A Renowned Renovation is not complete without premiere window treatments by Hunter Douglas. Our team recently remodeled a Park Plaza condo in the Highland Park area of Dallas. During the day, natural light pours into this gorgeous mid-rise condo. With Hunter Douglas state-of-the-art, pre-programmed and automated shades, the exquisite balance of light and shade is easily achieved in every room.
Renowned Renovation Interior Designer Melissa Blassingille chose Designer Screen Roller Shades Powerview Hunter Douglas Shades window treatments. This style has an inside mount and provide a clean modern look using the Hunter Douglas Ashton 10% Fabric Collection.
Additionally, there are specific areas throughout the home where countertops or fixtures were chosen by Melissa and the clients to create a more dramatic effect. These provide opportunities for interior decorating elements to stand out and make the overall look of the home elegant and temporary.
THE HUNTER-DOUGLAS DIFFERENCE
One of the most alluring aspects of owning a condominium is having expansive windows, an abundance of natural light, potentially a balcony and hopefully some spectacular views. Ideally, window treatments bring out the best in all of these features—without being a challenge.
Hunter Douglas has become a household name and cornered the market by providing a vast array of styles and colors for window treatments in an ever-evolving collection that is innovative and stunning. The difference of purchasing Hunter Douglas window treatments also includes professional installation and a lifetime guarantee. These are just a few reasons why Renowned Renovation works almost exclusively with Hunter Douglas to provide our clients high-quality designer screen shades.
POWERVIEW SHADES ARE ALL THE RAVE
Whether or not you’re a fan of gadgets, we think you will appreciate the technology that Hunter Douglas has combined with their window treatments. Powerview Shades takes at-home comfort to a whole new level by allowing clients to program the time of day that they want to let the exact amount of daylight or night into each room.
These battery-powered, remote-controlled, and smart device-operated shades are programmed to open and close while you’re home or away. This kind of precision technology is not only great for ease and comfort, it is also practical. By limiting daylight exposure inside your home during the warmest times of the day, clients can protect their floors, furniture and rugs from UV damage.
INNOVATION IS BEHIND EVERY STYLE
If something is outdated—Hunter Douglas will improve the design. Over time, advancements and enhancements have been made to the classics, while new concepts continue to be introduced.
For example, Silhouette and Pirouette have sheers on either side so they can be seen through, making them softer and similar to mini-blinds. Basic operation is the same but they have improved the design. This is the solution for every homeowner who wants to bring more natural light in while also maintaining privacy.
In the past, large windows were often shaded with either vertical hanging blinds or sliding drapery. Hunter Douglas has upgraded the material of the classic vertical blinds. This upgrade prevents the blinds from collecting as much dust as they did in the past and makes them easier to clean.
Additionally, Hunter Douglas is developing a design to modernize window drapes so they are UV-protected, light-weight and room-darkening.
Hunter Douglas is out there more than anyone else and they are always forging ahead. Committed to providing the style of window treatment that customers want, instead of determining what is no longer in style. With cutting-edge design, the quintessential styles continue to be customer favorites.
SELECTING HUNTER DOUGLAS WINDOW TREATMENTS
Picking out window treatments can be a difficult process. The options are endless. The Hunter Douglas showroom is designed to bring customers the same comfort and ease in selecting Hunter Douglas shades, as it is to use them.
Ms. Blassingille says, “There are other providers that are more expensive, but ultimately Hunter Douglas has the best customer service for the client. I know people that have had Hunter Douglas for 20 years and have had them maintanenced at no cost.”
First, Melissa works with the client to determine their needs per room. She is an expert in Hunter Douglas designs and enjoys helping clients narrow down their selection. Her guidance supports individuals who are unsure of what they are looking for. Ultimately, window treatments have an enormous impact on the feel and comfort of their home. Being supported in the process is what guarantees every buyer is completely satisfied with their final decision.
AFTER STYLE COMES COLOR
During the selection process, all the specific styles are reviewed. From Silhouette to Pirouette, Powerview, Solar & Roller Shades or Shutters, Room-Darkening and more. In the showroom all the styles can be demonstrated and considered.
After the style of window treatments are determined the color selection begins. Experts, like Melissa, work with the clients to pick colors based on the flooring, fabric, furniture and paint. There is an incredible amount of colors to choose from, however, the process doesn’t need to be difficult. Clients can choose neutral tones that blend well with a room to provide a more seamless effect. Alternatively, some people prefer contrast between the wall paint and shade color. This can add a design element to a room while the shades are open in the daytime.
For example, a study or parlor that is fitted with dark leather furniture will be beautifully complemented by a rich color of Woven Wood Shades. In the evening, while the shades are drawn and warm lighting is set, this pairing will create a cozy effect perfect for reading. This is the difference and elegance the right window treatments can add to every room. Let Renowned Renovations help you find your perfect match.
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This 1920's home is undergoing an entire house remodel. For-Sale Belmont Addition Conservation District. New 4-bed, 3-bath, 2-Story Craftsman Bungalow in Lower Greenville, Dallas.
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After we started removing the siding and floors for recycling we were shocked to discover that the whole house was supported by tree stumps! Amazing that it lasted for 100 years. We are going to replace the tree stumps with a real foundation that meets best practices for concrete piers in Dallas. We are going to install a new pier and beam foundation.
