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Oct

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SECONDARY SUITE TO MASTER SUITE

After purchasing their home, these homeowners had dreams of reclaiming the secondary suite to create an open and spacious Master Suite. The team at Winston Brown Remodeling of Topeka and Lawrence, KS helped bring this dream to life.  With such a dramatic transformation - the homeowners were amazed at how the space had so much more potential than they originally thought and absolutely love the outcome.

Before

The secondary suite was originally outfitted with a kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, sitting area, and closet.  It had independent access to and from the main home.

After

Walls were moved to create an entry hall leading to the master bathroom, master closet, and master bedroom. A spacious walk in closet was created and custom tailored to the homeowner's organization needs.

Walls were removed and the ceiling was lifted to create a bright and open master bathroom.  A freestanding tub with shiplap accent wall compliments the large walk in shower.  Cabinetry was selected in a light oak to coordinate with all the other neutral selections. Large gray tile in a herringbone pattern grounds the space.  All faucets are in a matte black finish, enhancing the sophisticated lighting selections over the double vanity mirrors and the tub.

In the master bedroom, the existing brick accent wall was painted white to blend into the look and feel of the airy space.  Original large windows showcase the beautiful wooded view.  A new floor to ceiling fireplace was installed to serve as a partition between the sitting and sleeping spaces, while giving ambiance to both. White oak flooring was used throughout to tie both spaces together. Finally, another chandelier completes the cozy sitting room.

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MODERN WHOLE HOME REMODEL

This whole home remodel updated a spacious kitchen, added a focal point to the living room, and gave a facelift to the powder bath and foyer. Winston Brown Remodeling of Topeka and Lawrence, KS worked with the homeowners to discover their needs for the spaces and what their ideal outcome would be. The result is nothing short of a breathtaking transformation.

Before

This large kitchen previously had dark flooring, copper colored cabinets with even darker countertops, and a curved island in the center. The overall effect weighed down the space and hid its true potential.

After

The updated kitchen boasts rich, dark walnut Custom Wood Products cabinets complete with a sleek stainless-steel accent. Some appliances were moved to increase space functionality. Cambria Quartz countertops from Heartland Granite and Quartz provide ample space for food prep as well as entertaining. Light colored porcelain tile opens the space, visually carrying into the adjacent rooms. A Silver Lux Mosaic backsplash by Ann Sacks and two new Farley Hollywood Regency Polished Nickel Coiled Pendants give this kitchen some added personality and interest.  

Before

A bold, dark formal living room. Large windows allow homeowners to take in the wooded view.

After

This light and airy living room invites relaxing and great conversation with friends and family. The newly constructed floor-to-ceiling modern linear fireplace creates a focal point for the room, all while complimenting the impressive view of the outdoors.

Before

A simple powder bathroom with pedestal sink.

After

A sophisticated update with a Cambria Quartz floating vanity from Heartland Granite and Quartz. The original light fixture was reused to add charm to the space.  

Before

A foyer that continues with the dark tile and copper accent railing.

After

Light colored porcelain tile continues into this space, creating an instantly lighter look. The railing was repainted a gunmetal gray to compliment the remodel. Carpet on the stairs was updated as well.

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Topeka, KS (August 15, 2018) - Winston Brown Remodeling has been selected by REMODELING magazine to join the REMODELING Big50. Each year since 1986, the REMODELING Big50 inducts 50 remodeling companies that have set exceptionally high standards for professionalism and integrity through exemplary business practices, craftsmanship, and impact in their community or the industry at large. Big 50 remodelers run successful, often growing, companies of various sizes that have taken the lead in raising industry standards.

“To get a sense of how unique this status is, consider there are roughly 98,000 remodeling firms in America with paid staff,” noted Craig Webb, REMODELING’s Editor-in-Chief. “Since 1986, we have selected only about 1,600 firms. That’s just 1.6% of all the remodeling businesses in the country today.”

“We are honored to receive this distinction,” says Jake Brown, Owner of Winston Brown Remodeling. “The award recognizes excellence and leadership, and we are privileged to be named to this select group of remodelers.”

REMODELING editors, columnists, industry leaders, and companies themselves make the nominations each year. Following a lengthy evaluation and interview process, the editors select the 50 companies that exemplify the best of the industry that year, and that have something to offer other remodelers in proven practices.

This year’s Big50 includes full-services remodelers, home improvement firms, insurance restoration firms, and specialists in specific parts of the homes, such as basements, kitchens and bathrooms. Some have a history going back decades, while others are just a few years old. “There’s no single strategy here and no lack of competitors for their services,” REMODELING’s introduction to the list declares. “What Big50 firms share is a culture that celebrates employees and customer service above all.”

The Big50 awards will be presented at a dinner at the Remodelers Summit and Awards Gala on Wednesday, September 26, 2018, in New Orleans. The 2018 Big50 winners are featured in the August-September issue of REMODELING, a national trade publication read by more than 150,000 professional remodeling contractors. Longer profiles of the winners are posted on the REMODELING website, remodelingmag.com.

