A quarterly newsletter building industry knowledge. Fall/Winter, 2006
Decorating with the future
Planning and decorating a
home to suit your lifestyle and
budget doesn't have to be an all or
nothing proposition. It doesn't
have to be stressful or budget
breaking. Decorating your home
can be a fun creative project the
entire family can become involved
in. Your home will never be static.
Lifestyles change, children grow,
interests evolve and your home
will reflect these changes.
The first step toward achieving
your vision would be to be realistic.
If you live in a small ranch home
with a beer budget, a grand piano
and a twelve foot dining room table room? Do the walls or ceiling need advice I would give you, it would
just won't fit into your plans no painting? Is the flooring adequate? be: Don't skimp on the major
matter how you slice it. Yes, your Does it need refinishing? What items in your home. Buy the best
lifestyle may change; you may move furnishings are absolutely necessary you can afford. These major pieces
into a larger home, you may get a to meet the function of this room? will be with you for many years.
promotion and a large raise. But for A sofa for sitting? A bed for Look for sturdy construction,
now, be realistic and work within sleeping? A table for eating? Set great design lines and colors you
the framework that is available at your priorities according to your can live with a long time.
this time. needs and the needs of your family. Take your time and design and
The first step in realistic If the wood flooring is soft wood fill out your room in three phases.
decorating would be to go through and loaded with splinters and you
and do a total assessment of the have an infant crawling around,
carpeting would be a priority for “Decorating ...”
room you want to decorate. What continued on page 3
is the main function of this room? you. On the other hand, if only
Set up your plan and priorities adults use the home, a coat of paint
according to this foundation. What and some area rugs may be all you
need. You decide the priorities in
INSIDE THIS ISSUE
do you absolutely need in this
your home. If there is one piece of
Renovators Ltd. Showcase
If there is one piece of advice I would give you, it
would be: Don't skimp on the major items in In the News
Kudos to You
your home. Buy the best you can afford.
Taking the gold in the Milwaukee
Home Fine Living Awards
Best House Remodel / Addition Under $100,000
This client, who was referred to us by a
previous client, wished to remodel their
small existing kitchen, dinette, powder
room, and front entryway. The small
footprint of this house presented several
challenges. The first challenge was to
convert their small kitchen into a user
friendly and aesthetically pleasing
kitchen that included a dinette addition.
The second request was to update the
original powder room adjacent to the
kitchen. The final challenge was to open
up the front foyer to achieve direct
access to the kitchen eliminating the
inconvenience of walking through their
formal living room and dining room to
get to the kitchen.
The kitchen’s size was increased by
utilizing the existing dinette space and
was given a complete remodel using
Dura Supreme maple cabinetry with
Marquis full overlay door style and five
panel drawer fronts. The custom finish
included a distressed butternut base stain
with hand rubbed coffee glaze topcoat.
Crown molding with matching finish
was applied along the ceiling perimeter
and along the tops of the staggered
height wall cabinets. A diamond pattern
wine rack with open display shelf above
and a mullion glass door wall cabinet
were added to give the kitchen
distinctive focal points and architectural
interest. An existing window between flooring in adjoining rooms. A French style patio door and tall casement
the kitchen and the family room was combination of under cabinet lighting windows with blinds between the glass
removed and an open archway was and recessed lighting was used to help tailor the abundant light from
created to provide a pass through throughout the kitchen to offer several both the South and West exposure.
