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We're so excited to see our Brisk Gallop project take off this month, and love this design by www.norwoodgardens.co A project of this magnitude takes careful planning including coordinating with your local municipality in regards to permitting, impervious material allotment, and where gas lines can and can not be run.


The homeowners want to turn their boring backyard into an oasis their kids and family can enjoy for years to come.



Our clients had this house built. and while we were waiting for the closing, we managed a dance of walkthroughs for trade meetings, and design consultations to set the stage for their project. Whether you envision a chic powder room revamp or a jaw-dropping outdoor oasis the pre-construction phase is where the magic begins.


We're right around the corner from breaking ground. Our clients had a few must haves on their list for this backyard: For the pool they want 40' long with a depth minimum of 7', a spa attached and a shallow "beach"area for lounge chairs. For the rest of the back yard, multi use space, outdoor kitchen to include a gas grill, and a firepit.


Picture this: several walkthroughs, each crucial in unraveling the intricacies of your project like: researching impervious material allotment from the city, permitting requirements, maximum size of the pool you can fit, etc. You might juggle 3 to 5 trades for a quick powder room facelift, but when you dream big with an entire outdoor living space, get ready to coordinate a symphony of up to ten trades/subcontractors!


Coordinating such a grand production requires finesse, and having a designated project manager or a private representation becomes your secret weapon. They're the maestros behind the scenes, executing schedules, translating contractor jargon into everyday language, safeguarding your budget, and being your unwavering advocate throughout the project.


Follow along with us over the next several weeks as we document all the ups and downs of our Brisk Gallop Project.




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Updated: Sep 13, 2023


Creedmoor Before Picture
Before Picture

This kitchen doesn't have the flow to it and has a lot of DIY work done. To have to walk around the peninsula from sink to stove doesn't make for a user-friendly kitchen. Upon purchasing this house our client immediately asked us to open up a wall and create her dream kitchen. We've partnered with OVC Construction on this project.


This required opening up the load-bearing wall, installing temporary bracing, adding a pier in the crawl space below, and installing a 450-steel beam. Our GC was there every step of the way to ensure that safety measures were in place, and to assist in the lift of getting this in the ceiling.


Support Walls Kitchen Renovation
Support Walls

Enjoy this clip of the beam going in. It really does take a village to get those in place. On this one, we had a crew of 6. The beam went very smoothly, and the support walls came down. Our next step is to finish up the electrical rough-in, and then close up the walls.


Our client doesn't follow the trends. They prefer to think outside the box on design elements and we love that. Follow along over the coming weeks as we start the rebuild stage and help our client love their project.


After Picture of the steel beam in place
Steel Beam

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The Before... a tired outdated orange kitchen with no flow and lots of wasted space.


The Rendering..., taking the kitchen from drab to fab and pulling all the design elements together. Designs, Renderings & Plans by: www.linenandorchid.com

The Final Reveal... We might be biased but we think this kitchen turned out amazing!

Project Management by www.sonder-luxe.com

General Contractor & Work by www.pahomerl.com


This project took 9 weeks once demolition started. We did our diligence prior to starting the work making sure homeowners' expectations were met, contractors had access to plans, and 99% of materials were on site. As the project manager, we were in communication with the contractor every day even on the days we weren't always on-site, and had weekly check-ins with the client to let them know progress reports, and what to expect next.


Materials Used:

Appliances: GE Cafe Series Matte Black

Cabinet Color: High Sierra

Accent Cabinet Color: Night Watch

Sink: Granite Composite Matte Black Sink

Fixtures & Hardware: Flat Black

Counters: Calacatta Unique Gold Quartz


Final tips for remodeling a kitchen like this:

  • Have at least 99% of materials, appliances, and fixtures on site prior to demolition starting. It will help your project run smoothly and keep it on time and within budget.


  • Pad your budget by 10-15%. You never know till you open walls or go to move plumbing/electrical what may generate an increase in cost for unforeseen secrets in your walls.


  • Communication is key. If you don't like something, speak up about it before the final walk-through. It's a lot harder to change once the rebuild stage is over.


Planning a home improvement project? Let's talk about how Sonder Luxe Solutions can help your project go from chaos to calm, stay within budget, and get done in a timely manner.

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