Project Spotlight: Strategic Design & Smart Selections Take Center Stage in This Kitchen

Kitchens are the focal point of most homes. It’s where you cook, entertain, and dine as a family and upending that space to remodel can be a headache. One of our recent projects was with a couple whose lifestyle included working nights and traveling often, so naturally they were hesitant to bring construction into their home. We are happy to say that not only were they thrilled with the results of transforming their outdated kitchen but they had minimal disruption to their lifestyle during the process.

During the design phase, we worked closely with the homeowners to check everything off the list of their dream kitchen. From making the kitchen feel more connected to the other main level living spaces, to improving storage and redesigning the kitchen ventilation system to vent cooking smells outdoors, we were able to add all their requests into the final design.

The clients had a galley style kitchen and, with the exception of a small pass-through window, the kitchen and adjacent family room were closed off from one another. The existing espresso stained cabinetry darkened and narrowed the kitchen and the brown tiled floor and bright blue walls gave the room an over-all outdated look. 

Our design involved removing a portion of wall between the kitchen and family room making the space feel larger, more open and bright. It also connected the kitchen to the living room and allowed the two spaces to flow freely into one another. Having a new open area allowed us to extend the granite countertop to create a bar with additional seating and adding new LED recessed lights, under-cabinet lighting, and pendant lights over the bar made the kitchen brighter.

The material selections were integral in transforming the space into a personalized dream kitchen. Our clients chose a maple cabinetry with an oak stained tumbleweed finish and modern hardware paired with creamy granite countertops. The square tan colored tile along the walls were replaced with a pearl tumbled travertine backsplash in subway style. This change modernized the space and elongated the walls, giving it a streamlined and “unfussy” look. A few standout features that added character to the space include a set of floating shelves, concrete farmhouse sink, and mercury glass pendant lights. Flooring throughout the first level was updated to an easy-to-maintain synthetic wood floor.

I am in love with our kitchen every single day. It’s still hard to believe the transformation it went through, but the function is infinitely better, and the beauty and quality is incredible.
— The Homeowners

The homeowners are happy that they can now cook, entertain and dine in a space that was designed specifically for their needs and that reflects their style! Are you ready to love your home again? We would love to talk with you.

3D Renderings Bring Your Remodeling Designs To Life

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Wouldn’t it be exciting to be able to see what your remodel is going to look like well before the work has started? After spending time with our design team tweaking plans and shopping for cabinets, flooring, and other finishes, you might still be unsure of exactly what it will look like.  We often hear “I’m not good at visualizing”. When you work with Benson Homes, you can see exactly what it will look like! We create 3D renderings that bring your project to life, allowing you a virtual view of your future remodeled space.

With our sophisticated photo realistic 3D renderings you can see the amazing way all your finishes and selections blend into a symphony of colors and textures transforming your home into an exciting new space.

The meeting where we unveil our 3D renderings to our clients is one of the most exciting parts of the remodeling process. We love to watch their expressions of awe and excitement. It can sometimes leave them momentarily speechless while they absorb the fullness and beauty of the transformation to their home they have been hoping and dreaming about, in some cases for years.  It’s fantastic to see our clients fall in love with their homes again!

To demonstrate just how effective they are in providing an accurate representation of the end product, take a look at some of our renderings shown side-by-side with the photography taken after the renovations were completed.  We think you’ll be amazed too!

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Project Spotlight: A Kitchen Designed For Entertaining Revitalizes Entire First Floor

This remodeling story is a wonderful example of how removing and shifting walls can have an amazing impact on the functionality and visual appeal of an entire level of a home. When our clients reached out to us, they were looking to create an open concept Kitchen that would allow for easy entertaining. The couple had recently purchased this townhome so his mother could be closer to the family.

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The existing floorplan offered first floor living, but the Kitchen was tucked in the back and was separated from the rest of the living space by a full wall with a small pass through into the Dining Room. Our design involved removing the dividing wall between the Dining Room and Kitchen as well as the fake columns and beam that separated the Dining Room and Living Room.  The entire space was opened up to allow for easy flow and view throughout the first floor living space.  The wall shared by the Kitchen and large Master Bedroom was shifted back just enough to provide a full wall of additional cabinetry including a much-needed large double Pantry cabinet. Now that we had opened up the Kitchen area we could focus on the cabinetry layout and selections.

The existing wood toned cabinets were replaced with white with a crown molding to match with the rest of the home. The larger, open space allowed for more cabinetry and the addition of an island with seating for the grandkids. We were able to repurpose the old cabinets above the washer and dryer in the adjoining laundry room and swapped out the existing swing door for a pocket door. The slate-look ceramic tile was replaced an engineered wood flooring that creates a sense of warmth and is very easy to clean. A dark Cambria countertop compliments the tile found in the dining and living area and a natural field tile backsplash offsets the cabinets beautifully.

