Transitional Kitchen Update

Buck Lake, Tallahassee
  • Eliminated clutter with custom storage
  • Added herringbone marble backsplash
  • Whole house flooring
  • Total Cost: $99,217.27


Designer: Brianna Browning

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Project Overview

On many of our projects we will remove walls or reconfigure plumbing and appliances to improve the layout and workflow of a kitchen. In this case however the unique shape and sunken living room meant we would have to mostly keep the same footprint.

That doesn’t mean improvements were not made though. We still added better ventillation, better lighting, more counterspace and small appliance storage. The look of the kitchen is also greatly improved with new cabinets, grey marble herringbone backsplash and new appliances. We also replaced the flooring throughout the home.

Before vs After

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Moving the fridge off the wall, adding a wall oven and an appliance garage eliminates clutter by adding storage and organization. The new Annica counters, frameless cabinets and Herringbone tile make it look great too! 

Before / After Floorplan

Contemporary Kitchen with Southern Style

Before Floor Plan

After Floor Plan

Two big improvements to the floorplan: 1. adding a tall pantry next to the fridge, which allows the fridge doors to open fully and adds storage 2. Removing the kitchen desk and adding a wall over/microwave in its place.

Our Favorite Updates

Each remodel has a handful of unique features that make it stand out from every other remodel. Here are a few highlights of this project that we’d love to share with you!

Luxury Vinyl Plank Through Whole Home

Before the remodel the home had 4 different kinds of flooring between the kitchen, hall, living room and sunroom. We replaced it all with luxury vinyl plank flooring (LVP) from Coretec

Sun Room Before

Before: An old tile-look vinyl sheet floor 


After: New Luxury Vinyl Plank

Mixer Pop-Up Cabinet

If you have the space a pop-up mixer organizer is a great way to store heavy mixers. It can also be used as extra prep space. We don’t use them a lot in kitchen because they are very specific to mixer storage and can be  waste of space if you don’t use your mixer a lot. 

Contemporary Kitchen with Southern Style

Closed: Store your mixer conveniently. 

Contemporary Kitchen with Southern Style

Open: The organizer is spring assisted to easliy lift the mixer into place when needed. 

Appliance Garage

Appliance garages are a great way to hide countertop appliances and eliminate clutter. This one has  a light that turns on automatically when the door is opened. 

Contemporary Kitchen with Southern Style

Closed: The garage blends into the overall design

Contemporary Kitchen with Southern Style

Open: An automatic light turns on 

Workstation Sink

Workstaion sinks allow you to add accesories like cutting boards and drying racks to the sink allowing you to do most of your prep right at the sink instead of on the counter.

This sink made by Ruvati

Contemporary Kitchen with Southern Style

Before: The sink area felt cluttered and dated

Transitional Kitchen Update

After: Love the veining in the Annica countertops

Project Story – Daily Logs and Pictures From The Project

Scroll through the gallery below to read the story of this project as told thru the messages, picutres and daily logs we recorded from design, through construction.

Click the image above to scroll thru the ‘story’ of this project. 

Timeline, Challenges and Solutions

Project Start

June 21st, 2022

Estimated Completion

August 24th, 2022

Actual Completion

September 29th, 2022

There were two main delays that caused this project to be about a month behind schedule. The first delay was caused by the sudden need to replace the skylight in the middle of the kitchen. Part of the way through the project we realized that the original skylight was leaking. This meant ordering a new skylight and adjusting the original project timeline so the skylight could be replaced to prevent damaging the new kitchen floors and cabinets.

The second delay in this project was due to manufacturing delays in the countertop material. As with many industries, countertop manufacturers were with very hard delays during the pandemic and are still feeling the effects.

We put in a temporary sink so the client could use the kitchen while waiting for countertops. Moving forward we are budgeting more time for countertops so in the future the project schedule better refelcts the actual time it takes to get countertops.

Project Costs

Initial Budget: $72,622.00

Fixed Price Proposal: $97,856.02

Change Orders: $1,361.26

Final Project Cost: $99,217.27

Cost Details

The initial Good-Better-Best budget for this project was $72,622.00 while the final total was $99,217.27.

Originally the homeowner decided to do just new flooring in the kitchen to save money. During design however they decided to go back to the original plan and replace all the flooring in the home. This in addition to a few increased material costs is what led to the the final project cost being higher than their original budget. 

During the project there were two change orders. The first was to replace some wood rot that was discovered during demo and the second was to replace a leaking skylight in the kitchen. 

Cost Breakdown

  • Installation Labor 32% 32%
  • Fixtures and Materials 42% 42%
  • Design and Project Management 13% 13%
  • Overhead and Profit 9% 9%
  • Shipping and Sales Tax 4% 4%



The cabinets in this homeowner’s kitchen are a Tivoli door style in Silverplate paint from Bellmont’s 1600 line.

The cabinet hardware is Atlas Homewares’ Centinel Knob and Pull.


The countertops in this homeowner’s kitchen is Cambria’s Annicca top in 3CM thickness.


The tile used for the backsplash in the kitchen is Tilebar’s Alaska White 1×3″ Herringbone Polished Marble Mosaic.


The flooring laid down throughout the house is COREtec’s Porchester Oak LVP.


The under cabinet lighting was done using light bars from Task Lighting.


The gas range is the Smart Dual-Fuel Commercial-Style Range from Café Appliances.

The microwave is Café Appliances‘ Built-In Microwave/Convection Oven. 

The exhaust hood is Zephyr’s Titan wall range hood. 

The dishwasher is the 800 Series Dishwasher from Bosch.

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 keep our projects running smoothly.

Demo: Great Southern Demolition

Plumbing: Capital Plumbing Contractors

Electric: Truevolt

Carpetry: CTR Custom Cabinet Built-Ins and Trim

Drywall: Hawkins Drywall

HVAC: Watts Cooling Heating and Plumbing

Tile: Keys Tile

Painting: A Different Stroke By Kenneth 

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