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Renovated To Live

The homeowners hired Duane Johns, Roger Ketchum and their team at Charlotte based design-build remodeling contractor Advanced Renovations to complete the job. Duane and Roger believe a collaborative process is at the heart of their design-build business, integrating the homeowner, contractor and designers into one team for the best results.

“This project worked well because of the process,” says Johns. “The homeowner was already working with interior designer Kellie Scott of Red Sky Gallery to redecorate the entire home. We coordinated our efforts, renovating the kitchen and master bath to create new rooms that flowed well with the design elements in the rest of the house.”

The kitchen overhaul gave the homeowners an opportunity to move away from their dated white kitchen and into a sleeker, more modern space. A flush bank of cabinets on one wall includes a Sub-Zero wine cooler, which allowed the homeowners to bring their extensive wine collection out of storage and within easy reach. Advanced Renovations brought in e3 Cabinets and Design to install silver gloss, slab style cabinetry to complement the stainless appliances. Johns says retractable doors with hidden counter space helps to hide small appliances and maintain the sleek look the homeowners craved. Many other drawer customizations make this a true working kitchen. “Lyra” Silestone® countertops add a little warmth to the room.

During the master bathroom demolition, the Advanced Renovations crew was excited to tell the homeowners they found unused space, which could increase the size of the room without the added cost of expanding the house’s footprint.

“There was dead space behind the existing shower,” Johns says. “We expanded into it and doubled the space of the new shower. The homeowner never knew it was there. What a bonus!”

The Advanced Renovations team also used the extra space to add a new window, reworking the exterior so it replicated the existing windows’ style. The vein cut, warm brown travertine tile in the shower and “Corbona” Silestone® countertops in the bathroom blends seamlessly with the master bedroom. A frameless glass shower door, floating wall-hung vanities and a stand-alone tub from Signature Hardware further customize the room.

The homeowners say they intend to stay in the home since they are so pleased with the renovations. Their due diligence in finding a contractor paid off and they continue to use Advanced Renovations for ongoing projects.

“It’s important to customize your home for the enjoyment of living in it,” Johns says. “Regardless, you’re increasing the home’s resell ability.”






















Article by Dana W. Todd with Urbanhome Magazine

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