Updated bathroom and kitchen

We absolutely love being in Hamburg, we run into people all the time that I’ve known growing up and it’s so much fun. What’s always interesting is catching up on 20 years takes so short a time and it feels like just a blink of time has passed. It’s crazy how that works.

So when this homeowner reached out, and all the memories of kick the can and capture the flag in the neighborhood came flooding back, of course we wanted to be involved in their remodel project on the street I grew up in. The neighborhood before it became over run with new homes was the quintessential neighborhood to grow up in, no through-streets, tall fields with wild strawberry and raspberry picking, treehouses we would play in, running from house to house to go swimming. So many fun memories of growing up on our street.

Well, this house just needed an update, 30 years will do that to a well-loved house!

Here are a few before pictures:

For this project, we updated the kitchen floors from the original linoleum to the Pergo XP in Haley Oak.

Then we painted the green walls with Benjamin Moore’s Seapearl (OC-19), which I have come to love in kitchens with wood cabinets, and then we gave the ceiling a fresh coat of white paint.

We updated the vinyl baseboards to a 4.25″ white wood baseboard and transformed the kitchen into a beautiful new space.

The next upgrade was a little larger, they wanted to update the bathroom. We started by selecting the colors and materials.

The bathroom had some water damage so we knew going in that we would need to do some repairs to the framing of the bathroom.

Once the water damage was corrected by replacing 2x4s, adding drywall and replacing the subfloor we were able to get started on the fun stuff!

Next to be completed was the shower, we were switching this house to a standup shower with tile walls. So we put up cement board, a two section niche, and put in the shower pan. The next part is the most important, waterproofing!!

This product creates a membrane over the cement board that protects from water damage. Technically this shower could be used as it is…but it sure is ugly!!!

Now it’s time to turn this into a beautiful shower.

The rest of the bathroom also received an update. The vanity backsplash with a new 2×2 tile to compliment the new shower tile.

We painted the walls Benjamin Moore’s Horizon (OC-53) to make it light and bright.

Once all the drywall touch ups were done, final painting was completed we were ready to put in the floors and do all the finishing touches the make the project come together.

We updated the door casing to painted pine and replaced the vinyl baseboards with 4.25″ painted pine base. The flooring is a luxury plank vinyl in Ocala Oak.

The toilet was replaced with a comfort height elongated Kohler Cimarron.

The shower door is a full glass sliding door with brushed nickel hardware. It is the Mirage-X by Dreamline.

This project was so much fun and we even had a little buddy to keep us company – thanks little SoCo!!

We are so excited to do the next update at this house in the next few months!! It truly is amazing to watch a house go from dated to brand new.

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Newly remodeled studio apartment

A client who we’ve recently finished a whole house remodel asked us to also add a studio apartment over their garage. The existing space had TEAL walls and PURPLE trim!!! No really…it looked like an Easter egg which is fitting because when we first looked at the space it had some adorable bunnies in there.

The first thing we needed to do was design the space to incorporate a bath/laundry room and a full kitchen.

Space planning is so important, it can make or break a remodel. You can put in the prettiest fixtures but if the space is difficult to move around or it’s uncomfortable to use it’s a waste.

When you work with 1 Great Space Construction we spend a great deal of time talking about location of appliances, countertop space and walkways. We use blue tape on the floors and walls to provide space orientation and we work together to finalize the perfect layout.

This remodel also included a little treasure hunting!! We hadn’t found the right cabinets for the project yet and we happened to have another client that were getting rid of their older cabinets. So, after discussing it with both homeowners I set up for the older cabinets to be used in this apartment and they worked out perfectly.

Here are the before pictures of the cabinets at their old home.

Now that we had cabinets to fit the space we were able to start building out the framework for the apartment. (See that pink casing around the windows!!!)

The first thing we needed to do was add the bathroom/laundry room and a closet for the bedroom area. In order to be the most comfortable studio apartment, we wanted to ensure that guests had all the amenities they would need.

Drywall always makes everything look better!! Next we painted the walls using Sherwin Williams Pearl Gray and Benjamin Moore Chantily Lace for the trim and doors. It is now so bright and airy in the apartment, such a difference from what it used to look like.

