20 Mar Transformations

Many J&J followers are surprised to learn that, in addition to custom home construction, Jerry and Patti have a passion for renovating spaces.  They’ve helped clients who love their current neighborhood but their homes are in need of updating.  The Nelsons help them love their homes again.

Here are images of a recent remodeling project in Hudsonville.  The couple have been decorating clients of Patti for years and purchased a traditional circa 1990’s home about ten years ago.   During one decorating consultation visit, Patti asked the homeowner if they’d ever thought about switching the placement of the dining room and kitchen.  The next week, Patti and Jerry were called to brainstorm ideas on opening up and updating their living areas.

The couple love to entertain and consider the kitchen as the heart of their home.  However, the kitchen layout wasn’t functional while the dining area was almost too large.   The former kitchen area was only about twelve feet wide and had a large awkward island that the family had to walk around.

After relocating a staircase that separated the living space, the open space that was the former dining area was generously sized and the perfect location for a brand new wrap-around kitchen.  The new six foot kitchen island with a quartz top and bar seating is perfect for entertaining.  The island is illuminated by dramatic pendant lighting.

The back wall of the former dining area had a 6 foot slider onto the deck so they repositioned the opening and changed it to a 3 foot door which allowed space for more cabinets.  The new kitchen includes cabinets designed by Thornapple Cabinetry and Design and constructed by Amish craftsmen as well as new engineered hardwood flooring throughout the open concept kitchen/dining space.

Patti especially enjoyed working with the homeowner on the tile and granite selections.  The backsplash is a new design with clean marbled subway tiles and the accent of the small glass pieces. The glass helps pull all of the new kitchen colors together.

After removing a foyer wall to open up the space, the former kitchen area was transformed into a dining area with a comfy window seat built-in feature.   The small window over the old kitchen sink was replaced with a large picture window which fills the area with natural light.  Post remodel note: The window seat has been a HUGE hit.

The homeowners also wanted to update the circa 1990s great room with a clean more contemporary feel.  The family uses the great room for television viewing so they eliminated the old oak mantel and original fireplace.  The great room is now anchored with a sleek tiled fireplace flanked by tall windows.

The homeowners had seen examples of unique ceiling treatments in other J&J homes.  The Nelsons designed this ceiling which is covered with “V” groove panels and dark weathered beams to replace an old coffered ceiling.  The space is finished with warm “cut and loop” carpeting.

The living area included a back entry area and walk-in closet.  The Nelsons suggested a contemporary look and replaced a ho-hum closet door with a sleek contemporary barn door.

The master bedroom had a small closet which wasn’t adequate for the couple’s wardrobe.  To optimize the space in the master bedroom, the Nelsons designed a full wall built-in with roomy cabinets and deep drawers.

As icing on the cake, Patti helped the homeowner find furniture pieces to complement the new contemporary color palette.  Patti’s knack for design is a value added benefit in working with J&J.

It’s so rewarding to see your spaces transformed by good design decisions and quality workmanship!