When a school teacher and her family decided their house would be a forever home, they knew they needed to remodel. After gathering inspiration from friends and online photos, they set out in search of an experienced contractor. They were interested in talking to TriFection after hearing HomeShow Radio host Tom Tynan. He praised the work we had done on his home. When they later learned TriFection is an Aggie-owned and operated company while listening to a Texas A&M football game, that sealed the deal for this proud Aggie family. Tom’s emphatic endorsement and the shared Aggie connection provided the level of trust and confidence in TriFection that many homeowners struggle to find in a residential contractor.
Pinning Down the Final Concept
TriFection worked with our clients to create a design that increased storage, modernized appliances and improved the overall appearance of the kitchen. We began by carefully reviewing our clients’ ideas from Pinterest, Houzz and other resources. We then generated computer designs to help them visualize their new space. Based on the design, TriFection would gut the entire kitchen. This included eliminating a pantry closet and small hallway closet in favor of new custom cabinetry. We would also build a custom buffet hutch in the breakfast area.
TriFection built and installed new solid beech cabinetry painted in Sherwin Williams Gossamer Veil. Our clients requested additional custom kitchen features, including two pullout spice racks, cabinetry with seeded glass, and special beadboard trim and crown moulding to the ceiling. For their countertops, they chose Sapphire Brown granite from Midwest, fabricated with a full bullnose edge.
To provide a more open, entertainment-oriented concept, we eliminated the existing high bar between the kitchen and living area, and we widened the archway between the kitchen and dining room. The latter task required very skilled carpenters and painters to ensure a finished look, consistent with the rest of the home. This seemingly subtle change had a big impact, and our clients loved it.
Tiles that Shine
TriFection’s tile professionals installed 3×6 silver Turkish travertine tile from Interceramic in a broken joint pattern for the backsplash. Behind the cooktop we placed an 8×12 pewter Renee Plaque, immediately outlined in an accent border of Cimarron glass mosaic tile and then framed in Metro Grey honed limestone tile, a mini-cigarro tile from Emser. Our experts also installed new tile floors of 6×24 Tahoe Ocre and a plank porcelain tile that mimics real wood. Then we installed a new fireplace facade of 12×24 Evolution Ardesia tile in the adjacent living room.
Our clients selected a new appliance package from Nor-West, including an Electrolux induction range and counter-depth refrigerator, a Sharp microwave drawer, and a Fisher & Paykel double drawer dishwasher. We installed a Blanco kitchen sink with a black Anthracite finish. Then we added a Moen single-handle, pull-down sprayer kitchen faucet in a spot-resist stainless finish. We brightened the kitchen with updated LED recessed can lighting, undercabinet lights, and a decorative fixture for the breakfast area. TriFection also painted the kitchen with Sherwin Williams paint, including Sticks-and-Stones walls, Bright White ceilings, and Pure White trims.
In the breakfast area, we built and installed a custom oak buffet hutch, which complemented the kitchen. We stained the cabinetry in Mission Oak and installed seeded glass. The granite countertop matched the kitchen. So, our tilers installed a backsplash of tumbled 4×4 silver Turkish travertine tile from Interceramic in a diagonal pattern. We inset Metallic Soci mosaic accents to echo the dramatic pewter plaque behind the range in the kitchen.
Chalking Up Another Job Well-done!
Our clients are very happy with their new kitchen, which has dramatically improved in appearance and function. Admittedly, the original budget had to stretch to fit everything on their wish list, but it was well worth it. From the unique features of the custom cabinetry to the widened archway to the dining room to the safer, kid-friendly induction range, the kitchen is now a room they can enjoy for many years to come. This teacher and her family give TriFection an A+ from concept to completion!