The soil in Dallas tends to be expansive because it contains a healthy dose of clay, which expands and contracts as moisture enters the equation. Add water, through rain and irrigation, and the soil expands. Remove water due to hot and dry conditions, and the soil contracts. All this soil movement adds up to cracks in the house.
Because we want to eliminate the movement caused by expansive soil, we are using a pier and beam foundation.
This 1920’s home is being completely renovated with an additional second floor and new garage. The finished home will be a 2-Story Craftsman Bungalow with 4 bedrooms and 3 baths. Everything will be new and fully warrantied! New roof, floors, plumbing, electrical top-of-the-line appliances.
5727 Valesco is in the Belmont Addition Conservation District, which was formed with the intent of preserving the unique character of the neighborhood. The area is in the heart of the Lower Greenville section of East Dallas. Residents in the Belmont Addition are highly diverse coming from all walks of life. The neighborhood is highly social with multiple neighborhood wide events each year designed to foster a friendly atmosphere.
Renowned Window Fashions Installation of Hunter Douglas Roller Shades with LITERISE® after Renowned Renovation Town Home Remodel
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With their unique construction, they create warm, glowing light by filtering rays through two separate fabrics.
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The owner of this Bordeaux Village Townhome located just South of Greenway parks in North Dallas, was preparing to downsize from a luxury home in the suburbs. Bordeaux Village Is a small town within the big city of Dallas. This 17-acre community is conveniently located in the center of Dallas, it is a close-knit neighborhood where residents frequently gather at the pool, clubhouse or one of the large courtyards on the beautifully landscaped grounds.
Affordability and location add even more lifestyle advantages. Home Depot and Lowe's are within walking distance as well as restaurants and shops along Inwood Road and Lemmon Avenue. Dallas North Tollway is just blocks away, and Love Field and lots more entertainment are nearby. The price point of the units in the complex are some of the most affordable in Dallas. The turn over is slow but this will be the third unit Renowned has renovated in the Bordeaux Village in the last 4 years. Watching the price per square foot rise with every sale sparks joy
The owner found our remodeling company through a Google search. Using the terms “Dallas Condo Remodel,” the owner found our site and gave us a call using our 24-hour answering service. Homeowners can call anytime to book an appointment in our Highland Park Showroom. When we met in our design center he loved our show kitchen so much we ended up implementing a similar design in his kitchen. The client also included another one of our signature looks; open floating shelving with integrated down lighting.
“Plan your work and work your plan” is an old saying that especially rings true with home remodeling contractors. After the initial consultation we provide a ROM (Rough Order of Magnitude) or Budgetary estimate for the project as well as a separate proposal for Design & Pre-Construction. Design & Precon services includes a permit ready plan.
A permit ready plan consists of an existing floor plan, proposed floor plan, lighting plan, cabinet elevations, and finish schedule. This document is a road map to a successful project. In addition; this document allows the owner to obtain apples to apples estimates from other contractors if they so choose.
The Design and Preconstruction phases is a courtship or engagement prior to entering into a long term contractual relationship with us or another contractor.
Since he is a traditionalist, we were working with the current traditional doors and trim, existing 1951 hickory floors, and the owners need for a “Chef's Kitchen” in a 1,027 square foot space ... we had our work cut out for us to make this a Renowned Renovation.
Melissa evaluated the owners furnishings, eclectic / industrial art and decor, and began the shift from the traditional into a transitional open space that features room for cooking, storage, function, and clean line aesthetic
For finishes, Melissa recommended three options for every finish and then the client made the final selections. Whether its paint color and sheen, custom kitchen cabinet details, Cambria countertops, backsplash, floor and wall tile, fixture brand, style, finish, lighting, etc clients are involved in all decisions. The homeowner ultimately choose selections that are similar to our Dallas showroom. When we initially met the client to discuss his home renovation we were at our showroom. The client liked quality of what he saw as well as the craftsmanship of the products workmanship of our installers.
When planning a full scale renovation, kitchen renovation, or bathroom renovation an owner often thinks about the cost versus value add to the property. Will I get my money back? Will I increase the property greater than the cost of the renovation? These are all reasonable questions that Renowned can help answer with our extensive network of Real Estate professionals as well as our own investment experience.
The Renovation Renovation Plan was replacing the windows, renovating the bathroom, remodeling the kitchen with an open-concept new kitchen countertops, custom cabinets, refinishing the floors, stair baluster removal and handrail replacement, and fitting the home with Hunter Douglas
PowerView window treatments.
1,027 square feet is a relatively small space to redesign. The client loves to cook and structurally, the kitchen/ wet bar area, was where most of the work was done. At the start of the renovation there was an enclosed galley style kitchen. There was also a wet bar that was directly behind the kitchen wall. We removed the wet bar wall and incorporated that space into the kitchen making it deeper and removed the upper portion of the galley kitchen entry wall creating and island peninsula. The bathroom contained an old cast iron tub which we removed and converted to a shower. All the old 1950’s single pane steel windows were replaced with Milgard Styleline windows. Milgard offers a lifetime warranty.
