Last month we were honored to receive the Home Building Association of Richmond (HBAR) inaugural “RARE Award” for Best Whole House Renovation and Best Team Project, in collaboration with Dana McKenna Designs.
The HBAR RARE (Richmond Awards for Remodeling Excellence) celebration was held on November 14th at the Triple Cross Brewery. The main purpose of this event was for the HBAR to recognize excellence and innovation within local, active re-modelers and builders in the greater Richmond area. The HBAR RARE awards were judged by industry professionals outside of the Richmond region for an unbiased perspective, using a number of different criteria.
The client whose home we remodeled loved their current home that was built in 1930 and wanted to retain much of its original character and flow, but needed additional functionality based on their family’s current needs and lifestyle. As a large, young family of five with an active social calendar that includes lots of entertaining, their design had nearly commercial usage requirements but also needed to create a warm, comfortable retreat that reflected their taste.
They needed spaces that could accommodate their guests for events like philanthropic entertaining and fundraising, while still also providing their children their own private spaces to retreat. As part of this, we added a Master Suite, additional laundry room, a unique and functional way to display their impressive wine collection, a separate mudroom entry, a functional kids’ room entry, and more natural light throughout.
We often find that simple changes make a big impact. For example, by widening nearly all of the doorways and cased openings and re-configuring some of the main entryways, we helped create better flow throughout the home. By installing large custom metal framed windows and doors in the kitchen, we brightening up this major living area with natural light.
The first change guests would notice upon entering this remodeled home is the main foyer. A custom metal door opens to an open and bright entryway with a high-gloss enamel ceiling from which a crystal chandelier hangs. A geometric stair runner leads your eye up the elegant, curved staircase.
We shifted the kitchen, which was originally located near the front of the house, to the rear of this home – one of the biggest overall layout changes. The new kitchen included a built-in Subzero refrigerator, built-in coffee bar, a Wolf range with a ceiling, flush-mounted hood, full-slab stone island with a mitered edge, custom metal doors and windows and a modern gas fireplace. We converted the original kitchen to a well-appointed Butler’s Pantry, featuring two reach-in, climate controlled, floor to ceiling wine cellars. Design details included an antique mirror back splash and cased opening to the dining room with a cozy inset, crystal chandelier sconces and a hidden butler’s staircase behind custom, false bookcases. All of these changes were made with entertaining in mind.
Another major change downstairs was the garage conversion to the kids’ entertainment room. This room was purposefully separate from the main living areas of the house with a separate entryway so the kids could retreat to their own space. Comfortable, plush furniture around a large flatscreen TV with gaming consoles creates the perfect space for their three kids and their friends to hang out, while staying out of the fray. We also built in a new powder and laundry room off the Butler’s Pantry.
Upstairs, we refreshed all of the bedrooms and bathrooms.. The master suite included a new master bathroom and closet with custom cabinets and high-gloss enamel ceilings. The kids’ bedrooms and two bathrooms were also overhauled with modern finishes. Much of this work unearthed issues that are common in 90-year old homes, including re-plumbing and re-wiring much of the house to bring it up to modern functionality and code.
As with all projects of this size, we work hand in hand with trusted trade partners. Our team brought their best to this home as well, including reclaimed wood and custom metal work from Wellborn + Wright, stonework by Brazilian Best Granite, beautiful tile from Morris Tile Distributors, kitchen and bath products by Ferguson Bath, Kitchen and Lighting and of course – a beautiful interior design by Dana McKenna Designs.
Design details such as the high-gloss enameled ceilings required a specialized team of painters who had to work in a completely dust-free environment for a week. The wine cellars were lined with Q-Quartz, which is a thin slab of quartz that was then pre-drilled to accommodate over 200 floating pegs used to display the wine. It took seven different trips and one full week to complete this wine cellar installation. Both wine cellars are individually climate controlled via a WhisperKool system and condensers to maintain 50 degrees for the white wine cellar and 65 degrees for the red wine cellar.
Details like this require a specialized team of professionals, lots of communication and mutual respect. To that end, we are so excited to win the HBAR RARE award for both “Best Whole House Renovation” and “Best Team Project.” We owe much of our success on this renovation to our team of talented local trade partners. We are also immensely grateful for clients like these, who trust our family with the renovations and additions to a home for their family.