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FEATURES 7 Tour Map 8 Why Choose a Registered Builder or Remodeler? 30 Remodel with Universal Design in Mind 32 Seven On-Trend Kitchen Upgrades

HOUSES 10 House 1: Brandon Buttorff

BUTTORFF DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION 15402 CHAMPIONS LAKE PLACE, LOUISVILLE, KY 40245

12 House 2: Scott Welch

WELCH BUILDERS INC. 304 STODGHILL PLACE, LOUISVILLE, KY 40223

14 House 3: Karen McKechnie, Michael McKechnie, Tommy McKechnie, Eric McKechnie STONEHENGE CONSTRUCTION 2616 EVERGREEN WYNDE, LOUISVILLE, KY 40223

16 House 4: Brandon Fields

TWIN SPIRES REMODELING 11212 MONKSHOOD DRIVE, PROSPECT, KY 40059

18 House 5: Brandon Bailey and Jon Steimel BAILEY REMODELING DESIGN BUILD 5201 OLDE CREEK WAY, PROSPECT, KY 40059

20 House 6: Steve Hartung

JAVA CONSTRUCTION 3304 TRINITY RD., LOUISVILLE, KY 40206

BUILDING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION OF GREATER LOUISVILLE 1000 North Hurstbourne Pkwy. Louisville, KY 40223-4012 (502) 429-6000 FAX (502) 429-6036 www.bialouisville.com

MISSION STATEMENT The Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville is the voice of the building industry by providing advocacy, member services, professional standards and signature events.

2022 BIA OFFICERS Tom Waller, President Dan Smith, Vice President Ryan Band, Secretary/Treasurer ​David Hobbs, Associate Vice President Tom Raver, Associates Committee Chair Karen McKechnie, Immediate Past President Scott Welch, President’s Advisor

BUILDER DIRECTORS Seth Anderson Trevor Brown Christopher Eldridge Joe French Rich Heareth, Jr. Dan Hempel Joe Kroll

David Landis Ronald “Ranny” Metts, Jr. Mike Metzkes Bilal Powel David Ramage Greg Lepera Brent Vorst

ASSOCIATE DIRECTORS Jeanna Ashley Richard McCauley Bobby McCormick P. J. Moore Teresa Morgan Donna Mudd

Brady Pfaadt John Rueff Derek Smothers John Talbott Chad Turner Lee Weyland

HONORARY BUILDER DIRECTOR Clifford Thieneman Sr.

HONORARY ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR Richard Bean

22 House 7: Vincent Abell

VINCENT ABELL CONTRACTING INC. 2212 WOODBOURNE AVENUE LOUISVILLE, KY 40205

24 House 8: Adam Gallagher and Marty Stamper P L LYONS ARCHITECTURAL BUILDERS 2022 WINSTON AVE, LOUISVILLE, KY 40205

26 House 9: Stefan Rumancik

DESIGNER BUILDERS INC 1219 AUDUBON PARKWAY, LOUISVILLE, KY 40213

28 House 10: Brandon Fields

TWIN SPIRES REMODELING 10905 FAIRMOUNT ROAD, LOUISVILLE, KY 40291

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10 House 1: BUTTORFF DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION

House 6: JAVA CONSTRUCTION 3304 TRINITY ROAD, LOUISVILLE, KY 40206

House 2: WELCH BUILDERS INC.

House 7: VINCENT ABELL CONTRACTING INC. 2212 WOODBOURNE AVENUE, LOUISVILLE, KY 40205

House 3: STONEHENGE CONSTRUCTION 2616 EVERGREEN WYNDE, LOUISVILLE, KY 40223

House 8: P L LYONS ARCHITECTURAL BUILDERS

House 4: TWIN SPIRES REMODELING

House 9: DESIGNER BUILDERS INC 1219 AUDUBON PARKWAY, LOUISVILLE, KY 40213

House 5: BAILEY REMODELING DESIGN BUILD

House 10: TWIN SPIRES REMODELING 10905 FAIRMOUNT ROAD, LOUISVILLE, KY 40291

15402 CHAMPIONS LAKE PLACE, LOUISVILLE, KY 40245

304 STODGHILL PLACE, LOUISVILLE, KY 40223

11212 MONKSHOOD DRIVE, PROSPECT, KY 40059

5201 OLDE CREEK WAY, PROSPECT, KY 40059

2022 WINSTON AVENUE, LOUISVILLE, KY 40205

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Why Choose a Registered Builder or Remodeler?

profession for a specified period of time

a financially sound business.

and must submit the names of previous

›› Check with the Better Business Bureau to

customers

learn of any complaints.

as

references.

They

must

also demonstrate financial and on-site

›› Inquire whether the remodeler or builder

responsibility, have an acceptable credit

has sufficient worker’s compensation and

history, and appear before a committee for

general liability insurance. If not, you

hoosing the right individual or company

a personal interview. They also have the

may be liable for any construction- or

is one of the most important decisions

backing of sponsors, who have personal

remodeling-related accidents on your

you can make when building a new home

knowledge of the builder or remodeler and

premises. It’s a good idea to ask for proof

or remodeling an existing one. It’s a

can vouch for their activities and business

of insurance.

decision that will affect the quality and

integrity.

›› Check references.

