Sheron Cardin's Input...: Seattle Kitchen Remodel Before and After's

I have been an interior designer for over 27 years and I have always taught my clients the principles I used while decorating their home so they may enjoy decorating too. The home staging trend in residential real estate is a great way to reach more people every day and what I enjoy the most is they are learning the basics of good design through staging. It is my dream for every person to know the joy and pride of living in a decorated home.

Seattle Kitchen Remodel Before and After's

If you are like me, I just love before and after pictures so I am going to share a work in progress with you from my own personal library even though the project is not complete. The kitchen was painted the day before I left Seattle so it is not accessorized although the pantries and cabinets are lined and organized. The kitchen was very small...no room for an island at all.

Before... 

 Seattle kitchen before full length


 seattle before

 

I knocked out the wall separating the kitchen from the dining room and the opposite wall holding the refrigerator and upper cabinets...making the kitchen now 27 feet long. It was still very narrow so the challenge was to get enough work space and counter tops without using an island. I marked off the floors to visualize each space. That tape was left there for a almost a year before construction began.

Below is my solution with 2 complete work stations and 3 working surfaces. The left if the chef's station and the right is the serving and clean up station with a shared island between. The dining room is to the right of the serving island and the door to the outdoor barbeque area is to the left.  The opposite wall facing the kitchen houses the pantries and refrigerator. All in all...the remodel of the kitchen stayed true to the original design.

Seattle Kitchen Remodel layout


After... 

Seattle kit after length  Seattle sink

Seattle Kitchen after 3

This shot is taken from the dining room area and the barstools sit where the wall was before.  

I hesitate in showing these photos because there are going to be several professional photo shoots taken in the next few weeks but I wanted to let you what I have been up to. More to come on the rest of the house. 

If anyone in the Seattle area would like to contact me regarding any upcoming design and decorating needs, I would love to hear from you. 

Namaste

Comment balloon 61 commentsSheron Cardin • April 12 2007 12:11PM

Comments

I think updating a kitchen can be great way to help sell a home.  People just need to make sure they do not over do it for the house.  I have seen people put $60,000 in a kitchen, when the house is worth $215,000.

 The "J" Team

Posted by Jason Vombaur (Keller Williams) over 11 years ago
Jason, you couldn't be more right. This house is not for sale however. Thanks for pointing out the fact that a makeover is one thing and a remodel is another.
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 11 years ago
Sheron, you made a great use of the space you had and I'm impressed the way you increase the counter space (that is SO important in kitchens!)  I am always surprised what knocking out walls can do to a home!!  I can't wait to see more shots of the home, good job!! 
Posted by Patricia Beck, Colorado Springs Realty (RE/MAX Properties, Inc., GRI, CDPE) over 11 years ago

Love the counters and sink!!! What is the material?

Fabulous job on the flow. . .I'm sure your clients are thrilled!

Posted by Lori Gilmore, One Savvy Move Home Staging (One Savvy Move) over 11 years ago

Thanks Patricia, I really enjoyed the whole process. Very challenging

Lori - the counter tops are concrete...the sinks as well.  

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 11 years ago
Sheron What is photograph # 4? Are the counters Concrete?
Posted by Danny Smith (DISCOVER TEXAS HOMES) over 11 years ago

Hi Danny,

Yes, that is the drain side of the concrete sink with copper rivets.  

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 11 years ago

Danny - does this help? The rivets are to the right of the sink. The picture is very dark.

sink

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 11 years ago
Sheron it looks gorgeous! I love the use of space, and the concrete. And all of this done from California - you are a star :)
Posted by Danette Spizzirri, Studio West Interiors (Studio West Interior Design) over 11 years ago
Sheron, these concrete countertops are beautiful, as are your choice of colors in the room. You've got it! I'll bet the homeowners are thrilled with your interior re-design.
Posted by Sue Argue, NH Home Stager (Staged First Impressions) over 11 years ago

I love the color of the walls, is that Cedar Chest. I have used the same color on a living room I redesigned for a client and it is fabulous!! Great job

Phyllis pafumi

Posted by Phyllis Pafumi, ReStyled to Sell Staging Homes NJ (ReStyled to Sell Home Staging New Jersey) over 11 years ago
Hi, Sheron couldn't wait to see what you have been doing, and I love it.  Am covered in paint but just had to see it, great job.  Fairly modern, eh?  And what a transformation, you win Top Design!!  What is the color in the kitchen??  We start on the kitchen renovation in just a couple of weeks, sure hope it turns out as good as yours.   Been thinking of you but have been busy and when I have a decision to make, I often think what would Sheron do?  So, don't be surprised when I call you.  Who built the cabinets and installed the countertops, they are wonderful.  "WOW"
Posted by Joni Van Deventer, RoomByRoomRedesign (RoomByRoomRedesign) over 11 years ago

Hi Sheron,

Wow!  You HAVE been busy!  Love the look - it is such a nice, clean look.  I can't believe the counters are concrete - I never would have guessed it!

