by Allie Moffett | photos by Dave Pluimer

A new year may have you planning for new and exciting projects, but ACo’s Design and Sales Team is taking a moment to reflect on a few of their favorite projects from the past year.

Bringing Nature in with a Bright Cozy Vibe

The goal of this project was to overhaul the kitchen and make it feel larger for the homeowner, who emphasized how cramped the space felt. She dreamed of a large island for gathering and more cabinets but didn’t think it was possible in such a small space.

“The homeowner wanted a space that was more functional and felt more open for her family to enjoy,” says Mia Farrell, ACo Design and Sales Consultant. “With our new layout, she has a much more spacious design with efficient flow.”

By removing the dining area and changing the orientation of the island, the kitchen not only seems bigger but also has better flow for gathering. One of the ACo team’s big wins on this project was removing the walled-in pantry and replacing it with pantry cabinets on each side of the refrigerator. The homeowner was thrilled with the additional storage this created.

Bold Countertops, Stunning Tile, Modern Style

From a small awkward kitchen to a dated primary bathroom, this growing family needed spaces to better suit their needs and lifestyle.

“This was a builder project of mine,” says Carlie Suski, ACo Design and Sales Consultant. “I worked closely with the homeowner to do the kitchen layout and material selections.”

Removing the wall separating the kitchen and living room made space for a large showstopping island featuring countertops with striking dark veining. The new walk-in pantry offers even more space and functions as a mini second kitchen. The island’s color scheme is echoed in the perimeter cabinets and countertop, but the look is softened by gold hardware and floating wood shelves.

In the bathroom, the homeowners went bold with stunning green tile across the entire back wall and panoramic tiles laid vertically in the shower to emphasize the height of the space. Large black floor tiles, frameless floating vanities, and sleek black hardware complete the modern look.

Elegant Style Meets Warm, Cohesive Design

This project by ACo Designer Dani Kohl involved a complete rework of the first floor. A little creative rearranging provided this family with marvelous results and better functionality for everyday living. The warm, soothing color palette provides an elegant and cohesive yet cozy vibe.

“The client wanted an efficient kitchen with more prep space and reachable storage, so my solution was to eliminate the large island that was hard to clean and replace it with two islands, one acting as a prep space and the other offering seating,” says Kohl.

The main dining space was relocated to the side of the kitchen, and the old dining room was converted into two new spaces. First, a butler’s pantry was added with a beverage center, second refrigerator, and sliding ladder. Second, was a new playroom where the kids are free to play and imagine while family provides supervision close by.

“The homeowner absolutely loves her house now,” Kohl says.

Transforming Everyday Spaces from Barely Functional to Fabulous

After ACo completed the remodel of the master bathroom, this family was eager to tackle their next project by taking spaces used in everyday life and making them more functional and beautiful.

In the mud room, a formerly empty space was given purpose and style. Custom cabinets and cubbies were added in a deep sage green. Behind the coat hooks, wood inlaid in a chevron pattern makes a distinctive design element.

The laundry room cabinets in a lighter shade of green are complimented by soft neutrals to keep things light and bright. “We used semi-custom cabinets in this space and found ways to make it pop with the tile wall accents and cabinetry color,” said Kayley Vargo, ACo Design and Sales Consultant.

The kid’s bathroom keeps things cheerful with a blue herringbone shower tile and geometric floor tile. White oak cabinets and black hardware match the modern style of the space.

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