C

cost of completing your project and one

Registered

Builder

and

Registered

›› Check for quality of workmanship and

with many considerations: What kind of

Remodeler members also have access to

materials of previous projects.

experience do they have? Do they have

a conciliation process, should problems

››

a good reputation? Is their work good

arise that cannot be easily resolved.

communicate with the person.

quality? The of

If you’re ready to hire a Registered Building

Greater

Remodeler

Industry

Louisville and

has

Be

sure

you

are

able

to

easily

›› Ask for a complete and clearly written

Association

Builder or Registered Remodeler, here are

contract. Review it carefully.

Registered

some things to consider to make the best

›› Be cautious of unusually low-priced

Registered

Builder

choice for your project:

bids. If the remodeler or builder is unable

members who belong to a network of

›› Verify you’re talking to a Registered

to pay for materials and labor as the work

industry professionals on the local, state,

Remodeler or Registered Builder.

project proceeds, there could be potential

and national levels. These members have

›› Check to be sure the remodeler or builder

problems.

agreed to take part in continuing education

has a permanent business location and

›› Visit www.bialouisville.com for lists of

and abide by the BIA’s Code of Ethics.

a good reputation with local banks and

Registered Remodelers and Builders.

suppliers.

›› Look for these logos:

With the BIA’s educational offerings, these full-time professionals are prepared

›› Ask how long they have been in the

to address special building issues and

remodeling or building business. You

techniques and are knowledgeable about

want to be sure they’ll be around after the

new products. They are also vetted -

project is complete to service warranties

they must show they have experience in

and to address issues that could develop. It

the home or commercial construction

usually takes three to five years to establish

BECOMING FAMILIAR WITH THE BUSINESS OF A PROSPECTIVE REMODELER OR BUILDER HELPS ENSURE THEIR EXPERIENCE RELATES TO YOUR INDIVIDUAL PROJECT. THIS CHECKLIST CAN HELP WHEN IT’S TIME TO CHOOSE A REGISTERED REMODELER OR REGISTERED BUILDER MEMBER OF THE BUILDING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION OF GREATER LOUISVILLE.

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15402 CHAMPIONS LAKE PLACE, LOUISVILLE, KY 40245 Basement Remodel // Awarded “Best Recreation Remodel”

V BRANDON BUTTORFF Buttorff Design and Construction

7610 POLLOCK AVE, SUITE 2 LOUISVILLE, KY 40056 BUTTORFFGROUP.COM BRANDON@BUTTORFFGROUP.COM (502) 501-4800 ASSOCIATE BUILDER/REMODELER 10

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ision, experience, and diligence were the

some load-bearing walls to allow for a more

keys to success for Associate Builder/

symmetrical appearance and open floor plan.

Remodeler Brandon Buttorff on this beautiful

“With this being an angled house, we knew

basement remodel that now includes a bar

we wanted to make a strong line of symmetry

area, theater, bunkroom, recreation room,

with a centerline feel between the bar,

and gathering space.

lounge, and fireplace, so the space flowed

With 1,325 square feet, Buttorff had plenty

naturally out to the patio and pool area. So

of room to work with to give the homeowners

that’s the first thing we did. Then we had

more entertainment options and amenities

this fun idea to install a walk-up eating bar

to enhance their family’s lifestyle.

from the patio with an automated overhead

When Tyler and Shawn Burke wanted to

window,” he said.

turn their backyard into a personal oasis,

Buttorff specially ordered the 8-foot

Buttorff knew just what to do to connect

custom window from Michigan. The window

the basement remodel to the outdoor

operates on a piston system, so it opens

entertainment area.

with the push of a button, rising from the

To start the project, Buttorff removed

bottom to create an open-air feel. Custom


Before wine chillers and a beer tap inside the service area essentially make the covered patio a full-service poolside bar. The inside kitchenette features a Cambria quartz countertop with a mitered waterfall edge, while the service area features a fullheight

backsplash,

cutting-edge

appliances, and high gloss cabinets. Connecting the indoor area to the outdoor patio offers several advantages. unobstructed

There

is

now

view

of

the

an pool

and landscaping from the indoor gathering space. At the same time, you can easily get to the service area when entertaining outside. They even thought to add outdoor heaters so the homeowners can enjoy the patio area in cooler weather. To make the best use of 10 ft basement ceilings, the basement remodel also utilized a mix of recessed

lighting,

decorative

lighting features, and LED ribbon lighting

to

compliment

and

accentuate the space. There’s also a gas fireplace with glass rocks and a burner bar for a chilly evening or added ambiance. “This was an exciting project,” Buttorff said. “It’s refreshing to see the value of investing in your home to make it exactly how you want it so you can entertain at home and enjoy the company of your friends and family.”

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304 STODGHILL PLACE, LOUISVILLE, KY 40223

Whole house remodel with addition // Awarded “Best Historical Overhaul”

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he challenge with renovating a historic,

home, but they still needed some upgrades

early 1800’s home is to add space without

to accommodate their family and lifestyle,”

losing its character. That’s especially true

SCOTT WELCH

Welch Builders Inc.

