NARI CotY 2009 Regional Winner
Residential Kitchen $60,001 to $100,000
PROJECT GOALS & HOW THEY WERE ACHIEVED
After the initial meeting with the clients, it was evident that the kitchen was badly in need of an update. The last time the kitchen was remodeled was in the 70’s and they wanted the new kitchen to include more storage and a more efficient layout. Doors were falling off the cabinets and there were numerous plumbing leaks. They did not have enough cabinet or countertop space and the kitchen was closed off from other living areas.
We proposed adding an island to improve the efficiency and allow a work surface and staging area close to all work areas. The small size of the kitchen limited the size of the island so we proposed to build the island out of steel pipe with a kidney-shaped counter top to minimize the bulk of the island while still providing maximum functionality.
To open up the kitchen, we removed all doors and replaced them with wider arched openings. We widened the old pass-through to the den by removing an inefficient pantry and added a bar top to tie the two rooms together. We also created space for a wine bar and desk workstation by removing a water heater at the far end of the old kitchen.
ENHANCING THE EXISTING STRUCTURE’S FUNCTIONALITY
By incorporating the island, we were able to position a work surface no further than four feet from any point in the kitchen. It also allowed traffic to flow around the sink and range, reducing choke points.
We were able to add fourteen linear feet of countertop by adding the island, eliminating the built-in pantry and relocating the water heater. We more than doubled the amount of cabinet storage space.
The wine bar was designed to keep hard liquor out of the reach of the children and in one location. We eliminated the possibility of carbon monoxide entering living spaces by removing the gas water heater and replacing with a tankless unit in the attic.
The owners contemplated the possibility of repairing the original cabinets to save money and reduce waste. We suggested a line of lyptus cabinets we carry and showed them the green benefits of using a fast, renewable hardwood.
We improved illumination by locating new can lights over main work areas for general lighting, adding decorative pendent fixtures to provide accent lighting, and adding under-counter zenon task lights for illuminating food preparation areas.
ENHANCING THE EXISTING STRUCTURE’S AESTHETICS
We achieved repetition in the design by using arches in multiple locations; over the two doorways, the ceiling over the range, the elliptical accents on the pot rack, the curved island, and the arched valance over the wine bar. The straight lines of the long horizontal backsplash tiles and “metro” door style on the cabinetry contrast the arches. The clean look of the cabinets is accentuated by the full-inset door & drawer styles and the 14-inch long pulls. The blue pearl granite countertops balance with the glass backsplash. We repeated stainless steel in the appliances, pot rack, island, cabinet pulls, sink & fixtures and the lights.
Evidence of Superior Craftmanship
The custom stainless island and pot rack required architectural drawings to ensure their precise fit & finish. We had to layout the tile backsplash with a laser to maintain alignment of all grout lines. There was no margin of error with the style of the full-inset cabinetry as the doors and drawers had to be perfectly aligned.
INNOVATIVE USES OF MATERIAL AND METHODS OF CONSTRUCTION
USED IN THIS PROJECT
Although the island and pot rack were originally designed to be fabricated out of heavy galvanized threaded pipe, we decided to have the look of heavy flanged pipe but fabricate them out of machined stainless. We felt this would be more in keeping with the contemporary look of the rest of the kitchen.
We allowed for easy movement around the kitchen by building the support for the irregularly shaped island out of a stainless frame rather than a bulky base cabinet. The wide flanges kept the base more firmly attached to the floor than could have been achieved using a traditional cabinet unit.
OVERCOMING DIFFICULT OBSTACLES
After demolition, we discovered that the area by the water heater was an old addition with a slab floor higher than the adjacent wood plank subfloor. We added plywood sheets to strengthen the cracked subfloor and match the height of the higher slab due to extensive subfloor cracking and the height differential. Then we used engineered wood flooring that adhered directly to the concrete subfloor to avoid the need for a wood layer on the concrete for nailing purposes.
BEFORE & AFTER PHOTOGRAPHS
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“I am likely to recommend Blackline Renovations to a friend because my client is very responsive, innovative, and they're terrific at doing large jobs as well as small jobs.”
— Customer in Dallas, TX
from Guild Quality
“I used Blackline Renovations for a long overdue remodel of my kitchen, laundry, and living room areas. I had talked to a few companies over the years prior to meeting with Blackline. Having had a bad experience 3 years before, I was reluctant to start the process again. Chris and his team seemed different. They were knowledgeable, organized, and seemed excited about the prospects of turning my 1961 kitchen into something I could enjoy and be proud of. This would turn out to be a down to the studs renovation for approx. 50% of my house. Projects of this scope and duration are never without inconvenience, but it went smoother than anticipated. From design (I only had a general idea of what I wanted; few details), to project management, to execution, I can’t think of anything I would change. The end result is beautiful. The people were great to work with, and the results exceeded my expectations. Chris, Taff, and Jennifer listen and clearly care about the work they do.”
— Glen L.
“Blackline delivered a fabulous renovation of our kitchen and den. From design to plan to execution to cleanup, the whole team went above and beyond. The 8-month project was completed on-time and within budget. The quality of the craftsmanship is excellent. We are extremely pleased with the beautiful new space and would highly recommend Blackline.”
— Stacy C.
“We highly recommend Blackline Renovations. Chris, Taff and Jennifer are true professionals. They are responsive, organized, creative and made our bathroom renovation a seamless process. They went above and beyond. If you are looking to do some renovations look no further. We’re looking forward to working with Blackline again.”
— Elizabeth L.
— Darlene & Bill S.
“Chris and his team were always very professional. The scheduling, design and craftsmanship was exactly what I hoped for. I would not hesitate to use Blackline Renovations again and recommend them to friends and family.”