One of our favorite parts of designing and renovating homes is incorporating elements of the home or style that can be preserved and/or reincorporated with the updated finishes and new layout. For this house, we refinished the original Hickory Wood floors Traditional looks can be transitioned into most design and style. Mixing and matching is what makes every home we remodel unique to the homeowner.
Another challenge for this small space was the owners desire for a 36” built in panel ready right hinge Bertazzoni fridge. Incorporating this fridge into the space left only two inches to spare for the installation. When your primary work consists of remodeling condos and townhomes professionals like Renowned Renovation learn how to utilize every inch of space.
One of our signature features is custom-built Renowned Cabinetry. These are professionally designed by our cabinet-experts and are built in our Pennsylvania cabinet factory . Lead Cabinet Designer, Grant Woodruff notes, “A lot of cabinet makers don’t think outside the box. They usually work in incremental sizes and use fillers to square spaces off. We use every inch and really optimize the space. Creating highly-efficient spaces with as much storage potential as possible.”
There’s a lot of precision to Renowned Cabinetry and our approach to redesigning kitchens, pantries, and closets. Renowned Renovation bring years of design and organizational skill set to our clients.
Most cabinetry companies and contractors primarily use prefabricated cabinets or local cabinet makers and then paint or finish them onsite in the home. Renowned Cabinetry’s factory takes our drawings and builds custom-cabinets to our specification, applies the finish in a factory setting, and ships the new cabinets to our Dallas warehouse. It’s something above and beyond what other contractors offer or even have the capability to perform in Dallas.
In this home, we designed and installed the floating shelves you see in the kitchen photos. These corner shelves have a subtle, yet remarkable design that adds style and function. These particular shelves include built-in adjustable lighting. This is unique to us because we are custom building the shelves and stylizing them to be as practical as possible. Especially in a small space, the use of lighting is very important.
As a finishing touch we added fabulous built-in bookshelf. The client wanted to be able to store his cookbook collection, and we incorprated one into the design. This bookshelf is very space efficient because it’s built into the floorplan. This also increases weight capacity, important for libraries of all sizes. With luxury cabinets by Renowned Cabinetry, there is a tremendous opportunity for your home and storage design needs.
Once the project is substantially complete we schedule a Punch Walk with the Owner. We identify all aspects of the project that need attention. These are agreed upon based Residential
Construction Performance Guidelines Consumer Reference Fifth Edition and completed within the agreed upon time frame to customer satisfaction. We then clean the project, take photos, and turn the home over to our satisfied client. From the time of “Substantial Completion” the owner has a 2 year transferable warranty.
Contact Renowned Renovation today for your Dallas remodeling and interior design needs. We specialize in Luxury Remodeling, home improvement, kitchen remodeling, bath remodeling, design build, flooring, custom cabinetry, windows and doors, floors, and quartz surfaces are our forte.
Every year, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) presents the Contractor of the Year (CotY) Awards. As quoted from their website, the CotY awards "are the premier awards for the remodeling industry.
The National award which is given out one time per year recognizes excellence in remodeling as demonstrated in forty-eight different categories."
Renowned Renovation was awarded the Dallas NARI 2020 Contractor of the Year (CotY) in the category for Interior Remodeling $500,000.
The award-winning project was for a mid-rise condo located in the Highland Park, Dallas, Texas. This is the second year in a row that Renowned Renovation has won the Contractor of the Year Award. In 2019, Renowned won the NARI Dallas and Regional CotY for a whole home remodel with a budget of $250,000 - $500,000.
The owners wanted to completely renovate and modernize their condo. The goals were to incorporate some of the original construction, which was custom designed by the parents in 1985. This building was converted from a hotel into luxury condos and has remained mainly unchanged since the ’80s.
Condo remodeling brings additional complexity that isn't found in a typical stand-alone, single-family home remodeling project. It requires meticulous planning and problem-solving. Some of the unique challenges are working with the Homeowners Association (HOA), the restricted working environment, and limited elevator availability.
Working in an occupied luxury high-rise condo requires full-time supervision, proper planning, and crews that understand the needs of the building and the owners.
One of the first things we do is introduce clients to BuilderTrend. This is the software app we use to manage and document the entire remodeling project. The goal is to give the homeowner all the tools to ensure that they are always in the loop. With BuilderTrend they can see all the aspects of their remodeling project in real-time.
A major enhancement we made to the home was adding a Butler's Pantry. To make room for the new pantry we needed to relocate the existing laundry room. Our Design Team recommended the most logical location, which was near a walk-in closet.
The existing bathroom provided a very accessible, functional and convenient location, with plumbing already in the walls. We utilized the existing bathroom plumbing for the hot and cold water lines and tied it into the shower drain lines.
Due to constraints on creating openings in the exterior walls of the unit, we used a booster fan in the ceiling of the old laundry location to connect it to the existing vent running to the outside of the building.
In order to meet the client's goal of relocating the powder bathroom, we had to overcome the restrictions and inability to core a hole in the wall for a new seated toilet. The unit below was occupied and the Homeowner's Association does not allow it.
Our solution for adding new toilets without coring through the post-tension slab was to install wall-hung toilets. There was a common element sewer line within the 4’ allowance in the wall so we were able to install an in-wall carrier. We have found Kohler to be the best in-wall tank and carrier for this type of outlet placement.
