kitchen is now bright, welcoming, and takes full advantage of their beautiful back yard. The ivory painted inset cabinetry brightens up the space and gives the kitchen a warm, elegant, and timeless look. The large island offers an excellent gathering spot for kids or guests without intruding on the kitchen’s work station. It’s perfect for holiday parties!
Now, almost a year later, the family has come back for more. For phase 2, Crimson is updating the entire 2nd floor as well as redesigning the staircase for a more polished entrance into their beautiful home. The upstairs work will include new carpeting in all of the bedrooms, an updated and redesigned hall bath, built-in custom bookshelves in the master bedroom, and a modernized master bath with a spa-like feel. Stay tuned to see the finished product of phase 2.
A couple in Lisle is thrilled after Crimson did a complete redesign of their cramped 1970s kitchen. These clients like to do a good deal of baking and practically all of their meals are home-cooked, but their small and poorly designed u-shaped kitchen made this a daily struggle.
By simply changing the peninsula into an island, the kitchen opened up immensely. Now the couple can cook together and move around the kitchen with ease. Crimson also redesigned the cabinet layout and added plenty of in-cabinet organization like roll-out trays, deep drawers, and vertical storage for cookie sheets. A double-oven unit was installed so that they can do double duty when cooking large meals.
Warm caramel stained cabinetry was chosen for the perimeter of the kitchen to lighten up the space from the dark and dingy cabinets that were original to the home. Sage green cabinets on the island add a touch of color and accent the green glass tiles in the backsplash. Even after making space for all of their cooking and serving ware storage, they still had room for a decorative display cabinet for their pottery collection with a bonus mail organizer to help keep the counters less cluttered from mail.
Wow! What a difference a little redesign can make!
We are in the final days of a kitchen renovation in Lisle, Illinois. Having had a negative experience with a previous bathroom remodel, the clients are thrilled that the project has come in on time and without any surprises! It’s wonderful when things happen as expected.
Their Lisle kitchen features cherry cabinets by Fieldstone Cabinetry in a simple Shaker style. The new kitchen layout will make cooking so much easier than before. And the tile backsplash gives their new space a lot of personality!
They chose to do two different cabinet finishes in their kitchen to make the island look like its own separate piece. The island is painted maple cabinets (see photo at left). The island contrasts nicely with the newly finished oak flooring.
New stainless steel appliances make this kitchen modern and energy efficient. In the photo below Mark, of Electrical Concepts, Inc., is making the final electrical connections to the double oven. The double oven is a wonderful piece because it allows you to cook two different meals at one time. What a great convenience!
It won’t be long before our clients are enjoying their kitchen and living easy!
One of the most common questions we get as designers is how to make a space more enjoyable, livable and comfortable. It’s amazing how many people don’t feel comfortable in their home. How can this happen?
Comfort is the mission for today’s remodeling client. Their home has lost the feeling of hominess. For some, it never had that feeling in the first place.
When homeowners initially purchase their home, maybe they don’t have the money to renovate and make the home everything they want it to be. At the time they are just happy to find a home with the right number of bedrooms and a kitchen that is workable.
Fast forward ten years and now they are fed up. The bathroom is dated. The tile is in disrepair and the shower lacks a modern showerhead. The kitchen is still cramped and missing specialty storage.
This is exactly how our clients on Wilshire Lane felt. Two years ago we worked with them to add a second-story addition over their garage with a bedroom, laundry and bathroom.
Recently they asked us back to remodel their original master bathroom. When they first moved in the bathroom was fine. But, after fifteen years in the home, they realized that their bathroom needed an infusion of ‘comfort.’
Initially, Joel worked with them to explore alternate layouts of the existing bath, closet and bedroom. Ultimately, they decided against it and decided to keep the layout the same.
Using the original floor plan we updated all the fixtures and finishes. The result is a new bath with a feeling of serene comfort. The bathtub was converted to a stand up shower and made dramatically larger. The new vanity cabinets are taller with a stacked storage cabinet on the vanity counter. This eliminates the clutter of bottles and makes for a very clean-looking vanity area.
