Category Archives: Before and After

First Floor Transformation

As kitchen designers, one of our favorite parts of the Design Process is seeing the finished project!
This project involved a transformation of not only the kitchen, but the dining room and living room as well.
Check out the beautiful space, and then scroll down to see the before shots.

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What makes our jobs even better is receiving lovely notes from our clients:

Dear Mark, Brittany and Jim,

It’s been an incredible journey, so I apologize for the delay in thanking you. You all have done so much for us thru the process of the kitchen remodel. Your eye for detail is amazing, and your follow thru, equally impressive. Your continual support, and readiness to correct things, we didn’t even notice, was astonishing.

We both feel like the whole first floor of our home has been transformed! We feel it is all due to your careful attention to what our vision was, and with your expertise, making it come to fruition. We have been singing your praises, and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend your company to anyone.

Thank you once again,

And here are the before’s:

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Woodland Retreat

We tend to feature a lot of our favorite kitchen projects here, but we also work on many other projects and rooms for our clients! Designer, Tracy McGuinness, AKBD, had the pleasure of working with a lovely couple in 2015 on redesigning their Master Bath and Hall bath. These spaces were transformed from 80’s drab to modern day fab!


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Part of what made this project so special was the number of firms from the Annapolis Design District that were all involved in this transformation:

Lisa Publicover Interiors Designs

Riley Custom Homes and Renovations

In Home Stone



Visit the Bathroom section of our Portfolio to see more.

Contest Winner!

One of our Contemporary Projects was chosen as the Second Place winner in the National GE Monogram Design Contest!!

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The 80’s kitchen in this contemporary home was in desperate need of an update.

Everything from the old tile floors to the unstylish cabinets needed to be replaced and there was significant opportunity to improve the layout for better function and improved flow to the adjacent areas.

We started by exploring numerous layout options with the clients then combined the preferred design elements from different sketches to create the plan that would meet their needs and fit the space in the best possible way.

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The highlights of the new kitchen are:

-An added window in the corner increases the panoramic view, brings in more natural light and creates better symmetry around the sink area.

-A new passage from the kitchen to the family room was added for a more convenient traffic pattern and a round wooden counter extends from the corner for added seating.

The main work area consists of an L-shaped layout with an island. This arrangement includes the built-in refrigerator with TV above, an elevated dish washer with appliance garage, curved front corner sink cabinet and the cooktop with integrated curved front stainless chimney and glass backsplash.

The island offers plenty of storage, knee space on the inside for the cook and room for three more stools for dining and entertaining. The soft curves make it easy to move around and compliment the overall design very well.

The wall oven is on the back wall with landing space on both sides and extra storage by the sliding doors to the deck.

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The large walk-in pantry was reconfigured to allow for a wrap-around bar with sink, refrigerator drawers, additional storage and glass front upper cabinets.

The new wood floors have an inlay at the step to the family room for better visibility and safety. The wood counter and ledge flank the entry from family room to kitchen and match the floors, support post and cylindrical pedestal at the stools.

The entire transformation brought the kitchen up to today’s standards and meets all of the client’s desires for function and style.

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For more contemporary kitchens, please visit our Portfolio


History Transitionalized

“Working in the Annapolis area is fulfilling in so many ways; many of the homes we work on have incredible views of the surrounding rivers and the Chesapeake Bay. Some of the homes have such rich history and strong bones, that it is an honor to be a part of maintaining or recreating the beauty within. Having grown up here in Annapolis, it’s amazing to see the transformations, and to be a part of it.”– Mark T. White, CKD, CBD, Chesapeake Views, Fall 2014

We recently had the pleasure of working on a kitchen renovation right in the heart of Historic Downtown Annapolis. While the previous kitchen had a nice charm to it, some of the appliances were outdated and there was a lack of functionality among the space.

