Who lives here: Andrew and Debbie Nelson
Location: Sargent, Texas
Size: 288 square feet (26.8 square meters)
Construction time: About three months
BEFORE: Three years ago Andrew and Debbie Nelson traded a busy life in Houston for a slower pace in Sargent, Texas, a fishing town about two miles by land from the Gulf of Mexico. They bought a split-level home, planning to remodel the kitchen. Debbie Nelson spent about two years poring over photos on Houzz, visiting showrooms and gathering information. Ultimately, the Nelsons decided to expand their kitchen into the adjacent sunroom, and to expand the opening into the adjacent dining room.
AFTER: Here is the renovated kitchen. The wall with the angled roofline is the exterior wall that formerly formed part of both the kitchen and the sunroom. The wall at the right of the photo, with the stainless steel refrigerator, is where the yellow oven and microwave wall stood prior to renovation.
The remodeling changes just about doubled the size of the Nelsons’ new kitchen. The angled roofline was part of the home’s original structure that the Nelsons took the opportunity to expose. The couple installed clerestory windows on the back wall; they function more like skylights due to their height. The window location meant the Nelsons could still take advantage of some of the vertical space for upper cabinetry. The kitchen’s clerestory windows echo similar windows in the adjacent dining room.
“Uh-oh” moment: Originally, Debbie Nelson estimated that she’d need a 6-by-5-foot kitchen island, but when she taped out the plan, after demolition, she realized she had miscalculated. “It was at that moment I realized in order to include my dishwasher, farmhouse sink, garbage drawer, drawers and storage, the island needed to be 7 feet by 5 feet,” Nelson says. Ultimately, this change meant the opening to the dining room had to be enlarged.
Dishwasher: LG; sink: 30-inch single-bowl fireclay farmhouse sink in Biscuit, ALFI
Wine and beverage cooler: EdgeStar
The art above the stove is a custom piece by Colorado artist Linda Paul. “The dragonfly represents change and light,” Debbie Nelson says. “I thought it would be the perfect representation of our migration to rural living!”
The back wall overlooks Caney Creek, a saltwater river that feeds into the Intracoastal Waterway and the Gulf of Mexico, so the Nelsons installed a large window and windowed door to take in the views. Another beverage refrigerator stands near the door that leads outside.
Cabinets: custom; cabinet hardware: cast-iron fleur-de-lis knobs and pulls, House of Antique Hardware; pendant: chicken wire pendant, Shades of Light; ceiling fan: TriStar; rug: Surya; wood flooring: allen + roth laminate
Walls moved: Yes
Plumbing moved: Yes
Plumbing replaced: Yes
Professionals hired: Tim Fox, Fox Construction, League City, Texas
Special features: Double pantries, floating wood shelves
Splurges: African mahogany countertops, custom artwork
Savings: Debbie Nelson acting as her own designer, gas range on sale at Costco
Appliances: $8,561, including $4,700 for stove, $1,304 for range hood, $798 for microwave drawer, $669 for dishwasher, $1,090 for wine and beverage cooler.
Countertop: $5,500, including $1,500 for soapstone on island and wine bar, $4,000 for African mahogany for perimeter and floating shelves
Lighting: $1,263, including $638 for two large pendants over island, $125 for recessed lighting around perimeter and undercabinet lighting, $500 for ceiling fan with lights
Tile: $250 for subway tile backsplash
Accessories and decor: $1,508, including $1,099 for framed custom artwork, $409 for rug
Flooring: $500 for hickory wood flooring
Labor: About $38,000