Our Home Improvement and Home-A-Rama Special
Clean lines, painted kitchen cabinetry, large decorative master showers, distressed wood floors and bright open spaces are what dreams are made of, especially when those items are part of your new home décor or remodel plan. Historically low interest rates make for a positive homebuying market. Whether you buy new or old, specialized contractors and designers are available to help make costeffective home improvement decisions.
Families live in their kitchens. It is a place where memories are made and bonding happens. Bob Moore, owner of Chateau Kitchens knows kitchens are a special gathering place and strives to provide a positive experience for his clients. “ Most people get totally overwhelmed with all of the choices available,” Bob says. “My designers have personality, connect immediately with customers and are really talented at pulling colors together.”
According to Bob, remodels are huge. “There are thousands of homes in Hamilton County that are in desperate need of remodeling. We don’t just focus on kitchens, we can rework any space in any home. Big decorative showers with lots of glass are in. Corner Jacuzzi tubs are out.” After decades in the industry, Bob admits he can walk into a home and pretty estimate the costs of desired updates. “We do a lot of work, drawings, 3D design and estimates before we even charge a dime.” Chateau Kitchens will complete about 150 projects this year. Even so, Bob knows it is crucial to educate people about budgets, quality and the ability to turn designs around quickly in order to meet the demands and timeline requirement of customers.
Housewurks of Zionsville
Feeling the pain of a diving market, small home builder, Jim Barber took a break from the housing industry. However, he recognized that Zionsville’s new build lots were limited and many older homes could not be sold, torn down or renovated. Fortunately, Barber found opportunities that reflected his urge to address a niche market that realized remodeling could be more costeffective than building a new home.
“We don’t like to do total teardowns, but want to use the foundation of the existing home intact in order to build a more up to date attractive house. We take significant issues that require a lot of work and turn them into an attractive architectural structure that is pleasing to the eye.
In September 2015, Barber started looking for homes that required extensive work, remodeling and flipping them. “We did barebones renovations where we took designs down to the studs, changed floor plans and created functional homes.”
Doug Marvel, owner of Marvelous Woodworking, is a third generation woodworker with a passion for crafting custom designs that fit into existing architectural features. “We try to match the look of the current space to employ functional designs, old or new, taking in visual clues to determine aesthetically pleasing results.”
Doug explains, he witnesses many homeowners desire to redo staircases by taking out wood balusters and replacing those with wrought iron, a practice that is currently trending. So many styles, from traditional to shakerstyle to contemporary, multiple conversions and trends pave the way for Doug to create unique products in a niche market to promote his diverse services. Doug explains that his shop works with a plethora of talented designers, architects, homeowners and renovators to design high quality,
built in furniture that “solves issues that daunt others.” According
to Doug, “If someone tells me it cannot be done, then we find a
way to do what what the customer wants.”
Adkins Draperies and Blinds
“Spruce up your home.” That mantra is what sets Catherine Strong’s design talent and services apart from the competition. Not only, does she make sure her clients get the best price for their window coverings, she adds in personal attention to detail and excellent customer service.
“Some people want privacy and others want a desirable look,” Catherine explains. “I can visit a house and tell what people need. We have hard products such as blinds provided by Allure in Lafayette or shutters that offer a more upscale, classic look.” A small family owned business, the company employs several in a local workroom producing draperies from scratch. “I visit homes daily to measure windows and my installer, part of the family, is totally focused on installing for our customers.”
The latest products and consumer desires are always a critical factor in inspiring today’s homeowner to move to something new. Some examples of the latest styles are more open kitchens with painted cabinets, furniture like islands with striking solid surface countertops, subway tile backsplashes, distressed wood or tile type flooring, large open walk in showers with exquisite tile work, waterfall and multiple shower head designs, and multi-functional spaces from bonus rooms to in-law quarters.
These are just a few important details that Jarrod Klein, Regional VP of M/I Homes shares, but there is more: “Our green features are the result of our relentless pursuit of the ultimate, energy efficient home. We wrap every home in a weathertight envelope. We seal every seam and caulk every crevasse. We have each home independently rated to certify the energy savings. For an M/I home, our homeowners save up to 30% over the cost of a home built to standard code. Our ratings even beat Energy Star targets. As a part of our commitment to quality, M/I uses 2”x 6” exterior wall construction, Zip Board, and multiple other industry leading construction practices with an end result of the strongest warranty commitment in the business…a 15 Year Transferable Structural Warranty.”