We completely gutted and remodeled this lake front and golf course property. Some very high end finishes were used; such as, mother of pearl tiles around the master bath vanity mirror and hand made glass tiles on the kitchen backsplash. Several pieces of art shown are works created by Kimberley Alexander that were commissioned by the owner. The interior design was done by award winning Amy Bubier of AB Design Elements.
This client came with a specific budget that she wanted to stay within for this home that she had purchased in order to simplify and downsize. It didn’t seem possible to give her what she wanted within that budget but the Alexanders got extra creative and figured out how to make it happen. After committing to the job, the owner’s situation changed and she had to be out of her existing home in 5 weeks. None of the finish materials had even been chosen but the Alexanders assured her that they would find a way to have her in the house but that it would not be finished, as it was a 6-8 week job. It doesn’t always happen this way but they ended up delivering a finished job in just 30 days.
The existing cabinets were in very good shape so they were kept but almost every other surface was replaced. Kimberley tracked down & choose finish materials from things that were in stock and ready to go. In the kitchen, the tops and a glass & stone backsplash pulled the cabinets and other finish materials together. In addition, the owner was able to save some money by incorporating some lighting fixtures from her previous home.
These young professional homeowners wanted to update their kitchen with as little expense as possible. To cut costs, the existing cabinets and the flooring were kept and the funds were concentrated on new tops, backsplash, sink, faucet and appliances to match the existing refrigerator. Kevin came up with a way to add 18” more to the countertop space, which made a huge difference in useable space next to the sink. This extension created space for the trash can to be enclosed and hidden behind a cabinet. The owners entertain quite a bit and love to cook so a large single compartment stainless sink was chosen to accommodate large pots and pans. Backsplashes can be pricey, so to further cut costs a travertine that matched the floor was cut in a brick pattern.
This was a really neat project for the Alexanders because it was just a few doors down from and the same floorplan of a previous home they owned. The setting is an intimate, desirable subdivision of acre Ranchettes. The owners had owned this home for 30 years but had never lived in it. Now they wanted to give it a total remodel, move into it and then sell in a few years. The challenge was to update the entire house while keeping the costs in check so that they would be in a good position when they were ready to sell. Kimberley worked with the homeowners to make sure their tastes were reflected in the design and that the home would appeal to a wide range of future homeowners.
The house was gutted and every finish material was replaced. Kevin opened up the kitchen by taking out the low ceiling and making it a vault that tied into the existing breakfast area. The workable areas and storage in the kitchen were greatly expanded. The old pony wall with the spindles was replaced with a cabinet base that had storage on one side and a granite top that will work well for entertaining, etc. Kevin reconfigured every area he could to create storage; such as, making the pantry larger, adding linen cabinets in both baths and more storage and shelving in the laundry room. Kimberley redesigned the old fireplace and it was given a ledgestone and travertine facelift and the ledgestone was used in the kitchen for continuity. The bench was expanded from wall to wall for added seating and appeal. Distressed, chiseled edged engineered wood floors were used in the bedrooms and living room. Kimberley designed the bath stone with clean, simple lines so as to visually expand the space. This was a fun collaboration of builders and homeowners.
This custom home was a complete throw back to the 70’s, with much of it seemingly untouched for more than 35 years. In keeping with the 70’s, it even had a wood panel screen wall and a built-in loveseat. After much debate, a decision was made to keep and capitalize on the curved brick planter by transforming it into an entertainment island. Granite tops were used throughout and quartz tiles were used on the backsplash and entertainer’s island top.
Alexander Enterprises is a boutique custom home builder, specializing in high-end custom homes in the Phoenix Metropolitan area since 1992. In addition, their projects include modest to lavish remodels, pools, tenant improvements and small commercial. Their award winning custom homes and remodels are among the finest in the Valley of the Sun.