Danielle and Austin's Kitchen & Garage Remodel: The Big Reveal

Danielle and Austin's Kitchen & Garage Remodel: The Big Reveal

Renovation Diary
Oct 8, 2014

Name: Austin & Danielle (of Forage + Fodder)
Type of Project: Kitchen & Garage Remodel
Location: Austin, Texas
Type of building: One story, Single-Family House, 1250 square feet

It took a little longer than they thought (eight weeks longer, to be exact), but Danielle and Austin are finally celebrating the completion of their kitchen and garage renovation. They've enlarged and transformed their kitchen, as well as converted their garage into a master suite with a walk-in closet and bathroom. They now have a beautiful, functional home that they can enjoy for years to come — and I think you'll agree that it was more than worth the wait. Let's take a look.

If you've been following along from the beginning of the project, you'll realize how far Danielle and Austin's home has come. If you haven't, get caught up on the series of posts they wrote about the renovation process, and then check out some of the stunning before & afters below. (You'll notice that the floor plans have changed a little bit... to get a handle on the differences, check out the diagrams in this post.)

Before: The original 'Texas suburbia' kitchen, right after Danielle and Austin bought the house. The color scheme was best described as 'brown on brown on brown'.
During: Pre-renovation, after Danielle and Austin's initial facelift.
After: Post remodel, the re-configured kitchen feels like a totally different space.

From Danielle:

Cooking in this new kitchen is an absolute dream! Our rangetop is perfect, and actually having a vent hood is so helpful for the amount of cast-iron cooking we do.

Before: The kitchen and dining area were both a bit cramped.
After: With walls removed, there's more space for the L-shaped kitchen and for the dining area.
Before: Looking from the dining room into the kitchen.
After: A much more open and airy space.

We’ve already shared a few meals with friends and loved ones at our new kitchen table, and it’s so nice to finally have the space to fit everyone.

The light in the new bedroom is literally always perfect. We rarely have to turn any lights on in there, or in the master bathroom. The finished product is better than we ever could’ve imagined. I’m constantly amazed by how wonderfully everything turned out, and how much the new space feels like it’s been here all along.

After: The new master bedroom, with sliding doors to the backyard.

Going into this project, the kitchen was our priority and what we were most looking forward to, but this new bathroom has proven to be the shining star of the remodel. I mean it’s incredible, and I think when we conceived the idea of it all, we had no idea how beautiful it would turn out to be.

That rain water shower head is fantastic. We’re both tall individuals, so it’s rare to find a shower that you don’t have to squat under. And obviously that tub is just amazing. My morning routine has improved drastically in this relaxing new bathroom. I couldn’t have imagined anything better than this.

We think it's important to consider what works best for how you live in your home. Some of our ideas were not as traditional (the combined tub/shower area, the open shelves, etc...), but it's what fits our style and taste. I think we were able to find a good balance of ideas we got from expert consultations and concepts we knew would fit our vision for the new space.

Congratulations, Danielle and Austin! Readers, check out the full series to see the whole renovation process, step-by-step. And be sure to join us tomorrow for a full budget breakdown.

(Before photos and diary text: Danielle and Austin. After photos: Adrienne Breaux.)

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