The client's goal of minimizing the design elements, maximizing functionality and desire for continuity and flow. This was an excellent challenge for our interior design team to create a unique plan for converting a closet into the new powder room.
They wanted their powder room to make a statement that was sleek, modern and aesthetically pleasing. Our designers suggested an "integrated sink,"—where the basin and countertop are made of the same material.
Due to the metal stud construction, we reinforced the wall with fire-rated wood studs to carry the weight of the sink. The result is a beautifully seamless sink with a bold appearance.
The hallway closet, powder room, and laundry were relocated and that space was converted into the large pantry room. The walk-in pantry has lots of storage space to hold and display the family’s collection of fine china, silver serving pieces, and crystal.
The clients have three generations of China and silverware that they wanted to store in the butler’s pantry. The owners entertain regularly and wanted to be sure that this was a highly functioning pantry and storage space for their extensive collection.
Throughout the home, including the pantry, we installed Blum Blumotion with "Tip-on" to achieve the contemporary zero hardware look. Bluemotion by Blum is a soft close drawer glide system and Tip-on is the push-to-open mechanism. For the silverware drawers, we added a black velvet lining.
Using Cambria matte 3cm slabs, we created waterfalls on both ends of the countertop island in the kitchen. Waterfall edges are a design element often featured in modern and sleek settings. We were fortunate to perfectly match the waterfalls, despite the fact that Cambria does not offer book-matched slabs.
The owners wanted to keep the existing 7-finger red and white oak parquet flooring. Parquet flooring was a very popular Mid Century design. Today, this style of flooring is primarily custom-made. We love to incorporate elements of the original home where possible and preferred by the client.
They also wanted to add more of the same flooring to all of the rooms in the home, less the bathrooms which has tile. The new parquet had to be custom milled as the existing 7-finger white and red oak mix hasn't been in production in more than a decade. The desired color was black with a matte finish. We installed the new floor, which required two coats of stain to achieve the desired look and feel. The Duraseal True Black floor stain is not an easy product to use. Although we were able to achieve the desired effect, it was a challenge to meet the client's needs.
To maximize functional and storage in the kitchen we included a Magic Corner in the Cabinet Design. When the Tip-on door mechanism is engaged, the Magic Corner is pulled outward, then swiveled to the side along with the front baskets while the back baskets are simultaneously moved into the cabinet opening.
The Soft & Silent feature slows the pull-out just before final closure, creating an automatic and quiet closing. Under the induction cooktop are three functional drawers. The bottom two are deep enough for pot storage. To the right of the cooktop houses a lower cabinet with tray dividers for pan storage.
To create a seamless and efficient contemporary kitchen that met the Owners' needs we chose to integrate, minimize, and incorporate monochromatic color.
The refrigeration and dishwasher are integrated, panel-ready and include a touch trash-pull, touch refrigerator-freezer, and dishwasher drawers. All the upper cabinets lift-up with the touch of a finger. The bottoms are recessed and allow lifting with ease. LED integrated, LED puck lights, and installation of plug strips eliminate plugs in the splash.
All drawers have Blum Blumotion touch-to-open soft close and doors have Blum Tip-on a push-to-open with soft-close. There is also a full-height spice cabinet.
A closet was converted into a Powder Room in this award-winning remodel in the Park Plaza condominium, a mid-rise in Highland Park,Texas.
Renowned Renovation has been described by one client as being “concierge builders.” Our award-winning work includes every step of the planning, demolition, renovation, and interior design. Call us today to discuss the vision you have for bathroom remodeling, additions or a new residence. We guarantee that after you work with Renowned Renovation, you will love your home more than you could ever imagine.
The homeowners of the Highland Park Plaza condo never liked the existing location of the powder room, It was previously placed close to the living room and wasn’t very private.
Renowned Renovation's powder room designs focused on converting a closet located behind the wet bar of the home library.
Interestingly enough, in the original blueprints of the condo, the closet was set up to be a bathroom. However, this plan did not materialize during the many decades and now the second generation this condo has been in the family of our clients.
While discussing layout and design concepts, we always have to consider the big picture of the home. For example, could converting a closet to a powder room minimize storage in a negative way? Luckily, in this home, there’s an abundance of storage.
There were two closets, in addition to the one we converted, near to the home library. In this case, the design concept was an easy one to make, considering the homeowners always wanted a powder room here, and the new location is much more private to guests.
Renowned Renovation is a 2020 award-winning team that knows how to work with the challenges that come with remodeling condominiums and trust us, there are many.
For starters, it’s extremely important to us that we minimize the impact renovations have on condo neighbors. We are accustomed to working directly with building codes, managers and the local HOA's standards. Additionally, there are often quirks to a condo that make certain aspects of remodeling more difficult than a single-family home. At the Highland Park Plaza mid-rise, the obstacles we faced included:
Wall hung toilets and sinks are a great solution to working with smaller spaces. Wall hanging is a clean look, especially for bathrooms. By eliminating the cabinets typically included under sinks, clients can easily modernize a room. Especially in a powder room, there is less need for storage because it typically will not include bath towels and toiletries.
In this closet converted to a powder room, we built an integrated sink our of Cambria Surfaces and paired it with a wall-hung toilet for a minimalist look.