You do GREAT work!  Congrats!

VAL

Posted by Val Allocco, HSE; ASHSR - Home Stager, for Manhattan, Brooklyn & Long Island (Staged 2 Sell New York & Long Island) over 11 years ago

Thanks you guys...it is very edgy...pushing the envelope of traditional common sense you might say.

rug

This is the 8x11 area rug I have chosen for the living room. The fireplace wall is painted Black Bean...all the trim on that floor is painted Black Truffle, Cashew outer walls, 4 vanilla leather occasional chairs grouped around an Persimmon lacquer table. All wood floors. The kitchen walls are custom but we call it Ripe Persimmon. Then entry walls and and hallway/bedroom walls are a custom color as well...like a lighter green as in the rug...like Kiwi. My client is a Microsoft executive. Some people grow edible gardens but this is becoming the edible house edible house ;) Fun, fun, fun!

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 11 years ago

Here is a sneak peak at a section of the master bath upstairs...

Seattle mbr shower

A walk-in all slate shower with double everything. The raw wood railing you see in the foreground has copper tubes set vertically and the wood paneling will be replaced with art glass. We needed to have something there for the inspection.

 

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 11 years ago
Nice job.  I love seeing nice Seattle remodels!
Posted by Greg & Brian Perry, Working-for-you (Windermere Real Estate N.E.) over 11 years ago
Hey Greg and Brian...Kirkland eh! Costco!!! There are so many beautiful homes in Seattle and its' neighbors. I have lifestyle envy really, really bad. This house is on Lake Washington. It is like living in a tree house surrounded by water and beautiful architecture. LOVE IT!
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 11 years ago
Sheron, is it a multi-level home?  I love the rug, very MOD.  Rummer homes in Seattle are comparable to Eichlers in CA, both are great IMO.  How long did you have to stay, it looks like a lot of work but ooh, so worth it, they must be ecstatic with the results.  "WOW again"  (Ripe Persimmon, great color)  You added so much work space in such a tight area in the kitchen, love the cabinet color as well is it a honey birch wood?
Posted by Joni Van Deventer, RoomByRoomRedesign (RoomByRoomRedesign) over 11 years ago
Hi Joni - I love all your questions. Here goes...the home has 3 stories. They have the master bedroom on the top floor and when it is finished I will send you pictures. It will knock your socks off. Can we upload videos here in AR? I began the design work well over a year ago and they began construction last September. They still need to build the new deck and all the landscaping features, paint the exterior. The main floor with the kitchen has 2 bedrooms, bath, living room and deck. The lower level has a family room with fireplace, 2 bedrooms, a bath and kitchen (this is where they have been living while under construction). The cabinets are maple with a natural glaze. This was a very modest home with grandiose new owners. They have been there for over 2 years.
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 11 years ago

Sheron,

Welcome back!  I LOVE renovations and then watching them happen to the spaces we helped create!   This place is amazing, you did a wonderful job.  I'm sure you're excited to see it all come together (so beautifully!).  Great feeling, isn't it?

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 11 years ago
Sheron - We've missed you.  Looks like you have been very busy. The kitchen looks great!!! Can't wait to see more pics.  I love the orange.  
Posted by Maureen Maureen over 11 years ago
I have missed you guys too. There are so many new faces to discover and get to know. Lot's to do.
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 11 years ago

Sheron

You bet, Kirkland's Best!, lol  If you ever do a project on the Eastside, we'll feature it in our blog!  Nice work.

