Remodel Reveal: From Builder Grade to Bright and Blue


Remember the Java Kitchen remodel we shared with you back in November? Well, that same client had us simultaneously remodel their master bathroom during that project. Similar to their wish list for their kitchen remodel, which consisted of keeping the overall layout but updating cosmetically, they too liked the layout of their bathroom, but wanted to update the materials to reflect their beachy taste and Key West community they lived in.


Bathroom Shower

Double Sink Vanity

Outdated Bathroom


In starting this master bathroom remodel, we removed everything in sight. This included the existing vanity area and flooring. We also tore out all the shower tile, backer board and glass enclosure.

Once the demo was cleared and we were working with a clean slate, we installed concrete backer board in the shower, molded the new shower curb and prepped for tile. We laid a unique river pebble on the shower floor and placed large 8×20 subway tiles on the wall with a ‘whisper green’ glass listello for a beachy accent.

Shower Remodel
With the shower tile complete, we installed two corner shelves, a Moen rain shower head and attached the new frameless shower enclosure.

Following the completion of the shower area, we moved our attention to the vanity area. Previously, our client only had one electrical outlet that was situated directly under the medicine cabinet. Because this was a double sink vanity, they had asked us to re-wire the electrical to add an additional outlet on the opposite end of the vanity, which we did.

Double Sink Vanity

Once the electrical re-wiring was taken care of, we prepped the bathroom floor for new tile. Our client chose a wood-look porcelain tile, which we laid in a staggered horizontal pattern. With the flooring set, we then put the new double sink vanity in place.

Per the request of our client who desired additional storage, this vanity cabinet included four medium sized drawers in the center to be shared, as well as the typical door storage on each side. Amerock bronzed nickel knobs were installed on the door and drawer fronts, followed by the installation of the new granite countertop.

With the countertop in place, we installed Danze Antioch center set faucets and hung a new mirror, which extended the full width of the vanity. We also installed a new light fixture and comfort height toilet.

In completing this project, instead of attaching the original swing in door, we hung a brand new sliding barn door. Because the bathroom was tight already, this was a great alternative to give the client more room.

Barn Door

Granite Countertops

Remodel Reveal: Open Concept Kitchen With Endless Storage


Our client lives in the River Club community in Lakewood Ranch and has lived in their home for over twenty years now. Over the course of that time, they have made numerous updates to their home, but had never gotten around to remodeling their kitchen as they wanted. When they finally felt it was the right time to do so, they did the necessary research and stumbled upon us (and we are grateful for that)!

With everything in the kitchen being original to the home, it was noticeably cosmetically outdated, but functioned okay for how they were using it.  They came to us wanting to gut the entire thing and start new.

Outdated Soffit in Kitchen

Kitchen Pantry

Before Bradenton Kitchen Remodel



In starting this kitchen remodel, we removed literally everything aside from the flooring and knee wall of the breakfast peninsula. This included the soffit light box, cabinets, countertops, appliances and island. We also modified the existing pantry area to accommodate a built-in pantry.

Once the demo debris was removed from the area, we modified the existing electrical above the breakfast peninsula for new pendant lights, as well as above the kitchen island area to accommodate a large chandelier and a built-in microwave.

By choosing to move the microwave into the kitchen island as opposed to above the stove as it was before, our client was able to incorporate a range hood.

Remodeled Kitchen

Once the electrical was modified, we repaired and textured the ceiling where the soffit was and began installing Showplace full-overlay cabinets in maple with shaker style doors throughout the kitchen. A custom, angled left corner wall cabinet with a glass insert was incorporated to be less streamlined and give off more of a texted and dimensional feel.

Once the upper and base cabinets were in place, we focused our attention to the new pantry area, which included matching maple Showplace cabinets with 93” tall double doors with full extension roll-out drawers and two double door cabinets.

Kitchen Island

The new island area also incorporated Showplace cabinets, however in a gray shade. By incorporating two different colored cabinets throughout the kitchen, the room felt light and open. The island cabinets also included a built-in microwave base cabinet and drawer bases for easy storage.

Following the installation of all the cabinets, we added panel molding to the backside of the breakfast peninsula knee wall. This gave off the appearance that the peninsula was one large cabinet and provided a high-end feel, as opposed to of just painting the wall.

Once all cabinetry was in place, we laid a grey Bedrosians tile from the countertop to the ceiling on the range hood wall. This installation was unique in that it extended up the entire back wall, giving off a 3-D effect.

