Enduring Charm LLC

First Floor Remodel


This picture shows how much work lay ahead. 

Looking down one direction of the great room, which measures roughly 20x30 feet, the warmth of the cherry floor and painted wainscoting are apparent.


The great room renovation included a new Pella sliding door and repainting of formerly dark stained windows.  


A custom three piece casing profile was used throughout the project on the doors and windows.  


A pocket door leading to the laundry room saves space.  The wainscoting from the great room is carried into the hallway. 

The laundry room--formerly a kitchenette--is outfitted with a tile floor and cabinets for storing laundry products.  A booster fan was installed in the dryer duct due to a long run to the outside.  


Both bedrooms were re-trimmed with new casings and base mouldings, repainted, re-carpeted and fitted with new ceiling tiles.  


Though the bedrooms have large windows, more light was added with additional recessed lighting fixtures.  

The bathroom was completely overhauled, including the addition of this beautiful tiled shower.  


A furniture-like vanity with a granite top brings elegance to the bath and ties in with the floor tile.  


This beveled mirror medicine cabinet completes the bath.



My client had already spent a decade in this house located in a Jersey shore area when he decided it was finally time to tackle the first floor remodeling project. Since the house is built on a slab, the first floor is set up much like a basement, with a drop ceiling to leave access for mechanicals.

The "before" picture shows just how much work lay ahead. The first floor now includes a great room, two bedrooms, a bath, a laundry room with walk in closet, and a hallway leading to the garage.

Demolition took place first, including the removal of a kitchenette where the new laundry room would go. One entryway was closed up and a closet wall was moved to create a bigger space. A false wall with a pocket door was built too.

Extensive drywall replacement and repair was required on existing walls, the electrical layout was heavily modified and simplified, and quite a bit of plumbing modification was needed too.

A warm, nautical feel was created in the great room with cherry flooring, wainscoting painted Benjamin Moore Navaho White and walls painted Wedgewood Gray. The ceiling tiles are USG Eclipse Illusion in white. Lots of recessed lighting helps brighten the room on dark days.

A new Pella sliding door allows access to the outdoors. Anywhere that existing dark-stained windows or doors remained, they were re-trimmed with a custom profile and painted Navaho white.

The bedrooms were refreshed with new paint, mouldings, berber carpeting, ceiling tiles, lighting, and door hardware.

The former kitchenette was gutted and replaced with a tiled laundry room. A pocket door conserves space in the entry. A small closet in the same area was enlarged to walk-in proportions. After plumbing and electric was revamped in this area, a dryer duct booster fan was installed due to the long run to the outside. Cabinets and shelving will allow lots of storage.

The bath was gutted too, including the removal of old, dated tile from the concrete floor and the walls. A beautiful tile shower was installed, along with complimentary shower valves in an oil-rubbed bronze color. The floor was leveled and retiled. A Kohler Portrait toilet was installed in a biscuit color, and a rich furniture grade vanity with a granite top finishes the look. The matching medicine cabinet has a beveled glass mirror.

--John Painter, Owner