‘Remodels’ Archive

Brooklyn Heights Pizza

Friday, September 6th, 2013

Brooklyn Heights pizza faced a good problem to have: by making delicious pizza and providing incredible service, they began to see long lines every day and outgrew their small dining space. Expansion and renovation was necessary to retain valuable customers and satisfy their hungry stomachs.

The two iconic brick arches are clearly the most striking design characteristics, which have been designed to resemble the Brooklyn Bridge. Custom cut mirrors back these windows, and create a shrine-like encasing for their premium beverage display.  A floating ceiling hangs above the bar area, with specialized ambiance lighting, and welcomes thirsty patrons to the space like a hometown pub located in the center of the dining room. The massive maple wood bar has also been totally renovated with dark black stain and a new countertop.

The rapidly growing patronage also warranted heart-of-the-house upgrades, such as a an added hood vent, to increase kitchen capacity and decrease wait time.  Dining room improvements opened up floor space for additional seating and entertainment – every wall is adorned with large flat screens and speakers. Spiral ducts and metal cables paired with the bar’s brick wall and ambiance lighting keep the setting industrial, metropolitan and cozy. All details of the dining experience were incorporated into the planning stage, and the result is an original looking, antique feel expanded and equipped to properly service a bustling crowd.

Remodeling Miracle on 37th Street

Friday, September 6th, 2013

Not every remodel has to be bold or make a huge external statement. In fact, when we are working with older Austin homes, we are trying to honor the history of the design while making modern changes that don’t scream “new”. This was the case with a 2 bedroom, 1 bath bungalow on 37th Street that one client brought to us in the fall of 2012. The existing house—less than 1300 square feet—built in the 1930′s had an outdated add-on, a small kitchen, and a shabby carport. These remodels are always tricky because we never know quite what we will find, and at the same time, there are some attributes worth preserving, like the all-original pecan floors.

We worked with the owner and—on this project— with architect Nick Mehl to create a marriage of design and function that worked with the existing structure and materials.

When we were done, you can stand on the street and you would almost never know the house had been remodeled. But when you open the front door, it was a world of transformation. In collaboration with the owners, the main living space is now beautiful and very spacious with an added reading room and open concept kitchen. We created this completely new kitchen with an expanded footprint, modern amenities, and greatly improved function. In the back of the home, we fulfilled the owner’s vision by adding a totally new master bedroom, walk-in closet, and laundry room. The master bathroom features an undermount tub with granite and soapstone countertops.

You can see in the photos, that it is like a completely different home on the inside—while not looking out of place within the historical design elements. To top it all off, so to speak, we built a metal roof and constructed a detached two-car garage where the carport once stood. This remodel was started in the latter part of 2012 we finished it in early 2013. When we were done after 5 months, the home had grown to be about 1850 square feet, an increase of 42% that belied the home’s historic charm. With a lot of hard work, planning, and listening, we had a remodeling miracle on 37th Street.

37th Blueprint 1

37th Blueprint 2

It’s all in what you don’t see in Tarrytown Remodel

Monday, April 25th, 2011

With a sufficient budget, a basic knowledge of tools/materials/design, and the requisite experience, any construction company with remodeling services can come in to a home and add something newer, bigger, or more modern. But a heavy-handed remodel can leave a clear indication of what’s old and what’s new. The true challenge is to use restraint along with a nuanced understanding of historical integrity and the materials to make the transitions smoother or not even noticeable. Our goal is to make the addition seem at once new and as though it was there all along.

We encounter this exact situation daily, as we did in a recent Tarrytown kitchen and guest suite remodel.  Time and various changes over the years had left the home with uneven lines, hidden surprises, and a less-than perfect situation for creating seamless transitions. We did what we often do in these sort of projects: we relied on a combination of craftsmanship, determination, and intuition to marry the old with the new—and the uneven lines of the past with the crisp new elements. This project had our crew working in collaboration with an interior designer to re-imagine a kitchen as well as breakfast/desk space along with a reconfigured guest suite. We installed granite counters, custom cabinets, an intricately designed backsplash, a faux painted vent hood enclosure, all-new appliances, detailed tile design in guest bathroom shower, oak flooring added throughout.

What we succeeded in doing was not only to bring these materials and designs into harmony with one another and the adjacent surfaces, but to make the new spaces work in such a way that they can coexist with the rest of the home. Something many clients and even contractors do not take into consideration is that a clumsily executed remodel can instantly date adjoining rooms. We were able to match the look and feel of the rest of the home so that it immediately felt “right.” What’s more, we worked tirelessly to solve myriad issues so that each transition—from original wood flooring to idiosyncratic ceiling beams—flowed from room to room. It’s a certain kind of challenge that we embrace.

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