Whiskey Black and Toasted Almond

I absolutely love what we do. From small necessary fixes to huge complete remodels, we make homes more comfortable, but what we really do is build relationships. I can not express enough how much we love, truly love our customers. They become family to us. This next project is no exception. This one started from a referral from a project we completed for their brother last year, you probably saw the shed addition.

Well…these homeowners wanted to remove their popcorn ceilings, update their kitchen, dining room and hallway, and update their flooring.

The major obstacle with the kitchen was they had already updated their countertops to a beautiful granite and added a new backsplash. So, we had to work around those existing items.

First step was planning out the kitchen, so we worked with our friends at The Home Depot to create the perfect Thomasville Cabinetry kitchen design. We chose the Plaza Maple door and wanted a two toned style for the cabinetry to match another furniture piece that would be remaining in the kitchen. The colors we found that were closest were the Whiskey Black for the base cabinets and Toasted Almond for the uppers.

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The upper cabinets were a complete replacement. We wanted to add more cabinet height so we removed the soffit. We also wanted a more built-in look for the fridge so we added a decorative panel. Originally, when the home was built the can lighting were put in the wrong locations, we used this time to update the cans and place in the proper orientation for the best workspace lighting.

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The lower cabinets were a little more complicated.  We were switching the cabinets from a partial overlay door to a full overlay door which meant we needed to ensure the door and drawer sizes were a perfect fit. This is where having a trustworthy and patient partner to work with is imperative. We went through every door size and specification for the doors in great detail.

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Since we were keeping the base cabinet oak wood boxes we had to sand and refinish them to match the Whiskey Black Thomasville Maple manufactured color. We ordered their stain and glaze, however duplicating a manufactured color on a different type of wood is really really challenging. The first time we put the stain and glaze on, we followed the manufacturers instructions perfectly, however it ended up being too dark. The graining on oak wood is much more prominent and tighter than maple and the glaze really soaked into the grain. So we had to start again! So I decided to test a few of my own methods for staining and after multiple tests, I was able to recreate the same color of the new doors.

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What I did to achieve the Whiskey Black stain was using a clean rag I coated the wood with the pre-conditioner then the first stain/toner, and let that sit for 15 minutes. Then I gently wiped any excess. I let this dry overnight. Then working 1 cabinet box at a time, I wiped on the glaze, let sit for 30 seconds, wipe off, wipe on again let sit for 1 minute and wipe off. There were some cabinet boxes that required me to duplicate this step. Just keep in mind that the glaze can darken a little as it dries. The finishing step was applying the polycrylic satin finish. I applied 3 coats to the cabinet boxes and let dry overnight.

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We installed the new doors and drawers with soft close hinges, added a new functional cabinet door to the blind cabinet box to create greater access and incorporated decorator doors and corbels for a finishing touch.

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We also updated the flooring to a Pergo Engineered Hardwood throughout the entire area. This floor installed perfectly and the color was absolutely gorgeous.

This was such a fun project to work on and we made some great friends in the process.  We also made a few furry friends on this one!! Thanks so much to our new friends for allowing us to help them make their home an oasis! We can’t wait to hang out.

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Also, here are a few of our furry friends we got to hang out with along the way!

 

 

 

 

New Sliding Door

Natural light in a home is very important. If you can do something as simple as replacing a door to add more light, it’s a no brainer. This homeowner wanted to remove a single patio door and replace it with a larger sliding patio door to provide more light in their kitchen.

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The major part of this project was increasing the structural strength of the exterior load-bearing wall to have a span wide enough to accept the new 6′ door.

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We also had to salvage the exterior siding to make it look like the door was always on the home.

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IMG_6766.jpgThe homeowner chose the Jeld-wen sliding door with the prairie grid pattern which is the perfect accent to this patio.

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.

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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.

 

Shed Addition

I can’t believe it’s already fall. How did that happen? No, seriously…how? Seems like time gets faster and faster every year!

With pumpkin spice in the air and Christmas in the stores, I realized there have been many projects that we’ve worked on this year that I haven’t shared with you yet. Of course, we are still working on our own home renovations, and those updates will be coming soon. However, I’m going to try and get caught up in the next few weeks by recapping some of the awesome projects we’ve worked on for our customers this year.