Lead Interior Designer for Renowned, Melissa Blassingille shares, “I always tell people you can get more glamorous in a powder room because it’s not your main bathroom. And it becomes a conversation piece.” - Melissa
As you can see in the video, the interior design of this small space is exquisite. The floor is stunning and bold. This is a great opportunity to go all out on patterns because people are spending less time in this space, therefore, it won’t be overwhelming.
It’s true that in small spaces you want to use less bold colors because it will make the room feel smaller. However, playing around with pattern possibilities is a fun way to add a certain pazazz to your home that you might not feel inclined to do elsewhere.
The client found the floor tiles and we knew right away they were perfect for the concept. They are an Ann Sax pattern, by designer Kelly Wreser.
The mirror was also picked out by the client. Melissa gave them the measurements and they had fun searching for the style they wanted. This is a great designer/client balance that really makes the home have personal touches that are hand-picked by them while being guided by an expert.
In general, a lot of renovations can feel challenging because the remodeling team might be qualified contractors with excellent craftsmanship, but the company might lack an interior designer. This often puts clients in complete control of the paint colors, flooring selection, countertop, lighting, fixtures, window treatments and so on. While that sounds really fun for people who have an eye for design and know exactly what they want, other people need support in the design process.
Melissa says that most of the time the clients like to be involved. She will give them some parameters and steers them in the direction and gives them the opportunity to find what they want.
Whether you have a designer mind or know that you want to work with a professional, Renowned Renovations is here to work alongside you in the plan to create your perfect home. As a luxury renovation team, we will bring our concierge service to your home.
Call us today for a free consultation. (972) 232-7122. Check out this condo's home library remodel and the incredible line of Hunter Douglas window treatments that the client selected with help form our Interior Design team. Powerview Motorization by Hunter Douglas was used throughout the residence.
Renowned Renovation specializes in luxury remodeling in Dallas, Texas. One aspect of our work that inspires us is collaborating with homeowners who have an incredible vision. Their home becomes the canvas in which we get to bring their vision to life. Our award-winning team has recently been named Contractor of the Year by the esteemed NARI association. It is with great honor that we accept this award.
If you are in the market for a magnificent renovation company that provides first-class service and impeccable results, look no further. The power of imagination met with the skill and precision of ingenuity make any design concept possible with the Renowned Renovation team.
This 2-story condominium at The Travis at Katy Trail was stunning before we arrived. The clients wanted to enhance a home they already loved—with a strong emphasis on entertaining. They primarily wanted to improve on the distinction between their first and second floors. Grant Woodruff, NARI Certified Remodeler at Renowned Renovation states, “We design for the client, and design around their needs for their living space. These clients love to entertain, so that was the focus.”
The home originally had two bedrooms and two bathrooms. We transformed the first floor by eliminating the downstairs bedroom to create a large space to host guests. While the upstairs became more personalized and private for the couple to share.
In addition to providing more room for people to relax, a custom-built a wine cellar and an office are also included in the redesign of the first floor.
By eliminating the downstairs bedroom and changing the layout of the floor, a spectacular view became completely open. Additionally, the large patio areas became more functional for gatherings.
Renowned Renovation structurally designed and built the climate-controlled wine cellar.
Most condos have strict rules and regulations when it comes to remodeling. Contractors need to go through the proper channels before making structural changes to any unit. For the wine cellar, the Renowned team obtained permits to core the wall of the building from the downstairs patio closet. From there, the power was run through the walls. We also designed and installed custom lighting in the wine cellar.
In addition to the wine cellar, an 18-inch Thermador Built-in Wine Preservation Column was installed in the kitchen. This wine preservation unit has SoftClose® door hinges for ultra-smooth closing and a UV protective door. There are separate control panels for red and white wines, it also guards your wines against moisture, frost, and light.
To round off the exquisite design of the wine cellar, a wet bar was built nearby with floating shelves installed above the bar. If you’re thinking about building an at-home wine cellar, Renowned Renovation is available to discuss your dream project with a free consultation, call us today.
The original staircase was completely enclosed. We removed the surrounding walls and the existing metal framing was used as the foundation for a completely new design. This striking feature brings a whole new element to the home. What you see are custom glass stairs with stainless steel floating handrails.
On the first floor, walls were also removed that separated the rooms. Additional space was captured that was previously hidden, such as with the closets. Interior Designer, Melissa Blassingille conceptualized a living room with a hidden door that opens up to an office.
In this area, the audio and visual components are stored and connected to the Google Nest system. Read further to learn about the Google Nest system Renowned installed in the home. There are five pocket doors like these throughout the house. These high-end SOSS doors are engineered with a push-to-open mechanism and invisible hinges.
Throughout the house, there is a gorgeous select white oak that was finished on-site using a custom stain. There are no casings on the doors throughout the house. These elements provide a clean, modern backdrop for the exquisite and eccentric tastes of our client’s furniture and decor to be the spotlight.
Our client is a huge cook and wanted the kitchen to continue in the theme of being designed for guests. Renowned Renovation built the owner’s dream kitchen in a relatively small, yet highly efficient, space. As you can see in the photos, the kitchen is open to the living room, making sure the cook is still in the mix of the company. A large quartzite countertop was designed to also double as a banquet-style serving area for parties. The client choose Renowned Cabinetry and Grant and his team designed the kitchen cabinets, bathroom vanities, wet-bar, and a hutch on the lower-level.
