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A & H Flooring LLC - Home Improvement | Chattanooga, TN

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Here we will post our completed and even sometimes in progress jobs. We hope you enjoy reading about what we do here at A&H Flooring and Cabinetry and also seeing some of the transformations that we work on for our clients. Check back often to see  our new posts!!

By ahfloori88029674, Jun 5 2018 08:11PM

We are so excited to be able to share this remodel with you!

In this home, we remodeled the kitchen, half bathroom, desk area, and laundry room. We could not be happier with how gorgeous everything turned out!

The cabinets for the kitchen are Decora cabinets with a painted white finish on the perimeter and Sherwin Williams Classic French Gray paint for the island. We installed quartz countertops with a Kohler farmhouse apron front sink and a beautiful tile backsplash. Custom pieces were added to the cabinets, such as several glass doors for display, an arch valance on the open refrigerator cabinet, spice pullouts with decorative legs, cabinet base molding, and a one of a kind custom built hood! We changed the position of several appliances in this kitchen to make it more functional for our client, as well as gaining additional counter space. In the kitchen we also painted the walls, refinished the hardwood floors, completely transformed the pantry, installed all new decorative light fixtures, LED can lights, undercabinet lighting, and installed new windows and back door.

In the half bathroom, a Decora vanity with Sherwin Williams Classic French Gray was installed. The layout for the bathroom stayed the same, but we added shiplap paneling to all of the walls, installed granite countetops with a vessel sink, and installed a new sliding barn style door with black hardware accents.

For the customers desk area, it did not previously function as a desk, so we made quite a few changes. We installed Decora cabinets with a white painted finish, quartz countertops, shiplap paneling behind the desk, an open cabinet with arched valance for display, undercabinet lighting, and made sure to drill holes through the countertops, so the home owner was able to run cords down and out of sight. It is now a very functional space to pay bills and plan out the weeks schedule.

In the laundry room we installed Homecrest white painted cabinets along with stained open shelving. We added a pocket door to close it off from the hallway, undercabinet lighting and a decorative hanging fixture, a rod for the homeowner to hang dry clothes, a new sink and faucet, quartz countertops, and a shiplap wall behind the sink. This laundry room is now a dreamy space to do laundry in!

We were blessed with an amazing client throughout this remodel as well as getting to work with one of our favorite Interior Designers, Katie Pratt. The remodel turned out beautifully and we are so happy that our client now has her dream kitchen!

Scroll through the before and after photos below and see how drastic of a change this kitchen underwent. Then leave us a comment to let us know what you think about this remodel!

By ahfloori88029674, Jan 26 2017 08:56PM

BEFORE RENOVATION!!

When we started on this renovation it was just an ordinary home that was outdated. But now it is completely updated and GORGEOUS!!!

The homeowner has been a longtime friend and was such a joy to work with.

Through the renovation the home was vacant, so the homeowner didn't have to live through the dust, mess, and noise that come with every remodel.

In the existing kitchen, we had stained oak cabinets, with dated appliances, vinyl flooring, laminate countertops, and a peninsula with spindles. The kitchen wasn't terrible, but it wasn't the homeowners style and it was outdated. With the kitchen being one of the main focal areas of the home, we definitely wanted to make it beautiful and a space for the homeowner to enjoy while she entertained and enjoyed time with her family.

Throughout the rest of the home, there are 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. There was a lot of carpet, wallpaper, and popcorn ceilings

The master bathroom had an extra helping of wallpaper and needed some love.

For the bathroom and the kitchen we really wanted to add some elegance and brightness!

The kitchen got Colonial White granite countertops, with Sherwin Williams Poised Taupe painted cabinets, and taupe 4x16 ceramic tile backsplash with a linear cream glass and stone mosaic. We also layed a gray washed LVP throughout the entire home, everywhere except the master bathroom and sunroom. We even layed the LVP in the guest bathroom, since LVP is waterproof!

Then for the master bathroom we chose a Shaw white/ gray 4x8 porcelain brick tile, navy blue vanity, with a LG Cirrus marble look countertop, gray 12x24 shower wall tiles, and blue mercury glass mosaic tile.