To get started, I wanted to share an outdoor project that we worked on in the spring.

Our customer needed help with a shed addition. They had previously poured the concrete pad, so we had to tie-in to the existing structure and build out the new space. This addition allowed for quick access to the riding mower and much more storage.

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The best part of all our projects isn’t necessarily the structures we build, or the new designs we bring to life, but it’s the relationships that are built along the way. We are so grateful to our customers and even more excited that we have a new set of friends who we can enjoy this life with.

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You don’t often get to see Chris wearing non-work clothes, so I thought I’d provide a little sneak peak of Chris playing giant Jenga at a Summer Bash at this customers house. What a fun evening!

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New Sliding Window

So…the house we bought had an original 50s picture window in the kitchen. One word…freezing. It was such a drafty window and was not energy efficient at all. Since we knew we would be replacing it as part of the kitchen remodel Chris wanted to tackle that first. Conveniently on the very coldest day of the year was the day he chose! Seriously!!!

He removed the large picture window and then had to reframe the new window area because we replaced it with a smaller over the sink window.

It was so so cold in the kitchen so we hung drop clothes in the walkway from the living room to the kitchen and managed to keep the rest of the house warm. Miracle!!

The new window is perfect for when we relocate the new sink. We chose a Silver Line by Andersen vinyl sliding window so it would be easier to open and close. We wanted to create a large picture frame around the new window which will match the new exterior plans we have for the home. We utilized Azek traditional trim boards to achieve this look.

I totally love this window! And then…real life happened…and a BB bullet went through the exterior pane of glass this summer. Lucky for me I know a guy who can replace the window! 😉

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The Appliance Whisperer

Thankfully, our basement is still unfinished due to the flooding we experienced a few months ago, so when water started pouring out of the washing machine it didn’t damage anything. After taking a look at it, Chris told me to just call an appliance repair person because he doesn’t know anything about fixing appliances. So, I looked online for a few people to call. After learning that the cost is $80 an hour for a service call I did what any self-respecting person in the middle of a remodel would do – I took that washing machine apart myself to find the leak!!

After opening the washing machine I was able to locate the area that was leaking. It was the water inlet for the pre-wash. (Which I only learned because I looked the part up at LG online!! Also, I might add, I have never looked inside a washing machine before and they really aren’t as complex as I thought.)

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Once I found the leak I had Chris confirm my findings and then we tried to locate a new part. After calling an appliance part supplier locally they told me the part was $60. So, I continued to search online and found the exact part I needed on Amazon for $17.95, plus shipping it was under $25 with 2 day shipping.

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When the mail came today I opened up the part and started installing it. The trickiest part was moving the clamps around the hoses, but with a pair of pliers and a screwdriver the install was simple. I was able to loosen the clamps, and attach the hoses to the new valves, I inserted the fuse plugs, and reattached the water. It took me about 10 minutes to get the new part in. I ran a load of wash with everything open to ensure it was water tight and after it finished I put it all back together.

DIY washing machine leak fixed! Now on to washing the pile of laundry.

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Water…the death of houses

There is so much excitement around buying a house. From the moment we walked through the door during the first walk-through we started dreaming of what it would be like to live there. Could we see the kids running through the house, playing games on the floor, or eating ice cream in the backyard? Then once the offer was accepted, everything changed. Reality set in which included inspections, appraisals, evaluations, paperwork…so much paperwork, and coordinating moving our stuff out of storage. Then that glorious closing day came and after A LOT of paperwork, we got the keys. Keys we’ve been dreaming about for 3 months.

Within an hour of signing the papers, we walked into our house…and did the traditional run through it yelling ‘yahoooooo’!  Then…we went to the basement and noticed that there was water on the carpet in the fully finished basement. I felt horrible knots in my stomach and then we frantically tried to figure out where the water was coming from, how much, how long, and what’s the damage on this house that was purchased less than 60 minutes ago.

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Next the remorse questions start…why didn’t we buy the newer house? Why didn’t we make the homeowners remove all their stuff before we did the final walk-through? Why didn’t we catch this? Why…Why…Why?! Is having a home with character really worth all this trouble? Goodness, I hope so, because now we are committed to remodeling the ENTIRE house. NOT in the plan! Lucky for us we do this for a living otherwise this could have been disastrous.