Greg Perry

Posted by Greg & Brian Perry, Working-for-you (Windermere Real Estate N.E.) over 11 years ago
You set it up and I will be there!
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 11 years ago
Sheron: As a Professional Interior Designer & Kitchen Designer, I have to say you did a beautiful job. What computer program did you use to do the sketch? Were the cabinets custom?
Posted by Michelle Minch, Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA (Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA) over 11 years ago

The cabinets are custom. The drawings were produced by the cabinet maker from my specs and drawings...

kit color board

kit color board

I know they are really hard to see. They did a really good job of interpreting my drawings. It was very complex...It was very detailed and got confused myself. =0

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 11 years ago

You're redy for HGTV

 

thanks

Posted by Larry Littlejohn, Larry Littlejohn RE Broker (Gold Circle Realty) over 11 years ago
Larry - Knocti Harbor one of my favorite concert destinations. Any comps? Thank you for the vote of confidence! Welcome to the rain! Love your name...kinda catchy.
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 11 years ago

Thank you Sheron very much,

And on chomps, I wish, but can't happen, I'm too new in the poscket.  How about some more pictures, kind of like a diary.  !And the masses clamored for more.  More. We want pictures, we want pictures.  And free home staging and free design.  Just kidding and  Just wishing. 

thanks again

Posted by Larry Littlejohn, Larry Littlejohn RE Broker (Gold Circle Realty) over 11 years ago
Larry, that is OK about the comps...and photo shoots are being scheduled so as soon as the house is finished (at least the interior remodel aspect of it) they will be forwarded to me and onto this post. Thank you for your interest.
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 11 years ago

Love the contemporary take on the place Sharon... your finesse and attention to detail is quite apparent! My favorite is the concrete with the rich wall color.

Posted by Julianna Hind, REALTOR, 206-679-4768, Tacoma Federal Way, Auburn, Kent, WA (eXp Realty) over 11 years ago
Thank you Julianna - kitchens have always been my favorite to design...when it comes out perfect; everyone gets to enjoy it. I think this kitchen is perfect in its function and style. When I get the pictures I will talk about each service area.
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 11 years ago
Can I work for you?! :) You are my design hero!
Posted by Christine Craig, Allied ASID & NKBA (Designology Interior Design) over 11 years ago
Christine - I would love to have you work for me/with me! I will consider taking on some design projects...not kidding!
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 11 years ago

I love the look of concrete counters...we just haven't used them around here as much.

How do you find it compared to granite (price and sustainability)

Julia

Posted by Julia Fedak, IRIS, CSP (Platinum Home Designs ) over 11 years ago

It is a toss up...depends on where the home is an it's resources in the area. I find both equally offering a cut above the average quality to a kitchen or bath.

I like the creativity of concrete which you cannot get with granite...with granite you are limited to what God has already made in most cases. Concrete allows you to add color, materials like glass or metals, sand, and so on, in any configuration you like. In this case, my client and one of her friends laid all the glass in themselves and it gives them a real sense of creating their own work of art.

We also used concrete for the master bath vanity and the everyday experience of concrete counter tops reminds you that you have been rewarded well. 

Thanks for asking. 

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 11 years ago

Julia: I actually have the scoop on concrete counters. I have talked to several manufacturers as well as showroom dealers and have been told that while concrete is beautiful there are actually 2 main problems with it.

1. They are expensive. You wouldn't think so but the price is actually comparable to granite.

2. Porous - This is probably the HUGEST problem with concrete, they can be sealed sure but it really doesn't matter so if you do use concrete for your countertops be prepared to see stains as they stain easily and don't come out. 

Posted by Christine Craig, Allied ASID & NKBA (Designology Interior Design) over 11 years ago
Ahh Sheron if only it were that easy. I would love to just pack up and do design jobs where ever and work with yah. I doubt my husband would like it though...ha ha we can only dream.
Posted by Christine Craig, Allied ASID & NKBA (Designology Interior Design) over 11 years ago

Better be careful knocking out walls!  You need an ARCHITECT to ascertain if any wall is load-bearing.  Sure hope you're not advising people it's ok to make those decisions on their own!

Julianne Acton

Posted by Julianne Acton over 11 years ago
Wow, Sheron, it looks terrific!!  I love the wall cabinets and the concrete counter-tops are awesome!!  How do you clean them??
Posted by Lori Hakeem Oxley (Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc.) over 11 years ago
Hi Sheron, congratulations on your new position of VP of RESA.  Been busy?  I have and it's not over yet.  Love the look of this renovation.  I posted some pictures of the kitchen redesign and staged a vacant property, trying to buy a couple of modest homes in the town my kid's live in to flip, my son got his first little home and I mean 'little'.  Summer is flying by.  See you in the rain, you're one of my heros, don't you know?  Always inspiring.
Posted by Joni Van Deventer, RoomByRoomRedesign (RoomByRoomRedesign) over 11 years ago
Joni, Joni, Joni. I will be right over to see what you have done. You make me proud!
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 11 years ago

Thanks to both Sheron and Christine on their input on concrete counters. At the IDS(internation design show) in Toronto, I spoke with a rep. Love the look of them...I think they would look fabulous in this loft space that I'm working on.

