November 28, 2016
Renovating a kitchen can increase the value of a home significantly. Kitchens and baths are the areas in the home where you can tell if money has been well spent or not. They're the most expensive areas of the home in terms of construction and they're where people spend most of their time.  According to the 2016 Cost vs. Value Remodeling Report, for a major kitchen remodel you will recoup 64.9% of the cost nationwide,  and 63.6% for east north central (including Indiana).

Elz Design just completed a Kitchen renovation for a wonderful client.  My client loves to cook and bake and is in the Kitchen quite often, so the space needed to flow functionally, be able to entertain guests comfortably, and contain tons of storage, and counter prepping space.

Here's a little helpful hint: If you are re-designing your space, it is always easiest to look at the plans on paper first and sketching ideas to start recreating the space.

Here is the original layout of the kitchen and my client's wishlist.


Client's Wishlist:

1. Open Layout
2. Large Island with bar seating
3. Tons of cabinet storage
3. Double Oven
4. Incorporate Backstairs
5. Area for a large kitchen table
6. Display framed recipes
7. Timeless and clean design

Leaving the windows, doors, and doorways as is, this is the best possible layout I could come up with incorporating my client's wants.

1. Remove wall separating Kitchen and Dining Room to open the Kitchen up and create more space
2. Push back dining room wall to make even with kitchen wall
3. Arrange all appliances against one wall to maximize cabinet storage, flow of kitchen, and functionality of cooking
4. 11 Foot Large Island with tons of cabinet/counter space + bar seating for 4-5 people
5. Centrally located large kitchen sink
6. Location of Refrigerator is centrally located in all areas (i.e. cooking area, seating area, backdoor area, ease of access coming from Family Room)
7. Large kitchen table that allows seating for 8 people
8. Bay window seat to allow more seating, plus more storage (i.e. pull-out drawers, or lift-up top)
9. Buffet cabinet for food gatherings with open shelving above to display framed recipes and hold glass stemware


Here are a few elevations of the cabinetry work...

And finally here are the AFTER pictures of this beautiful classic kitchen.

*Photos by Chris Berneking

Here are a few BEFORE pictures of the Dining Room and Kitchen:

Hope you enjoyed seeing this Kitchen renovation come to life!


August 23, 2016
Whether you're remodeling or building, designing a functional bathroom is an exciting and thoughtful process. To help bring your dream bath into focus, take time to assess your needs and devise an efficient layout for a functional floor plan. For an existing bath, assess the pros and cons of the current layout. For a new bath, think about how your dream space would function.

Elz Design is currently working on a Master Bathroom en suite renovation for a wonderful client.  This Master bedroom and bathroom was once a really neat space with it's loft like feel and high pitched ceilings. Today, it is time for an update,  and a little reconfiguring. As always, let's first start with the...


Here is the original layout of the master en suite and my client's wishlist.


Client's Wishlist:

1. Walls to the ceiling
2. One single door to bathroom
3. Larger walk-in closet
4. Double sink vanity
5. Spacious walk-in shower
6. Privacy wall for toilet, (no small toilet room)
7. Bathroom storage
8. Low maintenance finishes
9. Timeless and clean design

The couple needed my design services in space planning, drawing up plans for the overall space including the design of the vanity, and help in selecting finishes (i.e. tile, paint colors, countertop, etc.),

First stage of the design process is space planning. I came up with a handful of reconfigurations from more of a high end budget to a more cost effective budget with keeping some of the walls and plumbing in the same existing location. I like to show clients the pros and cons of laying out the room certain ways. It gives them a good sense of why I do things and the logic behind the advise and answers that I give them.

And the winner is OPTION ... 4.

See how I came about designing the layout...

1. Fill in opening with single door for bathroom
2. Remove wall separating closet and bathroom and build new closet walls with door to create a  larger walk-in closet
3. Remove existing linen closet and huge soaker tub, and add a 7 foot double sink vanity with large mirror
4. Privacy wall for toilet
5. Push back shower wall to gain more space in walk-in shower
6. Linen cabinet with open shelving for rolled up towels, plus more storage
7. Add closet rods to create ample amount of hanging space


Using custom cabinetry in a bathroom to create your vanity or other storage solutions can really make a huge difference in how well your bathroom works for you and your family on a daily basis. 

