Hidden Potential

Every now and then a project concept comes along that we just haven’t done before. This one was no exception. We needed to create a multipurpose space for a busy mom in a hidden corner of their basement.

We had to

1: Punch through to the finished basement so that this added area seemed like it had always been there.

2: Create a layout that would be an office with a secret craft closet


3: The most obvious of all…..make sure the new space was beautifully designed


Here is the future office and craft room area. Looking back at the hidden craft room space


The future office space.


New office and craft room floor plan

I had so much fun working through all of the design eliminates...

Let's Mix It Up Mixing Metals

1: Select 2-3 metals that you will be working with


*Satin Nickel, Antique Nickel

*Brass, Antique Brass

*Oil Rubbed Bronze, Venetian Bronze



2: You will want to establish one of your metals as the dominate metal and the other as the accent.


3: Separate metals by likeness, height, or location. The key is to space them out around the room so that your eye can rest on the balance of the metal placement.

For example: Pair the cabinet hardware with the lighting and use a contrasting metal for all of the plumbing.


3There is definitely an art to mixing metals in any space of you home, but the chic and polished finish it will create is SO worth the time.

Here are some tips to get you m...

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...

Before You Decide to DIY


Whether you’re a little bit handy or a talented Do-It-Yourselfer, it can be tempting to take on a remodeling project yourself to save money. However, there are a lot of moving parts in even a basic remodeling project, so there are several things for you to think about before taking on the task yourself.

Scope of Work and Design

Is your project something you can complete over a weekend? Or is this job going to require your home to be disrupted for weeks on end while you work on the project in the evenings after work? Taking on projects that can be drawn out over weeks can add increased stress. Will the scope of work involve changing the footprint or layout of the room? Homeowners often...

Re-Feathering Your Empty Nest


When kids take flight, a house can seem empty...or full of new possibilities. For so many of our clients, the “empty nest” becomes a chance not just to repurpose rooms, but to create all-new spaces sparkling with room for everything from hobbies to entertaining. Let’s take a look at some ideas for re-feathering your own empty nest.

1. Move cooking to the front burner. No more squeezing meals in between kids’ never-ending activities! You can indulge your own taste buds and take time to savor the joy of cooking. A chef’s kitchen remodel makes it even better with new appliances, work spaces, and flourishes all designed just for how you like to cook – and e...

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 (

Getting the Most Out of Your Initial Consultation


During an initial consultation, we’ll tour the area of your home to be remodeled and discuss your requirements and objectives.

Our goal is to bring your vision for your home to life, so understanding your personal style and preferences is important. This is not a portfolio review but a working session. In addition to providing feedback on your own ideas, at this meeting we share options on general layout and may provide some preliminary information on possible material choices.

In addition, we will review the design process with you in more detail and answer any questions you might have. Project scope, budget and design goals all affect the process. We don’t believe in over-...

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Topeka | Lawrence | Kansas City

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