301 MIDDLETOWN PARK PLACE, SUITE A LOUISVILLE, KY 40243 WELCHBUILDERSINC.COM SCOTT@WELCHBUILDERSINC.COM (502) 244-1260 REGISTERED BUILDER/REMODELER 12 2022 TOUR OF REMODELED HOMES

Scott Welch explained.

when popular modern trends recreate styles

The Ackermans wanted a first floor

that were original to older construction

master suite. To accomplish that, Welch’s

methods and materials.

team converted an existing garage to a

So when John and Regan Ackerman

master bedroom with a walk-in closet and

wanted to reconfigure the original floor plan

large master bath with a vaulted ceiling,

of their 1821 estate home to add living space

clerestory windows, custom cabinets, and a

for their family, they chose Welch Builders

large shower. In the main living space, the

to oversee their whole house remodel and

clients wanted to expand the kitchen, add

garage addition.

a mudroom, and update the laundry room.

“The client’s home has great historical

Welch found space by relocating a stairway

significance to the neighborhood, so it was

and reconfiguring the existing family room,

important to them to retain the historical

which allowed for a more spacious kitchen

features and original character of their

with custom cabinets, a farmhouse sink,


Before enlarged window, and a double island:

Ackerman’s purchase of the home, there

in the kitchen, a bar area in the renovated

a butcher block island for prep space

were some foundational and structural

formal family room is another favorite. In

and a second island featuring a quartz

issues. Steel beams were installed to

the master bedroom, a stone feature wall

countertop for gathering and entertaining.

reinforce

Both the mudroom and laundry have

Damaged floor joists were removed and

behind a fireplace with a mantle custom-

custom cabinets as well, with much more

replaced with treated lumber. Repairs were

storage, cubbies, and a countertop work

made to the foundation. Old wiring and

area.

plumbing were removed and replaced with

Once completed, the house now has 2,500 additional square feet to the existing

the

main

house

support.

new electrical panels, wiring, and lines to meet current building codes.

built from the home’s original 200-year old lumber adds warmth and sentimental elements to the new master suite. But if you ask John, the crown jewel is the three-car garage addition complete

One highlight for the Ackermans is

with car lifts that is now John’s dream

With the house being built in 1821

a tremendous amount of added storage

workshop for his passion for restoring

and last renovated in 1979, prior to the

space. In addition to the new double islands

classic cars.

3,500.

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2616 EVERGREEN WYNDE, LOUISVILLE, KY 40223

Whole house remodel with addition // Awarded “Best Large Scale Remodel”

KAREN MCKECHNIE, MICHAEL MCKECHNIE, TOMMY MCKECHNIE, ERIC MCKECHNIE

Stonehenge Construction

3510 WILDERNESS TRAIL LOUISVILLE, KY 40299 STONEHENGECONSTRUCTIONLLC.COM KSTONEHENGE@GMAIL.COM REGISTERED REMODELERS 14

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ach of the ten houses in this

What was the motivation for such a

year’s

Remodeled

large project? “If we don’t do this

Homes have unique features. This

now, we won’t have time to enjoy

beautiful home is no exception.

it.”

Tour

of

Home 3 features an elevator to

Tom and Janet called Stonehenge

the second floor, a dog shower, an

Construction

exercise room with a hot tub, and

of Stonehenge’s previous Tour of

a lovely view to the fish pond, a

Remodeled Homes projects.

screened-in porch with fireplace

and Janet were impressed and

and pocket doggie doors, and a dog

liked the creative ways Stonehenge

run, just to mention a few.

repurposed existing space.

The

homeowners,

Tom

and

At

the

after

viewing

one Tom

Evergreen

Wynde

Stonehenge

worked

Janet, were looking for a redesign

residence,

to enhance their golden years.

closely with Tom and Janet to


Before

create the house of their dreams. Many

their

walls were removed to create an open

additional storage.

floor plan as opposed to the original

The

belongings new

barn

and

attractive,

The elevator to the second floor was added to provide ADA access

created

a

dog

without adding more square footage

segmented room concept from the 70s

training area for Janet and a workshop

and 80s. As a result, the kitchen, living

for Tom. The barn is a head turner. It’s

The attic space over the garage

room, dining room, and family room

a 30’ x 65’ red-sided barn with black

was converted to a larger master

are all new spaces. Lastly, the pantry

trimmed windows. The area between

bedroom and extra large closet. One

and mudroom are amazing, offering

the barn and the house is also utilized

of the bedrooms was converted into a

the family a transition space to hang

as a play area for the dogs.

laundry room and craft room.

to the first-floor suite.

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11212 MONKSHOOD DRIVE, PROSPECT, KY 40059 Basement Finish // Awarded “Best Basement Renovation”

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aving their home featured in this year’s

“We wanted to do this for our grandkids

Tour Of Remodeled Homes is a full-

and when we have friends come to stay,”

circle moment for Bob and Deb Oser.

Deb explained. “Our first floor has an

After researching and interviewing several

BRANDON FIELDS

Twin Spires Remodeling

11844 CAPITAL WAY LOUISVILLE, KY 40299 TWINSPIREREMODELING.COM FIELDS@TWINSPIRESREMODELING.COM (502) 845-3180 ASSOCIATE BUILDER/REMODELER 16

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contractors

to

finish

open concept, which is nice for hosting.

the

But it’s great to also have more space

800-square-foot basement in their ranch-

downstairs for family to gather, especially

style home, the Osers visited the Tour

at Christmas.”

of Remodeled Homes in 2021 to do their

The challenge was to continue the

own in-field research. That’s how they

craftsmanship and finishes from the first

discovered Twin Spires, who submitted

floor into the basement while maintaining

their project in this year’s TORH. “When

an

we saw the Twin Spires projects and

took a focused collaboration between the

interviewed them, we had a good feeling

architect, designer, homeowners, and

right from the start,” Deb Oser remembers.

vendors to go through every detail.

atmosphere

for

entertainment.