AFTER RENOVATION PHOTOS!!

This home has made a complete turn around! It looks completely different and is now fresh and new! We are so excited for the homeowner to have her new home and to get to share it with her friends and family. She even has a room set up for her granchildren to stay the night and they have already started to make friends in the neighborhood. We love when our clients are happy with their projects!

We painted the outside of this home a nice, cool gray, with fresh white trim, and we pulled the blue for the new front door from an awning that overlooks the pool. There is also a lake across the street from this home, so the cool gray and blue vibes help with the lake feel.

This swing is going to be a great spot to enjoy the evening sunsets.

Once inside we walk into a fresh new living room. All the carpet is gone and we have this gorgeous LVP throughout. We added a new ceiling fan in the living room as well as crownmolding. The white trim against the gray walls really gives a clean, fresh look and just pops! The LVP flooring thoughout the home is gorgeous. It is waterproof and scratch resistant, but the best thing is that it doesn't look like it's a vinyl. It is laid in planks and even has a handscraped texture to it.

From the living room we move into the dining area and kitchen, and what a transformation!! The dining area and kitchen received a different paint color from the living room, but the LVP flooring still continues through. There is a GORGEOUS new light fixture hung in the dining area to anchor the homeowners dining table.

Then in the kitchen everything has changed! But one of my favorite features is the custom double sided bookcase that we built for the peninsula to replace the previous spindles. The homeowner loves this feature because she is able to display her cookbooks and other kitchen accessories that she originally didn't know what to do with. And there are some beautiful sparkling pendants that hang over this area. We removed several ceiling mount fixtures in the kitchen and replaced with recessed LED can lights. While also adding LED undercabinet strip lighting. There is now a multitude of lighting for the homeowner to utilize, because lighting in the kitchen is very important! To the cabinets we removed the latice trim that ran around the top and a cabinet valence above the sink, this really helped to make the kitchen feel larger. We also replaced all of the hardware on the cabinets with brushed nickel hinges, knobs, and handles.

The kitchen faucet was replaced with a Delta Leland pull down brushed nickel.faucet, and all of the lighting fixtures are brushed nickel finish so that everything was cohesive.

This kitchen is now somewhere that our client can bake, cook, and entertain easily!

Right off of the kitchen there is a sunroom, and this is probably one of my favorite rooms in the home. We tiled this floor with a Shaw 4x8 porcelain white/ gray brick tile in a heringbone pattern and it turned out absolutely stunning. But once the draperies were added to this room it felt so peaceful and very elegant. Morning coffee in this room would be calming and comforting.

Next we will head to the guest bedroom and bath. This area is set up for the homeowners grandchildren. We painted the bedroom a fun turquoise, while the bathroom stayed with the color scheme of the kitchen for the walls, vanity, and countertops.

Both areas got new light fixtures, with the bedroom receiving a ceiling fan and the bathroom a Edison bulb 2 light wall mount fixture.

The master bedroom is next, and it is a very elegant master bedroom. It has a beautiful tray ceiling, with freshly painted gray walls, and the homeowner purchased a gorgeous new bed and rug that accent the space perfectly!! And the icing on the cake is getting to wake up every morning with the exquisite view of the lake just out the window!

On to the master bathroom....

This area had one of the most stunning makeovers in the home. Once we removed all the wallpaper we were able to see what we had to work with. We removed a fiberglass tub/shower, the oak vanity cabinets, a linoleum floor, popcorn ceiling, outdated light fixtures, and the existing plumbing fixtures.

We added a brand new tile shower with a stunning waterfall mosaic. The shower walls have 12x24 gray tiles laid in a horizontal straight lay pattern, with a 30" x 12" recessed niche and a full framed bench. The bathroom floor is a brick tile in a heringbone pattern and this was carried into the shower floor. For the shower plumbing fixtures we chose to implement a handheld showerhead as well as a fixed showerhead. From the shower next there is a gorgeous navy blue vanity topped with a marble look quartz countertop. All of the plumbing fixtures and cabinet hardware are chrome and accent the bathroom perfectly. We chose a single hole Delta faucet and a frameless beveled mirror. The mirror is flanked on each side by single Edison bulb sconces.

