We are in the final days of a kitchen renovation in Lisle, Illinois. Having had a negative experience with a previous bathroom remodel, the clients are thrilled that the project has come in on time and without any surprises! It’s wonderful when things happen as expected.
Their Lisle kitchen features cherry cabinets by Fieldstone Cabinetry in a simple Shaker style. The new kitchen layout will make cooking so much easier than before. And the tile backsplash gives their new space a lot of personality!
They chose to do two different cabinet finishes in their kitchen to make the island look like its own separate piece. The island is painted maple cabinets (see photo at left). The island contrasts nicely with the newly finished oak flooring.
New stainless steel appliances make this kitchen modern and energy efficient. In the photo below Mark, of Electrical Concepts, Inc., is making the final electrical connections to the double oven. The double oven is a wonderful piece because it allows you to cook two different meals at one time. What a great convenience!
It won’t be long before our clients are enjoying their kitchen and living easy!
Joel is a member of the Naperville Rotary Club and is a member of the race committee.
The event was a huge success this year as the weather did more than just cooperate. All 2200 spots were filled for the event with money going to several charities in Naperville.
Here is a news story about the event from NCtv17.
On March 15th Crimson received an award for business excellence from the Daily Herald Business Ledger. Crimson was honored along with nineteen other suburban businesses during the 22nd Annual Awards for Business Excellence program.
The ceremony was held at the Stonegate Conference Center in Hoffman Estates. Approximately 165 community business leaders were at the event.
Crimson was selected for this award for several reasons; well thought out business systems, the flexibility to adapt to a ‘new’ economy, and our community involvement.
While accepting the award on behalf of Crimson Design & Construction, company co-owner Neil Kristianson acknowledged the hard work of the Crimson team that allows Crimson to not only survive but thrive in this ‘new’ economy. He also spoke of the legacy Crimson is creating in Naperville not only through the many examples of improved homes throughout town, but also by their community involvement.
It’s always nice to have your hard work recognized by someone. Winning an award as prestigious as this is even better! Our thanks to The Daily Herald Business Ledger!
Click here to see the full article that appeared in the Daily Herald.
We’ve been hard at work this winter creating a design guide specifically for Naperville.
So many times you open a home magazine and see some gorgeous photography but quickly realize that none of it works for your home. We’ve seen this problem as well. So, we set out to create a book of design ideas that specifically pertain to Naperville-area homes.
Naperville is not known for Cape Cod, Southern Georgian or Southwestern Pueblo style homes. Naperville was created by builders that used a mixture of styles in their homes. You will rarely see this style of design in a magazine.
But what can you do when remodeling your Naperville builder-style home? We have faced this design challenge numerous times so we set out to give you some great ideas in our Free Design Guide.
Crimson Design & Construction proudly accepted nomination for the 2011 Naperville Small Business of the Year (SBY) Awards earlier this year, and on May 13, 2011, owners Neil and Joel Kristianson attended the awards gala to anxiously await the results of the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce’s top honor.
While Crimson was not the winner of the Business-to-Consumer category, we were selected as a Finalist! This was Crimson’s first nomination and we feel like a true winner for being nominated alongside several outstanding small businesses in the community.
Here is Neil and his wife, Jennine, accepting our award.
(Photo courtesy of Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce.)
The SBY Awards are divided into six categories with one overall winner. Members nominate businesses for the awards and winners are selected by the blue-ribbon committee – a panel of last year’s winners. For more information on the SBY Awards, please visit www.naperville.net.
The Guildmaster Award that is. This is the 3rd consecutive year that Crimson has won GuildQuality’s prestigious Guildmaster Award for exceptional customer satisfaction.
Once a year, GuildQuality recognizes exceptional customer service with their coveted Guildmaster Award. Crimson was one of 154 home builders/remodelers throughout North America recognized for their superlative performance.
GuildQuality is an independent surveying company that surveys Crimson’s clients upon completion of their remodeling project and one year later (to determine satisfaction with follow-up, warranty issues and overall satisfaction with the project). Clients are asked about their experience with Crimson and how we may improve our service or product.
We strive to deliver extraordinary customer service to our clients. We appreciate the time our clients take to respond to our survey requests. We take all these comments to heart and use them in the future management of Crimson.
We just wrapped up an extensive kitchen remodeling project on the South Side of Naperville. The project involved removing all the kitchen cabinets and one pantry closet (where the new wall oven and microwave are located). The cabinets were replaced with new Fieldstone Cabinetry in stained cherry and painted maple hardwoods. The backsplash tile is all new with a great design and accent pattern above the cooktop.