Granite Countertops

In completing this project, we laid sparkling granite countertops and positioned brand new stainless steel appliances. We also installed Hafele pull outs in a few of the base cabinets and mounted Amerock pulls on the drawers and doors.

Sarasota Grand Opening Recap

In case you missed it, we held the Grand Opening of our SECOND location in Sarasota on November 2nd. We had a great time filled with new friends, old friends, live music and food.

Gilbert Design Build Grand Opening

Gilbert Design Build Grand Opening

Gilbert Design Build Grand Opening

Gilbert Design Build Grand Opening

Gilbert Design Build Grand Opening

Gilbert Design Build Grand Opening

Gilbert Design Build Grand Opening

Gilbert Design Build Grand Opening

Gilbert Design Build Grand Opening

Gilbert Design Build Grand Opening

Gilbert Design Build Grand Opening

Gilbert Design Build Grand Opening

Gilbert Design Build Grand Opening

Remodel Reveal: The Java Kitchen


This client was referred to us by their friend and previous client of ours, which we are grateful for! Our client lived in a Key West inspired townhome community, which was built around 2005. By the time our client came to us, their kitchen was at least ten years old and they wanted to make some cosmetic changes to spruce up the place. They were happy with the overall layout of the kitchen, but they wanted to add a few more cabinets and create an additional entry to the space.

Oak Cabinets

Oak kitchen cabinets

Breakfast Seating


For starters, everything in the kitchen was original to the home, so we removed and disposed of all the existing cabinets, countertops, sink, faucet and appliances. We were extra careful with demolition because all the items were in good shape and our client wanted to donate everything to Habitat for Humanity. (To learn more about how to do this, click here).

In the original kitchen layout, our client had a designated pantry closet, which tied to a wall that enclosed the breakfast nook area. To allow for that space to gain more natural light and open it up for additional access, we tore out the closet and removed drywall to create an entryway. We also re-positioned the fridge a few feet to the left to allow for additional cabinets to be installed in its existing position.

Luxurious Kitchen Remodel

With demotion and drywall work complete, we ran new wiring for a new under counter built-in wine fridge, and modified power and water for the new main fridge location.

Within the same footprint as the original cabinets, we installed all new cabinets with full overlay raised panel doors in a java color. Two unique cabinet storage solutions incorporated into this kitchen were a waste basket cabinet to the left of the sink and a pantry cabinet with pullout shelves. Another nice feature our client desired was soft-close doors and drawers.

Kitchen Pull Out Drawers

Pantry Pull Out Shelving

After the cabinets were positioned, we laid a new Ceasarstone countertop with a bullnose edge. A brick joint marble mosaic backsplash was later applied with hints of grays and white. Our client chose a stainless steel single bowl sink with a Moen faucet.

With everything in its place, we finished up the project by installing the appliances and attaching Amerock pulls on all doors and drawers.

Breakfast Countertop

Bradenton Kitchen

Remodel Reveal: Universally Designed with Modern Touches

The Background:

Our client came to us after she attended one of our educational seminars. She wanted to remodel her outdated master bathroom and create a universally designed space with ADA compliant features, which would accommodate her husband who was in a wheelchair.

For starters, the original shower was very tight and had a narrow entryway with a curb. There was absolutely no way a wheelchair could get in or out, which was one of the biggest pain points for our client.

Another problem area for this client was their bathtub and vanity area, which was closely connected. The couple did not use their tub, however they desired more storage, so together we decided to remove the tub and create an all new vanity area with additional storage room.

Outdated Water Closet

Just left of the vanity, sat the private water closet, which was very tight and not wheelchair friendly.

Out of Date Bradenton Bathroom

As you walked into the bathroom, the first thing you noticed was the vanity and over-sized tub.

Outdated Make Up Vanity

Just right of the over-sized tub was a make-up vanity.

The Solution:

We began this bathroom remodel by removing the existing tub, the shower and floor tile, toilet, vanity area and shower walls. Once that was completed, we modified the plumbing to accommodate the new floor plan, and then re-poured the concrete slab with a slope for easier cleaning and access.

Once that was completed and dry, we modified the electrical wiring for an all-new lighting plan, which included two new exhaust fans, new outlet locations, switches and a lighted make up mirror.

In order to make the new shower spacious and wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair, we used the space where the existing shower was, as well as the space where the existing water closet was. Because we were enlarging the shower, we had to also relocate the supply and drain for new plumbing. Once the plumbing was completed and the shower walls were put up, we installed a glossy Onyx Collection wall panel with a caddy niche and corner seat.