We along with the homeowner are absolutely in love with how this master bathroom turned out!

Thank you so much for visiting the blog today!!!

Let US know what you think of the remodel and what your favorite aspects are in the comments below! This was such a fun remodel and we are so thrilled with the end result, we hope you feel the same way.

Thank you,

​A&H Flooring, LLC

1608 McCallie Avenue

Chattanooga, TN 37404

By ahfloori88029674, Jun 27 2016 02:34PM

This remodel has been in the works for a while, and we couldn't be more excited to finally be able to share with you the completed product!! The home was a complete overhaul and no longer looks like the old 1966 house that it once was. It is definitely an updated transitional home on the lake with all of todays modern conveinences. No more blue tubs, split level entrances, dated wall paper, or dark paneling.

So without further ado... here is your first look at the completed "Yellow Rose Home."

Below you can see the custom built brick steps leading up to the covered front porch. You will also notice the blue front door that matches the custom built window shutters. In the orignial layout of the home, the front door was staged to enter at a split level, we chose to move the front door to its' current location and build steps leading to the front door from the outside, so that you were able to enter on the main level.

We love how the brick was layed to 3' high and also carried to band the top of all the windows and doors. It helps to break up the stone, so that it doesn't get too heavy. The combination of the Old Worlde Sedona Stone and Queen Brompton brick is such a gorgeous combination!! Below you can see the new concrete driveway that we had poured. This new driveway curves so that no one gets blocked in or has to back out, it is a much larger and more functional driveway than what was originally there, while still maintaining plenty of front yard space.

Below you can see the concrete steps that were poured and formed to the left of the garage leading to the side patio/ screen porch. Orginally there was a rough wooden ramp in this area that was rickety and dangerous. These wide tread low riser steps are much more appealing and safer than they ramp that existed before.

Above you can see the side patio/ screen porch. It has not yet received its' screen, but the homeowner intends to use this space as a type of sunroom. We chose to use indoor/ outdoor carpet here to bring some softness outside to what would have otherwise been all hard surfaces, the carpet is pictured below. The footprint of this patio was concrete and stayed the same original size, we only chose to add a knee wall along the outside, add columns and a roof to make it feel more like a "room."

This back patio is the original footprint and did not change. We only chose to pressure wash the surface to clean up its' appearance.

Above you can see the breathtaking backside of the home. The back porch leaves people in awe. We added x- frame cross beams to help bring in the expansiveness some, so that the porch didn't feel overwhelmingly large. By extending the roof line on the right side (of this photograph) that extends over the screen porch area we were able to make the house look symmetrical from this side.

Pictured below you can see up close some of the features of the back deck. There is gray stained shiplap paneling on the ceiling, shingle siding on the house, gray TimberTec decking, and large exterior fans to help circulate that cool lake air! This space gets used a lot for entertaining family and friends, and who wouldn't want to sit out there to relax, drink a cup of coffee, or have a cookout?

Pictured here is the door leading from the master bedroom to the back deck. Originally there were windows on this area of the house in the bedroom, but we decided to add a sliding door to give the master private deck access.

And when you wake up in the morning from the master bedroom this is what you see. How could you not be instantly relaxed or feel like you're always on vacation when you get to wake up with a view like this eveyday?

Now we head inside, where you get to see even a bigger change!!

We are going to head down to the basement level first and work our way up.

Pictured below is the first thing you see when you walk down the steps into the basement. This is a wet bar with mini fridge, bar sink, and cabinets for storage. We have white cabinets, Colonial Cream granite countertops, and brushed nickel plumbing fixtures and cabient hardware. We really wanted to try and keep the basement as light and airy feeling as possible, 1. because it was on the lake and 2. because it was a basement and was already a dark space. You can also see the light colored LVP (luxury vinyl plank) flooring that we used in the entire basement. This is a floating, water proof, and scratch resistant flooring that we laid directly over the existing tile that was down in the basement.

