This picture shows how much work lay ahead. Once the mess was gone the work could begin.
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
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
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
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