Kitchen Remodel Featured in Parade of Homes

Gilbert Design Build kitchen remodel featured in the Parade of Homes presented by the Manatee Sarasota Building Industry Association.

Earlier this year, we participated in the Parade of Homes, which is a showcase of new homes in both Manatee and Sarasota counties. This is also an opportunity for remodelers to get in front of the community.

A short video was created to explain our business; who we are and what we stand for. The video also showcases one of our recent kitchen remodels.

Remodel Reveal: The New and Improved Grey and White Kitchen


This Bradenton couple contacted us after seeing our ad in a local publication. After their initial inquiry, they decided to attend one of our seminars where we discuss and help folks to avoid the most common remodeling mistakes. It was at that point that they decided to meet with us to discuss their goals for a kitchen remodel project.

At first, our client was not entirely sure what they wanted to do in their almost 50-year-old kitchen, but they knew it needed updating. After speaking with our designer, they decided to leave the appliances where they were and keep the existing layout.

So, apart from some minor structural changes, we decided to replace and update the cabinets, counters, flooring, etc with new items giving it a fresh new look that fits in with the rest of the home.



We began this remodel by removing and disposing of everything that was existing in the kitchen. This included appliances, cabinets, countertops, flooring, and wallpaper. We also removed the drop ceiling and wall directly to the right of the kitchen window, which would eventually be the new home of additional cabinets and countertops.

After demolition was complete, we wired for new recessed lights, under cabinet LED lighting and a brushed steel ceiling fan. We also re-wired for the new placement of the microwave (from the left side of the range to the right side).

Directly following, our carpenters repaired and painted the drywall and ceiling by the kitchen window, which needed attention after removing the wall and drop ceiling.

Once the prep work was completed, we started on the flooring. The selections included a new Bedrosians glazed porcelain wood-look tile. With the flooring set, we then installed full-overlay, raised panel Wellborn Cabinets in a Dove Slate color. The corner base cabinets included lazy susans for convenient access to items used often. We also installed a double wastebasket cabinet and a few deep drawer cabinets to maximize storage.

With the cabinets in place, the countertops were templated for the new Cambria quartz that would later be installed. Amerock knobs and pulls were attached to the cabinets and our team started on the backsplash. A full-height subway tile in ice white color was placed on the sink and range walls. This was a simple clean design and is a nice touch with the light grey cabinets.

In completing this project, the brushed steel ceiling fan and under cabinet LED lights with dimmer switches were installed. New stainless-steel appliances were put in their place and finally, the kitchen was ready for cooking.

Our client was more than pleased with the outcome of their remodeled kitchen and they couldn’t wait to cook their first meal in the space.

Gilbert Design Build of Bradenton Awarded Best Of Houzz 2018

 Bradenton, Florida – March 5, 2018 – Gilbert Design Build of Bradenton has won “Best Of Design” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The full-service design/build firm serving both Manatee and Sarasota Counties was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2017. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2018” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

“Our entire team was excited to hear that we were named to such an honor,” said Ernest Gilbert, President of Gilbert Design Build. “We take great pride in every remodeling project we do, so to be recognized for that is very gratifying.”

“The Houzz community selected a phenomenal group of Best of Houzz 2018 award winners, so this year’s recipients should be very proud,” said Liza Hausman, Vice President of Industry Marketing at Houzz. “Best of Houzz winners represent some of the most talented and customer-focused professionals in our industry, and we are extremely pleased to give them both this recognition and a platform on which to showcase their expertise.”

Best of Houzz in Design Winning Photo


About Gilbert Design Build
Fully licensed and state-certified, the Gilbert Design Build team offers a full-service remodeling experience, working under a single contract to manage the full depth of design and construction services. Rather than collaborating with separate entities, the client enjoys a unified design build team comprised of in-house designers, carpenters and contractors. This unique, total solution approach creates a single-source responsibility, thereby centralizing accountability and ensuring superior efficiency with every project. For more information on Gilbert Design Build, visit or call 941-757-3395.

About Houzz
Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow, Tel Aviv and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit

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Remodel Reveal: A Fifty-Year-Old Kitchen Transformation


We first met this couple at a home show in 2016 when they approached us about remodeling their kitchen. They then stopped into our Bradenton design center to discuss the options and what might be possible for their project.

