Expanding a Kitchen and Master Bath

Lafayette Oaks, Tallahassee
  • Open Floor Plan in the Kitchen
  • Functional Kitchen Organization
  • Large Walk-In Tub/Shower Combo
  • Total Cost: $48,700

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Before and After

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Project Overview

Expanding a Kitchen and Master Bath

This couple found a home in a neighborhood they loved, but it needed some updating before they could make it work for the whole family.

Our Favorite Things

  • The distressed walnut top on the island
  • The custom hood with matching walnut trim
  • The copper farm front sink
  • The deco tiles in the second bath
  • The farmhouse style tiles in the laundry room and guest bath

Before Photos

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Design Photos

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During Photos

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After Photos

Project Details

We got involved in this project a bit late. The contractor had started demo before our first design meeting. We prefer to finish all design work before on-site work begins, but there was lots of work to do so the contractor decided to get a head start.

The total project cost for this project was probably close to $170,000. But because a lot of the work was done by other contractors, we can not be 100% sure.

The client started working with a contractor who was a family friend, but that contractor did not provide design work or have a showroom. We were brought in to do the design and provide all the cabinetry.

Expanding the Kitchen

The kitchen has a completely different layout than before. We expanded the kitchen by removing the dining room wall.

We added tall pantry closets with adjustable rollouts for better storage. We also added several large drawer bases for more functional storage space. Large drawer bases are great for storing pots, pans, plates, and really just about anything!

The Bathrooms

The original layout of the master bath had a closet and a vanity on each side with a shower and tub in the center. We created one large walk-in closet on one side and a large walk-in tub/shower combo on the other. We added a double sink vanity with a storage tower and ended up keeping the separate toilet room and a small linen closet.

For the second bath and guest bath, we helped with the selection and ordering of the tile. The homeowners purchased the vanity for the second bath on their own.


The timeline on this project was the real challenge. Because the contractor the client was working with decided to start the demo before the design was complete there were some changes and miscommunication that could have been avoided.

I think the lesson we learned on this project is we need to take more of a lead in scheduling even if we are not the primary contractor on the project.

Project Timeline

Design and Budget Consult

Because they were already working with another contractor, we did not do a typical design and budget consult. We started with the allowance the contractor gave us and worked from there.

Design Phase

The design phase took about 6 weeks, a little longer than average because the project grew from just the kitchen to all the bathrooms and laundry.

On the Jobsite

On this project, we were only responsible for installing the cabinetry which took about a week.

Design Project Goals


Make the space feel larger

Create an open floor plan

Add more countertop space

Increase functionality and storage

Customize space to their needs

Master Bath

Make the layout more functional 

Create a large walk-in closet 

Add extra shoe storage 

Keep separate toilet room

Add extra functional storage

Laundry & Baths

Make the space more stylish by updating the floor tile

Design Services & Material Project Cost

Good Better Best Budget: $38,000

The contractor provided a budget for cabinets of $18,000 to expand the kitchen and master bath.

During our original design and budget consult, we created a design to meet that budget but the client was not happy with it. We worked with them over a couple of meetings and created a design with a budget of about $38,000.

Final Contract Price: $48,700

During the design process, the scope of work expanded to include the laundry and two smaller bathrooms in the home. They also decided to upgrade to our best cabinet line with a custom wood hood, top-line drawer boxes, and a custom cabinet finish.

Kitchen after remodel

Master bath after remodel

Fixtures and Materials Used


Cabinets are the 1900 series using the Madison door style in alder wood with the caraway finish and a villa 1 glaze from Bellmont Cabinets

The custom hood that matches the island was also from Bellmont Cabinets

Quartz Countertops on the perimeter cabinets from Cambria, the color is Brittanica Warm

Island Countertops are a distressed walnut with a velvet matte finish from Southside Wood Shop

Under-cabinet lights and angled power strips from Task Lighting 

Cabinet hardware from Top Knobs 

Master Bath

The master bath vanity is from Kith Cabinets

Cabinet hardware from Top Knobs 

Laundry & Baths

Deco tile in the second bath from Sommertile

Laundry and guest bath tile is also from Sommertile

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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