MODERN FARMHOUSE MAKEOVER WITH A TWIST

Welcome back! If this is your FIRST time here, WELCOME! We’re so glad you’re here, and we are so excited to share our farmhouse design project with you!

This project is a beautiful example of how, when there’s a solid procedural structure in place, a great team of perfectionists and artists working in their super-powers, and there is a collaborative mission where everyone is working toward the same goal [a beautiful, successful, high-quality project; happy and satisfied clients; brought in on-time and on-budget], and most importantly, when there is TRUST and FAITH in our TEAM, that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE.  This is one of those projects, and we hope you love it!

CONCEPT

// A TUXEDO-STYLE MODERN FARMHOUSE MAKEOVER

A bright open “eat in” kitchen remodel for a busy family by the beach, yearning to re-create the favorite memories of childhood with a modern farmhouse twist.

THE CHALLENGES

  • Increase storage capacity and organization
  • Increase workspace and countertops
  • Increase and customize the function for maximum flow and use
  • Add more light
  • Increase the overall feeling of the size of the space
  • Add a “wow” focal point
  • Add a his/hers beverage/coffee center
  • Incorporate the laundry room into the kitchen
  • Increase the general efficiency with regard to plumbing and electrical
  • Build within the client’s summer timeline, start to finish, approximately 10 weeks for construction
  • Front load the project so well, that the project was completed on time and on budget

Most importantly,

  • Bring the family “together” adding a place the kids to do homework, and the family to gather and have “a proper Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner”.

THE SOLUTIONS

  • Redesign, remove, relocate and rethink the existing spaces and intimately consider the clients personal lifestyle needs and vision.
  • Remove the wall that separated the two (small) dining and kitchen spaces
  • Rework, relocate, and upgrade all plumbing and electrical to accommodate new appliances and reconfigured laundry area
  • Increase the storage by designing efficient and high performing cabinetry and upgrade the cabinetry interiors for maximum use of space and performance
  • Increase the existing kitchen “closet” size to allow for a proper laundry room and creatively “conceal” within the kitchen when not in use
  • Install all new beautiful MONOGRAM appliances, plumbing, and lighting
  • Select and install a large family farmhouse table which doubles as a work space and remains the centerpiece of their NEW kitchen
  • We even tucked in a few luxuries and “his and hers” special moments for entertaining and a porcelain “restaurant quality” magnetic chalkboard for the kids that really DOES clean up well

BEFORE

Before we jump into seeing the AFTER photos, we thought you’d like to understand where we started.

In these next few images, you can see that the existing kitchen and dining room were dated, dark, small, separated, and overall both spaces were crowded with basically no circulation, organization, or efficiency.

// KITCHEN

The existing kitchen was small and there was virtually NO counter space for prep or cooking. The cabinets were dated, dark and the appliances all needed replacing.

The ceilings were lower in the kitchen space, which made the kitchen feel even smaller.

// DINING

The dining room was also very small and separated from the kitchen, so homework and meal prep work happened in two separated areas. The fireplace in the adjacent family room created an “opening” making two of the three walls basically, unusable, and there was little to no circulation and flow to the space.

As you can also see, there was also virtually no natural daylight in the family dining and gathering area with only ONE lighting source, there were shadows which doesn’t invite a lengthy stay.

// LAUNDRY ROOM

The existing laundry room was in a closet where the client had removed the doors for ease and access.

The washer/dryer and existing storage, were completely “visible” in the center of the kitchen with absolutely no way to conceal the mess, and no place designated for folding laundry.

The free standing cabinet that the owners purchased which was placed in the same area and served as the only pantry for the family and pets.

// PROGRESS

In these next images you can see a few of the construction milestones and what a massive change it made to remove the existing wall between the kitchen and dining areas.  We also removed the kitchen soffit to level-up the entire ceiling in the NEW kitchen and dining space.

// TIMELINE

Meeting the needs of our clients throughout the entire project requires trust, and a steady, consistent, and timely communication, detailed and accurate thoughtful preparation, and prompt responses when questions arise.