This kitchen was custom-designed with all high-end appliances. From the 36” Thermador refrigerator with a touch-to-close door to a Miele built-in coffee maker—functionality and comfort pave the way for the best in luxury kitchen renovation. We also choose a Miele Steam Oven, for a top-of-the-line innovation for a home cooking experience. “The unique external steam generation in the form of Miele MultiSteam technology ensures perfect results,” for all cooking needs.
The Kitchen lighting was impressively designed. There are recessed down and recessed directional lighting with independent switches. We installed Lutron Caseta lighting, a high-end Smart controlled system. By having more control over the lighting you will always be sure to be able to set the mood. This system also allows you to control your lights from an app so you’re able to turn on lights in the house when you’re nowhere near it.
The kitchen design is beautifully enhanced by the premium Quartzite countertops and backsplash. This is a silver macabus quartzite stone that has a natural shine and durability. One end of the countertop is a waterfall edge. This provides a clean vertical drop down the side of the counter. The effect is a modern look that eliminates the separation from the counter to cabinets.
The backsplash is the same quartzite countertops. It’s a separate piece but it appears as one continuous stone that lines up to meet the hand-crafted line of Renowned Cabinetry. Many designers will suggest elaborate and decorative backsplashes as a feature to a kitchen renovation. In this home, and for a modern and minimalistic look, the goal is to use the same materials. The look is elegant, beautiful and simplistic. It’s not sticking out or catching anyone’s eye.
Renowned Interior Designer Melissa Blassingille states, “In this home, it’s not about the finishes. It’s about the art, entertaining, and the people. Less focus on the condo—we’re extenuating everything else. Our clients have an eclectic style. They want to have conversations about wine, not backsplashes.”
The bathroom floors are Infinity Herringbone-pattern floors made of Bianca Dulatime. This stone is harder than marble and one of the whitest natural stones available. Both bathrooms have a vanity with custom lighting we designed to illuminate from underneath. All the fixtures are Kohler, an impressive line that includes a wide variety of design and finishes.
Extensive plumbing works took place in both the bathrooms. All the bathtubs were converted to showers. The shower and toilets are in a different location than the original design. Where the upstairs shower is now, was previously a closet. For ultimate bathroom comfort, a separate toilet area was constructed.
On the second floor of the residence guests needed to walk through the master bedroom to use the bathroom. Renowned built a powder room to increase privacy for the clients.
Minimizing Angled Walls The entire downstairs has exposed concrete, which we maintained. The Travis at Katy Trail is an angled building—resulting in the walls in the condo to be angeled. The Renowned Renovation team worked hard to make the angle disappear.
To do this, we created an illusion with an angled ceiling. Originally, the home had drop-down ceiling, which we reframed. We redesigned the plumbing and electrical wiring to fit our needs. Additionally, we installed a sprinkler system throughout the first floor to increase safety in the home. We used linear slot-vents, on a 98-degree angle, to create a more modern look. This design allowed us to embrace the angel of the walls, which helps to minimize it.
A Google Mesh Hub Network was installed by the Renowned team. This system is a central hub for controlling all your Smart devices that work with Google Assistant. Your doorbell, lights, thermostats, media players and camera can all be controlled from the Google Nest Hub. Additionally, Hunter Douglas window treatments, which has Smart device controlled blinds, can also be linked to your hub. Google Nest can be easily controlled with your phone and/or Amazon Alexa device.
An added benefit to hiring Renowned Renovation is the complete team of experts that come with every job. For privacy and security reasons, we took the WiFi network that was coming in and recreated it to operate on all the systems inside our client’s home. For the Nest install, our electricians did all the wiring while our lead contractor, Grant Woodruff set up the entire network. This is what our clients at The Travis at Katy Trail mean when they say we’re a “concierge contracting company.” Check out their testimonial.
Our award-winning team is looking forward to our next dream home renovation, call us today to discuss what you have in mind for 2020.
"This high-rise condominium, located in the Travis at Katy Trail, is a great example of the type of project that we’ve been awarded for and successfully managed. The owner of this split-level condo overlooking downtown Dallas met with our lead Interior Designer, Melissa Blassingille to discuss their vision for space. The customer's request was to create simplistic elegance with modern conveniences."
"We started this process thinking about what was important to us, so we built the vision around that. We love to entertain. We love to have people in our home, and we built a house to that specification. The level of service that we experienced with Renowned was exceptional. From design all the way through construction—if we ever needed anything, they would respond immediately. It was like having a concierge for a builder. Someone asked us if we would use them again, and we actually already are. We would definitely use them again"
Modernizing, creating superior function and incorporating personal style are keystones to the Renowned Renovation approach to remodeling and interior design. From the start of each project, we work with our clients to create a room or home that truly fits your needs and ascetic. Call today for a free consultation.
Renowned Renovation Interior Designer Melissa Blassingille appreciates the details of a home that have value to her clients. The goal is to connect with the pieces of a home that owners cherish most. By identifying a few treasured features, furniture pieces or fixtures—Melissa can create design concepts that take pieces of familiarity and blend them into a modernized layout. This article is a part of a series. Read here about the Hunter Douglas Window Treatments for the same condo renovation.
