Rooted deep in family history, this house was built in 1972 by the homeowners grandpa and has sheltered three generations. This family was ready to make this space their own and asked our team to breathe new life into the old structure.
We completed a comprehensive renovation of the upper, main, and mezzanine levels of the home. We removed the wall dividing the primary communal spaces: living room, dining room, and kitchen. We transformed a once-small sun porch into a more expansive main living and dining space, modified the once-cramped closets to provide more space and utility, and overhauled the primary bathroom and closet, enhancing their functionality and aesthetic. We also repurposed the pre-existing garage into a contemporary home office, and added on a fresh outdoor patio space.
While the home is fondly referred to as "the farmhouse”, the homeowners envisioned a more modern, less rustic feel. The final design brings freshness to the space and prominently features some of their favorite shades of turquoise and teal. Vintage touches like hexagonal black and white tiles and a pre-existing clawfoot tub were seamlessly integrated.
Now, this family has a harmonious mix of boho and organic elements to create a modern, warm, and inviting family home, echoing its history while being perfectly suited for the present.
The original design of the house was compact, with what's now an eat-in kitchen previously serving as the sole living room. Set on a secluded road amidst lush woods, the house's unassuming Cape Cod façade hid its potential. Our team extended the entire back wall of the house, transitioning the once-cramped space into a spacious great room. This not only enlarged the living area but also provided ample space for the homeowners to comfortably host their children and grandchildren simultaneously. The vaulted ceilings now give the room a lofty, airy feel, the stone fireplace serves as a centerpiece accentuating the room's grandeur and floor-to-ceiling windows frame the enchanting woodland view and flood the room with natural light. On the exterior of the home, we removed the existing brick and siding on the front of the house and replaced it with new, elegant stone to amplify the home's rustic charm. We also constructed new pillars, installed a modern front door, and complementary shutters to achieve a cohesive and sophisticated look. As soon as you open the front door, you are now welcomed into a breathtaking expansive space that is both luxurious and inviting, making the house an unparalleled woodland retreat.
This family was looking for a way to make their home feel more like a true reflection of their personalities. We completed an entire main-level renovation for this family that gave their home new life. The primary bathroom was quite small and not functional, so we stole some space from the old kitchen pantry to create a more practical layout that made room for a soaker tub and shower and a pocket door that improved functionality. In the kitchen, we added a custom coffee bar in the breakfast nook, gave the kitchen cabinets a fresh coat of paint, installed new quartzite countertops and backsplash, and painted all the walls to create cohesion between the kitchen and living room. To round out the project, we installed new laminate flooring all throughout the main floor. Now, their home is a haven for connection and relaxation.
The family was ready to make their primary bathroom feel like a luxurious getaway, and our team helped turn their vision into a reality. Their old bathroom had a lack of storage space, felt dark and closed in, the shower wasn’t functional, and they were craving an elevated look. We overhauled the entire bathroom by adding an elegant, Japanese soaker tub that is a great focal point, custom shower with unexpected and unique tile, frameless shower doors to give a more open and expansive feel, and floating white oak custom cabinetry by Six Branch Woodworking. We also added a fireplace feature, modern toilet, and gave the homeowners more storage space and outlets. Now, their bathroom is their own personal oasis.
Our economy is showing signs of change, and while we aren’t economists, we are seeing a noticeable decline in new construction permits. Unfortunately, we have seen this before. New construction is not as viable as we watch interest rates gradually climb. More and more homeowners are shifting their attention to remodeling. History tells us when new construction starts to dry up, we will see those high-volume new build construction companies start flooding the remodeling market.
New build construction companies and the remodeling companies have some very obvious commonalities on the surface. We build stuff. Take a deeper look and we are not all that similar in how we approach business. That is not to say that remodeling companies are better than new build construction companies or vice versa, but we operate with different philosophies.
High volume new build construction companies generally work exclusively with sub-contractors. Drywallers, framers, flooring crews and all of the other various trades are subbed out and those contractors are providing a service at the lowest possible price because of the volume they do. Lumber, drywall mud, paint, grout even down to the last screw is accounted for. The goal is to get every trade to work as fast as possible so you can churn out new builds as quickly as possible. There isn’t as strong an emphasis on repeat customers. It is an ‘on to the next one’ mantra. There is marginal room for error in material, and the labor is lightning fast because time is money. One gigantic factor that should not be ignored is that new build construction can work fast because a homeowner doesn’t occupy the space during a build. They don’t have to account for dust or mud getting everywhere. This automatically makes the new build process different from the remodel process.
On the home remodeling contractor side of things, we have a different philosophy. It starts with a customer-first approach. 99% of the customers we work with live in the space we are remodeling. We are committed to protecting your belongings and keeping the space clean and healthy while we are remodeling a house. We understand the inconvenience of having workers in your home. We understand how messy a job site can get so we go to extra lengths to contain our mess and we clean each day before we leave the job site. Most importantly, we take our time to make sure we do your remodel the right way so there’s no call-backs. The only call-back we want is when you’re ready to book your next project with TrueSon Exteriors & Interiors.
New build construction companies are not equipped for remodeling. I know that reads like a bold statement, but it is generally true. Those companies aren’t customer focused enough to provide the type of service a remodeling company like TrueSon can provide. Unlike most new construction companies that utilize a project manager who schedules sub-contractors, we have an employee on site almost daily who monitors quality as the project is being done. This eliminates major issues on the final punch list walk-through. Another major difference is TrueSon backs the work we do with a 5-year labor warranty where most new builds are only covered for a year.
So, if you’re looking to do something smart with your money and you want to invest it back into your home, think about who you want working in your space. Remodeling price and speed often come at a cost. TrueSon Exteriors & Interiors has been a staple in our community – voted best Home Remodeling Company three years in a row. When you’re ready to start your remodel project, get in touch.