Location: Litchfield Park, Arizona
Size: 289 square feet (27 square meters)
Project time: Two weeks
BEFORE: An awkward peninsula, old cabinets and a soffit ceiling were the main culprits, so the homeowners reached out to builder Jared Bates and his sister-in-law designer Kathrin Bates for help.
Eliminating the soffits allowed him to raise the ceiling height, creating an even more open feel and allowing him to take new maple cabinets all the way up to maximize storage. Recessed can lighting and undercabinet lighting helped to brighten the room.
Cabinets: Cinnamon Maple, J&K Cabinetry
Jared did run into some trouble early on when removing a load-bearing wall. He had initially hoped the roofing system was built with trusses, but he soon found out that it was framed two-by-eights. After consulting the necessary professionals, he was able to create special reinforcing to modify the framing accordingly. “In the end, everything worked out fine,” he says. “This just confirmed why it is important that homeowners hire experienced, licensed contractors who know enough to double-check these sorts of issues.”
While dealing with the roof issues, Jared added more attic ventilation and reinsulated the attic to increase the energy efficiency of the home.
Labor and design fees: $17,500
Tile: Brimstone mosaic glass; floor: 18-by-18-inch walnut-colored ceramic tile