COASTAL FIRST FLOOR REMODEL

Previous clients of ours were looking to remodel their 2nd home, a Wye Riverfront property in Queenstown, Maryland. They had owned the home for 16 years, and as they were looking toward retirement and living there full time, they wanted to “spruce it up a bit”.

As the homeowners began to evaluate the current state of their home, they recognized that while the kitchen had functioned perfectly well for many years, it had become outdated and didn’t reflect their current style.  After talking with neighbors and flipping through home magazines for inspiration, they decided to call in the experts:  Reithlingshoefer Design Studio (RDS) for the architectural and interior design; 314 Design Studio as the kitchen and bath designer, with Lundberg Builders leading the custom construction.

The sprucing up that was originally planned ultimately became a much larger whole first floor remodel project after RDS recommended removing a dividing wall from the kitchen to open up the floor plan and to expand and re-orient the dining and living spaces to better support large gatherings on the first floor with the kitchen as the driving force and central hub for the homeowners love of entertaining.

BEFORE PHOTO: Showing wall that was chosen for removal to open up the floor plan to move the dining area to the main living space
BEFORE PHOTO: Showing kitchen and living space dividing wall that was removed to open up the floor plan and create more space for a formal dining area in the main living space
AFTER PHOTO: Showing wall removed and open floor plan concept
AFTER PHOTO: Showing wall removed and open floor plan concept

 

AFTER PHOTO: Showing new dining area
AFTER PHOTO: Showing new formal dining area to replace eat-in kitchen

The addition of horizontal v-groove paneling on the walls and inset in the new coffered ceiling adds an informal and maritime feel to the waterfront home.

In addition to the demolition of the original fireplace, which was situated in the corner of the living room, a new fireplace was designed and built along with custom bookshelves and cabinets for storage.

BEFORE: The original fireplace was awkwardly placed in the corner of the room.
AFTER: Custom designed fireplace centered in the living room, flanked symmetrically by custom built bookcases and cabinetry.

The team at 314 Design Studio worked closely and collaboratively with RDS and the client to help make selections on the countertops, custom island, cabinetry, range hood,  appliances, lighting, accents and finishes, and Lundberg Builder kept the final construction moving forward with careful construction management and meticulous custom craftsmanship.

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BEFORE PHOTO – KITCHEN

The gorgeous cobalt custom built multi-level island was designed to create a focal point, with designated prep area, eating and entertaining space.  The custom range hood adds modern drama to the overarching blue, white and brass maritime look and feel of the design.

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AFTER PHOTO – KITCHEN

The window above the sink is new, which opens up to the screened porch, and now allows a beautiful view while cleaning up, as well as more natural light into the kitchen. Plato custom cabinetry is taken ceiling height to draw the eye up.

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VIEW INTO SCREENED PORCH FROM NEW KITCHEN WINDOW
AFTER: View into screened porch from new interior kitchen window 

One of the client’s favorite new spaces is the sitting area
that was created in the old eat in kitchen area. New swivel chairs, a
large ottoman on casters and good lighting provide a
comfortable area to take in the gorgeous view while enjoying a
cup of coffee and the morning paper.

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BEFORE PHOTO – EAT IN KITCHEN AREA
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AFTER PHOTO – SITTING AREA FOR MORNING COFFEE, A FAVORITE SPACE FOR THE HOMEOWNERS

Beyond the kitchen  is a combined mudroom and laundry room, replete with a small desk area, convenient for making shopping lists, replying to emails, paying bills, or writing thank you notes.

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What project are you dreaming about that would help you live life to the fullest and better meet your lifestyle needs? We’d love to hear from you. Remodeling is best approached with a team of professionals, and most importantly, designers, architects and the custom craftsman that can honor your vision and bring it to life. Call us at 410-643-3334 and tell us about it!

Cabinetry and custom kitchen hood:  Plato Custom Cabinetry via 314 Design Studio 

Countertops: In Home Stone – quartz composite

Refrigerator – separate unit subzero and freezer

Flooring– Tuckahoe Hardwoods -European white oak –  ¾ inch, sanded finished engineered hardwood

Farmhouse Sink and Faucet – Kohler

The Home Improvement Process

 

Jesse Goodroe, Lundberg Builders’ Project Consultant

Given we are all staying home a lot more these days, you may have decided it’s time to make some home improvements. Maybe you want to expand or open up your living space, create a more functional kitchen or update a bathroom, build a dedicated office, or add a workshop, guest house or outdoor space. Whatever your project, you will likely need assistance from a professional on the design and construction. But where to start? Below we outline our system in working with a client to familiarize you with the process, help you begin to plan, and to highlight some important tips on how to ensure success: on time, on budget and on goal with the project you had imagined. 

The first step is to call and schedule an appointment with us to tell us about your project.  Typically clients have some general ideas in mind as to style or selections that will help us understand your overall vision for the project and help us to guide you to achieve it. 

After our initial meeting, we will develop a rough budget for the project. Once approved, we move to our construction agreement. 

Lundberg Builders’ screened in porch for a client on the Eastern Shore

If the project requires drawings, Lundberg Builder’s in-house designer will visit your home to take on-site measurements ‘, and then draft the design. Once the drawings are approved, we will develop a detailed 23 division estimate.

Once the final estimate is approved, the permitting process begins, if required. Permitting typically takes 4-6 weeks to complete and can take longer in certain circumstances. This is why we advise to get your project started as early as possible. In other words, if you are looking forward to enjoying a new porch or deck in the spring, it’s time to get started today! 

Lundberg Builders’ new deck and railing for a client on the Eastern Shore

 

Our supervisor will then provide a tentative schedule for all construction divisions. He will handle all of the scheduling of contractors, ordering of the materials and every other aspect of project management. This makes the process smooth and consistent for you to have one main point of contact with us no matter what subcontractor is onsite working.

At all phases you can expect a very transparent and collaborative process. You can expect weekly on-site meetings with our supervisor for job progress reports, making selections, and addressing any changes or unforeseen issues. We have a wealth of community-based vendors we can suggest to help you source the right materials. For any kitchen and bath design needs, we suggest working with our award-winning affiliate company, 314 Design Studio. 

314 Design Studio and Lundberg Builders collaborated on this stunning kitchen remodel for a client on the Eastern Shore

The supervisor will tightly manage the timeline of when materials should be ordered for on-time delivery for each phase of the construction. This is important for you to keep in mind as selection choices ideally should be made in a prompt fashion. As many of the selections that can be made in advance, the better and more efficiently a project will be completed. Selections like cabinets, for instance, have to be custom built, requiring 4-10 weeks for delivery.

Once your project has been completed, we will have a final review to ensure your complete satisfaction. We want you to  know that our services and relationship with you extend beyond the completion of any single project. We hope to continue our relationship as part of the Lundberg family of happy customers. We’re here for you should any needs arise – from handyman work to remodels to designing and building your next custom home, we sincerely look forward to hearing from you and learning more about your next dream home project.