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

Breakfast Countertop

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!

Transformation Tuesday: 90’s to Now

The Background: A family from the UK frequently visited the Bradenton area for their annual vacations. After spending year after year trying to find a place to rent, they finally decided to purchase a permanent vacation home. Their new home had great space and functionality, but the fixtures and overall design style were outdated. Knowing that they wanted to eventually remodel both bathrooms and their kitchen, they made the decision to start with their master bathroom.

The room itself was quite spacious and included most of the wants you’d desire in a master bath; a double sink vanity, walk-in shower and jacuzzi tub. Aside from the obvious outdated designs of the space (tile, cabinets, etc), the family also wanted to remove the over-sized tub since it didn’t get much use and they preferred to add functional storage.

Outdated Master Bathroom Outdated Master Bathroom

The Solution: After learning more about the wants and needs of our client, we recommended choosing products and colors that would brighten the space and make it feel spa-like. In conjunction with removing the jetted tub as the client requested, we removed all existing items right down to the studs.

Once the room was cleared out and ready for its face lift, we laid glazed porcelain floor tile in a horizontal direction, which made the room feel larger than it already was. Following the floor tile, we installed a white shaker-style double sink vanity with soft-closing drawers. In completing the vanity, we laid a blue recycled glass countertop and secured the new chrome faucets.

With the existing tub no longer there, we used the open space to build out a wall cabinet, which provided the client with additional storage they were seeking.



In the shower, we stacked sterling grey subway tiles on the wall and laid a stone-like tile on the floor. In completing the shower, we installed a Moen rain showerhead and a frameless glass swing door.DSC_3841

As we put the finishing touches on the project, Amerock pulls were installed on both the vanity and wall cabinets and a coat of Sherwin Williams “Rock Candy” was put on the walls.

We are happy to report that the client loved their bathroom transformation so much, that they later hired us to do their guest bathroom and kitchen also (those pictures to come). Let us know your thoughts on this beautiful bathroom remodel, we’d love to hear from you!

Transformation Tuesday: Kitchen Functionality at its Finest

White doesn’t have to be boring and this kitchen is the perfect example as to why.

The Background: This family of four used their kitchen for everything, or at least they tried to. Aside from being aesthetically outdated, there were some functionality issues our client also wanted to address. The appliances were located in different locations throughout the kitchen, some being on the opposite side of the others. This was problematic when it came time to cooking because you would have to run around the island to get from point A to point Z. With the narrowness of the kitchen and the odd shape of the island, there was also limited seating around the island.

Before Kitchen Remodel

Outdated Kitchen

The Solution: Knowing that the kitchen was the “go to” place to do homework and gather, we needed to create an open-concept space where the family could be together without stepping on one another’s toes. Aside from tearing out the entire existing kitchen and installing all new everything, we redesigned the layout to accommodate some structural changes.

First, we re-framed the existing wall where you previously entered the laundry room, and then created a new entry elsewhere. Following this, we re-routed electrical and plumbing to move the refrigerator from one wall to another and to move and fit the dishwasher within the island itself. Next, we re-positioned the microwave to sit next to the fridge and added a range hood. With the island serving many purposes, we redesigned it to be approximately three times as large as the original, and include a double-bowl, stainless-steel under-mount sink.

While the entire kitchen was a complete transformation, what really made a difference was removing the wall and planter shelf, which separated the kitchen from the living room. By doing so, we provided the family an open-concept feel and allowed for practical seating and entertaining room.

Transitional Open Concept Kitchen

Open Concept Kitchen Remodel

The Fine Details: Our client went with antique white maple cabinets and a cherry stain for the island, along with Amerock satin nickel knobs and pulls. Kashmir Gold granite was installed on both the island and countertops, and an off-white colored subway tile backsplash was added as an accent. Other unique features also included in this remodel:

A Pop Up Electrical Outlet on the Island- This is a great feature for the kids to plug in their electronics while doing homework. The shape is discreet and compact, which made it a must-have for this kitchen remodel.

A Disposal Button on the Counter- Most disposal buttons are either under the sink in a cabinet or an arm’s length away. To make things easier for the cook in the house, we installed a disposal button right next to the sink, along with an Insta-Hot prep faucet.

Insinkerator Insta Hot Prep Faucet

Pull-Out Cabinet Organizers- A pull-out spice rack is a fairly common request, however more and more of our clients are seeking deep, pull-out drawers (in place of standard cabinets), as well as pull-out pantry systems.

Pull Out Spice Rack

Pull Out Drawers

Pull out Pantry System

Hard to believe it’s the same kitchen, right? Share your thoughts in the comments below.