It

Their goal was to finish out their

Brandon Fields, owner of Twin Spires,

basement with a bedroom and bathroom.

was meticulous in matching the trim work,


Before molding, and doors to replicate the same style of craftsmanship as the rest of the house. “We first worked through the design to make sure it had the same feel,“ Fields explained. “After that, we worked with our subcontractors and vendors to assure we were using the same or similar products with our finishes.” The

Osers

found

Brandon

Fields

very easy to work with. He was big on collaboration and very client-focused. But Deb says Kevin, the project manager, was the other star of the show. “He communicated well and talked through every detail and every decision. He always kept our budget in mind. He was unshakeable when things went wrong. He was like Superman,” Deb said, laughing as she recalled the time Kevin had to maneuver a 12-foot quartz slab around a corner while the painter was there painting. Before the remodel, the basement was unfinished with bare concrete floors. Now it has a bar and a guest bedroom with an en-suite bathroom. Enjoying their finished space, the Osers are particularly proud of how the basement looks like it was completed at the same time as the rest of the house. The bar is one of Deb’s favorite features. “Instead of taking up a lot of room, it’s wall-to-wall, with shiplap around it and nice quality trim work,” she said. The custom, handcrafted decorative wall is also an eye-catcher. Brandon Fields had an Amish woodworker do the trim work. The Osers look forward to seeing their extended family enjoy their new gathering space when the holidays roll around this year. Based on the 5-star review they left on Google, they’ll be excited to show it off. Their closing thought: “If you’re looking for someone to bring your vision to reality, Twin Spires is the one for you.” WWW.TOUROFREMODELEDHOMES.NET

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5201 OLDE CREEK WAY, PROSPECT, KY 40059

First Floor Remodel // Awarded “Best Generational Refresh”

B BRANDON BAILEY AND JON STEIMEL Bailey Remodeling Design Build

201 MERIDIAN AVE, SUITE 201 LOUISVILLE, KY 40207 BAILEYREMODEL.COM BRANDON@BAILEYREMODEL.COM (502) 749-1586 REGISTERED REMODELERS 18

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ob and Susan Borgerding have become

did not like walking right into the kitchen

island people.

from the garage,” Brandon Bailey recalled.

“We absolutely love our island!” Susan

“They also did not like the kitchen being cut

says. “The kitchen is the heart of the home.

off from the family room. The original kitchen

And our island is the centerpiece. I love that

was small, cramped, and outdated.”

we can all be together but be doing different

To open up the space and rearrange the

things. My husband can be cooking while

layout, Bailey and Steimel removed some

the kids are doing homework and I’m doing

walls. But to do that, they had to manage the

something else. It seats six, so there’s room

framed structure, especially considering the

for everybody.”

original loadbearing walls were not correctly

Bob and Susan chose Brandon Bailey and Jon Steimel with Bailey Construction to mastermind a first-floor remodel on their colonial-style home on Olde Creek Way. “In the original floor plan, the homeowners

supported. It took a little creativity to reframe and support the new walls appropriately. Susan says Bailey Construction exceeded their expectations. “We love how they sat down with us and walked us through the


Before entire process. We knew what we wanted,

Bob and Susan maintained the existing

but they asked very good questions and

black and white motif throughout the

brought us ideas we hadn’t even thought

kitchen remodel for a stylish and sleek

of,” she said.

look that Susan says is “timeless” and

walls. Beyond

the

kitchen,

Bailey

Construction designed a cocktail area with a wet bar and fridge that then flows into

For example, when Bailey heard the

“not trendy.” The quartz countertop for

Borgerdings rarely used their dining room,

the island is what pulls the entire space

they decided to remove it and repurpose

together. “It’s bold! I wanted something

Both Borgerdings agree it’s a much

the area for the kitchen expansion. Moving

unique that we hadn’t seen anywhere

better use of space. “We entertain more.

the laundry room was another example. “I

else,” Susan said. As soon as she saw the

had a hard time visualizing that, so it was

white quartz countertop with such distinct

very helpful for me to see the renderings,”

black streaks, she knew they had to have

Susan said. “It makes perfect sense, and

it. It offsets the black cabinets under the

We’re very pleased with Bailey Remodeling

I’m glad we did that.”

island, white kitchen cabinets, and white

and we will definitely use them again.”

the family room.

We’re thrilled with everything. We use SO much more space and nothing is wasted.