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The homeowners enjoyed the large island, but wanted to switch the placement of the cook top with the sink. We also added some seating to the island, with a beverage center on one end, that leads to the outdoor entertaining area. The wall of cabinets maximized the amount of storage and created a built-in look for the appliances. With new lighting, fresh paint, and a light granite countertop, the new kitchen is now more open, airy, and inviting- and the homeowners love cooking and entertaining in their new space!

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With some slight re-configuring of the entry to the kitchen from the living room, we were able to add a powder room to the main floor of the house, which is a great addition for when they have company!


For more photos of projects of this style, head to the portfolio page of our website, and click on the ‘Transitional’ tab.

Cramped to Maximized

Check out the before and after photos of this kitchen:

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The clients had a rather large sun porch that was rarely used, so they envisioned turning that into more liveable space and maximizing their already open concept kitchen. The new space now has a large working island, with an eat-in breakfast bar, and space for a large dining table where the sun porch used to be. There is more connectivity to the family room, and the kitchen is more comfortable for entertaining.

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They also requested a desk area to be built into the space:

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They were worried about losing their pantry space because of the lack of walls with this open concept, but we were able to incorporate a larger pantry space as well as a wall oven, microwave, and extra storage for bar glasses and serving dishes.

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Overall, the space has a much fresher look, brighter feel, and cleaner lines. With maximized storage space and liveable space, the clients and their family are thrilled with the outcome!

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And we can’t forget about an eating area for Uschi, the family dog!


*These photos are NOT professional images*

Entertainment Center

If you’ve seen our Portfolio page, then you already know, we do much more than kitchens!

Check out this amazing entertainment center we recently did at one of our client’s homes here in Annapolis!

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It’s so sleek with an innovative sound system, built-in large flat screen, and built-in fireplace.

Can you believe that this is the before?




Classic Nautical Abode on the Severn

The master bathroom and closet in this home were in need of a major redesign.

From the hallway you would go through the closet area which also had a vanity sink just to get into the bedroom. To use the bathroom you would go back through the closet area and enter a small poorly organized space with a small shower, another small sink area, the toilet and no tub. There was also a small two-part closet off the hallway that was a poor use of space. The only desirable features were the window (by the toilet) and the laundry chute in the hall closet (but it was not convenient to use).

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The biggest challenge was to design a new space that included all of the modern amenities within the existing footprint. We could not expand the available space but by completely reorganizing it we created a beautiful new bathroom with all of the features the homeowners wanted and an organized closet area to store everything. A new entry from the hall to the bedroom was installed and now you can enter the bathroom directly and with a quick turn get right into the closet. The narrow closet is filled with hanging space, shelves, drawers and cabinets with mirrored doors. The laundry chute was reworked to use from the master closet or a door built into the wainscot paneling of the hall.

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The new bathroom features white marble countertop, tub deck and tile work. The cabinets are a classic white inset style and the dark blue walls offer a nice contrast in the light, bright space.

The roomy shower includes a bench that becomes the tub platform with frameless glass enclosure and a steam generator. New double windows were installed with plantation shutters to allow privacy and a view of the waterfront. A heated towel rack is mounted on the wall that separates the toilet niche. Across from the toilet is a towel closet.

The inside wall that divides the bathroom from the closet features two sinks with three tall upper cabinets and lots of drawers providing plenty of storage for both users. The mirrors on the wall and cabinet doors make the space feel larger and reflect the natural light and nice view. The center cabinet was recessed into the closet wall to create more storage in the bathroom without encroaching into the narrow space.

The finishing touches of wall sconces, chandelier, beautiful hardware and nice molding make this bathroom the beautiful retreat the clients always wanted.



National Kitchen and Bath month!

The Annapolis Design District featured one of our projects to celebrate National Kitchen and Bath month!

This bath project lead to a kitchen project a couple years later in the same house; the kitchen actually swapped places with the living room! Both new spaces add a modern feel to this Eastport home. Check out the difference between the Before’s and After’s!

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