Here’s to a successful awards night! This past Tuesday we attended the NARI CoTY (contractor of the year) awards with excitement and hopefulness! With lots of planning and preparation, we entered eligible projects and we are honored to say we won in the “Entire House Under $250,000” and the “Residential Historical Renovation/Restoration Under $250,000” categories. We couldn’t be more excited or honored! Here’s a peek at our winning projects:
Entire House Under $250,000
This project not only needed to update the style/palette of the kitchen, but our client wanted to open up to the living space and relocate the dining to the existing sunroom. With our client being a hobby chef and a wine lover, we needed to give the kitchen a functional upgrade and include a dedicated wine storage closer to living and dining. Wanting to save time, we worked on the entire home, with the exception of the master suite, which became a “dorm room” during the remodel.
The biggest obstacle in achieving our design goal was to open up four rooms to have a more open floorplan. Being that the home was typical 70’s floorplan, the rooms in the main living area were all separated by walls. So, the challenge was determining how we could open up the space all while maintaining the structural integrity of the house. Our solution was building lots of temporary walls to remove existing walls and to be able to install engineered beams to transfer old wall loads.
Residential Historical Renovation/Restoration Under $250,000
This historic home not only looked like it needed an upgrade but functionally, it needed some love. The client originally wanted to bump out the back of the home, but historic regulations did not allow us to do so, so we had a lot of “things” to fit within the existing parameters: 42” fridge, 48” range top, double farm sink, double oven, dog eating area, seating for 2, a zone for making tea, and ample cabinetry storage. We also had to maintain the integrity of the original home style, while updating it to this century – we did just that.
Today’s oak flooring is completely different from what was installed originally in this house in the 20’s. New wood is less dense, boards are much shorter and there can be a noticeable difference between rooms where new wood is used and old wood existing in an adjacent room. To our benefit, we found a company who could provide salvaged oak flooring from the same time period! Another challenge we had, was the fridge was too large to fit left/right of the window in the existing butlers, but it was necessary for it to move from its present location. We ended up framing closed the interior of the window to black it out while ensuring it was not visibly different outside. This allowed us more wall space for the fridge and cabinetry storage.
Like what you see? Well, check out our previous feature on the project above! Residential Historical Renovation/Restoration Under $250,000