Tour of remodeled homes project: Bires Remodeling, Inc.
Description: Remodeling Team: Bires Remodeling Inc., (770) 466-2038, www.biresremodeling.com; design and planning by William Verhey, Wellspring Designs, (404) 502-1201, www.wellspringdesigns.org; electrical by All Power Electric; plumbing by Pipe Dream Plumbing; drywall and painting by Rast Drywall
The wish list for these homeowners included a downstairs bathroom, bar area, family area and additional storage. One of the primary focuses was to provide the homeowners with adequate office space for a growing business.
The original framed area for the bathroom was to small to accommodate a tub or shower. Instead, the homeowners opted for a very nice powder room with additional floor to ceiling cabinet storage. Also added was a wet bar with under-cabinet wine cooler and refrigerator for entertaining. Under-counter lighting brought out the beauty of Metuno Bordeaux granite. By utilizing a shorter depth cabinet above the sink area, Bires Remodeling was able to keep more storage area without making the space feel cramped or overwhelming.
Material selections took into account the couple’s small children and their friends’ pathway to and from the outdoors. Carpeting was used in the family and office areas only, while a high quality porcelain tile was used in the traffic areas. This had the added benefit of a slip-resistant finish as well as easy cleanup and an almost indestructible finish. The office was isolated using a glass door entrance with sidelights to increase natural lighting as well as security and privacy. This was a semi-custom design incorporating “prairie style” grills on the glass to add interest. Stain was used rather than paint the doorway to help define the space.
Some of the most interesting and energy-efficient features of this project are behind the drywall. Bires used Icynene gold open cell foam extensively through the exterior walls and ceilings to provide indoor air comfort as well as sound dampening. With a high-performance exterior envelope, they were able to utilize a zone system off of the upstairs heating and air unit, saving on the cost and space requirements of an additional mechanical unit dedicated to the downstairs space. The new closed-combustion heating and air system and Navien tankless hot water heater add to the high efficiency of the new space.
An existing load-bearing wall, while only 4 feet long, cut into the main traffic area of the space, negatively affected the room’s natural flow to exterior. With some welding, steel columns and beams, Bires was able to open the space for a significant improvement in room flow and feel. New oak stairs were installed for continuity with the upstairs living areas.
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