New floors and paint

It has been a busy last half of the year. We’ve worked on so many projects and also had some well-deserved quality time off.

The first I’m going to share is from a project that we previously updated the bathroom and kitchen floors earlier this year. Well, now we have replaced the front and back doors, painted the walls and ceiling in the living room, installed new casing and baseboards, and updated the floors to match what we did in the kitchen. You can see the rest of the updates here.

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:

Restoration fixer upper

Finishing a renovation is a lot like planning a wedding!! You plan for the day, you organize every little detail and put the perfect design together and then the day happens and it’s a blur, you can’t remember if you ate, danced or said hello to everyone!! 😂😂 Then at the end of the evening you are still on that high of having to get everything pulled together. That is what it’s like completing a home renovation, and that is how I feel tonight. In a home renovation the big day is completion day…and today was just that!! It was all hands on deck, do what you need to get done…

Just 4 months ago we went to a job site that had pipes freeze and burst and the aftermath looked like this…

I often say that water is the death of houses, and it really is!! Sometimes you do an estimate and it’s pretty straight forward…but this house was a combination of two houses joined together from different eras with nooks and crannies everywhere.

In order to turn this house back into a home we had to do some major planning. So I tackled the kitchen design first.

Home remodeling design plans

Designing a kitchen isn’t easy, you have to ensure there is plenty of space for walk-throughs, lighting locations that are functional and aligned and appliance locations easily accessible when being used and most of all…it all needs to be gorgeous!!!

Kitchen design and remodeling

My favorite part of this, and really any project, is product and material selection. Below are a few items we used in this project. I will note those in detail later.

Kitchen decor ideas for Frank Lloyd Wright style kitchen

Once you have a design plan and materials selected…it’s time to get to work!!

We had to build out an extension wall to create wall space for the appliances and incorporate additional storage. Chris tackled that addition by closing in the oversized walkway to the living room…this is going to be the new home to a pizza oven!!! 🍕

Kitchen remodeling

When we first saw this kitchen we nicknamed it the Starship Enterprise!!! It had A LOT of can lights!!! 😳

Can light removal and switch to LED

We removed them!!! 🤷🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ Why were there so many lights in this kitchen???? 😂

With framing, rough electrical, and rough plumbing well underway, it was time to start putting this house back together…on to the glitter of home improvement!!! Drywall…

There were so many different ceiling elevations in the kitchen so we consolidated them and created more of a unified style.

Projects always start to look a little better after the primer goes on. Just seems cleaner and more like a home when you don’t see pipes, insulation and wiring!

Next up is installing the cabinets…the cabinets are Kraftmaid Hayward Cherry Chocolate. Kraftmaid makes it so easy to install by providing an installation kit with all the screws and clips you would need to install everything. Sadly…this time there were so many boxes (86) we didn’t find the installation kit until all the cabinets were set!!! Haha. At least we have some for next time!!

And now…this is what we have been working on around the clock for the last month.

The wall color is SW Morris Room Gray and the trim is BM Chantily Lace. The floors are Pergo Engineered Wood in Griffin Oak. As you will see we built up the staircase to be finished in wood by creating risers, treads and stairnosing. On the stairs these are not used as a floating floor, just as a nailed down wood product for stability.

The carpet is Lifeproof in Rodeo and is so soft and comfortable. When they were putting in the carpet pad it looked like a blue ocean in the middle of the living room.

We painted the existing gold fireplace matte black and added river rock to surround the fireplace. Chris tirelessly held these rocks in place as he set them and I had a little help adding the filler.

We switched out all the can lights to LEDs and changed the core room lights to 6″ Halo dimmable lights.

The ceiling fan is absolutely beautiful. It is the 52″ Loken Craftsman Stained Glass fan and it matches the Frank Lloyd Wright decor that the homeowner loves.

And then there is this GE Monogram Hearth Oven!! The homeowner decided to splurge on this really cool kitchen feature and it does not disappoint. We were lucky enough for her to prepare us a fresh made pizza on the last day and it was amazing.

The GE Monogram appliance suite is pretty cool. The hood has integrated food warming lights and the stove has a griddle for making pancakes!! The cabinets include deep drawers, side spice drawers and bottle storage. And the South Beach wall mounted pot filler makes this area complete.

The microwave and oven combination work perfectly in this space with a pull out cabinet, oversized drawers and large countertop to create a spacious cooking area. (Don’t mind the missing handles…we are waiting for those to arrive any day!! Needed a few more. 😉)

Food storage definitely won’t be an issue in this kitchen with a 39″ floor to ceiling pantry with giant pull-out shelves and countertop cabinets for storage.

