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Residential Interior Element $30,000 and Over — Lazarus & Williamson, LLC

The homeowner had a small kitchen area and wanted to create walls of cabinets for storage, for eating, and for displaying old, recycled wood. While keeping it traditional, Lazarus & Williamson custom made the cabinetry and trim mouldings, as well as a small counter under the window for eating. Floor space was at a premium, so a nook in the island was created for dog bowls. Shelves in the cabinets are adjustable and drawers utilize rollouts so the homeowner can reach deep inside. By using two different color finishes on the cabinetry, Lazarus & Williamson has defined the areas of the room.



Residential Kitchen $30,000 to $60,000 — Morehouse Improvements

A 1950s ranch house with a small kitchen and dining room required updating and opening up for a better flow and use of space. Since the wall between the kitchen and dining room was not load bearing, it was removed to provide a new room. But to define the spaces, Morehouse created a “rug” in the floor using travertine stone sections. Underneath an uncoupling membrane was installed to allow movement in the floor and deter tile and grout cracking. New lighting provides clearer work areas and an intimate dining area. A new over-the-range microwave was vented to the outside, eliminating the old, thru-the-wall fan. The old slider door to the three-season room off the dining room was replaced with a 15-lite solid wood door, providing more space for cabinets, yet accessing natural light. A valence over the sink and the new door continues the look throughout the whole room.


Residential Kitchen $60,001 to $100,000 — Morehouse Improvements

This family had decided to do their own remodel on the 1920 Colonial, and had accomplished much of the demolition down to the wall studs and ceiling joists — until they came to a load-bearing wall. At this point, they hired Morehouse Improvements to finish the new kitchen project. Several issues surfaced, including floors that had settled by 2-1/2”. These floors contained extensive electric wire, gas lines, plumbing lines and other obstacles to move so it was determined to sister new lumber to the existing floor joists, which had minimal impact on any components in the floors. A new ceiling was required to accommodate the new design of crown mouldings on the upper wall cabinets. The clients had already chosen their appliances, but it was discovered the salesperson had misled them on several issues, which affected not only the appliances, but also the countertop. Reclaimed hardwood flooring provided a problem to install as the milling produced cupped and out-of-line boards.  But, the homeowners love their new, updated kitchen.


Residential Addition Under $100,000 — Morehouse Improvements

By converting an enclosed three-season (no heat) porch into a home office and downstairs powder room and enclosed closet, this 1927 classic side-hall colonial is now ready for a young, growing family.  The old porch windows were demolished and siding taken off the front of the house — still there from when the porch was originally open—old concrete blocks were removed from under the porch, and new footings were dug and poured. New support piers were tied into the existing porch floor, which surprisingly was solid after 85 years. The exterior was sheathed with a new product of OSB coated with a polymer, which acts as a vapor and environmental barrier. New windows, front door and staircase finished the project.  While originally designed as an office, the new front room has been hijacked by their young daughter as a toy/play room.

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