Vaulted ceilings, already open-concept living spaces, and a huge yard were some of the main draws for a couple who was planning to relocate from Portland, Oregon. The 1966 ranch-style home in Austin’s Garrison Park neighborhood would be a great fit, but they realized the kitchen would need a massive remodel. So the couple called on Erin Hanrahan of Hello Kitchen, a kitchen renovation company started more than a decade ago by Austin architect Cindy Black, to turn their closed-off kitchen into an airy, elevated retreat. “The potential was endless,” Erin says. She just had to make it work.
Kitchen location: Austin, Texas
The “before”: The kitchen was very dated and closed-in. “It was a mess, a nightmare,” Erin recalls. It featured overhanging cabinetry, green paint, black laminate countertops, and dark flooring, which made it feel even more claustrophobic. Its one saving grace? A decent layout.
The inspiration: “They wanted a comfortable but high-end look for the kitchen, very refined with clean lines,” Erin says. She also looked to McGee & Co. and Amber Interiors projects, plus Pinterest and Houzz inspiration.
Square footage: Around 100 square feet. In order to expand the kitchen, Erin removed the existing laundry unit in the pantry, knocked down the wall, and expanded the kitchen length-wise. She also refinished all of the flooring, painted, and added new lighting throughout the home.
Flooring: Big Horn by Regal Hardwoods
Paint color: Sherwin-Williams Greenblack
Countertops: Soapstone from AAAStoneworks
Backsplash Tile: Zia’s Zellige Tile
Lighting: Allegheny Indoor/Outdoor LED Sconce from Schoolhouse Electric
Most insane splurge: “Soapstone was at the top of the must-have list,” Erin says. The splurge was specifically the waterfall edge, which is one of her favorite parts of the kitchen. “It adds a bit of drama to the space,” she adds.
Sneakiest save: The brass pull cabinetry hardware is actually from Amazon.
The best part: Besides the waterfall-edge countertop, of course, Erin loves the overall classy and timeless feel of the kitchen, which was fully accomplished with modern, natural materials.
What I’d never do again: “I would never cut costs on construction,” Erin says as a general tip. In this particular project, the clients chose a cheaper contractor, which ended up being a giant headache, before going back to her original referral.
Final cost: $30,480