Whole Home Remodel

Buck Lake, Tallahassee
  • Complete Gut Kitchen Remodel
  • Complete Gut Bathroom Remodel
  • Brand New Flooring

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Project Overview

These homeowners wanted a complete makeover for their home. The project consisted mainly of two areas; the kitchen and the master bathroom. Many times when we do a project like this we will start and complete one part of the project completely, then take a short break before starting phase two of the project. This makes the total project time longer but makes it easier to live in the home while it is being remodeled.

In this case though the client wanted to do the kitchen and the bath at the same time, as well as replace all the flooring everywhere except the bedrooms.While this takes a bit more planning and preparation its a great way to speed up the project if you can live without your kitchen and primary bath.

The kitchen was original from the 1980’s. The layout was not terrible but it was definitely dated and had some layout issues that made it inconvenient for the homeowners. After some discussion we decided to remove the peninsula and add an island with seating to the space. The result it a new open floor plan that really modernized the kitchen and made it so much more functional.

There were also some extensive layout changes in the bathroom. The tub and shower area were merged to create a larger and more accessible barrier free shower. We also moved the toilet to the opposite wall and removed the wall between the old toilet and the old vanity. This allowed us to install a much larger vanity with two storage towers giving them much better counter space and storage.

A final touch in this project was the new luxury vinyl plank flooring that went into the kitchen, living room, office, dining room and hallways.

Before and After

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The before and after photos for this home really emphasize how a new design can completely transform a space! Drag the slider to see the change.



Our Favorite Things

Check out some of our favorite features from these homeowners’ home remodel!

Huge Island

A great place for storage, food prep, eating, and socializing, islands are like a magnet to the center of a kitchen. This island’s size and function make it a beautiful gathering place for these homeowners. Our favorite features of the island are the corbels supporting both ends of the overhang and the beautiful quartz top.

Hidden Drawer Dividers

This kitchen has many large drawer fronts to minimize lines in the cabinetry. However, having two drawers behind one large drawer front means that you have flexibility of multiple drawers with the style of large drawers.

Vanity Tower Cabinets

On either side of the vanity, we installed tower cabinets. This is a great way to both frame the vanity, and create some great storage solutions. Who needs a linen closet when you have beautiful cabinets? 

New Accessible Shower

Featuring marble floors, a custom niche, a mounted bench seat, a beautiful grab bar, and a new shower system, this shower is a huge improvement on these homeowners’ previous shower

New Flooring

The flooring running throughout this house is a luxury vinyl plank (LVP). This is a great option for those that want the look of wood without the fear of water damage.

Kitchen Before Photos

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Kitchen Design Concepts

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Kitchen After Photos

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Bathroom Before Photos

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Bathroom Design Concepts

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Bathroom After Photos

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Scope of Work

This project consisted of two main areas, the kitchen and the primary bathroom. Starting in the kitchen, the entire room was gutted to make way for extensive layout changes. This allowed for the addition of a large island, and all new cabinetry. The resulting open floorplan made the room feel larger and more inviting. In the bathroom, there was also a complete gut to make room for a layout change. Previously, there was a wall in the bathroom that segmented the vanity and bath area from the toilet and shower area. This wall was removed to make more space for the vanity. The old bathtub was removed and made space for a brand new, accessible standing shower in its place. A final touch to this home remodel was the addition of luxury vinyl plank flooring in the kitchen, living room, office, dining room, and hallways.

Timeline, Challenges and Solutions

Project Start

January 24th, 2022

Estimated Completion

March 25th, 2022

Actual Completion

May 23rd, 2022

This project was going right on schedule for the first 4 weeks or so and then we ran into an issue with their countertops. The material and color they wanted was not available when the countertop was templated (though it was available when the project started, its not possible to reserve countertop materials right now due to limited supply).  

Unfortunately this has been happening in the countertop industry lately do to supply chain and manufacturing issues. We’ve been seeing long lead times for countertops… usually up to 3 or 4 weeks. In this case however the delay was going to be a lot longer…. 8-10 weeks!

After consulting with our countertop installer and manufacturers rep we were left with two options. Choose a different color or wait two months for the original color to be made.

We did find a very similar color we could get quickly but after discussing the options with our client they decided they would rather wait.

So we installed their appliances and a temporary sink so they could use the kitchen for some minor cooking, cleaning and storage and the project was paused while we waiting for the tops. Once the tops arrived we were able to complete the project without further delay.

The only other issue we ran in to was a bathroom cabinet that was accidentally damaged by the installer. This did not affect completing the project and the homeowner using the bathroom but it did takes several weeks to get the replacement cabinet and install it.


  • Installation Labor 33% 33%
  • Fixtures and Materials 41% 41%
  • Design and Project Management 11% 11%
  • Overhead and Profit 11% 11%
  • Shipping and Sales Tax 4% 4%



In the kitchen, these homeowners went with the Invoke door style from Bellmont’s 1600 line in Silverplate paint for the upper cabinets and Pepper pain for the lower cabinets and island. The cabinet pulls are the Alvar Cabinet Pull from Hardware Resources.

In the bathroom, these homeowners chose the Evoke door style from Bellmont’s 1600 line in Pavestone paint. The cabinet pulls are also the Alvar Cabinet Pull from Hardware Resources.


In both the kitchen and the bathroom the countertops are Cambria’s Ironsbridge quartz.


The LVP throughout the whole home is the Laguna finish from Happy Feet International’s Malibu series. The new tile flooring in the bathroom is Daltile’s Vicinity wood-look tile in White.


Trade Partners

We’ve been developing relationships with quality trade partners for years. We tend to use the same subcontractors because we trust their work and have developed a great working relationship with them. This helps make projects run smoother.

Demo: C and T Home Improvements

Plumbing: Capital Plumbing Contractors

Electric: Truevolt

Carpetry: CTR Custom Cabinet Built-Ins and Trim

Drywall: Hawkins Drywall

Painting: A Different Stroke By Kenneth

HVAC: Watts Cooling Heating and Plumbing

Tile: QSA Tile

Thank you for reading! We’d love to be a part of your next remodel. Check out our Design Services page.

Paul McManus

Certified Residential Contractor, CRC1331326

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