Aug
29
Winston Brown Construction named to Qualified Remodeler's Top 500 List

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Qualified Remodeler, the premier publication serving remodelers and home improvement companies in the United States, has selected Winston Brown Construction as one of the Top 500 remodelers of 2017. Since 1978 the QR Top 500 has tracked the industry’s largest and most successful companies.

Winston Brown Construction was chosen as a 2017 Top 500 remodeler by the Qualified Remodeler editorial staff for meeting a set of criteria including installed remodeling dollar volume, total years in business, industry association membership, industry certification, industry awards and community service. 2017 marks the 19th year Winston Brown has been named to this prestigious list.

The Top 500 ranking is the home building industry’s top recognition program, produced by Qualified Remodeler magazine, the largest and oldest audited magazine in the trade. Qualified Remodeler publishes the annual ranking list as the feature piece in the August issue of the national trade publication. The Top 500 list is the longest running recognition program in the remodeling industry. The annual ranking is CPA-Audited analysis of the financial performance of remodeling businesses throughout the United States.

Additional information on the Top 500 can be found in the August issue of Qualified Remodeler and at www.qualifiedremodeler.com.

ABOUT WINSTON BROWN CONSTRUCTION

Established in 1974, Winston Brown Construction is an award-winning industry leader with an outstanding portfolio of design and remodeling in Topeka and Lawrence. Their unique process for design-build remodeling delivers distinctive designs and successful builds that result in remarkable client satisfaction. Winston Brown looks at each and every project as a new opportunity to excel and set new standards for the remodeling industry.


Aug
15
At Home: Retired Washburn professor creates home office

Article by Linda Ditch, Freelance Writer for the Topeka Capital-Journal

Photography by Keith Horinek, Topeka Capital-Journal

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Barry Crawford, retired Washburn University professor of philosophy and religion, enjoys spending

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Budgeting for Your Home Remodel

Money. It is the driving factor in most home remodeling projects, but definitely a topic that no one really enjoys discussing. The budget conversation can make homeowners a little uncomfortable and even cause a bit of anxiety. But as you may or may not know, the expense of a remodeling job can cost a lot more than you had imagined. There are so many options for just about every aspect of the job, like cabinetry, flooring, countertop material. Each one of those categories has a vast price range, depending on your style. So in the end, it really boils down to how much do you want to invest in your home?

Instead of keeping your budget a secret through the estimate process, save yourself time and agony by sharing the amount you have decided t...


Apr
20
Before You Decide to DIY

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Oct
07
Winston Brown Construction is Hiring!

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Winston Brown Construction is seeking experienced, qualified individuals to join our team. We are fortunate to have a lot of jobs lined up, so there is plenty of work to keep you busy all winter and into the spring! We offer competitive wages and a benefits package including medical and dental coverage, paid vacation days, and paid holidays.


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20
Dust Control an Essential Part of a Healthy Remodeling Environment

About 90 percent of homeowners stay in their homes during remodeling projects. Some end up regretting it.

Why? Dust, which can permeate every part of your home, from your toothbrush to your dog’s fur.

Here are a few ways you can tell whether your contractor is concerned about a livable environment during a major remodeling project, lasting six months or more.

Does the remodeler:

  • Have a dust control plan? Not just a fan in a window, but a real action plan that will assure you that dust will be contained on the worksite – not in your kitchen.
  • Use best practices as part of the plan? For example, top contractors across the country use the BuildClean Dust Control System (buildclean.com) because it takes away up to 90 percent of the airborne dust, even on the most challenging projects. They know the installation of barrier walls and use of vacuums aren’t enough.
  • Bring up dust control to you before you even ask about it? That’s another good sign. If a contracting company says it is a “clean” contractor, it’s likely you’ll hear about its dust control plan, and why it insists on using BuildClean, during one of its first meetings with you.

Dust isn’t just a nuisance. Remodeling and demolition dust can trigger asthma attacks, allergic reactions and problems for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Jobsite dust can also have an adverse effect on the health of pets that are in the home during construction. In addition, particles from sawing, scraping and sanding can ...


Sep
13
Which Kitchen Countertop is Right For You?

Granite Kitchen Counters
Granite is one of the most popular choices — it’s a natural stone with plenty of character, unique grains, colors and customizable finishes. When properly sealed, it's one of the most durable options out there. Unsealed granite can absorb stains such as oil, which can ultimately cause dark spots or discoloration. Heat from pots and pans or hot liquids will likely have no effect to the granite surface under normal circumstances. Certain foods with citric, lactic, and vegetable acids such as oranges, milk, and tomatoes can strip the polish or etch the stone surface.

It is recommended to seal the granite countertops and then periodically reseal the surface every few years to help liquids penetrating the...


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