Company News & Industry Trends - Q4
Welcome to the FOurth Quarter Newsletter of 2020
October - November - December
Within this blog, look for:
A Featured Project
Remodeling Trends and Tips
Award-Winning Projects in 2020
Welcome . . . to our last newsletter for 2020.
Happy New Year! We hope that you’ve had a healthy and happy holiday season. It’s been a strange and challenging year, to say the least. Whether you suddenly found yourself homeschooling, working remotely, simply trying to stay safe (and sane), or a combination of all the above . . . we can all agree, we’re ready for 2021!
2020 certainly had some memorable highlights and exciting changes for the Semper Fi team. We were delighted to add three more full-time employees to our team in 2020, to continue to offer the best service and support to our clients as we became busier than ever this year.
Thank you to our friends at Asheville Native Photography for our new team photos . . . who knew the Semper Fi crew cleaned up so well?!
We also were honored to receive five WNC Stars Awards from the Asheville Home Builders Association in November. We are very proud of our hard-working team for their accomplishments this year, and deeply thankful to our clients for the privilege of being trusted with your homes. Take a look at our winning remodels at the end of the newsletter, and let us know which one is your favorite!
Craftsman Whole Home Remodel
Our featured project for this newsletter is a beautiful Craftsman Whole Home Remodel. This home was mindfully designed using our Aging-in-Place Certification to give these wonderful owners optimum comfort in their home in the future. We also refreshed the exterior with a vaulted entry and beautiful stonework, designed to accentuate this home's idyllic mountain surroundings.
When remodeling a home to ensure that it will be accessible for years to come, we use the principles of “universal design” - which incorporate a high level of flexibility, ease of use, and comfort. Let’s take a closer look at this home’s updated features!
In the kitchen, we removed several walls to enlarge the room, which allows more space to easily maneuver. We created a walk-in pantry with an additional accessibility window, low cubbies, and a lazy Susan to reduce the need for reaching. We installed under cabinet lights for better visibility. We also added a large window for increased natural light and refreshing outdoor views!
In the kitchen, we added a "pocket office" - an efficient small workspace that makes it easy to stay organized! The opening underneath the counter is wide enough to accommodate a chair or a mobility aid.
Throughout the house, we widened all the doorways to 3 feet, and the hallways to at least 4 feet. This is compliant with ADA requirements and allows for easy access with mobility aids.
The bathroom has special features to be ADA-compliant, including a curbless, walk-in shower, grab bars, and a detachable shower head that can be used in either a fixed position or hand-held, to meet ADA standards.
The new lever-style faucets and doorknobs make them easy to use, even in the event of arthritis or reduced mobility. Even the new toilet is an ADA-compliant comfort height!
Moving on to the master suite, the bedroom is now a wonderful, airy oasis - perfect for this mountain home.
After enlarging the bedroom, we added a large walk-in closet and ensuite bathroom. This brought a comfortable living space down to the first floor, eliminating the need to go upstairs when mobility is an issue. Even the carpet in the master suite is a low-pile height carpet, which is ADA-compliant
Notable partners on this project:
Foundation & Footing work: Melton Brothers Masonry
Electrical work: John Clegg @ Clegg Electric
Roof: Jay's Roofing
Masonry Work: Daniel Pride
Shower frame & door: Britt & Tilson
Drywall: Lunsford Drywall
Flooring: Wright's Carpet
Tile Work: Greg White @ Sunset Tile
Kitchen Design & Cabinets & Countertop materials: Ashley's Kitchen & Bath
Bathroom Design & Vanity: Ashley's Kitchen & Bath
Industry Trends + Remodeling Tips
Flexible Spaces for 2021