The original kitchen did not have a vent to clear cooking fumes and smoke from the range. We were able to add one set in a dramatic mantle-like style. The new vent exhausts to the exterior and clears any unwanted odors from the kitchen quickly. No more setting off the smoke detector! That’s actually a common problem we hear that our clients would like to fix.
One of the other big changes to the kitchen space was to add a stainless steel 48″ built-in refrigerator. This new fridge fits perfectly in an alcove that used to contain the refrigerator and some cabinets. No lack of space in that machine. But just to make sure, we also added a beverage fridge near the family room so that the kids can grab pops and fruit juice without getting in the way in the kitchen.
One of the biggest changes to the house was the addition of hardwood floors throughout the first floor and upper hallway. Every room on the first floor now has beautifully stained white oak floors. Some of the rooms even have the flooring in patterns with walnut inlays. Quite the elegant look.
All of the formal spaces on the first floor, and upper hallway, were upgraded with wainscot paneling on the walls. The white panels add a great contrast to the darker floor and really help to make the wall colors stand out. The panels were carried up the stairway and down the hall to really tie all the spaces together.
Speaking of stairs, the stairway was also rebuilt to add oak treads and handrails. The oak was all stained to match the flooring. New painted balusters were also installed. A formal wool carpet runner was installed to add that last finishing touch.
Overall this project has turned out great. It’s a great new living space that the homeowners can be proud of for years to come.
This kitchen on the South end of Naperville is getting a dramatic facelift. We will be pulling out all the cabinets and replacing them with new Fieldstone Cabinetry. Beyond the kitchen, we will also be replacing two stairways in the home with new oak treads and rails, adding hardwood flooring in the living room, dining room and study, and adding trip upgrades such as door heads and wainscot panels. It’s really quite an extensive project.
This week the homeowners moved out and we relocated all their furniture from the first floor to the basement to make way for the hardwood floor installation. Any flooring on the first floor that was not hardwood will be upgraded to new white oak hardwood to match the existing. The existing floors will also be sanded, stained and refinished so that all the flooring blends together. Three of the rooms will also get walnut inlay strips for a stunning pattern. Not easy work, but well worth it! After a two week temporary move the owners will be able to return to a beautiful new floor.
At this point the kitchen cabinets have been removed and as soon as the floors are done the new Fieldstone Cabinetry will be delivered. The cabinets will be a combination of stained cherry and painted maple with a glaze. We are using some of the existing granite countertops since they were only a couple of years old. We will be able to match the existing tops with new granite in some areas to fit our new layout.
We have just started work on a basement bedroom suite in Naperville. The existing basement was one giant finished room. We are splitting it in half and using half for the new bedroom, bathroom and walk-in closet.
One of the challenges in fitting a bedroom in a basement is having the code required window. In this case we had to dig in a new window well and install a four foot square window. This will allow for some natural light in the basement as well as allow for someone to escape if there is a fire or emergency.
The window well was dug out by hand (8 feet deep!) because there was not room to get a piece of excavation equipment around the side of the house. This is very common for these situations and we usually end up hand digging the windows.
So far on this project the room has been stripped of old paneling, we have dug in the new window well, and we have cut up the floor and installed the new underground plumbing required for the bathroom. Overall this project will take about 8 weeks. Stay tuned for more updates.
Crimson Design & Construction would like to introduce our newest team member. Meet Carolyn Conklin! Carolyn was recently hired to work full time with Crimson’s clients as a Designer and Selections Coordinator.
Carolyn interned with Crimson last summer to gain on-the-job experience. In August, she went back to Samford University, in Birmingham, Alabama, to complete her schooling. Carolyn graduated in December 2010 with a degree in Interior Design.
Carolyn enjoys working with our clients during the design and selections process. She says, “I like being a part of the transformation – designing a space to go from unusable to efficient, cramped to spacious, embarrassing to ‘wow’ factor.”
Carolyn started with Crimson one month ago and has successfully settled into her new position. Her main focus is to give as much attention to each project that is needed. She is committed to giving Crimson’s clients her best at all times.
Please help us welcome Carolyn. We know she’ll be a great addition to the Crimson team!
Contact Crimson if you are looking to spruce up your space! Carolyn has an eye for color and detail and would love to help you make selections that suit your space, your taste, and your budget.