Qualified Remodeler Magazine

AUG 2013

Qualified Remodeler helps independent remodeling firms to survive, become more professional and more profitable by providing must-have business information, namely best business practices, new product information and timely design ideas.

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MASTER DESIGN SOLUTIONS entrance that "really makes you know you've arrived somewhere" but with homey touches, like a built-in bench and coat closet. The project began with the clients bringing in the slate they had already purchased for the foyer floor, which Keller developed into the "rug" pattern that visually broke up the space. "My favorite part of the project is the entrance and the tile patterning," she says. "I just thought it was a fun feature, which I remember working through with the couple, drawing out designs and even working with the tile setter to make sure the design was done correctly. I think it was executed well." With the flooring selected, the clients found a wood color they liked in the darkstained knotty alder and kept the rest of their selections simple. Keller remarks that the clients were consistent in their taste, so the end result was something they loved. After taking so many tours of model homes, the clients were excited to finally live in one they owned. "They were big fans of design and remodeling in general, which made the client relationship fun," Keller says. Right: Custom cabinetry throughout the entire lower level was made using dark-stained knotty alder to enhance the rustic and earthy feel the clients wanted. Above: The kitchenette and wet bar area features a custom-made Chicago rail to keep drinks from sliding off the bar. Before: Few features from the unfinished lower level were kept, but the existing doors and windows were used in the remodel. Before Before The foyer "rug" design visually breaks up the space with a pattern made of slate and travertine tiles. Before: The clients used the space for storage before the remodel. The fireplace unit was new to the space, but was designed to look like it had always been there with the stone and hand-carved mantel made to appear distressed. ForResidentialPros.com QR August 2013 23

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