A Brighter, Contemporary Transformation

Goodbye Brown

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Project Details

Square Footage
Lead Designer
Nicole Ruthardt
Lead Carpenter
London’s Riverbend Area
Awards & Recognition
Kitchen, Great Room, Bathroom

Upon acquiring their new home, the Hiijazi family loved the space but found the pervasive brown tones and outdated materials didn’t suit their modern aesthetic. Tasked with transforming these spaces into a brighter and more contemporary haven, we embarked on a comprehensive renovation that touched the kitchen, great room, and bathroom.

Kitchen Overhaul 

The kitchen overhaul began with the innovative addition of a new wall, cleverly designed to house a hidden pantry. This new space provided discreet storage for a small dishwashing drawer, mini-fridge, sink, and wall ovens, encapsulating the essentials out of sight yet easily accessible. The transformation continued with new cabinetry and flooring that introduced a warm, yet decidedly contemporary look. The cabinets, a sleek combination of grey and stained hickory, were meticulously matched to the porcelain wood-style floor tiles, marrying durability with style.

“We’re thrilled with this renovation. It was a substantial undertaking, and living without a kitchen was challenging, but the CLAY team's consideration made it bearable. They ensured the job site was impeccably clean each evening and took great care to keep the rest of our home dust-free.”

– Hass Hijazi, Homeowner

Great Room Reimagined

The great room received a similar treatment. The 28–foot fireplace underwent a dramatic redesign, replacing its dated brick with a striking back Neolith frame that now serves as a stunning focal point. Adjacent cabinetry was refaced, and new shelves were added to enhance functionality while maintaining aesthetic flow from the kitchen. 

A custom table extending from the kitchen peninsula to the great room further unified the spaces, facilitating a seamless transition ideal for entertaining and everyday living.

“Our on-site employee was a pleasure to work with, and we found ourselves missing his presence when the project concluded! I highly recommend this team for anyone considering a construction or renovation project.”

– Hass Hijazi, Homeowner