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3304 TRINITY RD., LOUISVILLE, KY 40206

Addition and Remodel // Awarded “Best Functionality Redesign” stockpile of reclaimed brick from a

Above it, they constructed a second

school that was torn down years ago.

floor and converted what used to be

So Marcus picked up the 12,000

an outside window from the primary

bricks needed to finish the room

bedroom into a doorway that now

additions on both sides of the house.

enters their 18 x 15 shared walk-in

“I got home from work one day and

closet.

the bricklayers had about ten rows of bricks laid, and I could tell it matched perfectly and the mortar lines were perfectly in, too. It looks absolutely flawless,” Marcus recalled. “I was so

STEVE HARTUNG

Java Construction

2602 MEADOWLARK CT., PROSPECT, KY 40059 JAVACONSTRUCTIONLOUISVILLE.COM HARTUNG419@AOL.COM (502) 548-1022 ASSOCIATE BUILDER/REMODELER

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arcus and Mary Edwards needed the proverbial needle in a haystack

to finish the room addition on their 2-story colonial home in St.

happy to see it come together. You would never know our house was not originally built this way from the street.” According

to

Steve

Hartung

of Java Construction, that kind of customer satisfaction is exactly the point. “I may be a general contractor, but I always say I’m really in the service business,” Hartung said. “We pride ourselves on communication and serving our customers. If you can dream it, we can do it. This house is a great example of that service.” Built in the 1930s, the home

Down the hall, Java Construction also

remodeled

the

upstairs

bathroom, added a master bath, and for added convenience to the upstairs bedrooms, installed a stacked washer and dryer in a newly constructed laundry room off the primary suite. To transform the kitchen, Hartung removed an existing wall and added a six-foot bump-out, which allowed for a center island featuring a Cambria quartz countertop and Amish-crafted custom cabinets underneath. On the back of the house, the area between the two expansions is now a covered outdoor entertainment area and an extended concrete patio overlooking what will become a pool one day.

Matthews. It was essential to the

had three bedrooms upstairs that

Hartung says he loves doing

Edwards to use the same brick on the

all shared one bathroom. With two

projects in the St. Matthews area

addition so it looked authentic and not

teenagers in the house, it was time

because you can really see what’s

like an add-on. The house was built

for some needed upgrades.

possible in remodeling older homes.

in 1937, and the company that made

The first thing Hartung’s crew

“It was exciting for me because

the brick is no longer in business.

did was remove the old screened-

the homeowners had dreamed and

After checking with several brick

in porch and enlarge it into a bonus

planned for years and now they are

companies, someone mentioned a

sunroom with a wet bar and TV.

enjoying it,” he said.

Interior Design Tim Interiors // Windows K-I Lumber // Cabinets Cornerstone Kitchen // Appliances Charlie Wilson

Before

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2212 WOODBOURNE AVENUE, LOUISVILLE, KY 40205

Whole house remodel plus addition // Awarded “Most Energy Efficient Remodel”

R VINCENT ABELL Vincent Abell Contracting Inc.

1850 TAYLOR AVE, SUITE 4 LOUISVILLE, KY 40213 VINCENTABELLCONTRACTING.COM BABELL.VAC@GMAIL.COM (502) 641-7756 REGISTERED REMODELER 22

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obert and Barbara Fincher love their

this historic home up to today’s standards.

location

Highlands

The team used energy-efficient spray foam

neighborhood, but they wanted their home to

insulation, a new HVAC system, energy-

become a high-performance “green home.”

efficient windows, and installed energy-

To meet those standards, the Finchers

efficient electrical assisted by solar panels.

in

the

historic

collaborated with Vincent Abell Contracting

The complete home remodel included

to conceptualize what is now one of the most

upgrading the kitchen with modern touches,

energy-efficient,

and

remodeling the primary suite, improving

sustainable remodeled homes in the United

the outdoor space for enjoying the backyard

States.

and garden, and a 300-square-foot addition

As of

the

high-performance,

owner

and

ProudGreenHome.com

ProudGreenBuilding.com, knowledge,

combined

publisher

to the back of the house. The team carefully

and

selected all materials used throughout this

Robert’s with

home to allow easy, low-cost maintenance.

Abell

To start the project, Abell noticed right

Contracting’s experience, created an exciting

away that the original structure of the house

variety of building science strategies to bring

had become out of level over time. There were


Before sagging beams, shifting and bowing joists, uneven floors, and drooping ceilings. Abell’s team added numerous beams to shore up the floors and ceiling. The floor plan was reimagined and designed by one of our nation’s “greenest” architects, Clive Pohl, of Pohl Rosa Pohl, in Lexington, KY. Porches on the front and rear allow the homeowners to manage their exposure to the sun relative to seasons. The property provides an additional four-season living space with a rear gazebo and a fire table. With an eye on current trends, Abell installed a modern stairwell with cable railing, a walk-in shower, a contemporary design and color scheme in the kitchen, and a double-sided fireplace that the homeowners can enjoy from two separate living spaces. They also added AZEK decking in the outdoor space that looks like natural wood but can withstand the changing Kentucky weather. Outside, extensive plantings and ground cover throughout the property provide a human connection to nature. Front and rear landscape lighting provides nighttime security. Another innovative upgrade unique to this remodel is the water catchment system that not only decreases runoff but also collects almost 2,000 gallons of water that can be used to efficiently irrigate the extensive landscaping. Indoors, a state-of-the-art water filtration system assures extraordinarily pure and healthy water. An ACT D’MAND System instantly provides hot water on demand. For better air quality, an Energy Recovery Ventilation (ERV) System efficiently exchanges the air in and out of the home, ensuring indoor air is fresh and pure. “I would put Brad Abell up against anyone in his understanding of the building science necessary to pull off the kind of high performance-ness that our home possesses,” Robert Fincher said. “Brad understood well that a green home should not be a home that simply bolts on green and sustainable components. Rather, a high performance home must be built as an integrated system. Brad listened carefully to what Barb and I desired, and they worked with us from beginning to end in a wonderful collaboration that created this home,” Robert Fincher said. Windows: The Door Store & Windows // Cabinets: Home Depot // Appliances: Bonnycastle Appliances & TV // Landscaping: Korfhage Landscape & Design // Other: Louisville Tile, Sherwin Williams Spray foam insulation surrounds the entire living space // Insulated siding // Solar panels offset the electrical use/cost // High SEER HVAC system // Two Tankless hot water heaters for home and separate garage structures // Pella and Marvin high efficiency windows and glass French doors // ProVia exterior doors, reputed to be the #1 insulated exterior door available in North America // Energy-efficient and comfortable, warm floors in the winter by way of STEP Warmfloor TM, floor heating system // Small energy use, compensated by solar panels // Energy-efficient and water-saving appliances from Sub Zero refrigerator, Bosch dishwasher, and LG front-loading washer and dryer // LED lighting throughout. WWW.TOUROFREMODELEDHOMES.NET

