After an extensive home search in our target location, it became evident that finding a ready-made home to fit my clients' needs was challenging. We pivoted to the idea of acquiring a house with great potential and turning it into their dream home. Negotiating a favorable price due to its existing condition, I played a crucial role in helping my clients see the untapped possibilities.
Despite initial reservations about the property's condition, a few home visits allowed me to articulate my vision convincingly. Excitement grew as we envisioned the potential for transformation. Once permits were secured, I brought in my skilled team of tradesmen, and we embarked on a seven-month project.
The scope was extensive, including opening up the hallway, implementing a new stair railing, a complete overhaul of the kitchen, and modifying structural elements to create a stunning open kitchen-family room. We installed new French doors, raised door heights, and reworked the wet bar into a pantry, expanding the kitchen's overall size. Collaborating with a custom cabinet fabricator, we designed a kitchen that could grace the pages of any magazine.
Additional enhancements included new wide-plank flooring, quality painting over existing oak trim and box ceilings, new lighting, custom finish carpentry, a solar tube skylight, and much more. The transformation was remarkable, and at a recent holiday party, guests mistook the house for brand new.
This journey was about more than just a home; it was about crafting a tailored living space. My clients are now ecstatic in their newly transformed home, a testament to the successful culmination of a seven-month project filled with creativity, collaboration, and, above all, satisfaction.
The Punch List:
- Design phase with architect
- Obtained city permits for project scope
- Demo existing kitchen to rework layout
- Rough plumbing, electrical and mechanical reworked in kitchen space
- Framing new kitchen walls, hallway, structural areas, new French doors and new footing as needed per plans
- New recessed lighting throughout house
- Solar tube skylight at hallway
- Drywall work and retexturing ceiling throughout
- Powder room conversion to full bathroom (plumbing, electrical, tile work, lighting)
- New wide-plank hardwood flooring and baseboards throughout
- Create new pantry with custom built-in at location of previous wet bar
- Built custom entertainment center shelving at family room and game room
- New hardware for doors, etc
- Custom kitchen cabinetry, porcelain countertops, appliances and the trimmings
- Extensive painting throughout including painting out all existing oak trim
- Replaced mosaic transom glass with frosted glass
- Created new stair railing with vertical black spindles and white oak railing
- Exterior stone repairs at several areas and stucco repair to match at new windows
- Replaced exterior wood damage at trim throughout
- Updated half bathroom in garage
- Completed punch list items from home inspection
- Deep cleaning prior to move-in
Nick was in sync with us every step and understood our wants even before we did. More than an expert, Nick prioritized our best interests, offering his bold opinions that transformed our initial doubts. From a seemingly dark canvas, his work brightened our home into something truly amazing. We got our entire wish list when we didn't think it was possible.
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