This Mentor remodel by Acclaim Renovations & Design is everything

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AFTER: At 12 feet long, pictured is one of the biggest kitchen islands Acclaim Renovations has built to date. To add a rich depth of textural finishes, the client chose a leathered finish for the perimeter quartz counters, and a high-gloss one for the island counters.

By Patricia Nugent

Smart home design takes into account the wants, hopes, and needs of the homeowner today, tomorrow and well into the future.

Take, for instance, the recent renovation of this 1977 center-hall Colonial in Mentor, which included taking down the wall between a formerly tiny kitchen and dining room, as well as adding a multipurpose home addition that can easily function as a family room, guest room or bedroom.

“The master bedroom is currently on the second story, but years down the line, when the homeowners would be a better fit with a first-floor master, that’s an option,” says Bob Potocar, COO of Acclaim Renovations & Design. “To make the first-floor powder room into a potential master bath, we added a shower. And to boost the style of the addition no matter how they utilize it, we also added a vaulted ceiling, transom windows for privacy and light, and a beautiful walkout wood deck off the room. We laid LVT planks throughout the first floor for a cohesive look.”

Switching up the cabinetry and countertop interplay of lights and darks added a spark of drama to the kitchen.

“The homeowner made some excellent choices, and the final effect was both posh and elegant,” says Bob. “I think the highly reflective glass beveled tile backsplash in a barely-there chocolate brownish hue adds a distinctive feeling that’s luxurious, yet low-maintenance.”


For product details on the selections:

• Cabinets – Medallion Chai Latte for the perimeter, Smoke for the island

• Countertops – Titanium Gold Leather for the perimeter, Monte Cristo for the island

• Backsplash – MSI Champagne Bevel

• Flooring - MSI Everlife XL Prescott Draven LVT Flooring

• Sink and Bar Sink – Blanco, Quatrus, satin stainless steel

• Faucet hardware – Kohler Artifacts, vibrant stainless

A Cook’s Kitchen
“This is one of the biggest kitchen islands we’ve ever built,” he says. “It’s as long as the entire slab,

12 feet by 3 feet, which runs almost the entire length of the working space. The homeowner loves to cook, and a goal throughout the renovation was adding more countertop space, storage and high-end appliances. We put a bar sink in the island, too.”

Here are a few stunning elements that add a dash of panache and versatility to this home renovation:

• To add a rich depth of textural finishes, the client chose a leathered finish for the perimeter quartz counters, and a high-gloss one for the island counters.

• Glass-front cabinetry allows the homeowner to put a spotlight on her favorite items and creates an inviting “book-end” effect to the gourmet coffee station on the facing wall, easily reachable from the island.

• “There are really two focal points going on here,” says Bob. “We installed a modern stainless range hood and emphasized it by vertically laying tiles to draw the eye up, then we used the same tile in a herringbone set pattern for the other backsplash area.

• Contemporary light fixtures in gold stacked and jumbled cube shapes breaks up the long lines within the space.

• “At first we were thinking we would refinish and save the existing hardwood flooring,” he adds. “But as soon as we looked further into the shape it was in, we realized that a new luxury vinyl plank would complete the renovation. The homeowner chose a bigger size of 9-inch by 60-inch planks, which turned out beautiful.”

In the end, he says keeping darker wood trim, and a traditional wooden kitchen table, made for a transitional décor statement.

Acclaim Renovations & Design is located at 8550 East Avenue in Mentor. The design-build firm has won numerous industry awards. Call 440-974-8082 or visit