Bradenton ShowerRemodel

We tore out the walls of the existing shower and water closet to create a spacious walk-in shower and toilet area.

Our clients chose the Onyx Collection because it provided a no slip, easily maintainable surface which was at the top of their priority list. Gloss Finish gives a classic appearance with an easy to clean smooth surface, and no grout seams make this option a must have!

With the new shower area being so expansive, we incorporated a new Toto Aquia two-piece dual-flush toilet into the space, which would be easily accessible by wheelchair. In addition to being ADA compliant in terms of height, this Toto toilet also has a soft close seat and a joystick type of control, which is easier to use than pushing buttons.

Walk-in Wheelchair Friendly Shower

The bathroom transformation continued with us installing a contemporary frameless design vanity cabinet. The double-sink vanity was placed in the exact placement of the original; however, with the tub being gone, the new cabinet was able to be extended, giving the client more storage space. A unique feature of this vanity cabinet, is that one of the sink areas was framed to allow for a wheelchair to easily pull up to without hitting the actual cabinet.

A Caesarstone quartz countertop, in Oyster color, was laid on top of the new cabinets, and Amerock Mulholland knobs and pulls in satin nickel finish were screwed to the cabinet doors.

The client chose a quartz countertop due to it being non-porous and requiring minimal maintenance. In completing the vanity area, we installed two Kohler, Caxton under mount sinks in white porcelain. This simple and streamlined sink design is as versatile as it is attractive. We continued by adding two Moen, Varese high arc center set faucets in spot resistant brushed nickel finish. This finish resists fingerprints and water spots for a cleaner looking bath- again a feature that was very important to our clients.

Bathroom Countertop

Once the vanity was complete, we moved on to installing a Shaw Floorte, Classico floor tile in their “Alba” color. This resilient waterproof plank emulates hardwood but its unique precision engineering technology makes it easy to use, strong and durable.

In completing our universally designed bathroom, we added sleek curved grab bars in brushed nickel finish in the shower and next to the toilet. We also installed new Four-light satin nickel bath lights, and a hard wired make up mirror with magnification and light.

Universally Designed Bathroom Vanity

Bathroom Vanity

Once the bathroom was complete, our client was extremely happy with the finished project; she “loved the products, and is “so happy with the quality of work.”

Bathroom Remodel

Remodel Reveal: A Tranquil and Relaxing Master Bath

The Background:

Our client came to us after attending one of our remodeling seminars in April of 2015. Her main focus was remodeling her 1993 outdated master bathroom, which was connected to a large walk-in closet and a spacious bedroom. The client had done a kitchen remodel a few years prior and that got her thinking about doing a master suite remodel in the future. Her ideal bathroom remodel included creating a new vanity space, which would consist of adding new and updated light fixtures and a new countertop. In addition to the vanity, she wanted to remodel her shower and bathtub area, and remove all of the carpet throughout her bedroom and bathroom. Our client wanted to re-tile all those areas to give her home a fresh new look.

Dated bathroom vanity

This is the vanity area prior to the remodel.

Sarasota Bathroom

This is the open concept tub area prior to the remodel.

Outdated Sarasota Shower

This is the open shower prior to the remodel.

The Solution:

Once hired for the job and all of the necessary materials were in, we began her remodeling transformation by tearing out all existing materials, which included the shower, tub area, vanity and carpet.

Our client wanted popcorn free ceilings, so we installed a new and contemporary texture to the ceilings in her bathroom, bedroom and walk-in closet. Once the texturing was complete, we laid all new wood-like Bedrosians 8×24 porcelain floor tile. Once the flooring was in, we moved our attention to the vanity area where we installed a double sink Showplace cabinet and a beautiful Cambria quartz countertop. Two undermount porcelain sinks were installed and the vanity was finished off with Amerock, Creased Bow pulls in brushed nickel.

Showplace Vanity Cabinet

Updated vanity area after the remodel.

When it came to remodeling the shower, we were tasked with making the space a true walk-in shower with no door. With that being said, we modified the plumbing and re-located the shower lever to the opposite side of the shower head, which would allow for the water temperature to be adjusted prior to entering the shower. We also built-out three niches in the shower walls to allow for soap and other shower necessities. For the shower wall tile, we laid glass accents in a vertical pattern, which gave off a sleek, contemporary feel.

Continuing with the natural, outdoors theme of our client’s bathroom, we laid shaved pebbles on the shower floor. These not only look unique, but also feel amazing on your feet and provide a slip-resistant surface. The original shower area also included an arched window, which we intricately lined with the shaved pebbles. This extra detail really tied the whole shower together and created a unique one of a kind space.