The Highland Park condo was a head-to-toe, top-to-bottom remodel. The homeowners wanted to modernize the home while continuing to display their family’s art collection. The end result is a classic-meet-modern masterpiece.
The bookcases you see in the display video are an original feature of the home study. Since the early planning stages, the bar was set to undergo a major face lift. At first, the plans for the bar seemed to pose a clash in style with the classic bookshelves. However, upon further consideration, Melissa proposed rehabbing the cases instead.
The outcome provides a contrast between the two mainstays of the room that complement each other. A look that creates a perfect balance between classic + modern.
Today’s renovations always seem to begin with the question: how can we open up the space? Older condos, like the one at Park Plaza, are often being updated per the owner's request.
Renowned Renovation is a master in the techniques and expertise needed to open up interior spaces. We work with structural engineers to be sure clients get as much of the open-plan they have in mind as possible. Where you can’t take a wall out there are still options to increase space and remove barriers.
Our clients at the Highland Park Plaza were looking to open their condo up where possible. One option for us was the entrance to the home library.
We removed the doors to the study while maintaining the original structure of walls and entrance way. This allows the study to continue to have some separation from the living room, while transforming the space.
The homeowners frequently host parties at their residence and this, too, was apart of the remodeling plans. The throughway between the rooms works to enhance the original layout and function of the two rooms.
As you can see in the video, the bar previously had a “wing-wall” surrounding it. This enclosure was outdated and not ideal for hosting parties. We knocked out the walls around the bar to open it up and modernize the look and feel.
One benefit to working with the Renowned team is the exquisite attention to detail we provide with our line of handcrafted cabinets. Often, cabinetry are given a smaller budget in a major home remodeling job. This is because many factory-made cabinet lines appear to “do the job.”
It appears to be an efficient, cost-effective way to upgrade your cabinets. However, our commitment to craftsmanship is what lead us to get behind a cabinet line that we could proudly recommend to our clients. Click here to read more about Renowned Stylecraft Cabinet.
A gorgeous cabinet-front fridge door that was designed to hide the under-the-counter beverage cooler. This is a truly modern and minimalist look. There’s nothing that sticks out, the eye gazes the room and sees a seamless line under the counter. A glass tile covering the wall behind the bar provides an elegant splash of style that adds texture and a subtle flare to the room.
Melissa’s philosophy is to bring clients into the interior design in the early planning stages. It’s important to her and the Renowned team that your home reflects your taste and to function in the way that you function.
During a walkthrough, Melissa will ask clients, “what’s important to you?” “What has significance.” When a client says, “I want this, I have to have this,” Melissa will ask them what they love about it and why they need it.
This is her process to understand how to make the piece they desire to work for them combined with the other details (i.e. wall paint, countertops, flooring). This approach also helps her to know how to look for more features to fit their style.
For this home study and bar remodel, the clients found a beautiful, round and hammered sink they just loved. We knew that this was a great piece and wanted to plan aspects of the bar and room around it. It’s an undermount sink, providing a clean look without the lip that comes with a “drop-in” sink. The hammered sink + textured tiles on the wall + the Cambria countertops compliment each other well in a dance of style.
A beloved piece of art needs to have a significant place in the home. For this particular condominium remodel, the antique and fine art collection became the centerpiece in which rooms are styled around. Luxury homes with well-crafted fixtures often get restored instead of replaced.
In addition to the bookshelves being original to the home, so was the chandler. This is where the classic meets modern concept blossoms. Especially here in the Park Plaza condo remodel, which is home to a fine art and antique collection—a striking chandler will tie the whole room together. This lighting fixture gives the home a sense of uniqueness because it is a rare item that would either need to be found used and restored or purchased new in a similar style. Nothing compares to the original.
Whether you have a single-family home or a condo that has been in the family, we want to pick out what is important to you and update what is needed.
We will treat your treasures like gold. In the case of the home study, the bookshelves were completely restored. The wood was stripped, painted and filled in where necessary. Lighting was added to modernize the bookcase while finding a way to update the look so they can be featured. There are LED lights installed under the shelves and a lighter color of paint was chosen for the inside as well.
In addition to custom cabinets, another keystone to many remodels are Cambria Surfaces Countertop. These are high-quality counters that have a look all their own. The counter chosen for the wet bar is the same as the powder room and the guest bedroom. As you can see, these counters are very striking and add a significant feel to every room. By allowing the counters to be a focal point, Renowned can keep balance by choosing more subtle paint colors to tie the rooms of the home together.
Sherwin-Williams paint is used throughout the entire Park Plaza condo. There are Dark Fox and Amazing Gray that was originally picked for the kitchen, and then chosen for all the rooms.
By making the walls consistently the same color, a more neutral backdrop is established, creating a foundation to add different materials and objects (i.e. art, furniture, lighting fixtures) which, in-turn get to pop. Minimizing clutter and contrasts that often take away from the more important aspects of a room. Additionally, when fewer colors are used throughout the home, there is a more smooth transition from room-to-room and floor-to-ceiling.