The GE Monogram 48″ flush inset mounted refrigerator, this looks really pretty but it’s not without a whole lot of trouble. In order to have this flush inset mounted Chris had to build a special cove out of filler strips to allow the doors to swing. This is the only way to make the doors work and not outlined well in the specifications.

Lucky for this fridge Chris isn’t a handyman…he is a craftsman!!! This is unbelievable work thanks to my wonderful guy. This area also includes a bar sink for a coffee station.

The countertops are Quartz Nimbus and are a subtle gray color with flecks of white and darker gray. We incorporated a trash pullout into this island and used a Blanco composite black undermount sink with a Concord spray faucet.

We added legs to the island to create a larger seating area and to support the 22″ bar top this will serve as the main eating area in the kitchen.

Pendant lights over the island add a beautiful accent and match the Frank Lloyd Wright style of the decor.

This project was so much fun to work on. Everyone who worked tirelessly on this project did an amazing job. True team effort to pull it together…thank you Tom, Brad, Jocelyn, Kyle, Nick, Sam, Josh, Brad, Brian, Jeff, Don and Chris for knocking this one out of the park.

I also want to thank the homeowner for allowing us to work on this project. For allowing some crazy late hours, fun chats and adventures in bunnies and Homer!!! I will miss chasing those sneaky bunnies around and throwing the ball to Homer. There are also two little people who will miss playing with ‘Air Bud’!!!

Custom Cabinets and Interior Design

After working in marketing for nearly 18 years, I still can’t believe it’s been four months since I left my full time office job. If you’re wondering, I don’t miss it at all! 😉

Some of you may already know this story, but when I was in high school I took CAD and architectural drafting…and LOVED it! They were my favorite classes. I looked forward to going and enjoyed putting in the work for the class. I wanted to go into architecture so I toured a local college and fell even more in love with the program. Well…my guidance counselor in school, that is supposed to help and guide you, let me down. They convinced me that architecture was a dying career riddled with red tape and difficulty, that I wouldn’t succeed and that I should go into computer science instead. Without any other guiding influence in my life in this regard, I listened to them and went down a path of computer science.

Well, I failed…and not just figuratively…but literally!!! 😂😂 My first year at college I took fortran, turbo pascal and discrete mathematics and it was horrible. D’s, wow, was that definitely not my calling. So at 18, with D’s on my permanent transcripts for college, in classes I shouldn’t have been in to begin with, where does one go from there? Well, I got involved with the business department and happened into marketing. This happy accident led to a long and very successful career in marketing. Within my marketing life, I met this guy who was interviewing at the company I worked for on a day when I was eating the best grapes I had ever had. Well, I offered that guy some grapes and he said ‘no thank you’!!


That same guy, a few years later took me to dinner…married me…opened a construction company and now, I am partner to a construction and design company doing exactly what I should be doing!!! Designing houses…❤️ The roads we take…right??!! Haha!!!

Now, I am finally doing my dream job and I am grateful for my rabbit trail because if I had not been where I was…I wouldn’t have met my best friend in the whole world. 🥰

This next project was so much fun to work on! It took a little longer than we expected or wanted, but a lot like how our lives came together, the finished product makes it all worth the journey. We designed and built the fireplace surround, bookshelves, desk with waterfall desktop and upper cabinets. I also selected all the furniture and decor, put together shelves using their real life belongings and completed the interior design of this beautiful craftsman style home.

Every project starts with a little inspiration, and this project was no different. Below is the idea board I designed which we utilized throughout the project to complete product selections.

The cabinets are shaker style and the color is Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace, though we always use Sherwin Williams Pro Classic for our cabinets. We love our Sherwin Williams store in Hamburg!!

I really wanted to tie-in the existing wood trim color with the built-ins, so I incorporated a 3″ stained waterfall desktop. Shelf decor were mostly items the homeowner already had, but I incorporated a few new items like the terra cotta tall vase from Anthropologie (unfortunately this can’t be purchased anymore), and the mini plants and frames from Hobby Lobby. The Gray Casanova Arm Chair is from Joss&Main and the 5″ Center Bar Pull in Oil Rubbed Bronze handles for the cabinets are from Wayfair.

The walls in the main living areas are Benjamin Moore’s Gray Owl, but we used Sherwin Williams ProMar 400 flat for the walls and flat white for the ceilings. The desktop stain is chestnut.