Pebble Shower Tile

Updated walk-in shower after the remodel.

In completing the shower, we reinstated the contemporary look our client was going for by installing modern style plumbing fixtures, like the Moen 90 degree, brushed nickel eco-performance handheld shower and the Moen, 90 Degree brushed nickel one-handle open waterway bathroom faucet used for the vanity

Universal Design Shower Head

Tile details in the shower after the remodel.

We then focused our attention on the bathtub area where we replaced the existing tub with an American Standard, 60” drop in. We also re-tiled the area with a glazed porcelain tile and installed a brushed nickel tub faucet.

Bathroom Remodel

Spacious tub and shower area after the remodel.

Overall, while the footprint of the bathroom remained the same, the aesthetic transformation really elevated the space and gave it a clean, coastal, seascape feeling. Our Design Consultant Jennifer Strohl, commented on the transformation, “Our client wanted a ‘coastal contemporary’ look with clean lines and soft colors.  She loved the way the different materials complemented each other with the driftwood looking floor tile, the river pebbles and the quartz countertops resembling a sandy shoreline.”

This coastal contemporary bathroom was finished off by painting the walls with Sherwin Williams color, Nantucket Dune. This warm, neutral tone is very soothing and blends well with all of the elements featured in this bathroom. Our coastal, sea themed master bathroom is complete!

Remodel Reveal: An Open Concept Kitchen

The Background:

Our client recently purchased a home, which they planned to remodel prior to moving in. The house in general had good bones, but the kitchen layout and aesthetics were very out of date and not to the clients taste.

Before officially calling this house, “home,” our client wanted to remodel their kitchen to create an open-concept feel for easy entertaining in their family room. The only thing standing in the way of their dreams was a wall and some TLC by our team of professionals.

Closed Off Kitchen

The original wall cut off any interaction between the kitchen and family room area.

Outdated Sarasota Kitchen

Two outdated features of this kitchen are the green laminate countertops and the striped wallpaper.


There was a lot of natural light in this kitchen, which was a bonus.

The Solution:

One benefit to this clients remodel was that they were not living in the home while we were working. This was great because the client didn’t have to modify their daily lifestyle habits around the remodel. For this kitchen remodel, we removed one column of the existing wall that separated the kitchen and family room. The new space where the wall sat previously was used to create a breakfast bar. This modification not only created the open concept our client desired, but it also created additional seating.

The original cabinet boxes were in good shape, so instead of replacing the cabinets altogether, the decision was made to reface. This decision saved our clients some money to use in other areas of the remodel. We installed a cherry autumn wood for the new cabinet door fronts, as well as Venetian Gold granite countertops and a soft gray subway tile for the backsplash.

In the final details leading up to the completion of this kitchen remodel, we laid all new wood flooring throughout the kitchen and family room areas. We also removed the existing wallpaper and painted the walls, installed both under and above cabinet lighting and added pendant lights above the breakfast bar.

Open Concept Breakfast Bar

Sarasota Kitchen Remodel

Open Concept Kitchen

What are your thoughts on the transformation of this open concept kitchen? Share your comments below.

Italian Bathroom Remodel

Transformation Tuesday: No Space to Great Space

The Background:

Our client had lived in their Sarasota home for many years when they decided to update their cramped and tight on space master bathroom. Originally from Italy, our client desired a spa-like oasis, while also creating an adjoining space for their laundry room, which originally resided in the garage.

The original bathroom was very narrow. When you walked in through the bedroom, the vanity sat on the right hand side and the shower followed directly after. Following the end of the hallway-like bathroom, was a door that led to an addition that the client was using for storage.

Outdated bathroom vanity

Outdated Sarasota Shower

Original Storage Closet

The Solution:

The area in which the bathroom sat originally, was converted to the new laundry room. Modifications to the electric and plumbing were done to create hook ups for the new washer and dryer locations, and we also installed new cabinets for extra out-of-site storage.

Remodeled laundry room

The bathroom was then moved to the previous storage room, which was actually an addition that was added to the home a few years prior. Our client chose fixtures and colors that reflected their Italian style, which ended up coming together nicely.

Italian Bathroom Remodel

Cambria Torquay Quartz Countertops

Remodeled Shower Sarasota

There was not a single detail missed when designing this space. From the European vanity lights to the carrara marble basket weave in the shower, we did our best to bring Little Italy to Sarasota.

