Perspective

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Thinking of Remodeling?

Think JOY in Addition to Cost / Value   A few before/after RDM remodel pictures: Olsen Basement, Sexton Stair/Living Room. October 2011Rick McDermott Remodeling magazine has released their 2010-2011 analysis of estimated costs recouped for a variety of home projects - everything from a family room addition to a new master suite. It's an interesting look at both mid-range and upscale projects, and compares our region (West North Central) to the national average. (You can take a look here.) What the...

6718 Residence Update 4

The mild winter weather has allowed the construction to move quickly.  The Master Closet is primed and ready to paint.  With all of the structure exposed, the detailing in the screened porch has been challanging but Hurst Construction has been doing a great job. The photo on the left shows the jig needed to make the cuts in the top of the posts where the rafters will sit.  ...

Aging Gracefully

Adapting Your Home for a Changing Lifestyle (left to right) 1.Grab bars were incorporated throughout the bathroom for ease of movement. 2. In addition to the mirror above the vanity a full height mirror was added. You can also see the entry to the roll-in shower and the shower seat as well as the grab bar at the toilet. 3. In order to make the dishwasher more accessible it was raised to...

KCH&G Photoshoot

Keep an eye out in upcoming KCH&G issues for some photos of our project.  Rick and I went out during the photoshoot to take a look at the finished and furnished project. The clients are incredibly happy with the end result and have transforned (with our help) a stark and dated place into something fantastic. I took a few pics while Alistair Tutton worked his magic. We spent a lot of time with Hurst Construction and with Arcways to make...

1232 Residence Update 10

And then there was paint! To say that the paint in this room is subtle would be an understatement. The trim and ceiling is satin and the walls are flat. This slight difference in finish is enough that they appear to be a different color. We replicated the existing shelves on the right with another set. This simplified this corner and provided some more much needed storage space. Here is a view of the desk piece and the...

In the Office!

There are a lot of cool things out there, products especially, that we come across in magazines, blogs or just cruising around the web and its tough to keep track of them or recall them when you might be able to use them in a project or show them to a client. Sure you could bookmark them on your computer or create a list of links on the server somewhere but this is architecture and we are visual people. We...

Belvedere Update 17

A beautiful day for a site visit out at Lake Quivira. The warm weather means construction hasn't skipped a beat. The front isn't a whole lot more complete with the exception of the stone work. Because there is a belt of cast stone between the stone and stucco, the mason can only go so far and the stucco can't be started until that is installed.  The stone work on the base has also advanced as fas as it...

Master Plan Enhances Outdoor Living

  February 1, 2012 by Kurt Kraisinger, RLA, LEED AP Principal, Lorax Design Group www.loraxdesigngroup.com Are you dreaming of a patio, pergola structure or new swimming pool in your backyard? Or maybe you’re thinking about an outdoor kitchen, a stone fireplace, a water feature or a landscape full of four-season color? For those homeowners who don’t want to go down the path of a “do-it-yourself” job, you may need the assistance of an architect or a landscape architect (who often work in collaboration with one...

6718 Residence Update 3

With the pool issue resolved, Hurst Construction has taken advantage of the unseasonably warm weather to pour the foundations and start the framing. The screened porch foundation is sitting on a pool full of concrete.   The retaining walls on the south side of the house create a lawn that will help replace some of the backyard that will be taken up with the new screened porch and patio. ...

1232 Residence Update 9

Went by to check out the final prep for paint. All the trim is in and the cabinets are installed. It looks great even unpainted, I can't wait to see it painted. Everything will be basically the same color but different degrees of gloss / flat. This is one of the trick pieces in the project. When both parts are folded away it looks like a normal cabinet but when entertaining it can be folded out to become a...