Directly behind the bar area is the staircase with these cool built ins to the side. This created some useful storage space out of what would have usually been wasted space, and it is a interesting and different idea.

Here you can see the painted stone fireplace for the basement. This orginally was a wood burning fireplace that we converted to gas. One of our favorite features of this is the reclaimed mantle. The mantle was actually made from reusing a header from the original framing of the home, so it looks great and brings some of the old home to the new!! This living room is so light and bright, it doesn't look like a basement at all.

We head to the left and back to one of the bedrooms. Where this bedroom currently is used to be just open space for storage and had a bar for the basement. We needed to add an additional bedroom for the homeowners family to stay in, and the space fit an additional bedroom perfectly. Off of this bedroom there is also a exterior door leading to the back bottom patio.

Next we head back through the living room and down the hall to the other 2 bedrooms and bathroom. Here you can see an up close picture of one of our favorite, but often missed elements of this home. Can you guess what it is?

It's the door knobs!!! We know that is a small element in the grand scheme of things, but we LOVE these black matte egg shaped door knobs!

Ok, so moving on from door knobs we head to the other 2 bedrooms in the basement.

They are both standard size rooms that received all new finishes and fixtures. In the second room pictured below we added a full cedar closet for the homeowners to store coats and other items in. You can smell the cedar all the way down the hall. Also in the cedar closet is a access door for all of the plumbing for the basement bathroom.

Now heading into the basement bathroom. We have a semi frameless sliding glass door on this shower along with a rainhead and handheld showerhead. We chose brushed nickel finishes for this bathroom. The tile in the shower consists of small 2x2 mosaic tile for the floor, 4x8 white brick tiles on the walls, and a gray/ white stone and glass mosaic on the upper part of the walls. You can also see pictured below the deep niche that we framed in this shower. We had a perfect place between wall studs where we could frame the niche low and deep (about 12" rather than a standard 4") so we did and it turned out really cool. The homeowner had guests who comented how their shampoo and things don't even get wet when they are in that niche. The vanity cabinets and countertop match that of the wet bar in the main basemetn area, they are white with Colonial Cream granite tops and a single hole Delta brushed nickel faucet.

Now let's head upstairs!! This is what you see when you look up the stairs from the basement. Before the basement actually felt like a "basement", but now it just feels like any other floor of the house. It's comfortable and inviting, and if that's how the basement feels imagine what the upstairs is going to be like!!

We'll head in to the master bedroom. This room has a cool neutral pallet with some fun patterned pillows and chairs and then solidcolor sheer draperies and the plushest custom rug to put your bare feet on every morning. The master bedroom feels very relaxing and inviting. It contains the vaulted ceiling that also runs thru the rest of the main floor of the home. The large windows and sliding door bring in a lot of natural light and the gorgeous lake views. There is also a sitting area in the master bedroom where the homeowners can sit and enjoy a morning cup of coffee while watching the news or curl up and read a book.

Next to the master bathroom, which is just as much of a retreat as the master bedroom. You first walk in and see this gorgeous free standing tub with a deck mounted Brizo chrome faucet. The vanity features double undermount sinks, a makeup knee hole, Brizo chrome 8" widespread faucets, a linen pantry for towels, and Cambria quartz countertops. Turn around from the vanity and there you will see this beautiful 6' x 4' walk in tile shower with a full bench, rainhead showerhead, 2 handheld showerheads, frameless glass door, and a 3' x 1' shampoo recessed niche. We chose large 15" x 30" tiles for the shower walls, with a matching 2" x 2" mosaic for the shower floor. We then accented the niche and a mosaic detail around the plumbing fixtures with a decorative glass/ stone mosaic tile. The main bathroom floor is a 12 x 24 slate looking tile with a bit of texture to resist slipage. The master walk in closet is off of the bathroom and features custom built shelving units, rods, and cubbies. The bathroom floor tile extends into the master closet.

