Croom Construction :: Smart Moves 10

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New technology helps transform a dated oceanfront condo Times change and so do our lifestyle trends. Stroll through any number of older oceanfront condominiums and you’re immediately aware of how our living arrangements have dramatically changed over the years. Older units have kitchens tucked away at the back, closed off from the main living area and out of view of the ocean. Bedrooms and baths are often dark and tightly configured and less convenient for today’s entertaining needs and family living, where the heart of the home is the kitchen and open living areas are a must. Fortunately, changes in lifestyles have also demanded advancements in technology. Remodeling a condominium previously meant

the baths and kitchen had to remain within the original footprint. So even if the rooms were specified with modern décor, decorative plumbing and new appliances, the rooms’ location remained the same. Thanks to new plumbing technology, this is no longer true! Plumbing can now be relocated almost anywhere within the condo without jeopardizing the units above or below it. A beautiful example is how Croom Construction recently remodeled – and transformed – an older oceanfront condominium in John’s Island. Dave Lyons, Vice President said, “In less than seven months, not only did we move the kitchen to the front of the condo so it seamlessly opens to the dining and living room area, we also reconfigured this 2BR/2BA unit to a 3-bedroom, 3-bath home.”

The transformation is stunning. The entire open living space now has sweeping views of the ocean. New impact-rated doors and windows provide a marked improvement in sound quality and hurricane protection. Coffered, tongue-and-groove ceilings and light oak, wide-plank floors give the living space a comfortable cottage feel. A solid piece of Quartzite atop the kitchen island is a focal point and is also stain-resistant, which is ideal for this high-traffic area. A spacious master bedroom and bath offer continued ocean views. The other two bedrooms and baths are beautifully appointed and now provide much-needed privacy. Prior to remodeling, entrance to the second bedroom was through the bath, which also served as the powder room. From small, dark and dated to open, bright and perfect for today’s coastal living, the newly remodeled condominium has totally transformed our client’s beachfront living.

smartmove #44 Thanks to new wireless technology from Sonos, you can fill every room of your home with music from any mobile device – including a different song for each room. Talk about personalizing your personal space! Croom clients love the ability to quickly search and play songs, in any room, from dozens of streaming music services for surprisingly little money. For more information, contact Charles Croom at 772.562.7474.

smartmove #11 A “water bug� is smart, new technology that is improving how Whitehall can monitor and safeguard your home. FloLogic is a system that attaches to the main water line so it detects and even stops abnormal water flows coming into your home, potentially eliminating severe water damage. For more details, please contact Whitehall at 772.299.4559.

Quality Investment We pride ourselves in the quality of our people. Their industry experience and relationships with our clients speak volumes.

Greg Golfe Paint Foreman

Greg Golfe joined Precision Painting & Waterproofing in 2012 with more than 17 years of industry experience, including architectural coatings ranging from residential painting to industrial marine coating. His continued professionalism exemplifies quality. Greg is OSHA certified and holds a certification in aerial work platforms. James Lumley was recently promoted from Superintendent to the role of Project Manager for Croom Construction Company. James, also known as “Jimbo,� came to us in 2012 with more than 20 years of construction experience. He is highly respected by local architects, subcontractors, engineers and homeowners whom all have worked with him over the years. Jimbo attended Georgia Southern and is OSHA certified.

James Lumley Project Manager

Plan Ahead! The official start of storm season is June 1st and it continues through November 30th. Whitehall Professional Property Management began notifying clients in March and our storm preparation processes are now underway. For our seasonal clients, we began closing their homes and installing hurricane panels and shutters in late May. This also included storing outdoor furniture, removing patio fans, weathervanes, and exterior lights that may cause damage in high winds. For our year-round clients, storm protection measures are initiated when the forecast by the National Weather Service states that Indian River County (IRC) is in the projected path of a hurricane. Preparation begins five days prior to the storm’s projected arrival date. Beginning early also allows our staff time to secure their own home and evacuate their family to safety. In addition to protecting your home during a storm, we will also provide thorough post-storm communications and inspections of your property. We work closely with the IRC Sheriff’s Department and Vero Beach Police Department to ensure our staff has immediate access to your home after a storm. Planning ahead is necessary! If you have not yet notified Whitehall that you want your home closed and protected during the 2014 hurricane season, please contact Whitehall at 772.299.4559. | 772.562.7474 | 772.299.4559 | 772.567.1221

Cover: Condo renovation in John’s Island

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