HGTV inspires this elegant west Houston kitchen renovation

Magda and Wilson Martir have lived in their west Houston home for 40 years and hadn’t done any significant remodeling until gutting their primary bathroom a few years ago.

They’re hooked on HGTV home renovation shows and love to watch the transformations of ordinary houses like their own. When the wood floors on some of the first floor of their home started buckling, they decided it was time to make some big moves.


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“I’ve seen remodels on TV where they use a designer, and I’ve always thought that would be fun to do,” said Magda, 70 and a medical physicist at Memorial Hermann. “It was an accumulation of years of seeing things on TV. I said ‘I want to do this. Let’s push these walls back and do all the things we see on TV.’”

Wilson, a chemist, is 67 and retired, and the couple assessed the square footage of their home and knew it didn’t make sense to have a formal dining room they rarely used next to a kitchen that was way too small.

Their very traditional kitchen had a black-and-white checked marble floor, black granite counters and cabinets stained a natural honey oak color. All of that was gutted for a more updated design using pale gray and dark blue with mixed metals in transitional style.

“The kitchen size was generous when it was built, but you couldn’t see what was going on in other parts of the house. You felt isolated,” Magda said. “Now we have a large island with a small sink and another large sink at the window. Since he retired, my husband has taken up cooking. He tends to make a big mess, so he enjoys having more space.”

They hired Jacob Medina of Jacob Medina Interior Design to help them with a floor plan and choosing finishes while using Greg Hokanson of Bryce Construction as the contractor.

Magda came with plenty of ideas: she wanted lots of color, a backsplash with a print pattern and lantern-style lighting. Wilson cared about just two things: a Sub-Zero refrigerator and a vent hood for the cooktop.

It’s fine to be inspired by the results of a home repair or renovation show, but you have to do your own project with a slightly different perspective, Medina said. One of those issues came in the lighting.

“For people who love HGTV and Pinterest, they see a trend but you don’t know how long the trend is still going to be around. If we’ve been seeing lanterns for four years or so, they could be gone in a year and there you’re going to be with your lanterns that are going out of style as new things are coming out.”

Another factor for the lighting was the ceiling height. The Martirs’ home, built in 1966, had 8-foot ceilings compared to the 9-foot or 10-foot ceilings often used in new construction. So large dangling chandeliers or anything that needed a longer drop wouldn’t work.

Medina found pendants with a hexagon shape and frosted glass with polished nickel trim that didn’t need to hang too long. They added enough sparkle to the room without detracting from everything around it.

The Martirs wanted to get rid of the granite counters in their old kitchen and were disappointed in the porous nature of the marble they installed in their primary bathroom.

Medina urged them to consider manmade quartz with a white base and gray veining that mimics Carrara marble, then to continue it up the wall instead of a tile backsplash. Not only is it a more elegant way to cover the wall, but you also don’t have to look at grout lines.

For color, the Martirs started with brighter, bolder blues — more like teal. When Medina showed them a larger sample of it, they agreed that a darker and more muted blue — Sherwin-Williams “Charcoal Blue” — was a color they wouldn’t get tired of quickly. For the perimeter cabinets they chose “Gossamer Veil,” a light, warm gray.

Mixed metals weren’t a new concept to the Martirs, but Magda said she wouldn’t have known how to mix the shiny versus warm qualities of nickel, brass and oil rubbed bronze in a way that looks effortless.

A small light over the sink has a little bit of brass and the cabinet knobs on the island are brass, too. Perimeter cabinets have oil-rubbed bronze hardware, and the plumbing fixtures are satin nickel, which works well with the brushed stainless appliances.

In addition to being more beautiful, their new kitchen is also more functional, with deep drawers set up for pots, pans and lids in a more accessible way.

“We are spending more time in the kitchen,” Magda said. “I read that when your home is designed so it’s beautiful and functional, it improves how you feel about yourself. It improves your mood, and you feel better. We’re definitely feeling differently in the house we’ve lived in for 40 years.”

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