We often hear about the Chuck in a Truck or Stan in a Van fly-by-night contractors. For this client, that nightmare came true. Undoubtedly, when Renowned Renovation heard the details of a disaster renovation, we wanted to help. The “Stan” that was originally hired for the job took the clients money, violated the rules of the Home Owners Association, did not pull permits, and did an overall unacceptable job that had to be corrected.
One of my favorite style of condos has an industrial look—showcasing high concrete ceilings with exposed conduit and duct-work. I appreciate that original loft concept with concrete floors. This place has all of these features and more. It’s an 8th-floor, mid-rise with panoramic views of downtown and Old East Dallas. From the kitchen window and over-sized balcony you can see the Reunion Tower, Omni Hotel, and Chase Bank building. You can see the highlights of the renovation in the video. Read on to hear the details of how we transformed this mid-rise condo to meet the expectations of our client." — Grant Woodruff, CR
From the start, this condo became a personal project for us. As National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) certified contractors, we are passionate about providing quality work that is done right with no short-cuts or mishaps.
In reviewing the work that had been done on the initial remodel, some of the issues were cosmetic. Other problems were clearly due to poor planning and execution. For starters, plugs were installed upside down, cut edges of tiles were exposed—and the tile was not even set in straight lines.
The contractor convinced the owner to move the fridge right next to the sink which cramped the working space in the kitchen. This is not the suggestion of someone who truly knows the importance of layout and design from a big picture perspective.
When the contractors installed a brick veneer wall, they left the baseboards exposed, highlighting the fact that it’s a veneer. This is the opposite of what the client was trying to achieve. The walls were painted using a high gloss paint, typically used for doors and surfaces that get dirty and cleaned often. Instead, walls are generally painted in a satin or flat paint for large surfaces. To top it all off, the shower valves were installed upside down.
After meeting with the client she gave us the reigns to repair the condo in the most cost-effective manner. We assured her that we would complete the renovation without sacrificing quality. Additionally, we discussed being mindful of what she plans to sell the condo for. All of these are fine points that need to be discussed openly and honestly before a business agreement is made.
As a high-end remodeling company, Renowned Renovation does not often take on “budget” projects. However, we were able to do the kitchen for less than $20,000. We’ll note that no new appliances were purchased for this renovation. Give us a call to discuss your dream project! We have the design, craftsmanship and attention to detail that makes all the difference in the outcome of our work.
When you hire Renowned Renovation you can rest assured that your cabinets are going to be a highlight. Our custom-built Renowned Cabinetry are hand-built and assembled in PA by skilled craftsman. These cabinets are hand-sanded twice and factory-finished.
This means they are painted in a sealed factory setting. When they’re delivered to be installed there’s no odor or finishing that needs to be done onsite. The best past is that there’s no formaldehyde in the finishing. Plus, they come in any style, from tradition to modern styles.
The cabinet color we selected for the mid-rise condo was Benjamin Moore Chalk with shaker style doors and drawers. We installed soft-close drawer glides and door hinges, and under-cabinet LED-puck lighting.
The additional upgrades included a cutlery divider, spice pull, a magic corner (which is a storage cabinet) and docking drawer. These are all the amenities of the ideal modern kitchen, including a double-waste pull-out drawer for trash and recycling. Our signature cabinets exemplify the finishing touches Renowned Renovation brings to all of our jobs.
For the countertops we chose a cost-effective quality quartz by MSI-Surfaces called Q Quartz.
Normally, Cambria is my go-to but for the marble look. However, we can get Q Quartz in for a $1000 less per slab, which is a great price point for a renovation like this one. The only drawback is you do not have the lifetime warranty that comes with Cambria countertops.
MSI-Surfaces are a trusted company that we have worked with for years. Their countertops have the look and durability that are always a winner when we need to stay in our budget. For the backsplash we chose Daltile Rittenhouse Square in an Arctic White. The glossy finish and dramatic look of the quartz brings an incredible crisp and clean look to the whole kitchen.
The unit had stained concrete floors that were in really bad condition. I recommended an extremely durable, luxury vinyl floor by Shaw Floors. Shaw Floors are exceptionally long-lasting and easy to clean. They have a waterproof vinyl finish that is a great choice for high-traffic areas prone to splashes and spills.
We choose the “Tivoli Plus” design, but there’s a wide range of hues and characteristics to choose from. We have found that Shaw Floors has a surface and accent design that is perfect for every home. Technically, these floors have an Armourbead® wear layer for enhanced performance and Soft Silence® acoustical pad for noise reduction and added comfort. Basically, they provide a tremendous quality for your budget.
Renovating a gorgeous condos like this one is very rewarding. From the moment we walked in the door we could see the potential of the place. We’re happy knowing that the client is pleased, and that Renowned Renovation's work will stand the test of time.
The owners of this mid-rise Loft in Dallas did not hire a NARI Certified Remodeler. They stole the client's money, violated all the rules of the Home Owners Association, did not get required permits and did a horrible job. Renowned Renovation was hired to make the repairs and finish the job. We were able to help the homeowner avoid a remodeling nightmare by bringing the skills and best practices required of an NARI Certified Remodeler.
Remodeling a home is a big decision and as a homeowner you want to be sure the remodeling professional you hire is qualified to perform the work to the highest level of professionalism, integrity and quality.