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2022 WINSTON AVE, LOUISVILLE, KY 40205

Addition and First Floor Remodel // Awarded “Best Design for Small Lot”

ADAM GALLAGHER AND MARTY STAMPER P L Lyons Architectural Builders

11503 MAIN STREET MIDDLETOWN, KY 40243 BUILDLOUISVILLE.COM ADAM@BUILDLOUISVILLE.COM (502) 244-0114 REGISTERED BUILDER/REMODELER 24

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hat do you do when you love your

W

This was the first major remodel the

location but clearly need a bigger home?

Conaways have done, but they’ve learned

For this Highland family, the answer was to

some valuable lessons from previous home

build on - again - adding another significant

improvement projects. “Any time we’ve had

addition, giving their home six bedrooms for

other people do small jobs on the house,

their growing family.

we’ve always gone with the cheapest option.

Carl and Sarah Conaway looked at other

But then every time something blew up in

houses for a year and a half to find what they

our face and we regretted something,” Carl

truly wanted. As a family of six with four

said.

kids, they wanted more bedrooms, a home

This time they approached it differently.

office, an oversized attached garage, kitchen

Once the Conways decided to build on, they

expansion, larger dining space, nice pantry

had two people recommend P.L. Lyons

and mudroom, all on a flat lot. “But every

Architectural Builders. There are thousands

time we’d find something we liked, we’d

of decisions in a project this size, and usually,

have to make a concession,” Carl Conaway

it comes down to budget. Carl says the best

said. “So, we decided to build on instead of

advice he ever got was not to sacrifice design

selling and buying.”

or quality. “So that’s what we did,” he said.


Before

project

guided every decision. He also fact checked

of the work and their reputation. We got

manager Adam Gallagher was creating

suggestions and advice the subcontractors

exactly what we wanted with no regrets.”

the extra space the Conaways desired

recommended, which I really appreciated.”

“We chose Lyons purely on the quality

The

challenging

part

for

The

finished

upgrades

integrated

To make room for the expansion, the

due to constraints from several previous

Lyons team tore down the existing one-car

additions to the house. An architect worked

existing living spaces and incorporated

garage and rebuilt a two-car garage with

with the homeowners to design their new

modern conveniences such as quartz

living space above it. They then remodeled

addition to match the styles and trends

countertops and custom cabinetry.

or painted every room in the house except

in the neighborhood but also fit into the

the primary bath, which will be finished

home’s previous additions.

Carl’s favorite feature is the walk-in pantry. Sara’s favorite is the kitchen. “We

fantastic

got exactly what we wanted,” he said. “It

The result of the 4,000-square-foot

partner. “We got both speed and quality

was the designer’s idea but we fell in love

project includes a newly opened floor plan

workmanship,” Carl said. “The entire

with it. The kitchen is now the centerpoint

that flows seamlessly from the expanded

project was finished in four months. Adam

of our home. People are in awe when they

kitchen directly into the dining room.

Gallagher and his team were great! Adam

walk in and see it.”

next year.

Carl

says

Lyons

was

a

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1219 AUDUBON PARKWAY, LOUISVILLE, KY 40213

Whole House Remodel // Awarded “Most Unique Architectural Feature”

S STEFAN RUMANCIK

Designer Builders Inc

1448 HUGH AVE LOUISVILLE, KY 40213 DESIGNBUILDERSKY.COM DESIGNBUILDERSKY@GMAIL.COM (502) 376-8664 REGISTERED REMODELER 26

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ometimes it’s fun to think outside the box

The rest of the plans called for a primary

and face new challenges. It keeps things

suite, renovated mudroom, powder room,

interesting. Designer Builders Incorporated

dining room, living room, basement, and

had a chance to stretch themselves with their

studio/garage/office.

first ever entry into the Tour of Remodeled

homeowners Stefan and Heather Rumancik

Homes, which included the addition of a two-

had the idea to build a turret on the back corner

story turret with a basement.

of their historic dutch colonial revival home in

The round nature of the turret was more complex than a typical four-wall addition.

To

accentuate

that,

Audubon Park. Heather loves farms and barns. A turret looks like a silo. It just made sense.