While hard to tell from the photos, the floor tile actually sparkled (and not just because it was clean). Our team installed a porcelain dimensional tile with hints of silver, while still providing a slip free surface.

What are your thoughts on the transformation of this master bathroom? Share your comments below.

Granite vs Quartz: The Great Debate

You’re at the point in your remodeling project where you’re picking out materials and need to choose a countertop. As we all know, the countertop is an essential piece in the overall feel of your project. So, how do you decide which material is right for your project?

There are several countertop options available, including but not limited to: laminate, concrete, solid and stone surfaces. In this post, we will outline the pros and cons of two stone options, granite and quartz.

As you’re reading this, keep in mind the function and purpose of the room you’re remodeling, the function the countertop will serve and what your overall design vision is. Keeping those things in the forefront of your mind, should help you in your decision making process. Okay, let’s get to it!

There are two basic categories stone surfaces fall into, which are natural or engineered. Granite is a natural stone and is excavated directly from the earth in large blocks. It is indeed, 100% natural. These large blocks are then fabricated, or cut in different sizes and then polished. Quartz however, is referred to as an engineered stone because it goes through a manufacturing process which mixes various grades and sizes of quartz crystals with resin and color. Typically the ratio is 93% quartz to 7% resin. After the mixing process, the countertop is ready to be cut, profiled and then polished.

Granite Pros

  • Granite is 100% natural. There are no other elements being incorporated with this stone. What comes out of the ground is what you get.
  • Granite is strong and extremely durable, but not as strong as quartz.
  • Your granite countertop will be one-of-a-kind and unique to you, meaning not a single person will have the same piece.

Granite Cons

  • Granite countertops need to be sealed, as the surface tends to be porous.
  • It’s important to remember that because no two pieces of granite are the same, what you see online and what you see at a granite yard will vary. Think of granite as piece of art, it is as unique as your new kitchen!
  • Granite seams are visible, so it’s important to hire a professional installer who will keep these traits in mind. If your stone has veins or directional movement in the pattern, expect that to be a permanent characteristic of your countertop.

Quartz Pros

  • Quartz is extremely durable, but not indestructible. Quartz is one of the strongest materials on the planet, which makes it extremely durable and able to withstand most unlikely accidents.
  • Quartz is non-porous, so it doesn’t need to be sealed. It is also stain resistant, making it easy to maintain and clean.
  • The color selection of Quartz is uniform. What you see in the store or online is what you can expect to see once your countertop is installed in your house.

Quartz Cons

  • Quartz doesn’t do well with extreme exposure to sunlight. That being said, it would be a bad idea to have a Quartz countertop outside or in an area of your house which is prone to UVA rays. If you expose quartz to sunlight over a long period of time you can expect discoloration. No need to apply Aloe Vera, at that point, what’s done is done.
  • If you’re seam averse, choose a slab that has more pattern. Solid colors tend to highlight the seams, while patterns tend to disguise them.

In the end, always be true to your vision and what you are hoping to achieve. Be mindful that each room and project will serve a different function and just because your neighbors did it a certain way, doesn’t mean that’s also the best option for you.

If you’re still unsure about which countertop is best, our designers are always happy to help and narrow down your choices. They are well informed and well versed in the pros and cons of each stone.

Happy remodeling!

-Written by Design Assistant, Mimi Janotka

Transformation Tuesday: Beach Inspired Kitchen Remodel

The Background: After surviving two bathroom remodels previously, this client returned to us for a third and final project- their kitchen! Remember the master bathroom transformation we shared last month? In case you missed it, you can take a look here. Similar to their bathroom, the kitchen was functional but was outdated in terms of design. Since this home served as a vacation home, our client didn’t care to install all top of the line products.

With the home being close to the beach, our client desired the kitchen to feel more “coastal-like,” while still keeping an overall clean and transitional look.



The Solution: In taking our clients wishlist and knowledge of what they liked and didn’t, we decided to keep the clean look of white cabinets but update the door style. The client chose a painted maple shaker style cabinet with brushed satin nickel cabinet pulls. In achieving the subtle beach feel, the client chose a glass subway tile in twilight blue for their backsplash and a unique granite piece for their countertops.

Blue Subway Tile Backsplash

In completing this project, we installed all new appliances and recessed lighting, as well as laid new wood flooring in the adjoining family room.



In the end, while the layout of the kitchen did not change, the transitional design aesthetics have added a great deal of value to the space, making it enjoyable for just about anyone!