We worked in the color of natural wood for the laminate floor. We also were able to get an amazing deal from a local wholesaler, so the floors were a no brainer. One side note to mention, we used these laminate floors in the bathroom, which we don’t recommend, but the deal we got on them made it worth it and the homeowner went into this with eyes wide open on all the risks involved.

The reused cabinets were finally placed in their final spots and just needed to be updated with a little paint.

The cabinets were originally stained and were then painted and then glazed. So we had our work cut out for us on repainting them, we first went over them with a liquid sandpaper a few times to remove any residue that had built up on them over the years. Then, we filled any damaged spots with a wood filler and sanded them as necessary. The final process in prepping these cabinets for paint is the most horrible step, I have to apply the bonding primer. I personally prefer to use the Cover Stain by Zinsser, but really you can use any bonding primer. Be aware, it smells terrible, will cause a headache within minutes and it will stink up any house for hours. Make sure you open a bunch of windows, turn on fans and wear a proper mask, the little white masks do not work!! Also, it is a pain to clean the brush because it’s oil based so plan on ditching your brush after your done using it.

Once you have the primer painted on, it needs to cure out for at least 24 hours before starting to paint over it. Then you can use a good cabinet grade paint and paint 2-3 coats over the cabinets. I prefer to use Sherwin Williams Pro Classic. Just be sure to lightly sand between paint coats. Some people skip this step, but it really helps the paint adhere to itself and remove any brush imperfections.

What a difference a little paint makes with old cabinets…they look totally different in this space now. And now they look like they have always been here.

For the island we used a natural butcher block to create a place to prep and eat. We got a pre made Baltic butcher block from Lowe’s, cut it down, routered the sides and sanded it. A simple mineral oil is all that will be used to finish out this countertop.

And for the countertops in the rest of the kitchen we used a VT Dimensions postformed laminate countertop that we got from Lowe’s!! We chose the Ouro Romano color and edge profile. It’s funny actually because I spent many years working on the marketing for VT Industries and was part of launching the VT Dimensions product so to finally be able to use it on a project was very exciting.

Since we used refurbished cabinets we didn’t have the ability to get the exact sizes we needed to integrate upper cabinets, so instead we utilized three of the Kennard 3 tier wall shelf from Wayfair as upper shelves. The finished kitchen is absolutely adorable.

The bathroom incorporates a freestanding tub and filler with overhead rail and includes a washer and dryer with a privacy toilet area. The tub is from Amazon and is the Woodbridge 67″ tub, the tub filler is from Wayfair and the overhead rail is from Signature Hardware.

The bedroom has enough space to include two queen sized beds and has a large closet with extra storage space for guests.

The living room is a cozy place to relax and enjoy the end of your day. The furniture is from Ashley Furniture and is so unbelievably comfortable.

We are so happy to have helped our client create a space that can be used for many years to come. It is so comfortable with all the special touches that make it the perfect place to stay when you visit Hamburg, NY. You can see more details and even rent it out at this website: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/37452133?s=51

Childhood home (part 2)

You may remember a post from earlier this year where we started remodeling my parents home. Well, it’s finally completed and it looks beautiful. You can see the before pictures here.

We updated their kitchen floors to a new laminate and used the Pergo Gold underlayment.

We also took time to freshen up the trim to a Dark Walnut minwax stain.

We updated the linoleum in the entry and hallway to a new 13×13 tile.

We updated the bathroom tile to a new 2×2 square mesh and replaced the vinyl baseboard with a dark walnut stained moulding to match the rest of the house.

The dining room light was updated to a more traditional fixture. And we replaced the interior doors to a 6-panel dark walnut stained door.

Cabinet doors and drawers were updated to the American Woodmark Portola with new pulls. Countertops are Corian Venus and has a light sparkle and shimmer in them.

We added a door to the back of the peninsula to create a way to access the space in the blind cabinet.

All the walls were painted to match the kitchen design.

We replaced the window with a new silver line casement window and added new trim and a window ledge.

The backsplash is a glass mosaic and natural stone design.

The dishwasher was updated to a newer model and the kitchen was finished off with beautiful decorative panels and mouldings.

It’s nice to see the house I grew up in updated and looking brand new again.

Bathroom minor update

We have officially been in this area for over a year and it’s crazy to think about all the projects we’ve been able to work on already. We are blessed by the wonderful people of Hamburg and the drive by the lake everyday…is like a dream.