Julia

Posted by Julia Fedak, IRIS, CSP (Platinum Home Designs ) over 11 years ago

Thanks to both Sheron and Christine on their input on concrete counters. At the IDS(internation design show) in Toronto, I spoke with a rep. Love the look of them...I think they would look fabulous in this loft space that I'm working on.

Julia

Posted by Julia Fedak, IRIS, CSP (Platinum Home Designs ) over 11 years ago
What a cool update. Perfect for Seattle. I love seeing all your work in progess pictures!!! How fun.
Posted by Rachel Backus, www.stagedmakeovers.com (Staged Makeovers) over 11 years ago

The kitchen is finished and I love the before and after comparisons. (Dining room furniture has not been delivered yet but it is contemporary with stainless steel dining chairs with leather seats and a rectangle teak table.

Seattle Kitchen before  kit

kit

I had nothing to do with the dog dishes...honest. It is much too contrived and 'staged' don't you think? :) 

 

 

 

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) about 11 years ago

I really like the copper in the counter tops - am doing a design for clients building their own home and we are going with copper range hood in great room, hammered copper sink in bathroom off kitchen, Venetian bronze fixtures and some copper nail head trim on the stairs, add to that lots of stone work.

Yours is very cool. 

My husband does copper fabrications , tin ceilings,  etc as part of our roofing business.

Kathleen from MN 

Posted by Kathleen Lordbock, Keller Williams Realty Professionals (Keller Williams Realty Professionals) about 11 years ago
Sounds absolutely delicious. I have a lot of copper myself but never enough. I wonder how much copper would be enough? You are very lucky to have such a talented husband too. And you know what I am going to say now don't you...pictures???
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) about 11 years ago

Sheron, how did I miss this back in April. WOW what a transformation!  I did you manage to do this long distance?  Seattle has such great style, wish that we had more here in our area...especially rental furniture.  My trip/experience with MOR was much less than I'd hoped for, a big disappointment, but maybe I just didn't get to the right person. 

When are we doing lunch?  I'm ready!

Posted by Ginger Foust, Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging (Certified Staging Professional) about 11 years ago

Ginger - I want to design more kitchens so be on the lookout for me :) We can meet at Mor and then head to the Elbow Room...next week the weather will be cooler...in the 80's so how does that sound?

OK now lilly-pilly is just a little silly! 

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) about 11 years ago
Sheron, what a transformation!  Very nice!  

Diane Concialdi - DC Redesign

Posted by Diane Concialdi, DC Redesign Real Estate, Staging & Conceptual Design (Westminster, Huntington Beach, Orange County) about 11 years ago
Thank you Diane. I loved designing it. There were a few unavoidable changes but none the less it was a fun challenge. I understand that the architect on the remodel has borrowed my (3 island) kitchen design for other projects. This space has 2 full professional working stations. Great for a team who likes to cook together.
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) about 11 years ago
Very beautiful and a great use of space.  And love the colors.
Posted by Tanya Venable, SEO, Mobile SEO, and Internet Marketing Consultant about 11 years ago
Thank you Tanya!
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) about 11 years ago
What's sup with that sink.  Is that a concrete pit?   smile
Posted by Larry Littlejohn almost 11 years ago
Larry - it is concrete...not sure I would call it a pit...but then again it could be considered a pit...hmmm.
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 11 years ago

I like the concrete, but I had a builder tell me they are really heavy and porous.  What experience have you had with them?

Posted by Cindy Bryant, "Houston Home Staging Pros" (Redesign Etc. Home Staging) over 10 years ago
Cindy - Concrete allows you to be completely creative, the sealer needs to be applied to the surface about every 6 months and it is so worth it, and the resins they add now make it so much more interesting and lighter. This counter has colored glass tossed into it and then copper strips laid in here and there. Very fun, very current, very timeless.
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 10 years ago

good stuff.

Were are looking to remodel, but are getting sick of contractors calling

Posted by Ron Avneri, Financial Professional over 10 years ago

Ron - why are contractors caling you??? I can hook you up with a wonderful team and I would love to get involved with the design myself...really!

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 10 years ago

Great post.  View my blog post on kitchen remodeling for other ideas on how to save money when you're remodeling your kitchen. 

www.sellingnorthernnv.com/2009/01/save-on-kitchen-remodel.html

Posted by Joshua Talayka (Chase Internatinonal) almost 10 years ago

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