The single fluorescent ceiling light was outdated and did not provide adequate lighting for the new Kitchen. The new lighting plan was carefully thought out to provide general illumination through well placed recessed lighting; task lighting through pendant lighting over the island and under cabinet lighting; and aesthetic fluidity with an eye-catching chandelier for the Dining Room table. Special details include a touch faucet, under counter microwave and glass front cabinetry for displaying dishes.

By removing and shifting walls, we improved the entire flow of the first floor visually as well as functionally and created a beautiful, light-filled space for cooking and entertaining.  Grandma can easily prepare meals in her new Kitchen and still chat with her guests and grandchildren who love to sit at the island as well as in the adjoining Dining Room and Living Room.

The Benson Homes team really enjoyed creating this space for this family and we hope they will enjoy spending time with friends and family for years to come.

Project Spotlight: Detached Garage Transformed Into Multi-Functional Space The Whole Family Can Enjoy

Many families ponder the idea of adding extra living space for a few years before they are actually ready to remodel. Then, all-of-the sudden, something will happen that makes them realize that they can’t wait any longer. In the case of this remodeling story, it was the snowstorm of 2016 that spurred the homeowners into action. As the family was stuck in the house with nowhere to go, they longed for more space. The parents longed for a getaway spot for themselves that could also double as a hangout area for the kids and their friends. As they considered their options, there was one clear choice…to renovate the detached garage.

The detached garage previously functioned as a workshop and storage room and offered plenty of square footage to create a family room, kitchenette, and full bath. It’s location right beside the outdoor kitchen made it an ideal spot for entertaining and provided an easily accessible bathroom during the summertime. Even the canine family members get to enjoy it as they have their own personal entrance, through a bathroom doggie door.

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Our design team listened carefully to our client’s wishes to create a space that had a modern rustic feel and found selections that fit their aesthetic perfectly. To set the tone, Blackstone Oak luxury vinyl plank flooring was installed throughout. The kitchenette area features Maple Shaker style cabinets in a pecan shell stain, Uba Tuba granite countertops, and an eye-catching amber glass and antique bronze pulley sconce. Rather than use just an ordinary door for the bathroom entry, a gorgeous Knotty Alder barn door creates a stunning focal point of the room.

The fantastic selections continue in the full bath. A reclaimed wood double vanity with a gray washed pine finish anchors the room. White, semi-recessed sinks with chrome faucets add some contemporary accents, while the glass and oil-rubbed bronze mini pendant lights are a balance between both rustic and modern. The design called for taking the shower tile to the ceiling and it really paid off. A sliced pebble tile floor in the shower is curbed with Uba Tuba granite, creating a clean line and another accent detail.

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The new multi-functional space looks like a natural extension of their home, with its matching exterior lights, new windows, doors, and sliders. And with winter approaching and snow on the way, this family is ready to hunker down and ride out the storm in comfort and warmth. When summer arrives, they have a designated bathroom for outdoor entertaining and a wonderful area for guests to hang out.

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It was a pleasure to create this beautiful remodel for our clients and we hope that they continue to enjoy it for many years to come. 

Let The Light In! Before & After Kitchen Transformation

Everyone loves a great remodeling story, especially when it's told with before and after photos that show the changes that took place. In this coastal home remodel, Benson Homes had the pleasure of transforming a dark, closed off kitchen into a beautiful, light-filled open concept kitchen, dining, and living room space. Our design goal was to make the kitchen the heart of the home and to improve the overall function and flow of the main living areas.

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To begin, a large section of wall between the living room and kitchen was removed to open the floor plan and allow light to enter from the living room windows. There is now an unobstructed view and easy traffic flow in and out of all of the connected spaces.


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New, white raised panel cabinets reflect much more light into the space than the darker stained ones they replaced. Custom cabinet doors were built for the Wolf refrigerator, allowing it to blend into the layout and lend a lighter feel to the space.


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This gas stove saves on cook time and the new hood vent is a design focal point. The white on white color palette creates an airy and spacious feel, and couldn't be further from the dark cabinets and walls that previously closed in the space.


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The new, uninterrupted view from the kitchen island.


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Lastly, a hallway shortcut was filled in to make room for a new wine bar just off of the kitchen.


The new kitchen space has set the tone for the first floor of the house and the open floor plan better accommodates the living patterns of the family. It feels and functions like a completely new home!

If your coastal home doesn't suite your current lifestyle, send us a note or give us a call and let's discuss how we can help you fall in love with your home again.