Kitchen Remodel for the Browns

Hatchett Design Remodel renovated the Brown’s master bathroom a couple years ago. After experiencing our design process first hand, the Brown’s decided to hire Hatchett again to remodel their kitchen.

Brown's Kitchen Before
Brown’s Kitchen BEFORE
Tried & True Process

With over 60 years of experience remodeling homes in Hampton Roads, we’ve fine tuned our process to make remodeling easy and stress-free for our clients. Our Process consists of 4 phases: Consultation, Design, Pre-Construction, and finally, Construction. The Brown’s kitchen remodel is mid-process. We’d like to share our progress thus far, because this is when it starts getting really fun!

Pre-Construction Process

We recently met with the Brown’s for their pre-construction meeting. The purpose of this meeting is to review the design, double check measurements, confirm selections before materials are ordered, and set up a date for construction to begin. This step of the process is crucial to ensure that the construction phase goes as smoothly as possible. Click here for a 360 Panorama of the kitchen design.

Photo-Real Rendering of Brown's Remodeled Kitchen Design
Design Rendering of the Brown’s Remodeled Kitchen

On this day, Jessica reviewed the design renderings and walked through the details of her plan. The Brown’s new kitchen will be more of an open concept than their current layout. We’re opening the wall that separates the kitchen from the living room, yet we’re installing lower cabinets to house the sink and provide storage.


Brown's Kitchen Before
Brown’s Kitchen BEFORE
The Plan
We are gutting the space, yet the foot print will remain basically the same. The cooktop will become a range in the same location. The closet pantry will be replaced by built-in pantries around the refrigerator. Jessica is also incorporating a kitchen island into their design.
Photo-Real Rendering of Brown's Remodeled Kitchen Design
Design Rendering of Brown’s Remodeled Kitchen
While we’re renovating the kitchen, we’re also updating the adjacent laundry room and half bath.
Brown's Laundry Room BEFORE
Brown’s Laundry Room BEFORE
We’re widening the entryway by the garage door to make it easier to navigate with groceries. The new flooring in the kitchen will extend into the laundry room and the bathroom. The wallpaper is coming down and lots of new storage cabinets are going up!
Photo-Real Rendering of Brown's Remodeled Laundry Room Design
Design Rendering of Brown’s Remodeled Laundry Room
Next Step

The Brown’s pre-construction meeting went very well, and the plan is approved. The cabinets, flooring, backsplash tile, appliances and all the materials have been ordered. Once everything arrives, it’ll be DEMO DAY… the first official day of the construction phase. Stay tuned for our next installment of the Brown’s Kitchen Remodel.

If you’re ready to get started on your new kitchen, let’s set up your in-home consultation. Just reach out to Hatchett Design Remodel at our showrooms in Newport News or Virginia Beach… it costs nothing to ask!

Chili Cook-Off ’19

Game on, chili lovers! To kick off Super Bowl weekend, we hosted our annual Chili Cook-Off at our showroom in Virginia Beach.

We had eight tough contenders this year. So tough, in fact, that we had a THREE WAY TIE!

Tyler’s Winning Recipe in Crockpot #8

This unprecedented “tie-fecta” proves once again that Hatchett Design Remodel’s kitchen skills go beyond the remodeling process.

Meghan’s daughter, Marah, and Jessica’s daughter, Gracie, couldn’t take the heat in the kitchen!

Our esteemed panel of taste testers mingled while they enjoyed a sample of each batch.

Gracie Voted Too

After much deliberation, the judges each casted their ballots to determine who would take home the coveted Chili Cook-Off trophy.

Congratulations to our Chili Champ Tie-Fecta: Tyler, Meghan & Michelle! No ref was needed to make the call about who gets the award – two more trophies have already been ordered.

Winners Michelle (left) & Meghan (right)

If you’d like to whip up a batch of award winning chili for your Super Bowl party this weekend, we’re happy to reveal their secret recipes (not so secret anymore!).

Top Chef Tyler
Tyler’s Chorizo Chili
1½  lbs. Hamburger
8 oz. Chorizo sausage*
1 onion, chopped
1 packet McCormick’s Chili seasoning
½ tsp. garlic powder
Worcestershire sauce
2-14oz. cans stewed tomatoes
2-14oz. cans Bush’s Chili Beans – medium heat
Salt and pepper to taste
In a large pot, saute onion.
Add hamburger, chorizo, chili packet, garlic powder, salt and pepper.  Cook until meat is cooked through.
Add a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce, stewed tomatoes, chili beans.  Mash stewed tomatoes with spoon to break up into pieces. Bring all of it to a boil then cover, reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Serve with sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese and Fritos.
*I buy the Ole Mexican Foods Chorizo Sausage  – it comes in 6 links (16oz.) and I use 3 (8 oz.) of the links (must be removed from casing before they’re cooked)
Meghan’s Italian Sausage Chili


1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/4 pounds hot Italian sausage, casings removed
1 1/4 pounds mild Italian sausage, casings removed
1 onion, chopped
salt to taste
2 tablespoons ancho chile powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
2 1/2 cups water, or as needed
1 cup tomato puree
1 (28 oz) can of diced tomatoes
2 (15 ounce) cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced


Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Cook and stir hot Italian sausage, mild Italian sausage, onion, and a pinch of salt together in the pot, breaking up sausage with a wooden spoon. Cook until sausage is browned and crumbly, and most of the liquid is evaporated, about 10 minutes.
Stir ancho chile powder, paprika, cumin, ground black pepper, chipotle chile powder, and oregano into sausage mixture; saute until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
Pour water, tomato puree and diced tomatoes into sausage mixture, bring to a simmer, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook on a steady simmer until sausage is tender, about 45 minutes. Add water as necessary and skim any fat that floats to the top.
Stir cannellini beans, red bell pepper, and green bell pepper into sausage mixture. Simmer until vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes. Season with salt to taste.