They own a beautiful home just a short drive from the Manatee River. However, it was built in the 60’s with most everything being original, and in need of an update.

The kitchen was closed off from the dining area, so they wanted to open it up to be one large room because they enjoyed entertaining. Our couple also wanted to add a kitchen island, as well as update the aesthetics like cabinets and countertops.  In addition to focusing on the kitchen, there were some additional updates they wanted to make: move their laundry from its current place downstairs to upstairs, refinish the ceiling in their living room, and lay consistent flooring throughout the kitchen and living room.


When it came time to design the new kitchen, our client worked with our designer to create a new layout which worked more to their lifestyle, and selected materials in our design center which were more up to date and suited to their taste.   The decision was made to use two different colored cabinets, as well as two different countertop materials. The result is quite remarkable!

In getting started on this kitchen remodel, we removed and disposed of the existing materials in the kitchen. This included cabinets, countertops, appliances, etc. We tore down light soffits and removed some walls which separated the kitchen, family and dining rooms. Lastly, we removed all of flooring throughout the three rooms in preparation to install the new Luxury Vinyl plank style flooring.

Once the rooms were empty, we trenched the existing concrete floor to run electrical to the new island. We then did some framing required and prepared for new drywall where the existing soffits and walls were removed. A new wiring plan was needed for the new layout including outlets, positioning of the appliances, and lighting.

As sometimes happens, particularly on a home 50-plus years old, once the walls were opened it was discovered there was some unsafe wiring. We brought this to the owner’s attention and we with the help of our electrician were able to correct the problem. As you can imagine this brought significant peace of mind to our client knowing it was taken care of.

Lighting was important, as the previous kitchen was dark and closed off. In addition to the natural light that now came through after removing the wall that separated the kitchen and dining room, we also added LED under-cabinet lighting. Moreover, we modified the existing recessed light locations, changed them to mini 4” recessed cans on a 3-way dimmer and prepared for pendant lights above the island.

For the main cooking area, we positioned Showplace “Pendleton” shaker style cabinets, including 42” uppers, in a beautiful gray wash color with Cambria 3CM Newport color quartz countertops.

For the island, we installed white “Hartford” Wellborn Cabinets in a “Glacier” white paint with a Black Walnut butcher block countertop. This island countertop was not only a unique statement piece, but also tied in nicely with the main cabinets and included an overhang for additional bar seating.

All the cabinetry features full extension soft close Blum glides and dove tail all wood drawer boxes and Top Knobs hardware.

On the far end of the kitchen, near the French doors, we placed a pantry cabinet with convenient pullouts and drawer base cabinets for easy access to food items. This was a huge upgrade for our client, as they only had a small closet previously.

Our carpenters then installed the COREtec vinyl plank flooring in a light wood Nantucket Oak color throughout the kitchen, living and dining areas.

With the flooring and cabinets set, we placed in the new stainless-steel appliances. The microwave was designed into the island to maximize the layout and for convenience when cooking.

For the backsplash, we installed a 2×8 blue frosted glass subway tile. We also painted the walls of the kitchen, dining and living areas a coordinating blue so that it would all flow together nicely.

In the end, with the open concept layout and the new island, our client was more than satisfied with their remodel and couldn’t wait to entertain!

Remodel Reveal: A Spa-Like Master Bathroom Suite


Our client first came to us a few years ago when they wanted their two guest bathrooms remodeled. Because of their great experience during those remodels and their love of the new bathrooms, they didn’t hesitate to call on us again when it was time to remodel their master bathroom. Once we received their call, we were eager to meet with the couple to discuss their wish list and learn about what they were wanting to do.

The existing bathroom was a suite in that one of the two vanities was located just outside the bathroom door, in the actual bedroom.

Our client wanted to rearrange the layout of the area to make the space function better for how they want to live in their home.

With that being one of the main points of concern, they were also ready to freshen up the aesthetics of the space since it was over 20 years old. Aside from the typical items such as countertops, flooring and cabinets, this bathroom also had lighting soffits, wallpaper and a brightly colored tub all of which they wanted to remove.

