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Updated: Sep 13

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 a tired outdated orange kitchen with no flow and lots of wasted space.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

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

Project Management by

General Contractor & Work by

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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Backsplash tile

It's always fun when the materials start arriving for your project! This is where I get genuinely excited for my clients. This Kitchen Renovation is well underway.

Here are some tips to keep in mind as your appliances, fixtures, and materials arrive.

  • Always inspect what's delivered, as close to the arrival as possible. A lot of vendors have a policy where they don't accept returns past 30 days.

  • Compare the packing list, your original invoice, and the materials delivered to make sure you aren't missing anything including trim kits. This also applies to ensuring that what you ordered and paid for was provided.

  • When ordering backsplash and tile, add an extra 10% past what the measurements call for. Sometimes tiles break when being installed, sometimes they break when being shipped. It can cause a severe delay if you have to reorder 2-3 months down the road. And with the current material shortages, it can also be hard to find the exact match from the original batch.

  • A good delivery consists of a phone call letting you know the arrival window and should ask you if you want it unboxed for inspection. Most of them will unbox it for you.

  • Appliances will generally come with a film protecting them prior to the final installation. It's ok to leave those on till they are in place. It helps prevent dings and knicks.

  • A good rule of thumb is to also cover appliances with a moving blanket during the course of construction.


There is always going to be a surprise when doing a major renovation. In the Wagon Trail case, the surprise came in the form of a sprinkler head. The bulkhead that originally spanned the length of this kitchen, happened because a contractor decided to run the sprinkler pipe in their fire suppression system the wrong way when building the house. This may seem like a minor thing, but it actually boiled down to a decision to add crown molding or not and how important that was to the homeowner.

This required getting permission from the fire department and purchasing special pipe, usually steel vs pvc. Our contractor was able to reroute the pipe to be flush in the wall so the bulkhead could be eliminated and allow the space for crown molding to be installed around the perimeter of the kitchen once it's all patched.

Every house has its secrets. This house also has walls that were not installed properly and in some instances, they bow. And we found out the floor had a 1-inch difference in height in an 8-foot square foot space. This means the flooring had to be raised so that the cabinets and countertops were level.

While we do our best to try and eliminate these types of surprises, there are just some houses that keep their secrets and surprises from us till all the layers are peeled back as in the case of the project.

We're coming into the home stretch of this project. It was really fun to see the cabinet bases and countertops going in this week. That means this project is about 2-3 weeks out from the completion date. Stay tuned for part 3 and the final reveal in a couple of weeks.

That waterfall edge - Countertop Install

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