One of the most high impact improvements that can be made to a home is renovating the kitchen. Whether it’s a light renovation or a full gut rehab, replacing a dated kitchen can make the whole home feel new and refreshed. And while kitchen renovations tend to be the most expensive of all the home remodeling projects, the investment is almost always worth it. Plus, there are ways to make even the biggest kitchen makeover a little more affordable. Take, for instance, this California kitchen remodel from Hermogeno Designs. We spoke with the designer behind the project, Mark Hermogeno, about this budget-minded kitchen remodel.
Name: Hermogeno Designs; Mark A Hermogeno
Project city: La Palma, California
Tell us about your project: Built in 1967 and undergoing a prior remodel by previous owners, this home (especially the kitchen) was ready for a makeover. After living in the home for several years, the busy family (the wife is a mother and school teacher and the husband is a retired veteran) of 4 decided to make this home theirs by remodeling the existing kitchen, dining room and living room, turning it into clean, crisp spaces with a whole new color scheme and feel. The clients wanted a crisp, clean white kitchen with laid back California feel on a conservative budget.
The kitchen was our main focus but it also dictated what we did to the living and dining rooms. Since I have known the wife for over 20 years (we used to perform in the same dance company when we were in college) they were comfortable enough to hire me to take on their project with one stipulation: that it be completed before she went back to school in the fall (which meant 6-7 weeks from the time of demo). Because of timing and budget, I was able to use my resources to specify a range of products from big box stores, online vendors and local connections. We ended on time and slightly over budget but the clients are oh so happy with the results.
The project included removing a partial wall, slight reconfiguration and expansion of the kitchen, all new pre-fab cabinets and quartz countertops, replacement of the patio door, new lighting, plumbing fixtures, paint colors, furniture and accessories.
What is your favorite feature of the finished project? It’s difficult to narrow down what part of this project is my favorite but I think it’s the overall look and feel of the new space. We went from a bad early 2000’s remodel to well laid out and finished up-to-date space. But I do love the color palette and all the cabinet storage.
Why did you choose Kenmore appliances for your project? My clients and I chose Kenmore because of features for the price, availability and the clients’ familiarity with the brand. The clients previously had a Kenmore cooktop and microwave and they were happy with them so we decided to stay with appliance brand they were familiar with.