split level kitchen remodel before and after

Split Level Kitchen Remodel Before And After

Before & After – The Transformation Of A Split-Level House By Ami McKay August 12, 2015 Interior designer Ami McKay has transformed a dated 1980’s split level home in Vancouver, Canada, into a bright and open contemporary home. Working with her clients, Ami was able to help them discover their preferred design aesthetic of “colorful modern,” and find a home that they could make their own. The result was that the main floor of the house received a complete overhaul, with updated living areas, fireplace, bathroom and a new kitchen. Photography by Janis Nicolay Photography Get the contemporist daily email newsletter – sign up here Share this on: facebook twitter google+ pinterest
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Split Level Kitchen Remodel Before And After

Before & After – The Transformation Of A Split-Level House By Ami McKay August 12, 2015 Interior designer Ami McKay has transformed a dated 1980’s split level home in Vancouver, Canada, into a bright and open contemporary home. Working with her clients, Ami was able to help them discover their preferred design aesthetic of “colorful modern,” and find a home that they could make their own. The result was that the main floor of the house received a complete overhaul, with updated living areas, fireplace, bathroom and a new kitchen. Photography by Janis Nicolay Photography Get the contemporist daily email newsletter – sign up here
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Split Level Kitchen Remodel Before And After

Interior designer Ami McKay has transformed a dated 1980’s split level home in Vancouver, Canada, into a bright and open contemporary home. Working with her clients, Ami was able to help them discover their preferred design aesthetic of “colorful modern,” and find a home that they could make their own. The result was that the main floor of the house received a complete overhaul, with updated living areas, fireplace, bathroom and a new kitchen. Photography by Janis Nicolay Photography Get the contemporist daily email newsletter – sign up here
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Split Level Kitchen Remodel Before And After

Learn which types of homes are easier to convert, split level homes are becoming more popular than ever because of how easy it is to convert it into something modern and open. The price for these homes is normally less than their colonial counterparts, and they are much simpler to convert into an open floor plan while still having separate space for the kids.
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Split Level Kitchen Remodel Before And After

Carolyn lives with her husband, Shawn, and son, George, in a 1976 split-foyer home in South Reston. They bought the house 12 years ago, when George was just a month old.
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Split Level Kitchen Remodel Before And After

Before renovations, small doorways led from the living room to the dining room and kitchen, with a dividing wall between them. After the wall was removed, the kitchen, dining, and living rooms have become one large, sleek, stylish space.
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Split Level Kitchen Remodel Before And After

Two years ago they began renovations, starting with a hall bathroom on the main level. In 2014 they undertook a massive transformation of the main living area, opening the walls between the living room, dining room, and kitchen, to create a spacious, open floor plan. They also replaced most of their furniture and lighting, and completely updated the kitchen. The results are gorgeous.
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Split Level Kitchen Remodel Before And After

Before their renovations, a wall separated the living room from the kitchen and dining room. The living room was cramped, and the kitchen felt isolated. They discovered that the dividing wall was not load-bearing, so they had it removed to open the entire space. Today, the wall is gone and the living room feels much larger and brighter! They replaced most of the furniture with airier, contemporary and mid-century modern pieces.
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A glimpse beyond the original dividing wall shows the previous kitchen cabinets and dark appliances. The renovated kitchen now includes a granite-topped island, new white cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and a wall of aqua green glass tiles. They also replaced the flooring with lighter wood, as part of the process of lightening these dark spaces.
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The kitchen has granite counters, with white and gray on the island, and black matte in the rest of the kitchen. Pendant lights from Home Depot hang above the island. A bowl that the family bought on a trip to Jordan is the only decoration on the uncluttered island.
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If you love a good before-and-after home tour, then you don’t want to miss this one. Reston resident Carolyn Reams sent me photos of her family’s renovations, and I was stunned by the transformation. She invited me to come in and see her beautiful house for one of Modern Reston’s home tours.
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The dining room sits next to the kitchen, and continues with accents in orange, gold, and glass. The orange in the banquette and painting also tie in with the bright colors of the entry way mural, which sits diagonally across the space from the dining room.
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The kitchen is left uncluttered, with only carefully selected decorative items on display. A theme of orange, gold, and glass carries through most of the items.
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The wall is decorated with glass subway tile in a glossy aqua color, which gives the room a bright yet calming feel. Carolyn has learned, though, that glass tile requires a lot of work to keep clean in a kitchen.
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My favorite element of the whole space greets you as you enter the front door. This vibrant mural was designed by Carolyn and her interior designer, Alexandra of Alexandra Design Finds. Carolyn is a fan of mid-century painters Gene Davis and Kenneth Noland, both of whom were known for colorful paintings of stripes and geometric shapes. She dreamed of having a large painting by one of them in her entryway, but was prohibited by cost. After encountering a colorful striped mural in Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Carolyn was inspired to create her own version at home. Carolyn used a Pinterest board to gather ideas for the paint colors. Alexandra wrote a post about this transformation on her design blog.
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It was obvious from the start that Chris has taken a great deal of time and care cultivating great working relationships with some wonderful professionals. They were on time every day, thorough in their work, patient with our questions and concerns, and always anxious to be sure we were pleased with the work. We tried to stay out of their way but the fact that we are both retired meant that we were home each and every day … something they may not have been used to but everyone was patient and willing to take a minute to explain things to us or occasionally simply have a chat.
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Hello! My name is Robin. I’m a wife, a mother of three, and a stay at home mom. I love sharing simple budget-friendly ideas for creating a warm inviting home for family and friends. I believe home can be our heaven on earth.
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My name is Robin. I’m a wife, a mother of three, and a stay at home mom. I love sharing simple budget-friendly ideas for creating a warm inviting home for family and friends. I believe home can be our heaven on earth.
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The rest of Carolyn’s main living area is decorated in neutrals and soft blues, which makes this accent wall particularly fun and unexpected. She carries some of the orange color into accents throughout the rest of the living space, to tie the elements together.
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Carolyn’s favorite pieces of furniture in the room are two vintage Hans Wegner chairs that she found at Galaxie Modern in Lynchburg, Virginia. “I call them ‘vintage.’ My dad calls them ‘used,’” she joked. A playful elephant side table sits between the chairs and adds some whimsy and rounded contrast to the straight lines of the chairs.
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*All Photos All photos on this blog are taken by me and belong to me, unless otherwise noted in the text. If you would like to use any of my pictures, you may email me at keephomesimple@gmail.com to ask for permission. Thank you.
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All photos on this blog are taken by me and belong to me, unless otherwise noted in the text. If you would like to use any of my pictures, you may email me at keephomesimple@gmail.com to ask for permission. Thank you.
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Two Saturn lamps from the 1920s sit on end tables in the living room. Carolyn found them on Etsy, and her husband Shawn, who is an electrical engineer, redid the wiring to make them functional.

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