Our designer worked with the couple to create a layout and design more fitted to their lifestyle.


To get started, we removed everything existing from the bathroom. This included the vanity space which sat outside of the bathroom and the carpet that went along with it.

We then made the structural changes including modifications to wall framing, rough plumbing and wiring necessary to create the new layout.

Once the suite was created, we prepared for the new vanity area.

We installed new Wellborn shaker style cabinets in a cherry color and laid Cambria quartz countertops in “Ella” color.

The main vanity area was for the Mrs. and she wanted her space to be more feminine and slightly different from her husbands. Our designer suggested adding a subtle backsplash around the countertops, so we arranged a beautiful grayish colored mosaic.

She also wanted a seated space at the vanity, in addition to a cabinet where she could store linens, towels and more.

With floor to ceiling storage and generous counter space, there was now plenty of room to get ready and store items she didn’t want out.

The second and smaller vanity, was also updated with the same Wellborn Cherry cabinets and Cambria quartz countertops.

Our clients used and liked having a tub, but the old one was extremely outdated. While they were on board to tear it out, it was imperative that we put in a new (and updated) one. The original tub was positioned directly underneath the window, which left a lot of empty space in the center of the bathroom. To maximize the square footage and layout, our designer suggested positioning the new tub vertically under the window making it parallel to the shower.

Our carpenters installed a Kohler Drop-In Whirlpool tub and framed it with a glazed porcelain tile. They used that same tile to create a platform/bench underneath the window for additional seating, as well as on the surrounding walls for an added touch.

In the old existing shower, our client didn’t have any space to put their soap, shampoo, etc. The remodeled shower included three built-in niches, a soap dish and a hand-held shower. To keep things consistent, the Bedrosians Toscano Classico 12×24 tile that was used around the tub and window was also used on the shower walls. A square mosaic tile in the same color scheme was used on the shower floor.

In completing the tub and shower area, the glass enclosure with a “rain” texture was installed to provide privacy and a spa-like atmosphere. A unique feature of this tub and shower area is that there are two entrances to the shower; you can get in directly from the tub as well as from the main bathroom.

For the flooring, our designer recommended a Luxury Vinyl Plank Tile in a Venetian Marble color, which was a great choice for durability and ease of maintenance as well as a fantastic look. We also installed unique sconces with brushed nickel overlays next to the mirrors and applied modern pulls to the cabinetry.

In the end, our clients were more than pleased with the outcome and couldn’t wait to break in the new space!

Gilbert Design Build Participates in Toys for Tots

Gilbert Design Build Office Staff Proud of Toys for Tots Collections

With the holidays quickly approaching, we couldn’t be more excited to give back to our community again by having both of our design centers serve as drop off locations for Toy’s for Tots collections.

For those unfamiliar with Toys for Toys, it is a 70-year-old charity founded by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Their goal is to deliver a message of hope to the less fortunate by collecting new, unwrapped toys and distributing them for Christmas.

More than 700 communities nationwide participate in this program each year. Last year, more than $280 million was raised, making it their second-best year ever since 1947.

So, what can you do to help? Purchase a new, unwrapped toy (or two) and drop it off at one of our design centers.

Need toy ideas? Children up to age 12 receive assistance, so anything from books to bicycles is appreciated.

We will be collecting toys from November 6th to December 8th.

Our Bradenton design center is located at 816 Manatee Ave E and our Sarasota design center is located at 4049 Clark Rd.

Our design center hours are as follows:

Monday: Noon-5pm
Tuesday-Friday: 9am-5pm

For help with directions and general questions, give us a call at 941-757-3395.

For more information about Toys for Tots, visit

Remodel Reveal: The Outstanding Open Concept


Our client came to us when they had finally had enough of their outdated kitchen and knew it was time for a change. They had been researching kitchen and bath remodelers online when they came across our seminar and decided to RSVP. After attending the seminar, they decided that our company was a good fit and talks about their new kitchen began.

Bradenton Kitchen Before Remodel

Kitchen Before Remodel

Bradenton Kitchen

Outdated Kitchen

Kitchen Table by Window


While our client’s current kitchen was outdated and seemed boxy, there was a good amount of space for us to work with once some walls were removed.

