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Eldridge Kitchen Remodel

Before renovation, the kitchen in this historic Eldridge area home was outdated and didn’t take advantage of the home’s architectural strengths:

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Before: Outdated Kitchen

The homeowners wanted a kitchen that would be reminiscent of the home’s existing classic style. However, the room presented two design challenges: an abundance of doors limited wall space…

Before: Doors Limit Wall Space

Before: Doors Limit Wall Space

and the wall behind the cabinets had a two inch outthrust. The cabinets had to be removed into order to discover what lay inside the wall.

At the walkthrough, the Pat immediately saw a spatial advantage that had been previously ignored: nine foot tall ceilings:

Before: Wonderful Tall Ceilings

Before: Wonderful Tall Ceilings That Had Not Been Taken Advantage Of

Working with only our trusted sub-contractors, we chose a cabinet design that reached to the ceiling:

After: New Cabinets Reach to the Ceiling

After: New Cabinets Reach to the Ceiling

Once the existing cabinets were removed, the mystery outthrust was determined to be hiding the heat radiator plumbing. Without moving any pipes, our master carpenter and experienced team were able to reframe the wall and remove the outthrust, allowing the project to continue unhindered. Soon thereafter, painted antique white Colony-style with narrow reed glass front cabinets were installed to the kitchen’s full height:

After: Beautiful New Cabinets

After: Beautiful New Cabinets

This created not only additional storage but a much lighter, taller and more spacious aesthetic. Cup pulls and knobs in a satin nickel finish completed the authentic feel:

After: Satin Nickle Finish Hardware

After: Satin Nickel Finish Hardware

Additional ceiling fixtures and under-cabinet lighting were installed in order to provide better illumination for working and eating in this dine-in kitchen:

After: Under Counter Lighting

After: Under Counter Lighting

Ceasarstone quartz countertops, a porcelain-coated white undermount sink and a traditionally styled faucet provide a functional and stylish addition while retaining a historic impact:

After: Ceasarstone quartz countertops

After: Ceasarstone quartz countertops

After: New Plumbing Fixtures

After: New Plumbing Fixtures

As a backsplash, 3×5 Ceramic tile was installed in the classic subway pattern:

After: Subway Tile Backsplash

After: Subway Tile Backsplash

In the backsplash, a half-inch tile deco strip complements the cabinet pulls and knobs:

After: Backsplash Deco Strip

After: Backsplash Deco Strip

The Marmolium tile flooring truly brings the room together. Set in a diagonal pattern, the one foot square cream and clay tiles create a classic look with a touch of updated color:

After: Marmolium Tile Flooring

After: Marmolium Tile Flooring

A semi-gloss paint in white provided the final touch for this kitchen, which manages to have a functional modern sensibility with a historic impression.

Before & After

Before & After

© Rose Construction 2009

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Cramped Bathroom Becomes Historic Masterpiece

This is one of my (Melissa’s) personal favorites, likely because this is the first completed project I saw after starting work at Rose Construction.

A 1937 architectural award-winner, this historic home has wonderful structure and charming details. However, the upstairs bathroom was lacking in both space and appeal:

Before: Lack of Space

Before: Lack of Space

Before: Lack of Character and Appeal

Before: Lack of Character and Appeal

The homeowner was adamant that any renovations must seamlessly fit with the rest of the home’s character.

During the initial walkthrough Pat noted that the bathroom was cramped and seemed very small. Not only was a ten square foot bedroom closet crowding the entry but a plumbing wall had been placed in the center of the room, cutting the space in half and blocking natural light from an exterior window:

Before: Plumbing Wall Crowds the Space

Before: Plumbing Wall Crowds the Space

Though no easy feat, rerouting the plumbing and demolition of both the adjacent closet and full-height plumbing wall were necessary to create the client’s dream bathroom. Drainage pipes were rerouted to travel underneath the entire length of the bathtub to the opposite wall without requiring a soffet on the floor below. To add character, the original plumbing wall was not fully demolished but was instead cut to create a 42 inch high privacy screen between the toilet and the rest of the bathroom:

After: Shortening the Plumbing Wall Opens the Room

After: Shortening the Plumbing Wall Opens the Room

The chosen finishes and materials manage to inject both 1937s character and modern design into this updated bathroom:

After: Finishes Combine Historic Charm and Modern Touch

After: Historic Charm with a Modern Touch

A subway tile wainscot composed of Calcutta Evolution Polished tile and topped with one inch Calcutta marble mosaic tile now envelops the room:

After: Subway Tile Wainscot

After: Subway Tile Wainscot with Calcutta Marble Mosaic

The subway tile pattern is continued behind the new Kohler “Seaforth” bathtub and the floor is Calcutta marble inlayed in porcelain tile:

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After: Kohler “Seaforth” bathtub and Calcutta marble floor with porcelain tile inlay

A custom made vanity cabinet stands four inches off the floor and is topped with a 3cm marble top made of marble in Calcutta Gold:

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After: Custom Vanity with 3cm Calcutta Gold marble countertop

For the cleanest possible design line, the shower curtain is hung from a ceiling-mounted cubicle curtain track. This allows for a seamless floor-to-ceiling flow of fabric:

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After: The Shower in the Background Flows Seamlessly

No detail was overlooked: even the threshold and radiator cover were deemed important and were therefore created from white marble:

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After: Details

Though the aesthetic was to be circa-1937, the client understandably wished to incorporate modern conveniences. A Kohler Memoirs comfort height toilet, two Decolav under counter mount oval china sinks and Kohler Memoirs Classic widespread chrome faucets update the room without distracting from the bathroom’s design:

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After: Kohler Memoirs Comfort Height Toilet

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After: Undermount Decolav Oval China Sinks and Kohler Memoirs Classic Widespread Chrome Faucets

For the ultimate in comfort, a NuHeat Floor Warming System and electricity within the vanity cabinets provide the final touch.

This incredible transformation truly did wonders to open up this bathroom:

Before: Cramped, After: Spacious

Before: Cramped, After: Spacious

© Rose Construction 2009

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Kitchen Remodel on a Smaller Budget

The kitchen in this converted condo lay inside an approximately sixty year old former apartment building. The small kitchen still had its original white metal cabinets:

Before

Before

and an inefficient layout:

Before - The layout doesn't take full advantage of the available space

Before - The layout doesn't take full advantage of the available space

Furthermore, the room was closed off by an intrusive wall:

Before - The kitchen is closed in

Before - The kitchen is closed in

and there was little in the way of storage:

Before - Little storage

Before - Little storage

However, the room highlighted a bright window above the sink:

Before - Bright window

Before - Bright window

The homeowner wanted to modernize and open the kitchen to create the illusion of a larger space and to let west light from the kitchen flood into the living room.

The age of the building became a major obstacle. Plumbing for all units was concealed in the basement behind not only a wall but mechanical equipment as well. There were no individual shut-off valves, which meant it was necessary to turn off the water to all units in order to install a single shut-off valve for the client’s kitchen. Working quickly and efficiently, this work was done without disruption to other condo owners.

With the final cost at approximately $17,000, every decision for this project needed to be carefully considered in terms of cost and value. In order to bring the condo up to code, our job manager and finish carpenter, who has been at the company for over fourteen years, cut in attic access. In response to the condo’s small size, we selected a WCAN 1812 combination washer and dryer for the client’s ease:

After - Under counter washer/dryer

After - Under counter washer/dryer

instead of suggesting separate units. A forty inch wide opening exposes the kitchen:

After - An opening to the kitchen

After - An opening to the kitchen

thereby creating a visual link into the living room and drastically changing the formerly claustrophobic kitchen. Mid Continent Signature Series Cabinetry in antique maple was installed, including several cabinet concord style doors with cottage bead board:

After - Cabinets

After - Cabinets

In addition, the end of the cabinetry features desktop support overlooking the living room:

After - New desktop

After - New desktop

Plastic laminate counters keep the cost down while maintaining a clean aesthetic:

After - Laminate Countertops

After - Laminate Countertops

A Kohler sink and Delta pull-out spray faucet provide style:

After - Fixtures

After - Fixtures

As a result, we managed to create a dramatic change on a small budget just in time for the new year:

Final result: A beautiful small kitchen that takes advantage of all available space.