This latest project we finished early this year was a total partnership with the homeowner. She wanted to do portions of the project herself and have us help where she wasn’t comfortable. In case you’re wondering, yes, of course we work with people this way!!! This doesn’t happen often, but when people want to get hands-on during their project we make sure they are set up for success, it is after all their home!

During this project we completed some wall shifts and drywall, installed a new window, shower, vanity, and new toilet. Here are some in process images, sadly I didn’t get any true before pictures.

Below are some images showing the new window, shower and toilet. These are not quite the finished images…but our picture taking on this project was a little lacking. I promise we will do better on the next one!

Tile Bath/Shower

Sometimes when people hire us to work on their home remodeling project, they live through the remodeling. It’s often challenging for them because sometimes that means they don’t have a kitchen or toilet, or in this instance, a shower!

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This homeowner decided the best way to deal with remodeling, was to head to Disney World. Visiting the happiest place on earth while your shower is being upgraded is genius! Maybe I need to consider that while my home is being remodeled!! Ok…just kidding, who can spend forever in Disney World? LOL

So in early September, we removed a standard acrylic shower and turned it into a beautiful tile surround with deep bathtub.

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The tub is the Kohler Bancroft alcove with integrated apron. This is the perfect tub to take baths, but it’s not so tall that you can’t easily step into it. It also has a little more decorative design to the top ledge. Though, the ledge isn’t wide enough to easily double as a shelf without risk of stuff sliding down into the tub, so we built a niche with a wide ledge to allow for shower shampoos, soaps, etc.

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The tiles are 12 x 24 flat taupe color, with accent natural stone and granite in the niche.

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Sometimes homeowners have design ideas, but they want someone to bounce those ideas off of. In this instance, the homeowner wanted to update their bath lighting, wall paint and decor.  The shower/toilet area had a builder grade light and the homeowner wanted something a little more decorative.  They settled on the Helina 3-light Semi Flush Mount in Polished Nickel/Slate Gray Fabric from Wayfair.

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The vanity light was also a builder grade fixture with very little charm, so the homeowner wanted to upgrade the light to the Aldrich 5-light Vanity from Wayfair.

This was a simple remodeling project and the homeowners are now enjoying their beautiful and relaxing bathroom.

Gray Bathroom

The world gets smaller everyday! But when it does, the new people you get to meet make it well worth it. This project is exactly that! One of the very first clients 1 Great Space Construction had while in Springfield, MO was a woman who grew up in Hamburg, NY.  What are the odds of that? So when we relocated last year to the Buffalo area and she heard her brother was having issues with getting their project completed, she put them in touch with us.

They had a bathroom that had been worked on by a previous contractor who they weren’t pleased with, so it had been sitting for several months untouched. First, we needed to complete the drywall repair and then begin putting the bathroom back together.

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We installed sheet vinyl flooring which had a pattern like long gray tile. Sheet vinyl has really come a long way in looks and performance over the years.

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We added a new acrylic tub/shower with surround which added more storage shelves for shower soaps.

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The homeowner selected this gorgeous dark vanity with granite countertop that we installed.

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They also wanted to replace an old window with a new vinyl window to complete this beautiful bathroom upgrade.

We are so grateful that our Springfield and Hamburg worlds collided with this project and to be a part of a new extended family in town.

 

Remodeling through the move

Relocating is never easy, but when you’re moving to a new state that’s 1,000 miles away there are bound to be bumps in the road.

We still had a large project, with three phases that started in January, and phase 3 needed to be finished while I had to be in NY for my new job, so we had to divide and conquer.

It was not easy leaving Chris temporarily behind. Being a single parent is unbelievably hard. There were days when there were tears…lots of tears, and then there were days that were ok. When an important piece of your life is missing it just feels strange.

The project he was finishing up was a whole house remodel, from floor to ceiling. The homeowners worked with a designer to create their dream house and it turned out gorgeous.

Phase 1 that was completed back in February was the half bath upgrade. They selected a dark wall color (Benjamin Moore – Raccoon Fur) with (Sherwin Williams – High Reflective White) for the crown moulding.

Benjamin Moore raccoon fur paint

The new fixtures included a modern floating sink with all chrome plumbing fixtures, and a new one-piece toilet.