We chose oil-rubbed bronze plumbing fixtures with medium color stain on the cabinets and custom-framed mirrors. The shower tile is a mixture of neutral porcelain and slate natural stone. We added storage shelves in the shower with a new oil-rubbed sliding shower door.
The warm colors and natural materials create a sense of balance. The feeling of comfort has been restored. Mission accomplished!
The exterior has received a dramatic makeover complete with the addition of a porch, new siding, architectural gables, and a new driveway.
The interior has gained an updated kitchen, a powder room, a new fireplace with built-in shelving, and a brand new master suite.
The focus of the kitchen design, besides the obvious aesthetics, was to increase storage and efficiency for everyday use. By tastefully adding more cabinetry and installing organization systems in them, the kitchen is now much easier to cook in with everything in its place.
We also increased the efficiency of the space upstairs by turning two small bedrooms and a bathroom into a spacious master suite. By moving a few walls and rethinking the space, Crimson was able to give the homeowners a bigger master bedroom, a walk-in closet, a master bathroom, and a home office. Talk about efficiency!
Crimson is happy to welcome yet another family back to their new and improved home, custom designed for their specific needs, wants, and tastes.
A kitchen in Downers Grove just finished receiving some dramatic updates thanks to the Crimson team. Rather than ripping out the entire kitchen and starting over, this homeowner decided to save money by keeping the existing cabinets and updating everything else.
First, we removed the old, worn-out linoleum flooring and installed brand new pre-finished hardwood. The laminate countertops were then replaced with elegant granite counters which were extended further on the peninsula for additional seating. We also dressed up the space by adding a natural stone backsplash to compliment the granite. The outdated appliances and plumbing fixtures were replaced with new, more efficient options. The walls were repainted a lighter color and more light fixtures were added to increase the visibility and open feeling in the otherwise dark kitchen. Lastly, we installed new decorative hardware on the cabinets to add more detail and improve their functionality.
In just two weeks, this kitchen went from drab to fab with a few simple updates!
Back in 2008, Crimson completed a kitchen remodel for a couple in Naperville. Now, three years later, they’re coming back for more. This time, we’ve moved upstairs to update the master bathroom and the hall bathroom.
In the master bath, new Fieldstone stained cabinets with granite countertops have been installed. The cramped corner shower unit has been replaced with a custom shower surrounded by frameless glass giving it a much more open feel. It is dressed up by a combination of ceramic and natural stone tile. The design also includes brand new plumbing and lighting fixtures and brushed nickel accessories.
The hall bath is also undergoing some changes. New ceramic tile flooring has been installed along with ivory painted cabinets and granite countertops. The existing tub has been replaced with a more up-to-date tub and decorative ceramic tile adorns the walls surrounding it.
In the next week, the rest of the plumbing fixtures will be installed, the walls will be painted, and the bathroom will be ready for the family to use once again.
Another home in south Naperville is seeing some big changes thanks to the Crimson team. The owners loved the existing home, but its kitchen was small, dark, and did not take advantage of the views to the beautiful back yard.
Our solution: a 300 square foot addition that would add ample light and space to the kitchen, making it the centerpiece of the home.
Now, the walls and drywall are up, and it’s all coming together.
As you can see, the addition blends seamlessly with the existing structure and features plenty of windows to provide light and views to the backyard.
Soon, the hardwood floors and cabinetry will be installed and it will really come to life. The kitchen design includes ivory painted inset cabinetry by Fieldstone Cabinetry, a built-in range hood, plenty of pantry storage, and a large central island with seating.
The galley-shaped design will keep the kitchen feeling open and easy to move around in. The large island will act as a central gathering place, encouraging the family to cook together and making it perfect for entertaining.
The space by the windows will serve as a nice sunny spot for the dining table and even enough room for some extra seating. Stay tuned to watch this beautiful space unfold.