In getting started, we removed the existing cabinets, countertops and appliances; however, we held onto the refrigerator because we were planning to reuse it in the remodeled kitchen. With our goal to create an open-concept feel, we tore down the existing walls and arches, which framed in the kitchen from the living room. Lastly, we removed the existing tile flooring throughout the main living area.

With the main areas were cleared, we focused on modifying the plumbing and electrical to accommodate for the new layout of the appliances and an updated lighting plan. The fridge did not change position in the room, however, the stove top and oven while still on the same wall, moved over to the left a bit. The dishwasher was incorporated into the island, as well as the sink, garbage disposal and additional electrical outlets.

Once that was complete, we framed a knee wall for bar seating and began laying the new vinyl plank flooring in a light oak color.

When it came time to install the cabinets, our designer suggested one color and style for the island and another color and style for the main wall. We are finding that this is becoming a common trend and for good reason because it gives off a custom look with little effort. We incorporated a variety of standard cabinets as well as pull out drawers to maximize storage.

With the dishwasher being built into the new island, we used the same island cabinetry to cover the face of the appliance, therefore blending it in. Another unique feature to the island is that we included a pop-up electrical outlet. This is convenient for plugging in portable appliances such as a blender, as well as serving as a charging station for electrical devices.

Our client rarely used their kitchen table, so we used that existing space to create a built-in window seat with additional cabinetry and a wine cooler. This was a great way to highlight the window while providing useful storage and seating in the kitchen.

Once the cabinets were installed and ready for countertops, we installed a Ceasarstone quartz color called Nougat. Instead of your typical backsplash, our client liked the idea of having more of a feature wall. With that being said, we laid a linear glass mosaic, which added interest and height to the space.

In completing the final touches to this kitchen remodel, under-cabinet lighting was installed along the back wall, three pendant lights were hung above the island and a new fixture was placed above the window seat. We attached hardware to the cabinets and painted the main living area a soft blue color.

With the kitchen remodel now complete, the homeowner is more than pleased with the outcome and especially loves the aesthetic of the two-toned cabinets. They can’t wait to entertain in their new open-concept kitchen!

Remodel Reveal: A Chef’s Kitchen Comes to Life


Our clients are a professional chef and his wife who run a local restaurant on Longboat Key. The existing kitchen was very compact and out of date, and not suitable for the gourmet meals he often cooked. For this clients kitchen remodel, it was imperative that the new space be spacious enough not only for preparing and cooking, but also entertaining. They enjoy hosting dinner parties, so it was important that their new kitchen was open to their living room and included a bar for additional seating.

White Kitchen on Longboat Key

Small Kitchen on Longboat Key

Old Longboat Key Kitchen


Throughout the duration of this remodel, from the planning to the layout, design and product selection, our clients were very hands on, as they knew exactly what they wanted.

In designing the new kitchen layout, our client along with the designer, decided to incorporate an open seating area next to where the original kitchen sat to make the new kitchen much larger. This would allow for additional countertop space, providing the homeowner with more room for food prep and providing a bar area for seating. Using this extra space in the new layout would also allow for the appliances to be properly positioned to the chef’s liking.

Longboat Key Kitchen Remodel

As previously mentioned, the original kitchen was compact, so we first started this remodel by tearing out everything including cabinets, appliances, drywall and flooring, which extended through to the living area.

Our clients chose a two-toned look for the cabinets by selecting one color and style for the uppers and another for the bases. A Showplace plywood “slab” door style in a grey wash color was installed for the base cabinets, which also included soft-close drawers, and a soft cream color with a brushed texture was chosen for the upper cabinets.

Once the cabinets were installed, we attached the brushed nickel hardware and installed energy efficient LED under-cabinet lighting. Our client chose a stunning granite for their countertop with lots of movement. For the bar top, a curve was incorporated to return the top back to the column near the front door. This also created a nice flow into the main living area as you walk into the home.

