Project: Forever Home

Homeowner:  Dave and Vicki Sexton, Suwanee, GA

Contractor:  Hillman Flooring and Design, Rachel McMullen, Showroom Manager, Lead Designer. 

Rachel and her team managed the design and construction services to completely renovate the Sexton’s kitchen space including opening a wall, moving a door and replacing cabinetry, countertop, backsplash and flooring (throughout main living area and guest bath). To open up the space, they took down a wall in the dining room, replaced the raised entry, and refaced the fireplace.  

SGC: We are all about supporting local businesses like Hillman. How did you discover Hillman?

The Sextons:  Hillman is local to the area we live in and had excellent online reviews. Once we met with Rachel McMullen, we knew we had the right person to help us with our renovations. Our first renovation was in 2016 with our master bathroom, then in 2018, we returned to Hillman for our kitchen and main living area renovation.  Soon we will work with them again on our guest bath renovation.

SGC: The clients are a retired couple and have lived in the home for 28 years. They came to you to update and reconfigure their kitchen and living/dining room areas and provide organization, functionality as well brightening the once closed-in galley style kitchen. Tell us more. 

RM: What started as a small kitchen cabinet refacing project turned into making the space unique to their forever home and customization to meet their needs.  This included an open concept with major structural changes and additions to the garage ceiling and roof joists in order to support opening up a 15 foot wall to create an open concept from kitchen to dining and living room.  The goal was to give the client an open concept kitchen providing an inviting and welcoming space as well a kitchen to entertain and cook in on a daily basis. As a newly retired couple with two dogs this project was about transforming their NOW home into their FOREVER home.  

SGC: What does the new kitchen look like on an average day?

RM: Dave is the cook in the home and this kitchen was designed to ensure that there was maximized counter space and prep areas by adding the peninsula extension of the cabinets/countertops. As a lover of craft beer and specialty wines, Dave appreciated the added beverage cooler for separate storage space specifically for their favorite brands and flavors.  The kitchen area is very important not only to the couple but also to their two dogs Bama and Crystal who enjoy relaxing on the cool newly tiled floors.

SGC: I love the color accents. What are your favorite design features?

The Sextons: We love that kitchen is now open to the family room. In addition, we love the pantry, pot drawers, and vertical storage above refrigerator cookie sheets.

RM: Some of my favorite features are the addition of the barn door that slides into a pocket behind the pantry.  The oversized pantry allows for their larger appliances to be stored out of the way of other daily used items and includes roll-out drawers and tray dividers.  The backsplash color was chosen by the homeowners and I recommended the wave and flat mixture which gave depth to the glass tiles we used on the backsplash.  The hardwood-like tile flooring was a brand new product that just hit the market and they are trendsetters!