Next we will head into the half bathroom that we added to the floor plan. This is located off of the main living space to the right when you enter the front door. We used chrome sconces with fabric shades mounted into the mirror, white cabinets with accent glazing, Summerhill Cambira countertops, Brizo chrome 8" widespread faucet and one of our favorite features of this room, the contrasting darker ceiling. We painted the ceiling a darker shade of the same color family to contrast with the walls and add a litlle bit of dimension to the half bath.

Below you can see the newly stained hardwood floors that are installed throughout the main floor of the home. We installed a sand and finish solid hardwood floor, which means that we installed unfinished solid hardwood, sanded, stained, and finished on site. We used a gray stain, when applied to the oak wood took a greige look.

Below is your first look at the completed great room. Here you can see the fireplace with its barn style sliding doors for the television installed on the new stone fireplace with gas insert. The fireplace also has a custom built matle and shiplap vertical siding on the top half. In the second picture below you can see how it looks with the barn doors closed to conceal the television and you also get a great view out of the large windows that run across the back of the house. Also in the mantle and top half of the fireplace are built in/ hidden pop out cubbies that are designed to hide all of the electrical wires and boxes for the television and surround sound.

When we turn around in the living room we are getting a look at the gorgeous new kitchen. In the original footprint of the home the kitchen was closed and dark, this new kitchen is open and ready for entertaining!! And look at those BEAMS!!! Aren't they gorgeous!? These beams mimic the same ones that are used outside at the screen porch and the back deck. We chose to only add the beams to the kitchen area, so to define the 2 spaces between the living room and kitchen without actually building any walls or closing anything off.

The kitchen is one of our favorite areas in the entire house. It functions great and looks amazing too. The homeowners LOVE all of the storage space and all of the different types of storage that she has in the cabinets The island is a gray stain with a handwiped glaze and steel gray granite countertops. It also has a vegetable prep sink, an ice maker, two trash cans, cookie sheet storage, and additional storage for items not used often hidden from view under the barstools. Then the perimeter cabinets are white with Cambria Berwyn quartz countertops. There is a oven/ microwave combo unit, gas cooktop, cabinet style hood, and a low divide cast iron white sink. the cabinets consist of corner cabinets with lazy susans with roll out trays, deep pot/ pan drawers with shallow roll tray on top, pull out spice racks, and an additional two trash cans. All of our cabinets in the kitchen have matte black hardware that matches our door hardware throughout the home. Then our backsplash consists of 4 x 16 gray ceramic tiles around the perimeter with gray glass mosaic tiles inserted behind the cooktop for a focal point. We also implemented LED strip lighting for our undercabinet light source. We chose to mix and match some of our finishes in the kitchen, since we used black hardware for the cabinets we went with a contrasting sleek chrome for the hanging light fixture above the island and also for the kitchen and bar faucets.

Even though we opened the kitchen up to the great room, we still feel like the two rooms stand on their own while playing off of each other very well. The kitchen is a great focal point for this home and will be a wonderful gathering spot for family and friends.

Directly off of the kitchen we added a butlers pantry. Originally this area that we made into the pantry was in the garage and we decided to close it in and finish it to be a usable space, because the garage was already extremely large and could fit 2 cars easily with space left for storage or work space. This butlers pantry is a dream!! You first see these gorgeous sliding barn doors that are extremely functional while still being aesthetically pleasing. The homeowner loves that she is able to leave her stand mixer and baking utensils out where they are ready to use and she doesn't have to haul them out of a cabinet every time she wants to use them. We also put the laundry facilities in this space. So whether there is a bit of a mess leftover from baking and you have guests come over or the laundry is washing, the homeowner can easily slide the doors shut and not see or hear anything in the pantry.

But we also put glass doors in the upper cabinets, so that the homeowner could display her china and glassware. So if the doors are open there is something very elegant to look at as well.

We carried the same cabinet and granite color as the kitchen island into the pantry to keep the two spaces coordinated.

The last area of the home that we will visit is the bonus room that we added above the garage. We can see this space being used as a media room in the future for movie nights for the grandkids. The bonus room has a set of stairs leading up to it from the great room. The stair treads, hand rail, and posts were all stained to match the hardwood floor throughout the main level, while the spindles of the rail were painted white. In the bonus room we chose to put carpet down to soften up the space.

