Spring is right around the corner, the perfect time to start your next home renovation project. The weather is favorable enough to begin preliminary construction, and if you plan correctly, you may be able to make the most of your renovation by summer.
In our last entry we asked you to join us as we explored a kitchen remodel and expansion project in Larchmont. Specifically, we shared a few exterior pictures and discussed just how much of a difference can be made by even a relatively small addition, debunking the misconception that a life-improving change in your home can only come from a massive project. There is a quiet, valuable power in strategic planning and quality work.
As promised, let’s zoom in even closer now, throw open those beautiful French doors, and take a stroll through this custom kitchen.
A Total Kitchen Transformation
Below you’ll find a picture of the finished interior. Quite a difference!
Custom Cabinetry, Wood Floors, and so Much More
Our mission was to completely transform this part of the home. With this goal in mind, we started by demolishing the original kitchen and building the addition to provide the precious square-footage that the client needed.
The scope of the project included:
Gorgeous wood floors
Window and skylight installation
French doors (to let in even more soft, natural light)
We also installed custom lighting to help create the perfect soft, warm ambience, as well as spotlights for specific work areas in the kitchen.
As an additional valuable feature, we installed radiant heat. This is an incredibly comfortable heating system which, in addition to being extremely efficient, also keeps your feet warm as you make the morning coffee. What could be better?
What do you think of how it all turned out?
Kitchen Features and Amenities
This kitchen obviously boasts some good looks and quality finishing touches. It isn’t just a pretty face, however, but still needs to function as the day-to-day activity hub for this home. To answer the call, we included:
A sub-zero refrigerator
A rugged, attractive, and timeless farm sink
Perhaps the best part of this project was the fact that not only did the addition and remodel turn out beautifully, but our client was absolutely thrilled with the result. After all, that’s what it’s all about! At Gerety Building and Restoration, we want to help you make your home everything that you dream it could be.
Do you have any questions about home building, construction, or remodeling? If so, we would love to hear from you and help however we can. Please feel free to contact us!
When it comes to flooring options for your home, there are clearly many choices available. While some homeowners prefer the soft feel of carpet, or the look of tile, most homeowners choose hardwood flooring. Hardwood flooring is not only the easiest to maintain, but it is also the most versatile and is suitable for almost every room in your house.
Two types of hardwood flooring installed today are: pre-finished hardwood and engineered hardwood.
Pre-finished hardwood is the most common type of wood flooring. It is milled from a single piece of hardwood depending on which type of wood you are using. When the factory applies the finish treatment to the wood, they are able to use very powerful chemical sealers, which are applied by a commercial processes not available to on site installers.Typically this consists of aluminum oxide crystals embedded in a UV cured urethane coat. While site applied finishes warranty for 3 – 5 years, factory applied treatments will often have warranties of 5 – 25 years or more. The only downside to solid wood flooring is that it expands and contracts with changes in your home’s relative humidity. However this is easily compensated for by leaving an expansion gap between the floor and the wall, which is then usually covered by base molding.
Engineered hardwood flooring is quite different than regular wood flooring and is more popular especially in areas like New York where temperature and humidity are constantly changing. Contrary to pre-finished wood, engineered wood flooring is comprised of three to twelve layers of hardwood. Each layer is stacked in a cross-grain configuration and bonded together under heat and pressure. As a result, engineered wood flooring is less likely to be affected by changes in humidity and can be installed in all levels of the home. Engineered wood floors are also generally easier and less expensive to install.
Because of these properties, engineered wood flooring is a great option to lay over radiant heat if wood is your choice of flooring. While tile flooring can crack and become displaced due to the heat produced by radiant heat, engineered wood can better sustain the heat and moisture.
Below you can see the difference between the two types of hardwood flooring:
Here is a recent radiant heat project that is nearing completion in Larchmont, NY. These homeowners decided to install radiant heat flooring in their kitchen and lay engineered hardwood flooring over:
Today for the first time in months there’s a chill in the air. We all know what that means – Autumn is coming. Properly preparing your home for another long and cold winter can save you and your family lots of money on heating expenses as well as discomfort. One of the best investments you can make for your home this winter is by installing radiant heat flooring.
If you’re not familiar with how radiant heat floors work it’s is actually quite simple. Hot water tubes or electrical wires are snaked across the floor and then hidden underneath your floors– tile, wood or even carpet. Contrary to conventional air heating systems, radiant heat warms your room in a more comfortable and cost efficient way. When hot air comes out of a heater in your home, the air immediately rises and then sinks while cooling off. Radiant heat on the other hand, comes directly from underneath warming up any objects (or people) they strike which then radiates the captured heat in return. And depending on how well insulated your house is, radiant heat floors can be up to 30 percent more efficient than standard forced air heating systems.
Over the summer, we have been working in numerous homes preparing them for the winter. Here are some photos we took of tube installation from a recent kitchen project in Chappaqua, NY:
Contact us today to get a quote on radiant heat for your home this winter.
Hardwood floors in a home are very aesthetically pleasing. There are many different finishes, multiple colors to choose from, and hardwood floors also come in different styles, such as plank or parquet.
Hardwood floors makes it much easier to clean and maintain. You can clean it by simply sweeping, mopping, and occasionally using wood floor cleaners. Overtime, as the floor becomes worn with scuffs and scratches, hardwood floors can be easily refinished to perfection again. Hardwood flooring is also extremely durable. You might often find older homes with original hardwood flooring.
Below are some pictures of a recent hardwood flooring and painting project we completed.
Do you look at your tired wooden floors and wonder whether it is possible to restore them, achieving that look that we all see in the glossy magazines? Some are put off by this home improvement task purely because of the mess, hassle and hard work involved in the restoration process. Gerety Building & Restoration’s wood floor restoration specialists will be able to provide a floor sanding service that will eliminate any of these concerns.
We are the final stages of completing a restoration project that involved new hardwood floor installations, framing and sheet rocking, and painting. For one of the areas of the house our client decided on “Fir” as their choice of hardwood floor, completed with a coat of stain and polyurethane. Another room that underwent a more complete restoration (framing, new baseboard, painting) prefinished oak hardwood floor were selected.
Wooden flooring is a stunning and sophisticated choice when looking to redecorate or remodel your home. We recently finished some wood flooring installation and below you will find some pictures of the project.
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