Give your deck a new life by rebuilding it. This deck overlooks a beautiful lake. However, the deck held no appeal for one to sit out and enjoy the summer breezes. The boards were rotting and the width of the deck was not conducive for entertaining.
We essentially built a new deck by removing the old boards, railings, and stairs. Another important part of the job was to enlarge the deck for a sitting area in front of the livingroom windows. We used a composite decking so it will wear nicely and added lighting to give the home a welcoming ambiance on the summer nights.
We just completed a major home remodel. This included moving the kitchen to the south side of the house, converting the existing kitchen to a girl’s bedroom, building two additions for an indoor pool and home gym, and remodeling the main bathroom.
Designing is one of the most important steps to take for any remodel project. Having 3d design of your project not only allows you to see the future but also helps to anticipate problems. As with any project, having a clear plan makes for a smooth project, and having your project drawn in 3d makes for a clear plan. As you can see in the pictures on this post, the drawings give you the ability to see the new bathroom from any angle as well as allowing for more accurate space planning. You also have the ability to see materials and colors as they would be in the new space. The advantages to having a 3d design drawn of your remodel as opposed to traditional elevations and cross sections, gives everyone a clearer picture of what your getting and makes communicating it much easier. 3d design drawings are a must for any remodel or any project.
Today I’m posting about using space outside your house increase your usable area. As you will see in the pictures this is not so much about entertainment space as it is about work space. On this project we took an inside corner and made it into a small work area protected from the elements. Using the two existing walls of the house we were able to create a sheltered work area outside with very minimal impact on the rest of the yard area. We built the roof to mimic the other roof slope on the house and then put in a concrete walk from the back door to the work area for year round, mud free access. Since there was already an exterior light on one of the walls it made it easy to change the fixture and gain extra light. We also poured concrete for the floor of the work shed area.
This project took the unused space beneath the stairs and turned it into useful shoe storage by the front door for their guests. This is made easily possible because of the way the stairs are framed. It allows for the simple conversion of the wall into a built in cabinet box. With the in shop pre-build and assembly we are able to cut down on the installation time making a smoother project for you. This box along with the coat hooks took about 3 hours of installation time in the customers home.
Design is important for any size project. Time spent planning and reviewing a project can be invaluable in the end result. With the Internet, capturing ideas and gathering information has never been easier. Whenever starting a project whether a small shed, kitchen remodel, or deck researching product, gathering ideas, looking at color combinations, and reading other peoples experiences will contribute to a smoother, better project. Using google sketch up for simple 3d design is a simple yet effective way to see your project before starting and avoid many potential pitfalls.
Here are a couple of pictures of a fire place a customers asked me to redesign for them so I’m asking for your input. Let me know if you have any ideas for this area. I want to let everyone know about a great resource for home remodel design ideas call houzz. This is a website, which works along with an iPad app, to deliver awesome ideas for home remodeling at your finger tips. Go to houzz.com to see more.
Today we built some shelving for a customer to help the organize their garage. We built these shelves out of melamine wrapped particle board. Using this material allows for an easy build with minimal finishing required. You are limited on color, white being the main choice, but melamine is paint-able. (We can talk about that some other day) These shelves are 24 inches deep and the tallest one measures in at 7 feet. The side piece near the door is for shoe storage, with an 8 inch spacing for the majority and 11 inch on the bottom for boots. When creating your organization plan for your garage or other area in your house i recommend looking through what you are planning to store and measuring it to make the most use of your space. If you choose to make your own shelving as opposed to buying pre-built ones you can maximize your space and create the exact storage solution you need.
Here are a couple pictures showing the transition of a fireplace remodel. We started with a simple sketch which showed the customer an idea of what we were going to do. Next, the work began with the demolition of the old faux brick paneling, installation and finishing of new drywall. We then installed new backer board where the slate would be installed and began setting the stone. We not only put the slate behind the fireplace but also across the front of the platform as well. With the stone inplace, we painted and installed the stained wood trim. I think this turned out great and the customer was extremely happy.