Final result: A beautiful small kitchen that takes advantage of all available space.

And, to truly appreciate the work that was put into this small kitchen, take a look at this incredible before and after shot:

Before and After

Before and After

© Rose Construction 2009

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Outdoor Kitchen & Living Space

One of our favorite projects was an outdoor kitchen and living space in the Silver Beach neighborhood. I thought some of you might be interested to see the progression from the existing home through the work in progress and finally to the completed project. So, here’s the story:

The clients entertain often and wanted a larger and more comfortable outdoor space in which to do so. This is what this space looked like before we put our hands on it:

Before - View to the Pergola Edge

Before - View to the Pergola Edge

Before - View Into the Pergola

Before - View Into the Pergola

Before - View Through the Pergola

Before - View Through the Pergola

Then we began our demolition and construction…

Work In Progress - We Removed the Pergola

Work In Progress - We Removed the Pergola

Work In Progress - Preparing for the New Slab

Work In Progress - Preparing for the New Slab

Work In Progress - Framing the New Roof

Work In Progress - Framing the New Roof

Work In Progress - Finished Roof Before Skylights Were Installed

Work In Progress - Finished Roof Before Skylights Were Installed

Work In Progress - Installing the Skylights on the Completed Roofline

Work In Progress - Installing the Skylights on the Completed Roofline

Work In Progress - Framing the Outdoor Kitchen

Work In Progress - Framing the Outdoor Kitchen

Work In Progress - Finishing the Outdoor Fireplace

Work In Progress - Finishing the Outdoor Fireplace

And finally, the job was complete!

Complete - Outdoor Kitchen

Complete - Outdoor Kitchen

Complete - Outdoor Kitchen Seating Bar Looking Across the Space

Complete - Outdoor Kitchen Seating Bar Looking Across the Space

Complete - The Outdoor Fireplace, Seating Area, Skylights and Paddle Fan. Ready to Relax!

Complete - The Outdoor Fireplace, Seating Area, Skylights and Paddle Fan. Ready to Relax!

This was truly a beautiful completed product that provided a huge change for the homeowner:

Before & After

Before & After

As stated before, this was one of our favorite projects. Hope you see why!

© Rose Construction 2009

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Before And After Kitchen and Bathrooms

We take a lot of photographs here at Rose Construction. Initial photos are used for bidding purposes. Work-in-Progress photographs are kept for documentation and the final photographs are kept for our portfolio. When it comes time for the Excellence in Remodeling awards through the BIA and the BIAWC, we submit before-and-after photographs. But now that we have the blog, we can put together before-and-after photos on our jobs for you to see!

We remodeled the kitchen, three bathrooms and a laundry room for this home on Alabama Hill. The clients kept their existing cabinets (though we did replace the hinges) but we updated pretty much everything else. The countertop is 3cm Caesarstone in Carmel color:

Kitchen1_BeforeAbove: Before, Below: After

Kitchen1

We mounted an Elkay stainless steel undermount sink and installed a Delta “Palo” faucet:

Kitchen2_BeforeAbove: Before, Below: After

Kitchen2

Tuscania Bianco 6×6 tile placed on diagonal decorates the backsplash and features a decorative tile design over the range made of Westiminster Bronze Pencil Liner and 2×2 Sonoma Tantrum in Earth:

Kitchen3_BeforeAbove: Before, Below: After

Kitchen3

As I mentioned, we renovated their bathrooms as well. The field tile in the guest bathroom is African slate while the mosaic is 1×1 Hawaii glass and stone. We also added a glass shower door:
Bath1_Before

Above: Before, Below: After

Bath1

This next photo has no “before” version but I thought it was too much fun to pass up! The mosaic is a gorgeous tile. This photo shows off the Delta stainless steel faucet:

Bath2

The master bath features Lundhurst 2×2 Mosaic in Woodland Blend. All bathroom countertops are LG Hi Macs in Aztec Quartz:

MasterBath1_BeforeAbove: Before, Below: After

MasterBath1We’re pretty happy with the way everything turned out! Some really beautiful materials were used in this renovation.

© Rose Construction 2009

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