Qualified Remodeler Magazine

OCT 2014

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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Axum Development Corp., Bellflower, Calif., (562) 925-9000 Project name: Serene Tranquility, vacation away from vacation Location: Bellflower, Calif. Square footage: 184 Cost: $37,000 The master bedroom suite was created with all of the client's needs in mind. The idea came from a need to get away from the crowded, busy lifestyle of Los Angeles. The finished space evokes a feeling of peace, tranquility and openness. BRONZE: Ibby, Bethesda, Md., ibby.com GOLD Bathroom Less Than $50,000 SPECIAL CONSIDERATION Silent Rivers Design + Build, Clive, Iowa, silentrivers.com Project name: Hospitality Suites: A Custom Residential Experience in a Tent Location: Des Moines Arts Festival, Des Moines, Iowa Square footage: 1,750 Retail value: $155,000 (exchange for sponsorship over eight years) In 2013, Silent Rivers Design + Build was invited to par- ticipate in a regional Arts Festival that serves 200,000 people. The firm constructed two temporary rooms and an adjoining bar. Challenges included designing and prefabricating cohesive furniture and screening devices that could be assembled in 24 to 36 hours in addition to being unfamiliar with working on platform decks, as well as fastening to metal tent tubing. Uncooperative weather required the team to retool connections with strong flexibility. The event itself aims to reduce ecological footprints, and the suites educate the public about sustainable options for their homes. This year, it focused on the regional concern about the devasta- tion of the Emerald Ash Borer as many municipalities have begun to deforest their parks and streets of ash. Ash logs from that deforestation comprise the fencing pickets. Each suite includes an exterior deck space with bar and picnic tables. The lumber supplier wanted to highlight the sustainably harvested redwood and that, combined with manufactured lumber, produces an interesting contrast and creative design solution. All bar tops are made from cherry and Baltic birch scraps, and unsold pine doors provide screening and privacy for the suites. Artistic joinery was used to dismantle the wood pan - eling and provide oppor- tunity for reuse; remnant pieces of walnut plywood were used for creating the buffet units. 44 October 2014 QR ForResidentialPros.com PROJECTS: Master Design Awards Photos: Silent Rivers Design + Build Photo: Costea Photography Inc./Christian Costea Photographer

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