Qualified Remodeler Magazine

OCT 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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GOLD Kitchen $50,000 - $100,000 CG&S DESIGN-BUILD, AUSTIN, TEXAS, CGSDB.COM The existing kitchen was separated from the two-story living room by a solid wall. It also was closed off from views to the spacious backyard. The separating wall was removed and replaced with a large, freestanding island with countertop height seating and a new cooktop. For the central vent hood, ducting was routed between the second-story ceiling joists above the light coves in the kitchen and breakfast room to the outside wall. A large, rectangular light cover drops from the ceiling. Spanning the kitchen and jutting slightly into the living room, the double-sided light cover is the defining element. Iridescent glass tiles in the kitchen backsplash cover the entire wall and extend around the corner to the pantry/drop-off area. Espresso-stained alder cabinets contrast with the clearcoated MDF paneled walls of the adjacent foyer, where the panels alternate with illuminated recessed art niches. Thomas McConnell SILVER: Bruen Design Build, Morristown, N.J., bruendesignbuild.com BRONZE: Donatelli Builders, Wayne, Ill., donatellibuilders.com HONORABLE MENTION: Normandy Remodeling, Hinsdale, Ill., normandyremodeling.com GOLD Kitchen Less Than $50,000 RISHERMARTIN FINE HOMES, AUSTIN, TEXAS, RISHERMARTIN.COM The existing narrow galley kitchen didn't accommodate more than one person. A basement directly below presented moisture problems. To open the space, the design team used the formal dining room space to turn the kitchen to face the living area. New appliances with floating glass faces add a sharp, clean feel. A marble backsplash adds a textured element to the sleek room. A Hanstone-topped island increased counter space and white bar stools yield an inviting common space. Birchwood floors replace the laminate. To combat the moisture problem, a team of specialists created an air gap between the existing cinderblock walls and the interior stucco walls. Space was left in the subfloor. All of this led to a common drain that directs water out of the home. The utility closet was transformed into a large dehumidifier to remove remaining moisture from the room. Gallagher Studios SILVER: Progressive Builders Northwest, Portland, Ore., pbnw.net ForResidentialPros.com QR October 2013 25

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