2010 Contractor of the Year – Winner
Nov 5th. 2010 – Not Just Kitchens was awarded a Win for our entry of a basement remodel in the category of Interior Remodel under $100,000. This competition is run by NARI (The National Association of the Remodeling Industry). Remodeling companies enter projects for judging in 15 catagories representing baths, kitchens, basements, exteriors, etc.. We placed 1st in our category for a basement remodel featuring use of many salvaged architectural items.
When we first looked at this basement it was clumsy cluster of partially finished rooms, hideous blue paint, dropped light ceiling and a cold bathroom. The homeowners were looking for 1) a warmer, larger ¾ bath, 2) improved laundry facility, 3) 2 offices, 4) and brighter living space with the budget being apportioned similarly.
The project features a ¾ bath with heated floor tile, a 5’x3’ shower with two glass ‘walls’ and a generous vanity with 2 linen cabinets. The homeowners host a couple events for which friends come from around the states. After the remodel, this is the only shower they want to use, even if they have to take a number.
We left the laundry ceiling unfinished to hold down cost and a preparation for a future first floor remodel. By spraying the structure black, we got wires, joists, and pipes to disappear from the view and the room creates a feeling of having no ceiling. We divided an old bedroom in two to create the requested office spaces.
In the main living space we removed that awful dropped light ceiling, a feature of an 80’s remodel, and replaced it with a dozen can lights. But the big change came with the egress window. We cut out the old small basement window to put in a 2’x4.5’ casement and – wow – it brings in so much sunlight it’s easy to forget we’re below ground. All the trim, doors, and stair rail were redone in natural birch, a light but warm wood.
Attention to Detail – an old adage but oh so true for this project. The all-white 1980s kitchen was an eye sore to the homeowners who have an impeccable taste and love to cook and entertain. Besides being an 1980’s disaster of a design, the space was barely functional.
A new kitchen draws the inspiration from 1950’s, with its’ unique arrow inlays in the tile, drop-shaped light fixtures, and soft curvy lines.