Still, it was a welcome challenge for the skilled

The downstairs portion of the turret is

craftsmen at Designer Builders Incorporated,

a banquette breakfast nook. The upstairs

who met it head-on with enthusiasm and

section is a walk-in shower.

creativity. To get it right, they used custom

This current project completes a nearly

forms, poured foundation walls, installed tile,

10-year phased remodel of the house that was

applied stucco on the dome, had the copper

built in 1934. The next and final phase is a pool

panels fabricated, and then installed the

and pergola in the backyard.

panels themselves.

The Rumanciks wanted modern home


Before finishes and energy-efficient design with

of is programmable radiant floor heating.

additions, we use 2x6 boards instead

upgrades for entertaining family and

Heating the floor directly radiates heat

of 2x4s for better insulation, always

friends. To bring the house up to modern-

upward rather than heating the air in a

day efficiency ratings, the entire home

room. Not only does radiant heat keep

was retrofitted top to bottom with spray

shower and bathroom floors toasty warm

foam insulated walls, thermal insulation

in the winter, but it also helps showers dry

layers, and new high-efficiency custom

faster and stay cleaner longer.

high performance window glazing, and higher efficiency ductless heating and air systems,” he said. Romancik

is

confident

he

chose

windows. In some places, that required

Stefan Rumancik serves two roles in

the right project for Designer Builders’

removing the exterior plaster, spraying

this project; he is both the homeowner

inaugural entry into the TORH. “We’ve

foam inside the walls, and replacing the

and a remodeler for Designer Builders. He

exterior. The home now features many

says Designer Builders has been installing

other energy-efficient features, including

radiant floor heat for years, and many of

an on-demand hot water heater and high-

the features in this TORH project come

performance window and door glazing.

standard in room additions by Designer

said. “Next year, the project we plan to

Builders. “For instance, in most home

enter will be even more impressive.”

Another trend they took full advantage

talked about entering for years but wanted to wait until we had a remodel we could go big with and make a big splash,” Stefan

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10905 FAIRMOUNT ROAD, LOUISVILLE, KY 40291

Room Addition and First Floor Remodel // Awarded “Best Farmhouse Remodel”

T

win Spires Remodeling’s second entry

Fields and the Twin Spires team met all

in the 2022 Tour of Remodeled Homes

the homeowners’ wants and wishes by

gleams in understated country charm.

BRANDON FIELDS

Twin Spires Remodeling

11844 CAPITAL WAY LOUISVILLE, KY 40299 TWINSPIRESREMODELING.COM FIELDS@TWINSPIRESREMODELING.COM (502) 845-3180 ASSOCIATE BUILDER/REMODELER 28

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designing a room addition and kitchen

The project boasts an expansive room

remodel that modernized the farmhouse

addition that gained the clients two

while still looking like it belongs on the

more bedrooms and an owner’s suite,

property.

complemented by a newly remodeled

“Essentially, we built a new house

kitchen, living room, and powder room in

in front of the original farmhouse and

the existing space.

blended the two together,” said Brandon

The original home was a 900-square-

Fields of Twin Spires Remodeling. To pull

foot, one-level, two-bedroom farmhouse

that off, Fields incorporated details from

on a spacious lot. For this upgrade,

the original home onto the new while also

homeowners Gerald and Dori Shelburne

updating areas of the original home to

wanted to build on two more bedrooms

match new finishes on the expansion. The

while

and

brick addition, for example, was painted to

aesthetic of the existing home. Brandon

match the original board and batten. The

staying

true

to

the

feel


Before result is a proper mix of updated and

modern

finishes

while

retaining the original charm of a farmhouse on a large property. After

completion,

the

farmhouse is now 2,500 square feet. Gerald Shelburne couldn’t be happier. “Twin Spires did a great job. Everything turned out beautiful,” he said. Now that the Shelburnes are enjoying their new space every day, Gerald says it’s hard to say what his favorite aspect of the remodel is. “The front porch is beautiful. The side porch is beautiful. The foyer is beautiful. It’s even better than we anticipated.” And it’s not just cosmetic. The functionality of the new space

is

also

much

better

now. The owners’ suite, for example, not only includes a primary bedroom and a new shower;

Twin

Spires

also

moved the laundry room just off

the

primary

suite,

and

the Shelburnes even have his and her walk-in closets now. “Having a washer and dryer on that side of the house really is nice. I’m glad we decided to do that,” Gerald acknowledged. Twin

Spires

came

highly recommended to the Shelburnes, and they are more than happy to recommend them to others. “The quality of their workmanship

is

awesome,”

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Remodel with Universal Design in Mind L

ocal code ensures new construction homes and renovation projects reflect

the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Universal design, on the other hand, does more than make living spaces more accessible for those with disabilities. It expands on regulations to create more user-friendly spaces regardless of abilities, resulting in more enjoyable, functional design. Often, when people think of universal design, they’re thinking of design that reflects the needs of seniors who wish to age in place. That’s not always the case; universal design can also benefit families with special needs or simply serve as a smart investment for the future.

Principles of Universal Design To better understand universal design and how it might apply to your project, consider how the National Association of

5. Tolerance for error: Recognizing the possibility

of

accidents,

the

design

minimizes potential hazards.

wheelchair under it or not. Other on-trend upgrades, such as motion-activated

fixtures

like

fans,

faucets and touch controls for showers, 6. Low physical effort: The design can be

may feel like a bit of luxury in the short-

used efficiently and comfortably and with

term but could serve an accessibility role

minimal fatigue.

down the road. In other parts of the house, luxury

7. Size and space: An appropriate size and

vinyl plank flooring continues to grow

space is provided and isn’t affected by the

in popularity. Not only is it practical and

user’s body size, posture or mobility.

easy to clean, it’s appealing from a design standpoint and also offers a barrier-free

Trends in Universal Design

advantage.