For the fireplace surround, we carried the same shaker style white cabinetry with 3″ wood mantle accent. We also built a decorative wall above the mantle to hold the television.

The ledger stone around the fireplace is Alaska Gray from Home Depot and installs very easily. No grout needed!!! It’s made out of marble and so it has little flecks of shimmer and crystal. It brightens up the living room.

This Byholma wicker chair is from IKEA and is the perfect reading chair for the area. The Thornaby Flocked Together Birds pillow is from Joss & Main and the Herringbone Soft Touch Throw in Dark Horseradish monogramed blanket is from West Elm.

The couch and ottoman are from Sans Furniture in the village of Hamburg. The couch is by King Hickory and the fabric is a light gray diagonal pattern. We love getting things from local small businesses. They are always so welcoming and helpful and the team at Sans are top-notch.

The Durham Bunching Tables are from Ballard Designs and are perfect together or apart. Curtain rods and tie-backs are from Pottery Barn, the light gray curtains are from Anthropologie (and sadly no longer available) and the Copper Solid Basketweave Throw is from West Elm. The West Bridgewater Pleated Lumbar pillow in Egret is from Joss & Main and the bright patterned pillows were purchased online from a fabric store.

The Lime Rickey Apothecary Table Lamp was found at Lamps Plus and the Ceramic Bloom Vase in Anemone was from Anthropologie. The Mount Salem Hand-woven Wool Light Gray Area Rug is from Joss & Main.

I can’t even believe the transformation before and afters of this project.  Absolutely beautiful.  And…there is one more section of the project (dining room) that I didn’t share here…that one is coming soon once I can grab some pictures of it.

We had so much fun working with this family on their home remodel project. They opened their home to our family and were so gracious to let our kids come play on non-school days!! From craft projects to playing in the backyard to Just Dance competitions, we truly have the sweetest clients ever!!!

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Complete Home Transformation

Looking for houses can be very frustrating when you are looking in a market with very little houses for sale. So we were finally down to three options…the older cape, the brand new townhouse or the house with no driveway.  It was time to make a decision, but we still had remodeling work to finish up for our clients in Missouri.

Phase 3 of the remodel began with an extensive amount of demo on the first floor. We removed all of the flooring, an entire wall that was previously separating the kitchen from the living room, removed the kitchen cabinets, appliances and carpets on stairs. So you could get a snapshot of what a job site looks like during demo I took a little video.

Once everything was removed, it was time to start rebuilding. The biggest modification was the new beam which was necessary to hold up the house. We hired an engineer to evaluate the home and provide recommendations that needed to be completed to ensure the home was safe. Two 26′, 18″ beams, a steel plate, concrete pad, blocks and a lot of muscle later…and the house was ready.

The kitchen was getting a completely new set up so we had to run new electrical and plumbing, move the HVAC and remediate some water damage that was found during demo. Once this was complete we could start working on ceiling and drywall repair.


Nearly every inch of the house was being repainted so this process took some time.  The main walls were Benjamin Moore Seapearl, and the stairs, trim and doors were Sherwin Williams High Reflective White  the dining room was Benjamin Moore Gray Owl, and the Master Bedroom was Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray.

We also updated all the windows and doors to the Marvin Direct Glaze, Contemporary Casements and doors. The interior and exterior of the windows were black and we used two horizontal grills to split the windows in thirds. The  main entry into the house was a french door that opened from both sides and had a large window above it.


Cabinets were custom through Cabinet Concepts by Design and were absolutely gorgeous. The mix of white and wood veneer finish gave this open air kitchen a traditional yet modern feel.


We continued the use of the Absolute Black granite countertops from the previously updated laundry/mudroom however, instead of the polished finish, we switched it up and did a honed finish.



The backsplash color used was the same color as was used in the previously updated half bathroom and was Grecian White Marble subway tile with Silverado grout.

In the hearth room, dining room and master bedroom, we incorporated a custom made wainscott. We also replaced all baseboard in the house with new, painted the staircase white, and changed out the stair spindles to new square black spindles.


We also added a beam veneer where the old wall used to be to add a bit of separation to the open concept.

Additional items updated include all new electrical switches and outlets, all new lighting fixtures and ceiling fans.

This house was a complete transformation and the end product was so bright and airy. The designer (Erica Praschan), homeowners and complete crew did an amazing job and the final product is a beautiful open air dream space.