— Joel B.
“We used Blackline for two separate projects over the span of one year, and are thrilled with the results from both projects! Blackline did a kitchen/bath/laundry room remodel, as well as a back deck construction and we couldn’t be happier with the results. The Blackline team was very communicative, knowledgeable and overall great to work with. Would use and recommend them again.”
— Jaime G.
“Blackline Renovations did an outstanding job on my kitchen and master bed/bath remodel. What set them apart was their attention to detail on every aspect of the project. We would meet at my house on a weekly basis to review what we completed the previous week and what was on the to-do list for the upcoming week. It was very helpful to be consistently informed on the work of the project which kept any surprises to a minimum. The team was extremely professional, knowledgable, and courteous. They went above and beyond to make sure I was satisfied with the project all along the way. The quality of work was fantastic. They did not cut corners and kept to the scheduled timeline. I would highly recommend Blackline Renovations.”
“Chris Black and his team took it down to the studs to renovate the kitchen, master closet and new laundry. We also enclosed a porch, refinished the floors throughout, added attic insulation and poured a new driveway for our 1929 cottage. He was great to work with and had excellent weekly communication. We appreciated that he was very well organized and stayed on budget. I highly recommend him and I will use his company again.”
“Blackline Renovations renovated a guest bathroom for our home two years ago. We were and have been very satisfied with their work. Chris Black was professional every step of the way. We were satisfied with keeping to the timeline and budget. I was especially impressed with Blackline’s subcontractors. Everyone did a great job. We would definitely use Chris for future projects and have recommended him to many in our neighborhood.”
— T. S.
“The team has been fantastic and easy to work with. They bring all decisions to me and communicate clearly. The team is always available for concerns and questions. I am constantly updated on the project and workers. Best experience ever!”
— Paige M.
“The completed project looks amazing and could not be any better. Each person we dealt with was very professional, courteous, and they worked with us to make everything as easy as possible. Working with them was super easy and the final product was impeccable.”
“The entire process from initial meeting, design, bid out of costs and actual construction was flawless. We were looking for a turn key contractor and we found it with Chris Black — with the added bonus of very high quality workmanship. We valued Chris’ input on design and construction, his experience gave us confidence. Once we got started, the communication of each phase of the process was detailed, timely. Our quality standards are high — and Chris met each one of them. AND came to the table of with solutions to each problem. We loved that he personally got involved and connected to our project.”
“I’d never lived through a remodeling project, but I’d been warned about it. And in our initial meeting, Chris Black didn’t sugar coat it. He said life would be tough at first, but that I’d love the final product. He was right. We communicated well and often from the initial planning stages, through demolition and construction, and during the final details. Chris gave sound advice, but didn’t flinch when I made unexpected changes. He stayed within his initial cost estimate. The project took longer than expected—but for good reason, and Chris kept me well-informed daily. I love my new kitchen and bath. And while I can’t yet afford my next project, I’ve already talked with Chris about it and look forward to the day it becomes reality. I’ll be a return customer.”
“Chris Black did an excellent job on our garage project. Chris was very professional, attentive to our requests—including the changes we made during the project—and kept us informed on a daily basis of what had happened and what was to come next. Overall, the project went very well, was completed in a timely manner and to our satisfaction. I would recommend him to anyone looking to do new construction or a remodel.”
“Chris Black did an excellent job of keeping me informed of my project at all times. The paperwork was clear and easy to understand. My needs were understood clearly and the end result was exactly what I wanted. I would definitely recommend Chris Black to any of my friends. I love my kitchen… it looks great!”
“I thoroughly enjoyed working with Chris. I felt informed at all stages of the process, and felt as if he truly cared about my satisfaction with the job. Chris was always available to discuss any questions or concerns I had. The process was as painless as I can imagine it could be, and I’m thrilled with the result.”
“I like [Chris Black] a lot, and found his approach quite refreshing. Even more, he followed up consistently and made me feel he wanted the job. I would recommend Chris Black to anyone who would ask. I definitely appreciated all of the efforts that made this a pleasant experience. I hope we will have another opportunity to work together in the future.”
“Chris Black and his team fit the bill for my bathroom remodel. Chris Black was very hands on and kept me informed regularly. He managed his subs accordingly and was very flexible with my decision process and change requests. The project took longer than anticipated, but you can’t rush perfection. I would recommend Chris Black to others seeking professional rebuild/remodel projects.”
“From day one, Chris Black was courteous, fair and professional. They went out of their way to understand what I wanted, then delivered the project early and under budget. I would recommend them to any of my friends or family that are looking for an honest, straightforward and professional contractor.”
“Chris Black was very knowledgeable and professional in all areas of our remodeling. He was open to our ideas, questions, and suggestions and worked very hard to find ways to accommodate any of our special requests. He had a good relationship with all his subcontractors, and I feel that helped make the job go more smoothly and keep us on our timeline. We love our new kitchen, half-bath, and updated ceilings and floors in all downstairs rooms! I will definitely call Chris when I ever need more remodeling work done.”
“Chris Black was thoroughly professional. The project was completed on time, on budget, and with the highest possible quality of professionalism. The few minor problems that were encountered were handled quickly and completely. If I do any building or projects in the future, I’m calling them.”
— A.S. & H.S.
“Strangers coming into your home to rip out walls and fixtures and then to rebuild a large portion of your house is unsettling. But Chris made the process smooth and user friendly. We will have them back for more projects. The quality of the work was excellent and the outcome pleased us no end. They know what they are doing…and they let you in on all the decisions and the step-by-step process. You never feel out of control with them. It was most comfortable working with these guys.”
— J.C. & M.S.
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