The line between practical universal design and convenience features that drive up a room’s “cool factor” is

Getting Started with Universal Design Because

most

homeowners

only

the Remodeling Industry (NARI) describes

growing increasingly blurry, according to

explore universal design when there’s

the seven principles of universal design:

Gary Grabowski, owner of Greater Home

a specific need, the world of options is

Services and a NARI Universal Design

largely unknown. That’s why Grabowski

Certified Professional (UDCP).

recommends enlisting the help of a UDCP.

1. Equitable use: The design is useful for people with diverse abilities. 2. Flexibility: A wide range of individual preferences

and

abilities

are

accommodated.

One example is curbless showers,

“Knowing universal design and the

which eliminates a wheelchair barrier

features that enhance accessibility for

with an appealing design element.

all kinds of scenarios, I can suggest ideas

In fact, bathrooms are among the highest

demand

remodeling

projects

Grabowski sees, especially for people

that people have never thought of to make a living space easier to use,” he said. Grabowski also suggests starting at

3. Simple and intuitive: The design is easy

whose

either

least a year out so you can make plans

to understand regardless of the user’s

personally or for a loved one who visits

from a big picture perspective, including

experience, knowledge, language skills or

the home.

ancillary projects that could make your

current concentration level.

mobility

is

affected,

Other examples of on-trend universal design in the bathroom are floating, wall-

project even more successful. Find

more

advice

for

your

project

and

4. Perceptible information: Any necessary

hung vanities. Grabowski said the open

next

information is effectively communicated

floor space that design creates is enticing

certified remodelers in your area at

to the user.

whether you need to be able to roll a

remodelingdoneright.com.

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Seven On-Trend Kitchen Upgrades D

esigners from coast to coast are

colors and patterns to texture that brings

are committing to more useful features.

cooking up fresh ideas for kitchen

new dimension, kitchen tile can make

There are even some kitchens that boast

upgrades. This year’s hottest trends bring

a big statement. In fact, bold tile is not

two refrigerators, which may be a nod to

numerous fresh aesthetic approaches

just limited to the backsplash. Patterned

the way grocery shopping habits shifted

while functionality also plays a leading

tile is an on-trend option for adding

during the pandemic, with fewer, but

role in top design ideas.

character to your flooring and dressing

larger, trips to the store.

If you are planning a kitchen upgrade,

up commonly under-designed spaces

take inspiration from these on-trend

like the window jamb with a practical

elements spotted by the design experts at

material, like tile, that is easy to clean

Wellborn Cabinet:

and maintain.

Unique Tile

Multiple Appliances

Walk-Through Pantries Whether you are capitalizing on the mystique of a “hidden” room or attracted to the idea of a more seamless aesthetic, a walk-through pantry can be a stunning

In recent years, backsplash tile has

Function is front and center in

and functional solution. With a walk-

taken a more prominent role in kitchen

residential kitchen design this year, and

through pantry, you can add extra space

design and has continued to grow in

homeowners’ growing demands to go

to an existing pantry to create a better

popularity to the point where tile is now a

big on appliances is proof. From double

flow to your floor plan. Available in a

full-stop focal point. From eye-catching

ovens to extra dishwashers, homeowners

variety of widths and heights, Wellborn

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Cabinet’s Walk-Through Pantry blends naturally into the rest of your cabinetry to create visual continuity. Integrated magnetic door catches add stability and keep doorways securely closed.

Wood Finishes After years of painted cabinets and woodwork dominating kitchen design, wood grain finishes are making a comeback. The look is cozy and inviting, and with a wide span of stain options, it is equally possible to take the look ultra-modern or veer toward a more traditional style. Outside of cabinetry, there is plenty of room to incorporate the warmth of wood, such as butcher-block counters or exposed beams.

Green, Blue and Earth Tones Jewel-inspired hues had their moment, but this season’s color scheme is more about subtle shades that meld with neutrals for lighter, brighter spaces that feel airier and more spacious. Greens, in particular, pair well with an array of wood finishes, whether cabinetry, countertops or furnishings. Integrating greens, blues and other natureinspired colors allows you to bring earthy serenity to a bustling and busy room, and this motif lends itself well to a design that creates a cohesive connection with adjacent outdoor living space.

Clever Storage Solutions The kitchen is a busy place prone to clutter, and this season you will find multiple examples of practical solutions showing up in showcase kitchens. The features that can make your kitchen chores easier and neater come in all shapes and sizes. For example, discreet knife blocks tucked into drawers, drawer dividers for maximum customization, and sliders that make it easy to empty the trash and recycling bins.

Marble Countertops Marble is not necessarily a new trend, but this year’s attention is on slabs of marble with eye-catching veins that make counters really pop. For a fresh take on marble, forgo the typical white, gray or black styles in favor of color. Standout gold veining or even full slabs with stunning greens, blues and reds can make a statement. If budget is an issue, or you are worried about too much of a good thing, consider using a bold slab on a smaller space, like the island, rather than outfitting the entire kitchen. WWW.TOUROFREMODELEDHOMES.NET

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