Winnie after 2

Dramatic Before-And-After Kitchen

Before After

When parents get older and need help, they often move closer to their adult children. But there’s another path some sons and daughters are now following: moving to be near Mom and Dad. This is called “reverse migration.”

Last year, our client Winnie, a recent widow, sold her beautiful gated community home and purchased a mobile home, to be near her mother. “It’s satisfying to me that I can be there for my mother in her old age as she was always there for me,” she said.

The 1979 single wide manufactured home sits in a quiet senior community for persons 55 and up, located in North Port, Florida. There are 974 homes nestled among a variety of native trees with spacious common grounds surrounding eight lakes.

As you can see in the “before” photo, there was lackluster cabinets and awkward shaped countertops that appeared to be stuck in the past. It’s no secret that older mobile home kitchens leave a bit to be desired in the looks department. When I first met with Winnie, she asked me to figure out how much it would cost to replace the just cabinets and countertop—but keep the existing footprint. After I gave Winnie a quote, she knew she would be much better off to move a couple of walls. The question, though, was how to keep her kitchen renovation realistic.

We knew a smart kitchen renovation would make better use of the kitchen’s footprint. But she didn’t want to dive into something, and then find it unaffordable. So, she talked with a trusted skill tradesman, Phil, who has been renovating other homes in the community. After they figured out how to do this with minimal changes to the kitchen as possible, it was time to crunch the numbers, once again.

Phil moved a couple of walls which helped expand the kitchen. Here comes the tricky part. After Phil took down the walls, he had to patch them up and fix it so that it looked like there were never any walls there in the first place. He did an amazing job!

We replaced the dated lackluster cabinets with Aspect Cabinetry. Out went the awkward countertops and in came Wilsonart® HD (high definition) Bianco Romano 1872K-35. Winnie added a touch of bling. She didn’t use any knobs but instead, she went with all pulls from Richelieu Hardware. The brushed nickel finish makes it the perfect “jewelry” for the kitchen.

Winnie had a set budget in mind. As the designer, I was able to give her a beautiful, functional kitchen within her budget. It met all of her needs. In fact, we were able to do her bathroom vanity as well. Everything was on time. Ben Hanson and Tyler Mowatt did a fantastic job installing the cabinets. Gary Shaffer and Aaron Shaffer installed the countertops. All four guys were extremely professional and paid close attention to details.

What a ginormous difference! The kitchen now feels twice as big. Winnie loves her new kitchen. She said it is everything she had envisioned and then some. This kitchen is now a sleek spot to cook and gather.

Before After

Thanks for spending part of your morning with Designs by Michele Rose. See you next week.


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