So that is our remodel of a 1966 original home to a modern light and bright lake house!! We hope that you have enjoyed following along with us during this renovation process.

We will share with you one more picture before we end, and that is a comparison of the before and after, so that you can see side by side the drastic difference!!

Let us know in the comments below what you think of the renovation or if you have any questions for us! Thank you for reading our blog and we hope you enjoyed this post. Stop by again soon for more updates on new projects!!

Thank you,

The Team at A&H Flooring, LLC

By ahfloori88029674, May 13 2016 02:43PM

When we finally started construction on the house our guys went all in! Demo consisted of tearing out basically everything. All of the floors, walls, sheetrock, everything on the main floor, even the roof!! In the basement everything pretty much stayed as it was minus a few walls. We tore the house down to its' exterior studs, it was quite a job and A LOT of trash in the dumpster.

I am going to share with you in this post our construction phase and a lot of pictures through the process.

After we had everything demo'd we got busy framing the house back to the new plans. We had to build a new roof system and a lot of new walls. We also added a bonus room on top of the existing garage and so new stairs had to be built as well.

One of the first big changes that changed how the house looked and functioned was the new location for the front door. Originally the front door was located so that you entered on a split level, we moved it so that you would enter the home on the main level, and we did this without having to change the existing stairs to the basement. The original split level landing was left in place and was now made to be an entrance from the garage. We opened up the kitchen to the living room to make the house and open floor plan. We were also able to add a large pantry with laundry in the kitchen, which you can see in the picture below.

The added bonus room above the garage was planned to be a space for grandkids and extra storage. Then also on this main level we put a half bath off of the living room, which you can see framed out to the right of this photo below, and the master suite, straight ahead.

The master suite in this home is incredible!! It has a large bedroom, a grand bathroom that was layed out for a shower, double vanity with makeup knee hole, and soaking tub, and then a large walk in closet off of the master bath. From these first few pictures you can see that the home has completely transformed!! It feels so much more open and really takes in the lake views.

The basement downstairs is now laid out to have 3 bedrooms with walk in closets, a full bath, storage area, and living room with a bar. You really start to see the differences in the basement area once the finishes start going in.

After we got past the framing stage, we got to start putting finishes on!! This was such an exciting stage. Below you can see the house with the shingles on, a new front door (in its new location), new garage doors, and the windows are in place. The brick and stone is about to start getting laid. Also pictured is a close up view of the new double garage doors and the back of the house. The new back deck is absolutely breathtaking.

Pictured next you can see the house once we have the brick and stone on!!

We chose a combination of Sedona Olde World Stone which is a white stone with hints of gray and red and Brompton Brick that is a greige (gray + beige) color brick with a gray mortar. You can also see the left side of the house which we decided to add a screen porch to, pictured is of course minus the screen, but we have a stone wall built around the patio along with a gable painted to match the beige from the garage doors and the top dormer.

Inside we were having just as much progress! We had sheetrock finishing, paint sample selections, electrical and plumbing, and so much more, it was a non stop process. Below you can see a picture of the newly framed fireplace on the main level. We tore out the existing stone wood burning fireplace and built a gas fireplace that fit our space better. We planned to have the television and all of the electrical boxes/ wires hidden, so there is a large cutout in the center for the televsion and then on both sides there are cubbies for speakers, routers, etc. We also put a gas insert in the fireplace in the basement. The second photo below is the basement stone fireplace, we wanted to leave the stone, but as it was originally it was very dark. We felt that the space needed to be light and airy, so we decided to paint the stone white.

Also going on downstairs are some cool cubbies being framed into the side of the stairs. This gives some function to what would otherwise be dead space. And then also pictured is the basement bathroom shower. You can see the tile is just starting to be laid. You can see the red guard waterproofing layer that covers the entire shower, and then our shower tile floor has been installed and the tile walls are started.

We will head back up to the main level and pictured below you can see the railing that was installed in the great room. This replaced the original iron railings. You can also see the matching railing that is on the staircase that leads up to the bonus room above the garage.