Now we’ve got some work to do.

Step one…move in our stuff 4 days before Christmas. So excited to at least be in our home before Christmas.

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Step two…demo the basement. It was a sad day when we ripped up the floors and walls in the basement.  It went from a warm living room to a concrete basement in just hours. We utilized Seifert Cleaning and Restoration to spray for mold. If you ever need to use a service like this definitely use these guys.

The basement is so…so…sad, but at least we have the water contained, know how to fix it, and will be tackling that in the summer.

Step three…pull off the most amazing Christmas ever! All the kids asked for this year was their rooms to be completed. A year long transition is exhausting, even for kids. So, we worked day and night to make this happen for them. Luckily we had already designed the house, made color selections and bought the paint before moving in.

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The first room was painted Sherwin Williams Vast Sky, trim and doors were painted Sherwin Williams High Reflective White and the ceiling an Ultra White. We caulked in the baseboards and reattached the vents to complete this room.

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The second room was painted in Benjamin Moore Cotton Candy, the trim and doors were painted Sherwin Williams High Reflective White and the ceiling an Ultra White. We replaced the old ceiling fan with a crystal light fixture, caulked in the baseboards and reattached the vents to complete this room. We made it. There were moments of tiredness when we thought it wouldn’t be possible, but in the final minutes it all came together.

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Step four…get a Christmas tree! We really wanted a real tree and if you can imagine Christmas Eve is pretty slim picking. We found one tree at The Home Depot and it wasn’t even a Charlie Brown tree. To top it off, they even gave it to us for FREE!!!  Such a Blessing!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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House Hunting

If only searching for houses was as easy as watching House Hunters, where there are only three houses that somewhat meet your criteria to choose from, but reality is much more difficult. We chose quite possibly the worst time of year to buy a house, Fall/Winter. Not only was the supply of homes in the area we wanted slim picking, but the house prices were inflated to the point where we had doubts that the home would appraise for what the homeowners were asking.

After much searching through online portals, we narrowed to a house we thought would be great for our family. The first house we went through we saw some pretty glaring issues, but considering what was out there, we decided to place an offer. After a bit of negotiating, the contract was signed and now we had to wait to see if this house was going to pass inspection.

The inspection came back with quite a few issues that we decided could cause some long-term problems, so we opted to decline the contract and go back to looking for other houses.

 

While we were having a blast (mild sarcasm) with house hunting, there was still remodeling to be done! Phase 2 of the large project we were working on was the laundry/mudroom upgrade. We had custom cabinets built along the laundry wall and stacked the washer and dryer to allow for more space. The area on the interior wall side was built so that it could be expanded once we started on Phase 3.

Absolute Black Granite, Custom Cabinets, Chevron marble tile

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Near the entry door we added locker storage which created a bench area as well. The cabinet color is High-Reflective White with Chrome handles.

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The floor is a 12 x 24 natural marble with Silverado grout.

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The granite countertop and bench in lockers are absolute black and the backsplash is a marble herringbone. To add to the functionality of the laundry room, an undermount stainless steel sink and high arch faucet from Moen were included.

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The wall color is Benjamin Moore Seapearl with Sherwin Williams High Reflective White moulding. We incorporated dimmable undercabinet lighting and added dimmable can LED lights to the ceiling.

The Laundry/Mudroom Upgrade that was completed turned out perfect and the finishes selected by the designer were amazing.

An update on the house hunting:

After raising our budget a bit, we ended up going through over 20 houses on our search. Geez, there were some doozies, and soooo many cat houses out there. If I learned anything from house searching, it’s that you should never have a cat in your home. Sorry cat lovers, but nothing ruins a home sale more than the nasty smell of cats. There were some houses that were in bad shape, asking more than any other house on the street. It begs the question, what are these people thinking? And why aren’t their realtors talking sense into them? There were at least 5 houses we never even walked past the front door, just bad!

We finally narrowed to a few options, option 1 go back to the original house we put an offer in on with a much lower offer, option 2 build a brand new townhouse with HOA fees that were way too high, or option 3 make an offer on a gorgeous like new house with no driveway or yard.