Remodeled Longboat Key Kitchen

Renovated Kitchen on Longboat Key

Directly off of the kitchen, there was a door that led out to the garage. To provide additional storage, the designer recommended opening up that area and connecting it to the main living area to create a pantry storage center with tall cabinets. So, we removed the existing door, poured concrete to raise the floor to the same level as the kitchen, and installed the same soft cream cabinets that were used for the base cabinets in the kitchen.

Built-in Hallway Cabinets

Additionally, we made a few improvements in the main living area. Our carpenters installed tongue and groove on the walls, as well as new wood-look tile on the floor of the kitchen and living room. Our client desired more height and interest at the ceiling, so we removed the original drywall and popcorn texture, exposing the bottom of the trusses and installed tongue and groove boards up between the trusses. We then wrapped the trusses for a beam look and painted them white to match the tongue and groove on the walls.

As if looking into the new kitchen was not aesthetically appealing enough, looking out of the kitchen provides a beautiful view of the water while cooking.

Remodeled Longboat Key Home


Shattering the Stigma: How Implementing Universal Design Can Improve Your Home at Any Age

Let’s face it, no one wants talk about getting old. In a society obsessed with youth and vitality, it might seem out of place to extend conversations about aging with your contractor or interior designer. But as recent studies have pointed out, the majority of baby boomers are not only ready to retire but are considering making certain modifications to their existing homes in order to age in place. Although the term “aging in place” might bring about not so pleasant thoughts or connotations, the term Universal Design is now catching on and making headway in recent design trends.

Universal design is a concept which focuses on making your environment usable for all people of all ages. People with disabilities and without. Universal design helps individuals prepare for the future while it improves the quality of life today. Implementing universal design elements doesn’t have to be a complicated or costly.

Floating Bathroom Vanity Simple solutions might include:

  • Adding grab bars in the shower, by the toilet and the tub
  • Installing a handheld shower or an adjustable shower seat
  • Replacing an existing conventional sink with a pedestal sink accessible to someone in a wheelchair
  • Widening the doorways to create the feeling of spaciousness and accommodating a wheelchair
  • Improving lighting and brighten up the room with night lights and well-lit pathways

Universal Design is about increasing the client’s usability and enjoyment of their home, it does not have to feel “institutional” or be “unattractive.”

Longboat Key Shower Remodel

While most consumers acknowledge their changing needs as they age, it’s the designers responsibility to suggest potential alternatives in making their home more comfortable, keeping their clients more independent as they age. Although designers can not anticipate their client’s mobility or living needs 20 or 30 years in advance, designers can create opportunities and solutions that adapt to the client’s requirements.

No one wants to think about getting old, or having a sudden physical limitation, but all individuals regardless of age, should prepare if those circumstances should occur. The way we need our home to function today, might not be well suited for the way we need it to function down the road.

Remodel Reveal: A Bright and Airy Kitchen


Like most remodels, most homeowners make the decision to move forward with a renovation when the space is completely outdated or doesn’t function as well as it might have when they first moved in. For this client, in addition to updating the aesthetic appeal to their kitchen, it was important to lighten up the space to feel bright and airy.

Outdated Bradenton Kitchen

Outdated Bradenton Kitchen

Outdated Breakfast Bar Bradenton


In fulfilling their dreams of a sunny and inviting kitchen, we created a lighting plan, which consisted of removing the existing soffit and fluorescent lights, and installing new drop pendants, can lights and LED under cabinet lighting.

Our client felt that the existing wood panel on their island peninsula was also darkening the space, so they asked us to remove it and apply new drywall. While this isn’t a request we get often, we have to agree that it was the right move in this situation.

Remodeled Bradenton Open Concept Kitchen

Moreover, we removed all of the old cabinets and installed new Showplace cabinets, including multi-level uppers to convey more visual interest. This aesthetic feature was especially important to our client, as the kitchen opened up to the living room.

To maximize all storage opportunities, our client chose pull-out shelves in their pantry closet, a trash pull-out, as well as a designated bread drawer.

Granite Breakfast Bar

After the cabinets were installed, we laid a Kashmir Gold granite counter top with a half bullnose edge and arranged a biscuit-colored subway tile backsplash. In completing this project, new stainless steel appliances were put in their place and Amerock hardware was fastened to the drawers and doors.Kitchen Subway Tile Backsplash