During the design phase and preparation for construction, a “live” timeline was produced and shared with the client which was maintained throughout the project in “real time”.  All construction was sequenced and scheduled PRIOR to demo. We had only 10 weeks from demo to move in, so it HAD to be organized. Again, COMMUNICATION and prompt decision making was KEY.

AFTER

As you can see, THIS KITCHEN checks ALL the boxes.

We solved ALL the challenges and delivered a bright, open, inviting, and INCREDIBLE modern farmhouse kitchen with every luxurious organization detail included. On time. On budget.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN CLOSING

I believe the word our client used to describe living in her new kitchen was, “BLISSFUL”. We’ll take it!

We’re always so very grateful to have the privilege and opportunity to earn the trust of our Clients.  It takes real teamwork, experience, passion, patience, dedication, consistency, focus and skill, but what an amazing feeling it is to hear that we have created BLISS for our clients.

Our SPECIAL THANKS to MONOGRAM APPLIANCES for making this wonderful makeover even more beautiful, and our photographer, RYAN GARVIN, for sharing our vision for this wonderful space!

We hope you enjoyed our MODERN FARMHOUSE project reveal, and if you have been INSPIRED today, please let us know in the comments, we’d LOVE to hear from you!

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Blessings,

Laura

 

 

 

 

 

30 comments on “FARMHOUSE DESIGN AND REMODEL / REDONDO BEACH, CA

  1. Veronica on

    What an amazing AFTER!! Incredible. So many challenges with the space before, but your team really delivered all the wonderful solutions and more. I can definitely see how blissful this new space is. Truly inspiring.

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    • Laura Muller on

      Thank you so much for reading our post, Veronica! I’m so honored that you stopped by. Thank YOU for your constant inspiration. xox

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  2. Rhonda on

    Oh Laura!!!

    How is it that you don’t have your own show?!

    When I think of design, I always think of you.

    Miss you oodles friend!!!

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    • Laura Muller on

      Miss you too!!!! Sending big hugs and kisses!!! And THANK YOU four kinds and beautiful words…they fill me up! xox

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  3. Elena on

    Absolutely amazing! Love the feeling and good vibes it conveys! We’re about to start a whole renovation of our future home and this kitchen meets most of our needs. Thanks a lot for the post from Spain. Sorry for the mistakes I might have made.

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    • Laura Muller on

      Hi Elena! Thank you so much for your king words and for stopping by! There were no mistakes in your message, only love! Hope you’ll come by again sometime! xox

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    • Laura Muller on

      Hi Linda!!! Thank you SO much for stopping by and for your kind words!!! So grateful for YOU and your constant encouragement! xox

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    • Laura Muller on

      Thank you so much for coming by and for your kind words! Love sharing the process. Understanding the process and where we started, is what really makes the exciting difference! xox

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  4. Leslie Carothers on

    Oh Laura: I cannot believe how gorgeous this is! It’s *modern farmhouse*- done in such a tailored and beautiful way. Your clients use of the word *BLISS* doesn’t surprise me! And the fact that you got this much work done in 10 weeks is astounding! Congratulations for bringing it in on time and on budget, thanks to having a great team all working on the same page.

    It is really an amazing transformation!

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    • Laura Muller on

      Thank you so much, Leslie! For your beautiful kind words and constant support and love!!! I am so grateful! XOX

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    • Laura Muller on

      Hi Mary Ann! Yes, they really ARE so happy! It was everything she dreamed about and visualized! So glad we could make her dream come true! Thank you so much for your kind words and for coming by to give us your time! XOX

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  5. mitzi beach on

    Every single detail is over the top perfect Laura but of course I am not surprised!
    I know that barn doors hiding laundry areas are done but yours is tucked so seamlessly in the kitchen that I looked at it several times to see if I was correct.
    I am such a fan!!

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    • Laura Muller on

      Thank you so much, beautiful friend!!! Subtle is so very important here. Thank you for your kind and generous words, I am so grateful! XOX

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  6. Sheri Bruneau on

    Laura and Cliff, this is absolutely spectacular! Laura, I loved the way your walked us through your project. From the ‘before’, to the challenges, to checking off the wish list boxes. Truly stunning work and I can see why your clients call it ‘Blissful’. Well done my friend!

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