From Margaret Everton on June 15, 2010 in Baltimore
Like many homeowners looking to remodel, this Texas couple had only a few renovation plans for their second home in Canton Cove, Baltimore. Architect and designer Patrick Sutton, however, was convinced that the place could benefit greatly from a complete overhaul. In the end, Sutton won, and the couple allowed a small remodeling job to turn into a top-to-bottom makeover. The harbor views made this condo a prime spot to buy, but the industrial warehouse-turned-residence was in dire need of an update. To take advantage of the views, Sutton began the remodel by knocking down the wall separating the kitchen from the entrance hallway. This allowed the space to feel expansive immediately upon entering. The flooring of choice was chocolate travertine tile, which provides contrast with the light color palette offered by the views and decorative touches in the living room. While much of the inspiration came from the environment, it was essential to provide the option of blocking out the light if rising temperatures or intense sunlight required it. This came in the form of remote-controlled blinds made from beige wool. The kitchen was unintentionally redecorated with a bit of a retro feel. Blue glass tiles, meant to pay heed to the surrounding water, were used as a backsplash, while aniline-dyed maple cabinets and recycled Caesarstone countertops add a classy touch. The existing master bedroom was updated considerably by removing a cumbersome L-shaped walk-in closet was removed. Smaller square footage actually made the room feel more expansive while allowing for a larger study. After seeing the changes that Sutton put into motion, the couple was more than pleased with their decision to give up design control. So much for a simple remodel.