This next picture shows a very exciting milestone!! Our beams went in! We added beams to the kitchen side of the open floor plan, so to help define the 2 spaces without actually seperating them. These beams are breathtaking! And we decided to add matching beams to the back deck as well, so that everything was cohesive from the inside out. Pictured you can see the 2 sets of beams as you are looking into what will be the kitchen. Then the second picture below you can see as if we are standing in the kitchen looking into the great room. You can still see the beautiful beam and you get a sneak peak at the gorgeaous fireplace that is coming along. And you really get to see how bright the space is because of the windows on either side of the room. Both large bays of windows let in an enormous amount of light and make the space feel so much more open and large.

Then in our master bathroom we have a lot of progress with our tile installation. Our shower tile has all been installed as well as the floor and the tub surround. Our freestanding tub has also arrived and we will be able to get the plumber back out soon to do a final plumbing trim out for all of our plumbing fixtures. In the master bathroom we selected more neutral tones than all white shades like downstairs. We had higher ceilings and a lot more light on the main level so we had a little more play with our options for finishes, but we still didn't want to make anything feel dark and closed in. We selected a slate look floor, with a neutral shower tile, and a glass mosaic. We carried the matching shower tile and glass mosaic to the tub surround.

We will go back downstairs one more time, and I will share with you some progress of cabinets and granite coutnertops going in! We added a bar to the living room in the basement and then the bathroom got a small vanity. We made the 2 areas of cabinets and countertops match because we also decided to carry the same LVP (Luxury Vinyl Plank) flooring throughout the basement. LVP or LVT is waterproof and scratch resistant. But because we were already being cohesve with the same floor throughout the basement, we kept the cabinets and countertops the same style and color in both areas. The bar area is located directly at the bottom of the stairs when you come down to the basement. It has a small bar sink, a mini fridge, and a microwave that will be hidden in the pantry. We chose a lot of light, bright, and airy colors for the basement. Since the ceilings were already fairly low we wanted to make the space feel as open and large as possible, so we accomplished this by selecting a lot of pale blues (since we were on the lake) as well as a lof of differenct shades of white.

We'll head outside and I'll share with you a picture of the back decks progress. You can see the stained gray shiplap ceiling, the gray decking, and then the moster bronze fans!! This deck is 27' wide x 15' deep, we needed some large fans for the space. Our windows are a dark bronze which the fans were chosen to match.

Well we will stop there with the in-construction pictures. This house is coming along so great!! We are so excited for the progress and can't wait for it to be complete!! Next time you check back with us we will be posting our final installment for this project with completed photos!

Thank you for stopping by our blog. Let us know what you think of the house so far in the comments below!

Thank you,

The Team at A&H Flooring, LLC

By ahfloori88029674, May 4 2016 06:19PM

This house was going to get a huge makeover, but before we could get started demoing anything we had to start putting our ideas on paper with exactly what we wanted to do with the house. In this second entry I am going to walk you through the steps that we took in starting our design process for the house and also share some photos of fixtures and finishes that we selcted!

We drew the house in several computer programs, AutoCad, Revit, and 2020 Design. We used multiple programs, because each one has a different purpose.

We used AutoCad for our main floor plan with dimensions, notes, etc. We drew the plan as the house was existing and then printed out plans to hand sketch on top of, to figure out which walls we wanted to move or eliminate completely. After we hand sketched, we then put that back into AutoCad and had our complete floor plan. We decided that we were only going to fully gut the main floor, so that is what the floor plan is showing. There is a basement level, but we were only doing cosmetic touches to it and not a full gut, so it did not need to be drawn.

I also used AutoCad to draw the kitchen and bathroom countertop layouts and tile designs. The tile designs included dimensions and written notes and the drawings were given to the tile installers, so they knew exactly how the tile should be installed, where, with what color grout, etc. That way they didn't have to call us over and over again to ask a bunch of questions.

