Remodelers Corner: Sept/Oct 2012

remodelers-cornerIt took six months for Paul and Karen Koeller to plan the main floor remodel of their 1970’s, colonial home, but it resulted in having everything they’d hoped for and more.

The Koellers hired Jerry Rutgers of Integrity Custom Homes and gave him a “short list” of goals for their project: modernize the home, use existing space more effectively, make the house more livable for their current and future needs, and connect the indoor living area with their picturesque patio, gardens and yard.

Jerry put together several options, and the Koeller’s selected various aspects from each plan. Karen also used the internet to peruse interiors of high-end homes on the market and capture ideas that would work in their scheme.

Taking time to plan was paramount to the Koeller’s positive outcome. “It’s a lot easier to change things on paper,” said Karen. “We also encourage working with a contractor that listens and stays involved. Jerry, a talented contractor with Integrity, turned our dreams and goals into a workable design.”

To make the plans a reality, Integrity homes gutted the main floor and utilized a more open floor plan when putting it back together. They expanded the kitchen and created a new dining area and opened up the living room. An abundance of cherry-trimmed windows throughout became the perfect way to frame Karen’s stunning garden.

“People comment that they can’t believe it’s the same house,” says Paul. “And that the project was so well designed that we thought of everything.”

The renovation includes a larger kitchen with new appliances, granite countertops, cherry cabinets, a sizeable island and southern red oak hardwood floors.

With a small addition on the back of the house, the Koeller’s incorporated a mudroom that connects the living room, patio and garage.