Here is an elevation of custom cabinetry work...

Now onto selecting finishes for the space..my favorite part of the design process! :)

Look for updates of this Master Bathroom process coming soon!


July 13, 2016
I love a complete full house design transformation. Projects like this one are what keeps things exciting- this traditional to sleek & modern house was such a unique project. My clients wanted the home to better fit their style of design. They knew exactly the look they wanted, just needed a little assistance in putting it all together!


This renovation began in the foyer. We replaced the traditional front door with stained wood fiberglass double doors with modern hardware, installed a new modern light fixture, and added a fresh coat of white paint to the walls.

(Updated Foyer coming soon)


We updated the dining room with some cosmetic tweaks. Painted the walls medium gray, added a simple, yet stunning modern light fixture, plus new dining chairs, modern artwork and the rug my client selected really makes this space casual and inviting.


April 18, 2016
I'm excited to share the design elements and finishes selected for one of my client’s Master Bathroom and Guest Bathroom.  Here are a few details my client requested for the complete renovation of their Master Bathroom:
  • Double Vanity with storage in the middle
  • Walk in Shower
  • Tile Flooring 
  • Additional Storage
  • Use existing trim and doors
  • Rustic Cabin look
The Master Bathroom needed an entire renovation. Not only was it outdated, but it was not functional for two people... it had a single sink vanity, small shower, huge linen closet that was way too big for the space, and linoleum floor. Unfortunately I did not make it in time to capture BEFORE pictures of the Master Bathroom before demo started. :(
To make the Master Bathroom larger we gained space from the adjacent Master Bedroom by moving the separating wall a couple feet. To achieve the “Rustic Cabin” look, I used lots of textures along with gray tones, and incorporated accents with warm wood tones as well. 
The newly renovated Master Bathroom now accommodates an Amish-built custom stained double- vanity with custom framed mirrors to match the stain on the existing trim and doors, gray quartz countertop, and for the final touch two vessel sinks with bronze faucets and light fixtures finishes this focal point wall off nicely. 

My client wanted darker colors and natural stone to be used in this bathroom, so I chose a light paint color with a medium gray tile laid in a brick pattern, so the space would not feel too dark and enclosed.  

We added a large, spacious walk-in shower with natural stone/slate and hammered shower glass to add texture and dimension to the space.  

Massive bronze rain showerhead finishes off this luxury walk-in shower. 

Lastly, a custom stained linen cabinet accented with frosted glass adds additional storage to the space in a beautiful setting.

Client’s Requests for Guest Bathroom:
  • Updated Double Vanity
  • Deep Soaker Tub with shower
  • Tile Flooring
  • Additional lighting
  • Use existing trim and doors  
  • Rustic Cabin look

Let’s start with the before pictures…
The Guest Bathroom was dark and desperately needed an update. The walls were textured with tissue paper faux finish and there was water damage in the popcorn ceiling. The vanity was very low with an outdated countertop, shower surround was yellow, and it was time for the linoleum floor to go!




Working with the space, I made some cosmetic tweaks which made the room feel a lot larger. To achieve the client's desired “Rustic Cabin” look, in the Guest Bathroom I chose to use more of sleek, clean design selecting finishes more towards the feminine side but still can appeal to be masculine as well. 
The newly renovated Guest Bathroom includes Amish-built custom wood double-vanity, gray quartz countertop, and rustic wood grain tile backsplash.  Adding new wall mount light fixtures from Home Depot along with recessed lighting for ample light, highlights each rustic mirror and makes this wall a beautiful focal point.

I chose a lighter tile for the floor and continued it up the shower wall to brighten up the space, and to highlight the new accent shower wall.  The bathroom walls were newly sheet rocked and freshly painted giving this space a clean, sleek but rustic look.

Hope you enjoyed these rustic cabin bathroom renovations. Thanks for stopping by! 

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