Toto Aquia one-piece toilet

The floor was a Grecian white marble hexagon tile, Silverado grout with 4″ marble baseboard.

Grecian white hexagon marble tile

The mirror had an integrated LED light and we changed the overhead fixture to a can/fan combo.

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This is the first of three posts on this project. Keep checking back to see the full home remodel, you won’t want to miss this one.

Making New Again

The weather can destroy beautiful homes without warning and earlier this year Springfield had flooding that damaged many basements. One home we had the pleasure to help rebuild had the entire fully finished basement destroyed. The homeowners had hired a restoration company and part of their services included removing all of the water damaged areas which means the drywall had been removed around the entire basement up to 20″ from the ground.

The homeowners also wanted to help prevent this from happening again so they hired a company to install a perimeter drain system and sump pump in the basement. Did you know that if you don’t have a sump pump installed in your basement many home insurance policies won’t cover if you have flooding? If you have a basement that is fully completed, it’s something you should look into.

Once the drain installation company had completed we were able to begin rebuilding the basement. We had to build up the studs, as they were cut off during the drain system installation, so we would be able to attach the new drywall. We also divided the bedroom and added a pocket door to create a larger closet and desk area.

As soon as the drywall was finished we were able to get started on painting. The wall paint colors in the basement were satin Loggia in the living room and bathroom and satin Mint Green in the bedroom and for the doors, trim, cabinets and shiplap we used a dirty white semi-gloss.

TIP: When painting, if you want to reduce brush strokes on your trim and doors you can add a little Floetrol to the paint can. It helps to thin out the paint and allow it to flow out a little easier from the brush. I also like to use mini foam rollers when painting expanses like doors, it always gives them the perfect smooth finish.

 

The flooring in the main living and bedroom area were carpeted with the Southwind Starlight 2 Berber in Mineral Mist, unlike most Berber carpets which incorporate multiple colors in with the grey, this one is only shades of greys.

In the bar and bathroom areas we wanted a tile that had very little movement in the patterning, but not solid colored, so we chose a modern 12″ x 24″ matte finish dark grey tile with a light grout with thin grout lines.

The cabinets in the bar area were made custom to match the upstairs kitchen with a honed granite countertop.

Seeing this space transform from a remediated disaster zone into a beautiful living area makes what we do so exciting. We enjoy helping to make peoples lives easier and being a part of making homes more livable.

Fresh Paint

When you are bored with your home and you don’t have a large budget for remodeling one of the best ways to freshen up your home is to repaint it. You’d be surprised how many people move into a new home and just keep the paint that the previous owners had, then 5 years later they realize they hadn’t gotten around to updating it to match their own style. Well this next project is that exact scenario, it was a gorgeous house in the country that had dark red walls in the main living area, bright pink walls in the bedroom, wallpaper in the dining room and dark black stair rails and main entry door. The homeowner selected Mindful Gray wall color for the walls and the transformation was amazing.

 

The Scary Unknown

Bathrooms are one of those items for remodelers where you never know what you are going to get. Sometimes you open a wall and it’s clean, dry and doesn’t need remediation; though most often when you open the walls of an old home it looks a bit like these pictures.

This bathroom had rotted sink plumbing, 4 layers of moldy flooring, holes in the walls which included old trash including about 1,000 used razors from about 50 years ago, rotted flooring under the toilet and broken plaster behind the shower surround.

After spending time remediating this bathroom, fixing old plumbing and salvaging things like the toilet and tub, we started rebuilding. We started by correcting the floor, putting up new drywall and prepping the tub for a new surround.

For the tile we put in 1 inch matte black and white hexagon tiles with a Delorean gray grout.

The shower surround is a classic white with a few shelves to make storage easy. For the shower we also installed a Moen 3 way shower head and tub filler in chrome.

The vanity is a Kohler kit which includes the base and sink in a bright white. It is perfect for this space and provided storage in the large cabinet are below. The faucet is updated to a Delta Silverton in chrome.

Lighting is updated to be a Kichler double light with Edison LED lights in clear. The mirror is bright white wood trimmed to match the vanity base.

This bathroom for sure had its challenges due to water damage, however now it’s all cleaned up, brand new and gorgeous.