Dailey Woodworks

Putting the “Utility” in Utility Room

It’s a Laundry Room, a Mud Room, Pantry, Catch All.  Most houses have them.  That room that’s by the garage door or, if you’re in the South, the door that everyone you know comes through because front doors are just for show.

We took this empty room and transformed it into the perfect landing zone for a busy family.  As you walk in from the garage you’re greeted by a hall tree to hang backpacks, and put shoes.  We made a fully adjustable shelving unit so it can change as their needs change.

Entry Bench/Hall Tree

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Utility Closet

Next, we built a large three-door closet.  This closet has one bank of adjustable shelving for those things you use, but not every day, but still want access too.  Those things.  The next is set up for the vacuum, cleaning supplies, and has a clothes rod for hanging clothes out of the dryer if needed.

Dryer Stand

When we arrived the dryer was sitting on this ugly wood box.  The homeowner mentioned she loved the height it made the dryer but very ugly.  We made a beautiful dryer stand with a full extension drawer for additional storage (can you ever have enough?)

Above the washer and dryer, we built matching upper cabinets.

Window Nook Desk

One unique addition to this laundry room is this little window nook desk.  It was one of those “can we do this?” additions and I’m proud of how it turned out.

Draw-Bridge Doggie Door

Do you even love your dog if you have not provided them with a draw-bridge doggie door?!  I’ll admit that I did this for free because I thought it would look cool.  There was a door here that the previous owner sealed up.  We removed the old leaky door and framed in this opening with a high-quality Low-E window.

 

Water Heater/Pantry

This is the only original cabinet we left in this room.  Refacing a cabinet box can save a lot of money so we refaced this old ugly cabinet to make it look just as good as the new cabinets.  This method saved the customer about $1000 over fully removing and rebuilding a similar cabinet.  Don’t Replace – Reface!

A Fun Project – A Useful Transformation

Our client loved our finished result.  Not only is it beautiful, but every change we made serves a purpose.  Custom cabinetry designed to make your life easier and less stressful.

Here’s what the Home Owner thought of our work:

Her review was delicious.

We specialize in coming up with unique cabinetry solutions designed for your space and designed for your life.  Contact Us to start your next home improvement project.

Budget Kitchen Transformation

Does your kitchen look like this?

Let’s walk you through how we transformed it into this

This was a Kitchen Remodel in Bryan TX.

Your kitchen is the most important room of your house.

It’s where you prep your meals, it’s where your junk drawer is, it’s the countertops you put groceries on, it’s where you make your coffee… I could go on (but I could have also just said your kitchen is where you make your coffee to establish my point).

The Kitchen is the Hub of most homes, if that space isn’t functional or enjoyable then it affects your whole life.  We took this old, worn out, and poorly laid out 1960’s kitchen and completely updated it to be beautiful and functional.  AND WE USED THE EXISTING CABINETS SAVING THE HOMEOWNER $1000s!  

Modifying existing cabinets is called “Cabinet Refacing.” Refacing cabinets can be as simple as new door and drawer fronts on a functional but dated kitchen.  Or Refacing can be extensive modifications to existing cabinets to drastically change how a kitchen functions.  Sometimes it is best to go with all new cabinets but many times we can come up with budget-friendly solutions.

This kitchen had a built-in oven and a separate range, both broken.  We looked at the option of replacing each but it’s shocking how much a built-in oven costs.  We decided to demo the existing cabinets and build to new base cabinets to allow for a combination stove/range.  Even with the cost of new base cabinets for this area and a nice new stove was still about $500 less than it would have been for separate built in oven and stove top.

I built two drawer banks to flank the new oven and when we were all said and done you cant tell where the original cabinets end and the new ones begin.

All About Those Drawers

All but one of the base cabinets were converted to drawer banks.  Deep drawers do a better job of not only organizing your pots and pans but also allow for better access.  We built all of our drawers with 1/2 birch plywood and have 1/4 drawer bottoms that are captive on 3 sides.  This creates a very strong drawer that can hold a lot of weight.  We use ballbearing full extension drawer slides.

The drawers are clear-coated with lacquer for a durable finish.

Doors and Drawer Faces

Simple elegance was the goal with this kitchen.  Shaker style doors and drawer faces create a timeless look.  We only use Euro Style concealed hinges on our cabinets.

Finishes

DuraPoxy by Kelly Moore Paints is my go to paint for cabinetry.  It goes on beautifully and when dry gives an extremely durable finish.  Park Oak Paint in Bryan is the Brazos Valley’s only Kelly Moore dealer, and my favorite paint store.

Shout Outs

No remodeling project is done by just one guy.  It takes various tradesmen to get the job done.  My tile guy Chris is outstanding in his attention to detail.  The Electrician installed all new can lights, undercabinet lighting, and brought everything up to modern code. Scott, my favorite plumber from Bass Plumbing puts up with me and fixed what was a mess underneath the sink.

Our countertops were done by Brazos Valley Granite.

YouTube Video

Want a walk through?  I documented this remodel on my youtube channel so you can see the process of how this project came together.

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