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Contemporary + Modern Home Renovation: Part 3

Contemporary + Modern Home Renovation: Part 3

Lastly, as we move from the kitchen in Part 2 to the master bathroom, we stayed with the same contemporary modern vibe from the rest of the home.

In the master bathroom, his and her sink vanities were nestled in opposite corners, separated by a large charcoal garden tub and small shower stall.

Removing the large, corner garden tub we relocated his sink vanity beside hers along the main wall.

Because two existing corner windows now occupied the space above his new sink vanity, the clients feared he would have to forego a mirror, because we didn’t want to sacrifice any natural light.

A custom, swivel mirror mounted inside the window casing was our solution, allowing both the mirror + window to coexist while also providing maneuverability when routine cleaning of the window was required. 

The pièce de résistance for this master bathroom makeover was undoubtedly the show-stopping walk-in shower.

Commanding the remaining half of the existing room footprint, a combination of gray and black large-format tiles adorn the floor and walls.

Centered on the shower entry opening, a full-size quartz slab takes center stage, highlighted by dimmable LED strip lighting from the floor to ceiling on each side.

Behind half-walls with ledges capped in matching quartz, are strategically placed shower controls that allow turning the water on to warm without getting wet in addition to custom wall niches with concealed, dimmable accent lighting.

Before this bathroom had a ton of wasted space with a bathtub that was never used. The clients had a certain style they wanted in mind and we were thrilled to help that vision come to life with this bathroom transformation.

Watch the video below to see all the before + after photos for this home renovation!

We’d love to have a meeting to hear about your goals, dreams, and the transformation you envision for your home. Are you ready? We can design your dream space today!


Call us today for a free consultation! We can’t wait to hear from you.

Contemporary + Modern Home Renovation: Part 2

Contemporary + Modern Home Renovation: Part 2

Moving on to Phase 2 of this home remodel, we journey into the transformed kitchen. As we saw in Phase 1, this 90’s home had slightly aged, honey-tone wood cabinets with black + charcoal granite counters and gray tile backsplashes.

As we moved from the den to the kitchen, black granite counters were replaced with quartz. This was selected for its creamy marbled background of neutral white with meandering gray-ashen veins dotted with veiled charcoal speckles.

The countertop & backsplash flow into one another for a seamless transition.

We painted the existing cabinets, with a mixture of black + white to stick with the theme for the rest of the house.

This set the stage for updating the existing honey-toned wood cabinetry with fresh, lightweight, luminous, and subtly sophisticated shades of white + black in the kitchen & other rooms throughout the home.

Right beyond the kitchen, is the laundry room, where we kept the same theme as the kitchen.

We used the same quartz slabs for the countertop + backsplash, replaced the sink, and painted the existing cabinets white.

 

Brazos Feed It Forward

Brazos Feed It Forward

During this unique and precarious time in history and in all of our lives, the Stearns Design Build team has been working on ways to serve + support the BCS community. 

We feel that it’s important to recognize all the feelings that COVID-19 has brought forth; fear, uncertainty, anxiety, etc. However, this has allowed us the ability to develop more courage, acceptance, and compassion, while helping each other and our community during this time of need.

This is how Brazos Feed It Forward began for us. Hugh Stearns had the idea to support local restaurants while feeding frontline workers with donations from our community. While putting this plan in action, BCS Local Flavor was working on something very similar. So, we immediately joined forces to create Brazos Feed It Forward. With donations from the cities of Bryan + College Station, we have raised OVER 90K to support frontline workers, local restaurants, and in return, the BCS economy.

We’ve received so much support from our community and feel hopeful that we can continue to find ways to keep BCS thriving during this unprecedented time.

THANK YOU to all of our local news outlets for helping us spread the word and to everyone who has contributed!

If you would like to learn more or make a donation, visit: https://brazosfeeditforward.org/

Virtual Meetings With Stearns Design Build!

Virtual Meetings With Stearns Design Build!

During these uncertain and challenging times, we’ve been thinking of creative + functional ways to serve you and are happy to offer a VIRTUAL conceptual design for your dream remodel now. We’d love to schedule a meeting (online, of course!) with you and answer any questions you may have.

Outdoor Kitchens!

Outdoor Kitchens!

Spring is here in College Station and Bryan. Summer is just around the corner! Everyone already wants to spend more time enjoying the outdoors! It’s a perfect time to start planning and building your outdoor kitchen.

A great outdoor kitchen is at least a couple of notches above a beautiful patio furniture set and your portable barbecue grill. We all love that picnic feel, but if you are going to spend your evenings entertaining or just relaxing and enjoying the cooler evening temperatures outside, you may want more amenities. Plus, an outdoor kitchen is a great way to keep your home cooler by avoiding the use of your oven and other appliances inside.

You can start your unique outdoor kitchen by placing a grill into stonework and creating custom-built counter-tops on either side. This style gives you easy-to-navigate areas for food preparation, cooking, and serving.

Next, you can add lights so that you won’t be limited to enjoying your outdoor kitchen during daylight hours. You may either choose to run electricity or install battery- or solar-powered lights. Since you want to enjoy the natural light as much as possible, you need enough light to be able to prepare, cook, and serve safely. If you choose to run electricity to your outdoor kitchen, you can also add a small refrigerator to keep your favorite beverages and condiments handy.

Here are a few other ideas:

Shade

For shade during the summer, you can build your kitchen under an existing covered porch, add a pergola, or buy a large patio umbrella.

Water

Adding a water line to your outdoor kitchen will allow you to install a small sink for food preparation and clean up.

Fireplace

Add a fireplace or portable fire pit if you want to keep using your great outdoor space when the weather turns cold or to add a little ambiance for the adults and a way to make s’mores with the kids!

Gas

A gas line will allow you the option of barbeque fuels, and adding a small cooktop or oven can stretch your outdoor culinary choices even further.

The possibilities for an outdoor kitchen are endless! It depends on the frequency that you intend to use your kitchen and your budget. The key is to make it comfortable and enjoy our spring and summer climate here in Bryan and College Station.