Vacation Home on the Guadalupe River

We were hired to remodel the kitchen and design a floor plan to meet the requirements of our client.

Mill Street Design Group was hired by a client who wanted help remodeling the kitchen, space planning and ordering furniture for this 1100 sq. ft. vacation home on the Guadalupe River in Seguin. Our design requirements on this project were:

  1. Add enough sleeping quarters for twelve people in the 1100 square foot space.
  2. Make the kitchen more functional and brighten up the space.
  3. Lighten up the dark interior of the house.
  4. Since the home was in a flood zone and built on stilts, adding onto the home was cost prohibitive and not an option so we had to work with the available space to meet the requirements of our client.

When we met our client for our initial consultation, we instantly noticed just how dark it was inside the house. In order to bring more light into the space, we removed the dark woven wood blinds and replaced them with 2” painted faux wood blinds that blended with the wall color. We wanted the eye to be drawn outside the window to an unobstructed view of the Guadalupe River and the beautiful old pecan trees, not to the blinds. Just removing the dark woven blinds and adding painted 2” blinds made a huge difference by allowing more light in.

Kitchen before remodel

Kitchen after remodel

Since the kitchen was located on an interior wall and there was no window above the sink to bring in more light, the dark wood cabinets and slate tile countertops made it very dark. The client liked the cabinets so in order to lighten up the space, the dark countertops were replaced with a creamy white granite, hardwired LED under cabinet lighting was added, the stainless steel sink was replaced with a white farmhouse sink and a reflective cream colored glass subway tile backsplash was added. The backsplash tile was installed in a herringbone pattern to add interest and a mirror was hung above the sink to reflect the natural light streaming in through the windows from the dining space and living room. The hood vent was removed and a microwave was hung above the stove so that the microwave would not take up valuable counter space. We created the perfect work triangle in the kitchen by adding the special order John Thomas kitchen island on casters as an additional prep zone to make this a super functional space.

Reflective, light colored surfaces and mirrors are a great way to brighten up a space and make it feel larger. Under cabinet LED lighting also adds ambiance and additional, uniform lighting for food preparation while being a great energy efficient choice.

Kitchen during remodel – dark, slate tile countertops were removed and Farmhouse sink replaced old stainless steel sink

Kitchen with new backsplach – Reflective cream colored glass subway tile backsplash installed in a herringbone pattern, creamy white granite countertops, and added wiring for under cabinet lighting to brighten the space.

One of the requirements our client had was to put as many sleeping quarters as possible in this small space which was a challenge. While the kitchen was being remodeled, we drew up a floor plan for the main floor and the two upstairs loft areas. The client wanted to sleep twelve people comfortably in this 1100 sq. ft. home.

Two Identical Upstairs Loft Areas
We were able to give our client a full bed and a twin bed with a pull out trundle bed in both loft areas to sleep a total of four people in each loft.

Loft area before

2nd Loft area after

Loft area after

Floor plan for main floor with kitchen, dining space, living room and master bedroom.

On the main floor, we placed a queen bed in the master bedroom and we special ordered a Flexsteel leather sleeper sofa for the living room that sleeps two comfortably. We were able to give our client the twelve sleeping quarters that they requested.

Living room before with dark woven wood blinds

Living room after with 2″ painted faux wood blinds

In the living room, the “before” picture gives you an idea of how dark the room felt. Once we removed all of the old dark, woven wood blinds and replaced them with 2” painted faux wood blinds, it instantly felt brighter and larger.

To add warmth to the space, we special ordered the Flexsteel leather queen sleeper sofa and the matching loveseat in a warm buttery yellow color that blended with the wall color. We purposely ordered a lighter leather to help lighten the space. No brown leather here! We special ordered a Flexsteel red textured fabric recliner to bring in a complementary accent color. Adding a patterned area rug and pillows tied all of the colors together. An area rug is always a great way to add pattern to a room as well as keep the noise level down especially when you have tall ceilings like in this space.

The Hammary cocktail table is on casters so it can easily be moved when someone wants to pull out the sleeper sofa. Since the cocktail has storage underneath, we stored a large floor cushion for anyone who wants to watch TV from the floor.


Special thanks to: Marcia Richardson, Faces-Places-Photography, Johnson Furniture Company in New Braunfels, TX

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