Marian Hollingshead on Angies List
11 years ago
07/14/2009, 10:17 AM
Kitchen re-do was amazing! Very creative ideas in the design of the kitchen space. Implementation was efficiently run, even though they kept in mind that we were still living (and cooking) in the house. Cleaned up after their workday was done. Did a spectacular job, especially in light of the little challenges like drooping ceilings! Our modest kitchen is now big enough for both my husband and I to have plenty of space for working together, with room for our guests at the kitchen counter. On the master bath re-do, came up with outstanding approach for utilizing our small space. Had some communication problems with the first project lead, but the lead was replaced and we were very pleased with the replacement. Worked around issues of our floor not being level, which is a problem with the wheelchair-accessible shower that could only have a short sill into the shower. Didn't believe that a shower with room for two could fit into our little bathroom, but their design works great! Beautiful tilework. Our deck project took a significant amount of time due to time delays in the steel beam manufacturer that was recommended by the Deck Superstore. Once the steel beams arrived just before Thanksgiving, our Stellar crew moved right along in spite of the chilly weather and the brand-new DryJoist products that we had specified. The first story deck feels like an outdoor living room, and the second story deck feels like you are out in the woods, since they fit the deck into the space between our house and existing large pine trees. We didn't really expect it to turn out this nice - it feels wonderful!
Time and materials contracts for complete re-do of kitchen in 2007, complete re-do of 2 bathrooms in 2008, complete replacement of two-story exterior deck with new deck that contains no wood in 2008-2009, plus special requests in other rooms such as putting in can lighting, removing one window and one door to create more useable wall space, and lots of electrical sockets. I've added 3 images of our new kitchen. For pictures of our deck, please see [*** Link removed ***] and [*** Link removed ***]
The kitchen re-do involved helping to design kitchen space usage, adding a gas line for a gas range, moving 220V circuit for ovens, complete cabinet replacement plus extra cabinet in family room, custom tailoring crown molding so that I could have tall cabinets in my limited vertical space, cleverly adjusting installation of 7 feet of running cabinetry so that it looks good in spite of my ceiling dropping by a whole inch, special installation of disappearing cooktop downdraft with motor on the exterior of the house (which allows me to have drawer space under the cooktop), and replacing fluroescent lighting with can lighting. Used the extra granite slab for counter in bathroom.
Master bath re-do involved tearing everything out to the studs, moving the entrance to the toilet area and adding an "antechamber" to the bath/toilet area, creating a wheelchair accessible shower big enough for two people instead of a shower that was a little cramped for one person, installing floor heating and tile floor, installing new cabinets and new lighting, and replacing a window with a door out to the two-story deck that would be built next. The tile work that we requested for the shower and backsplash above the granite slab counter was complex, but very pretty. The extra granite slab was used in the re-do of a second bathroom which included tile floor installation and re-mudding for some damaged dry wall.
The design and implementation of the two-story deck was very challenging, since I did not want any wood used in the construction. I requested a deck that would last for 40 years without having to be replaced. The overall dimension of the deck is approximately 18' x 32'. The second story of the deck rests on steel beams. The joist system for the second story (by DryJoist) is a combined aluminum joist and drainage system that provides intermittent "dry" channels where electrical wiring can be installed for lighting of the first story deck. This was the first installation of this product in Colorado. The second story decking is composite, with DryJoist railing. The first story deck is built on steel beams and joists. The surface is granite tiles with composite backing that allows them to be screwed down to the joists rather than being grouted. An outdoor kitchen area is included on the first story with stainless steel cabinetry that provides a place for an oven, microwave, and rotisserie, complete with under-cabinet lighting. The walls on the first story deck are tiled. On the first story, the steel beams are wrapped in the composite decking used on the second story.