And last, but not least…

Michelle’s Microwave White Bean Chili

3 whole heads garlic sliced

1/2 tsp salt, divided

1 tbsp olive oil

2 poblano peppers diced

1 medium onion chopped

1 1/2 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts

2 tbsp Pampered Chef Southwestern Seasoning Mix

2 cans (15.5 oz each) Great Northern beans, drained

1 jar (16 oz) salsa verde

Combine peppers, onion and garlic in Deep Covered Baker. Trim and finely dice chicken. Add chicken, seasoning mix, oil and 1/2 tsp salt to baker; mix well. Microwave, covered, on HIGH 4 minutes; stir to separate chicken. Cover; microwave an additional 4-6 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Add beans and salsa to baker. Mix well. Microwave, covered, on HIGH 5-7 minutes or until chili is heated through.
A big THANK YOU to all of our contenders for providing today’s delicious lunch… and CONGRATULATIONS to our Chili Champions! We had a great time with our team today, and we hope your team wins on Sunday.

Thank You!

Hatchett Design Remodel would like to thank everyone who helped make our 2018 Toys for Tots drive a success!

We collected 254 toys in our Virginia Beach and Newport News showrooms in addition to the 51 cash donations made through our website.

While gift giving is a holiday tradition for most, there are many families who have fallen on hard times and can not afford the luxury of buying presents. Thanks to all who donated, hundreds of children in Hampton Roads received Christmas presents this year.

A big THANK YOU to our clients, employees, fellow small businesses and the local organizations that chipped in to help Toys for Tots.

We also want to thank Toys for Tots Area Coordinator, Elizabeth Moose, and all the volunteers who help put the gifts into the hands of deserving children in our community. We appreciate each and every one of you.

Coming together to support Toys for Tots is a wonderful way to wrap up 2018. Hatchett Design Remodel is grateful for the year we’ve had, and we look forward to what’s to come in 2019.  Happy New Year, everyone!

Holiday Lights in Hampton Roads

When it comes to holiday light displays, we have a lot of options in Hampton Roads: the Oceanfront, Norfolk Botanical Gardens and Newport News Park. While those displays are magnificent, Hatchett Design Remodel is particularly fond of homeowners who transform their houses in to magical wonderlands for children of all ages. Here are a few of our favorites.

Photo Credit Stern Family Lights on Facebook
Newport News

The Stern Family Holiday Light Show is a must-see. Swing by 108 Sheffield Way in the Denbigh area of Newport News for a spectacular display set to music. Elvis fans “won’t be blue” about this year’s soundtrack (wink, wink).

Woodland Christmas Wonderland

The Williford family puts on quite the show at 4028 Woodland Drive in Chesapeake. Not only do you have to see this one, you have to get out of your car and walk through it! Their collection of inflatable Christmas displays line BlowUp Alley. The Woodland Christmas Wonderland is lit up nightly, and they are collecting donations for the Portsmouth Humane Society.

Sheely Family Lights. Photo Credit WTRK News 3

The Sheely Family Lights at 703 Ava Court in Chesapeake is raising money and awareness for the Eliza Hope Foundation. In addition to music and a synchronized light show, the Sheelys have also incorporated video elements into their display. Video clips of little Eliza are projected on the front of their home.

Photo Credit Christmas on Mansion Cross on Facebook
Virginia Beach

A trip down Mansion Cross Lane is sure to brighten your holidays. Over 50,000 lights across 6 houses are all synced to music. And as if that’s not enough to delight, there’s also a snow machine! This neighborhood display benefits St. Judes, so please donate if you drop by.

All of these and many other displays can be found on this map. Sam Sansalone, a local Christmas light aficionado, spent 100 driving hours mapping out the best light displays in Hampton Roads. With the help of his fellow fans, Sam has created a color coded map to help you find the best displays in your neighborhood. Green pins are must-sees. Blues are very impressive. Reds are unconfirmed for this year. Purples are taking 2018 off. Can you really blame them? These displays are a lot of work! Click the pins for descriptions of each display.

Along BlowUp Alley in the Woodland Christmas Wonderland

So pop some popcorn and fill the ol’ thermos with hot cocoa. It’s time to pile the whole family into the car and load up your Google maps for a self-guided tour through Hampton Roads’ best holiday light displays. Drive safe and be patient – these sites are popular. Hatchett Design Remodel hopes your holidays are MERRY & BRIGHT!