between the kitchen and the family lighting options. The existing powder room received a
room. Cambria Park Gate quartz The new dinette addition was bumped complete remodel using a Kohler
countertops were used throughout the out off of the back of the existing kitchen Devonshire lavatory, Kohler Devonshire
kitchen which provided color contrast to and at the same time ran along the side comfort height toilet, Robern mirrored
the cabinetry and contributed to a very of the family room which provided recessed storage cabinet, and wainscot
elegant look. New oak hardwood direct access from the dinette. The paneling on all four walls. The original
flooring was added to match the existing dinette incorporated a six-foot sliding position of the toilet and lavatory were
“Decorating ...” In the News
continued from cover We are pleased to announce that Renovators
Ltd won several awards in our first year of
PHASE ONE comfortable place to relax on a balmy
Do what needs to be done with evening. Wooden side chairs and competition in the Milwaukee Home Fine
ceilings, walls, floors and windows. If inexpensive end tables could be used in Living Awards, including: a gold award in
you really want textured wallpaper but the bedroom and flea market cabinets
can only afford paint, paint the walls could be used to hold china in the Best Bath over $75,000.00; a gold award in
with your final color choice. This way dining room. Again, all of these pieces the Best House addition or remodel under
when you upgrade to textured paper could be put into use in other parts of
$100,000.00; and a bronze award in the Best
everything will still be coordinated. If the home as you upgrade your
you have your heart set on a brick tile furniture. Kitchen under $100,000.00 category. We
floor in the kitchen but it is not in your Phase Two is a transitional phase that
couldn’t have done it without you!
current budget, settle for vinyl in a is continuously evolving. Because you
brick pattern if you must. You are still have a vision and made a plan before ***
achieving the look you want until you you started your room, you know where We are happy to welcome back long time field
can move up to your first choice. you are going and Phase Two is the
Your main furniture concern in Phase journey. employee Gary Elkins, who is returning after
One should be your major pieces. This a rotator cuff surgery. He was missed during
is where you should spend the bulk of PHASE THREE
his recovery, and we are glad to have him back
your budget. Buy the best sofa, bed or Phase Three is the destination. You
dining room table you can afford. have been filling in and replacing items on the team!
Always remember, you don't have to over time. Eventually you reach your
buy an entire set of anything. In fact, final goal and are living in the home
the most interesting rooms are made up you envisioned years ago. You are still Our field employee Greg Wimmer was given
of individual pieces rather than sets. adding accessories and refreshing items, the title of safety specialist. He is in charge of
This is an important fact. This is most but you now are in a home that is
obvious when shopping for dining completed according to your plan. Renovators Ltd monthly safety meetings and
rooms. Chairs do not have to match Don't feel everything has to be any other safety-related situation. We are glad
tables. It is possible to buy a great table accomplished in a month or even a year
without any chairs and use inexpensive after you move into a new home or to share that there have not been any safety-
chairs for a while. apartment. Life is constant change and related incidents.
always in flux. Enjoy the journey. You
PHASE TWO may look back and see that the journey
Once the foundation is laid, it is time was actually more enjoyable than the
to move on to Phase Two. Once you destination.
have bought the main pieces, fill out the _______________________________
room with inexpensive pieces until your
budget catches up with your tastes. For About the Author:
example, in the living room director's Gloria Daniels has worked in many
areas of the home decorating field and
chairs and wicker trunks could We take pride in the quality work and
has been helping clients decorate their
substitute for side chairs and end tables.
homes creatively for over 20 years. attention to detail we provide for you.
As you replace them they could be
moved to the back porch and form a Nothing shows us that you value this more
than when you share our name with your
family and friends. We want to take this
reversed to allow for easier access into the but provided a significantly better view opportunity to express our appreciation.
powder room. Tile flooring was installed when entering the home or when seated in
in the bathroom and adjoining rear hall the dinette.
which added aesthetic charm and Ultimately, the clients were very pleased • Richard Ripple referred Tim and Alberta
durability in a high traffic area. with the project. The previous small Baird.
The existing front foyer was directly in kitchen/dinette, outdated bathroom and • David and Betsy Wyatt referred Jason
line with, but separated from a hallway inefficient front entry have all been
and Robin Handal.
leading from the kitchen to the back entry dramatically transformed to offer
door by a small pantry. The pantry was function, aesthetic appeal, and a living • Walt Schneider referred Richard and
removed and direct access from the front environment that is more tailored to the Madeline Klug.
foyer to the kitchen was achieved. The homeowner’s lifestyle. • Gail Marquardt referred David and
direct access was not only very functional
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