See Photos Of Home Makeovers By Treasure Coast Designers
Who doesn’t love a good makeover? These local designers took tragic befores and made them astounding afters to satisfy Treasure Coast homeowners.
DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen
THE CHALLENGE: The client wanted a more contemporary and inviting design for the Port St. Lucie kitchen renovation. Requests included completely rearranging the layout and incorporating innovative features like a stainless steel accented backsplash, multicolored cabinetry and countertops, and LED lights in the hidden paneled refrigerator drawers. Creating a space that was both family friendly and timeless meant design consultant Karinne Dakis of DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen had to change the angles of the original kitchen by removing elements to open up the space and allow for the incorporation of new features, including a large island food preparation workspace.
THE TRANSFORMATION: The timeless space features quartz countertops, LED light display cabinetry and a waterfall edge between the bar and a countertop overhang. One of the most impressive features is the custom-made breakfast nook, which allows the client to enjoy a meal with a full view of the TV and living area. Renovations did not end there. An outdoor kitchen area with NatureKast cabinetry and Dekton porcelain countertops were also added to the property during the kitchen renovation.
THE CHALLENGE: These homeowners were looking to create a more playful and colorful space when they approached designer Chris Regal. The goal was to transform their living and dining area into a bright, colorful room full of natural light and fun patterns. But, the renovation didn’t just focus on the living room. Due to the discovery of mold, the entire home had to be gutted. This gave Regal the opportunity to not only renovate, but to reconfigure both the master bedroom and bath to create a more cohesive layout.
THE TRANSFORMATION: With a mix of navy blue patterns, crisp white walls and blue trim, this space combines the homeowners’ personalities with Regal’s vision and expertise. “I found a fabulous wallcovering that was the anchor of the entire project,” Regal says. From there a new space plan was made to better understand what furniture needed to be purchased in order to complete the space. The final product is a living and dining area that is both modern and playful, with features like an awning window treatment with fixed side panels.
Jill Shevlin Design
THE CHALLENGE: The homeowners of the Orchid Island property in Vero Beach were looking to consolidate two homes and renovate their new space after relocating to Florida. Designer Jill Shevlin was given the task of creating a space that was both cozy, easy to maintain and focused on the view.
THE TRANSFORMATION: “Nothing but the original floor stayed,” Shevlin says. The cavernous coffered ceiling was removed, and a beadboard ceiling was installed in its place. The fireplace wall was redone, adding both built-ins and a completely new mantel. The main focus, Shevlin says, was to revive the space by removing “ill-proportioned details” in the original construction, and adding new features and details that aligned with the clients’ vision of a welcoming space where their family and guests could feel comfortable. Pieces of furniture were reimagined to give the space a sense of newness, while at the same time components of the clients’ previous home were included.
Kim Spears Interiors LLC
THE CHALLENGE: There is no harder client to please than yourself, a truth designer Kim Spears learned when she took on her own master bath renovation. “I kept reminding myself to stay within a budget. Sometimes that is hard to do when you are a perfectionist,” she says. “White, bright and airy” is how Spears describes her style and vision for her renovation. Her goal was to redo a bathroom done in the ’80s to look like one of Florida’s finest spas.
THE TRANSFORMATION: The new space is everything Spears had hoped for. Featuring a chandelier, custom wood closets and Calcutta Gold basket weave flooring, the new space gives the busy mother of four the space for relaxation she always dreamed of. But, the most lavish of all the features are the polished nickel finish light fixtures, which give the space warmth, and according to Spears were a must-have—even though that meant going over her allotted budget. Still, finding the best price is one of Spears’ specialties. The bathtub pictured is inspired by a $10,000 tub she fell in love with while selling a home. “That was definitely not in my budget. So, I found a look-alike at Lowe’s online for $1,200. This is where you have to be really smart when it comes to your remodels,” Spears adds.
Melanie Casavant Interior Design
THE CHALLENGE: In a condo on Hutchinson Island, the client wanted to replace the bathtub with a large shower while keeping the dual sinks and makeup area. In a multi-story building, moving plumbing chases and adding electrical to concrete slab ceilings isn’t an option. So, after eliminating the bathtub, the builder determined the existing drain couldn’t be lowered, which meant it had to be a step-in shower. The small bathroom also has a ceiling less than 8 feet high and no windows.
THE TRANSFORMATION: To make the condo peaceful and perfectly comfortable, nothing was salvaged and everything from the floor to ceiling was bought new. The ocean provided inspiration for the color scheme, and vessel sinks were used to keep the low counter height to allow for more mirror space, which adds to the open and airy feel. A sea glass mosaic frames the mirror and details the shower walls with vertical stripes to create a sense of height. The space functions much better than before with dedicated power outlets, storage spaces and pullout trays.
DINING ROOM AND KITCHEN
Francesca Morgan Interiors
THE CHALLENGE: To achieve the true potential of the waterfront property, the homeowners asked designer Francesca Morgan to create a cohesive aesthetic while creating a multi-functional space. The clients are from New Jersey and wanted an overhaul done on their second home in Sewall’s Point. Morgan and the clients initially spent a good deal of time together to set plans, but then everything had to be done remotely with interval in-person meetings. Most challenging was narrowing down the space planning options and utilizing the kitchen and dining room in the most effective manner to suit the clients’ lifestyle.
THE TRANSFORMATION: The home was tired, outdated and had wall-to-wall toile in almost every room. The open concept maximizes the home’s views and allows natural light to shine in and showcase the space. The redesigned kitchen integrates the most updated features with quartz surfaces and dual-tone custom cabinetry. Everything was custom done from cabinet finishes to built-ins, and the open plan makes it the perfect setting for creating culinary delights.
KITCHEN & LIVING ROOM
DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen
THE CHALLENGE: For their Tequesta residence, the homeowners asked designer Jennifer DeMeo Gribben of DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen for a traditional design with an emphasis on the details. “We knew the space was not large enough to handle the type of cooking the clients do. We decided we should open up the wall between the kitchen and living room to make the kitchen feel larger,” DeMeo Gribben says. What complicated the plan to open up the space was the discovery that the wall connecting the kitchen and the living room was load-bearing. In order to solve this problem, the design would have to incorporate columns for stability.
THE TRANSFORMATION: Elegant columns in the kitchen allow natural light to flood in while creating a separation between the two spaces. The kitchen now includes quartz countertops, LED light display cabinetry, Legrand under cabinet hidden receptacles for an unobstructed backsplash and a doggie dish area for the family’s three large dogs. The new countertop overhang creates a space that not only serves as a way of opening up the kitchen, but it’s also a place where guests can hang out and chat while their hosts work their magic in the kitchen.
Patty Downing Interiors Inc.
THE CHALLENGE: The client traveled extensively to third world countries and wanted her affection for those cultures to be evident in the design. Although the room was newly constructed and served as a blank canvas, the fact that it is small in size proved to be a challenge. Every aspect of combining interior design principles in a small space had to be thought through carefully and purposefully.
THE TRANSFORMATION: The room is right by the front door, so it’s seen immediately when the home is entered. Kathy Sue Tranter of Patty Downing Interiors wanted the room to make an impact and tell a story. The line drawing above the settee had great sentimental value to the client and became the focal point of the room, which is now used as a small office or for curling up to read a good book.