The exterior has received a dramatic makeover complete with the addition of a porch, new siding, architectural gables, and a new driveway.
The interior has gained an updated kitchen, a powder room, a new fireplace with built-in shelving, and a brand new master suite.
The focus of the kitchen design, besides the obvious aesthetics, was to increase storage and efficiency for everyday use. By tastefully adding more cabinetry and installing organization systems in them, the kitchen is now much easier to cook in with everything in its place.
We also increased the efficiency of the space upstairs by turning two small bedrooms and a bathroom into a spacious master suite. By moving a few walls and rethinking the space, Crimson was able to give the homeowners a bigger master bedroom, a walk-in closet, a master bathroom, and a home office. Talk about efficiency!
Crimson is happy to welcome yet another family back to their new and improved home, custom designed for their specific needs, wants, and tastes.
An old ranch home in the downtown area of Naperville is undergoing a huge transformation. The plans for this 1950s house include a completely updated kitchen with a built-in office area featuring Fieldstone Cabinetry’s custom painted and stained cabinetry.
The existing cramped office space adjacent to the kitchen is being repurposed into a much needed powder room, while the living room is receiving a custom fireplace surround and expansive shelving to store and showcase the family’s book collection.
On the next level, what used to be two small bedrooms and a modest bathroom is now reconstructed into a spacious master suite including a luxurious master bath, a walk-in closet, and a home office.
On the exterior, an inviting front porch has been added featuring gables to add more architectural detail to its otherwise simple facade. The home will also have new siding installed in some areas to act as an accent while the remainder will receive a fresh coat of paint.
It is exciting for us and the homeowners to see the transformation take place. Soon, they’ll have a home that reflects their personal style and better suits their needs for daily living.
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.
Well, we have completed 98% of an addition in Downers Grove. The remaining exterior parts of the project will remain until the weather cooperatives and we can replace the existing driveway and front porch. The client is all moved in and the kids are enjoying their new bedrooms. What fun. A room of your own! It is reported that our youngest client (2 years old) is sleeping much better now that she doesn’t have to share a room. It’s good to know that these projects really do make a difference in peoples’ lives.
For those that have not seen this project before, we added an entire second-story on an existing 1950′s ranch home. We also added a family room addition on the first floor that allowed for a family room three times as large as the original. It also made room for the laundry to move from the dark basement to our client’s new favorite room in the house – a laundry/mud room.
This room off the garage now has space for a five foot long coat rack as well as individual lockers for each child. Everybody gets their own storage space for coats, books and shoes. In addition the room has a good-sized closet, the washer/dryer, cabinets above the washer/dryer and a laundry sink. There is a lot of function packed into one room!
One of the former bedrooms on the first floor was turned into a home office area where the kids can gather around the computer after school and do their homework. This room also made way for the new stairway to the second floor as well as a large closet under the stairs.
Upstairs are three new bedrooms, a bathroom and a large hall closet. Each bedroom has it’s own double-wide closet the length of the room. Giving each bedroom almost fourteen feet of hanging space! The homeowner says that this is one of her favorite features to the new addition – all the closet space!
The upstairs bath features two sinks and a separate toilet/shower room. Plenty of room for the three young children to get ready in the morning.
All-in-all the clients are loving this new addition. Their friends, family and neighbors all say that the addition looks like it has always been there; which is music to our ears!
If this was the view out your back window you would never want to leave! Well that’s exactly the attitude of the homeowners on our newest project in St. Charles. They have a beautifully secluded piece of property and they don’t want to give it up. Unfortunately, the house, built in the 50′s, doesn’t fit the dream. Therefore, they have hired Crimson to give all the bedrooms and bathrooms in the house a major overhaul. Over 1000 square feet of the house will get a face lift to make better use of space. One of the bathrooms will be a new luxurious master bathroom complete with walk-in shower. Additionally, the master bedroom will get a new walk-in closet and a large sitting room with a view through a newly installed twelve foot wide patio door. What a great place it will be to sit and read on a spring or fall afteroon.
As you can see, everyone is hard at work demolishing the old. With 1-1/2″ thick plaster walls in the two bathrooms that hasn’t been easy. As you can see from the picture, the shower and tub would have made a great fallout shelter. But after two full dumpsters (sent to Hoving for recycling) the old is out and it’s time to start building new. This week the framing will be completed and the new rooms will take shape.
Watch for new updates as this project progresses.
The foundations are all in and framing has begun. As you can see, it is really starting to take shape. The back wall of the house is coming out to connect the existing house to the addition. I’ll get some more photos of this major remodeling project up soon.
Spring has finally sprung and it’s time to build something! We recently got started on an addition in Bolingbrook. In this picture Bill is preparing to cut the existing concrete foundation wall to allow access to the new addition’s basement. Bill is standing where the new basement will be.