We used Revit to get a 3D perspective of our exterior. We decided that we wanted to completely change the roof line of this house, but before you do something as drastic as tearing the roof system off of a house you want to be sure of what you're putting back in its' place. We were able to import our new floor plan from AutoCad into Revit and then build the walls up and add the new roof lines that we wanted. By seeing it in 3D we were also able to determine where we wanted to add windows, dormers, shutters, etc. This way we knew what our house was going to look like before we ever started, the 3D feature really helps!! From Revit I printed out 3D perspectives of the house so that we could sketch where we wanted all of the exterior finishes. In the drawings below you can see where we sketched in brick, stone, shingle siding, and some shutters to help us visualize what we wanted the finished product to look like. We did several sketches before we landed on this for the final layout of all the exterior finishes. Sometimes sketching by hand is much faster and easier than trying to change the finishes in the computer program over and over.

We also used 2020 Design during the renovation of this house. 2020 Design is a 3D program designed for kitchens and bathrooms. It has all of the cabinet catalogs loaded into the program so that I am able to draw a kitchen or bathroom with the exact color/ style of cabinets that are selcted. I am also able to add in different elements to the space such as beams, dishes, televisions, etc. This is a very helpful program because I can make your kitchen or bathroom look almost spot on how it should with all of the finishes and fixtures before a project ever begins. Also with the 2020 Design program I can change out cabinets as we see fit. So if we thought we wanted drawer cabinets instead of standard door cabinet on the island I could change that and we could see it before we ordered the cabinets and had them in place and then decided that we didn't like the doors and were stuck with them. I printed these cabinet layouts out for my installers and gave them to them with all the dimensions on them so they knew exactly where to install the island, hood, refrigerator, etc. I put a lot of notes on the drawings I gave them, so there weren't any questions. It's a lot smoother of an installation if the installers don't have to stop what they are doing every 15 minutes to call and ask questions

Another part of the design phase is selcting all of your finishes and fixtures! Since this was an entire house remodel and not just a kitchen or bathroom, like we normally do, there were A LOT of finishes and fixtures to to select. We had to select all of the exterior finishes, new floors throughout the home, cabinet colors, countertops, light fixtures, tile, and so much more. The selection process took place over a period of time, because there were so many things to choose.

The first photo shows the combination of the exterior finishes that we selected. We selected Olde World Sedona stone and Brompton brick with a gray mortar. The roof shingle was style Georgetown Gray. The windows were a dark bronze finish, the trim was painted white, and the shake shingle siding was painted a khaki color.

Next shows the finishes for the master bathroom. We chose a 15" x 30" cream tile for the walls of the walk in shower and the matching 2" x 2" tiles for the shower floor and then accented it with a glass/ stone mosaic. The countertops we selected were a gray Cambria quartz top, that coordinated with the slate look floor tile. The sink, toilet, and freestanding tub in the master bathroom were all white and the paint color for the walls was a light shade of gray.

Here are the wall sconces that we chose for the half bathroom. We opted to put 2 sconces on each side of the mirror rather than putting 1 wall mounted fixture above the mirror. We thought the sconces would give the half bathroom a more elegant feel. This fixture is Hudson Valley brand and we purchased it from Ferguson's in Chattanooga.

This outdoor lantern was selected to go outside by the garage and outside of the master bedroom patio doors. We liked the look of this fixture and thought it gave a lake vibe, but we also like it because it has a closed glass bottom, so birds cannot get into it to make nests. The dark finish matched our window selections.

And here is the handle that we selected for the front door. Our front door was a simple design, so we selected a simple handle to go with it. We chose to use black hardware hinges, knobs, and handles throughout the home.

So there is a sneak peek into the beginning stages of what went into the remodel of this home. The design process extends throughout the entire project and some of the selections that were originally chosen did get changed. There is a lot that goes into designing a remodel. We had to do drawings, take measurements, and make all of the selections. But you can see just from the preliminary drawings and sketches that there was going to be a drastic difference between the original home and the finished remodel. And there are so many different finishes and fixtures being brought together in the home, we can't wait for you to see how it all comes together.

Thank you for visiting our blog!! Check back next week for another update on the remodel!! We'll be sharing with you some in-construction photos!! And you will be able to really see the differences starting to take place.

Thank you,

The Team at A&H Flooring

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