Now that this project is finally complete, it is time to get back to the big move! After much deliberation on which house to purchase, we placed another offer on the initial house we saw, the older cape that needed a bunch of work, and the homeowners accepted. We couldn’t be more excited to start picking out materials for our home and giving it a totally new look! Meanwhile, this is the new view we drive past everyday.



Remodeling Life

We have been considering relocating for about 2 years and finally made the decision that we were going to make the move if we found the right opportunity. So, we sold our house, moved our stuff into storage and waited for the right opportunity. (That’s how it always is, isn’t it!!) Meanwhile, we still had some amazing projects to work on in Springfield.

The next home we worked on with our designer friend at A Well Ordered Home. This project involved refinishing the wood floors from an old fashioned high gloss fruitwood color, removing a door to open the sunroom up to the rest of the house, putting in new door hardware and updating the trim, door and wall paint throughout the house.

We started by removing the door to the sunroom, found wood to match the old floor at our supplier and placed it where the door previously was to make it seem like it was always there and refinished it with the rest.

The floors were then sanded and in really good shape except a few very small areas that needed some work. We looked at several options for the floor color. We wanted a rich color that would still match with the existing wood on the staircase but different enough that it matched the new style of the home. Nutmeg was the winner!

While the crew was working on staining the floors we were able to get away on our summer vacation up to Buffalo, NY. The kids had so much fun with their cousins, we were refreshed being by the water and we realized that where we started our life together was calling us back. So we started looking at options and evaluating what we would need to make the move.

When we returned to Springfield the floors were finished and absolutely beautiful.

The largest portion of the project was painting every surface of walls, trim and doors throughout the home. We used Sherwin Williams Repose Gray for all walls and Sherwin Williams Alabaster for all the trim and doors.

The last part of the project was rehanging all doors with new Kwikset antique bronze hardware.

What a transformation! This home went from blue walls with yellowed trim and outdated flooring to fresh and new in weeks.

While we wait to see where our NY adventures will take us we will just keep making homes beautiful in Springfield.

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.


Unexpected water

Sometimes water leaks from a dishwasher or washing machine behind the walls and you are unaware of the problem until it begins damaging other areas of your home. In this  project, we tried to match the existing floor by going to the manufacturer however, the flooring was discontinued. After working with the insurance company the homeowners were able to select a similar floor and have the entire thing replaced.

This wood floor is the Anderson Palo Duro Mixed in color Copper. It is a beautiful engineered rustic wood that comes in three different plank sizes 3″, 5″ and 6.38″ to create a random pattern.

Snails can be pets

We don’t always work close to home, sometimes we can work up to 2 hours away. This next project we completed in Eagle Rock, Missouri right on Table Rock Lake. The location was absolutely beautiful and created some interesting adventures along the way. Due to the long drive we often found ourselves working until the very late hours of the evening.


Every night we saw some kind of animal on the drive home.  Sometimes we saw deer, fox, BEAR and one evening we saw a buck and his doe on the side of the road and just as we were passing by he decided to jump out into the road taking out the entire passenger side of our truck. Casualty of construction and dark winding roads near the lake! Thankfully we found a great body shop and they were able to make our truck look brand new!


This home was a vacation home for a large family and after having it or many years they finally decided to give it some upgrades. We gutted the main living area and kitchen to put in all new floors and updated the kitchen with new cabinets, appliances and finishes.


The homeowners selected the Cali Bamboo Mocha Eucalyptus for the floors because of the beautiful color and long-lasting durability. These floors, and more specifically the baseboard, was so hard that we had to switch to a tougher nail gun. A tip with using the Cali Bamboo is to be sure and order the “fix kit”. Though they are super tough, the coating on the top layer turns white when it scratches, but the fix fit they have makes them look brand new again and it’s as easy as wiping with the special solution and cloth.


The cabinets were a beautiful knotty wood in ginger snap with under cabinet and in cabinet lighting, and the quartz countertops and backsplash were the perfect way to finish out the space.


They added great accessories for organization including retractable shelving, silverware holders and baking sheet racks.


We updated the spiral staircase with a new durable carpet to make it easier to move up and down the steps.


In the basement we moved over the large entry door and expanded the glass to create more lake view. We used the Marvin Integrity stainable interior door and windows.

16113910_1297275280338111_8496308555252173233_n On our last day here the kids came out and enjoyed playing in the grass near the lake.  As they went on their treasure hunt they found a snail that earned it’s way back home with us. The kids named the snail Tattoo and he lived with us for about a month before we set him free. He ate kale, tomatoes, apples and had quite a life while he was our pet.