I've committed the cardinal sin of blogging (which is being "too busy to blog") but I finally caught a moment to show off a semi-recent project: installing wire shelving in a kitchen pantry and a laundry room.
There are definitely some pros and cons to this kind of shelving, so I thought these photos might give you all a chance to see how well they would function in your home.
I'll start with the "before." The shelves went into an empty hallway near a back door. This is the door that the family uses, so it's a great place for pantry shelves, because you can come in and stack groceries on them and so on.
We used fairly deep shelves from a kit from the hardware store. Here's how they looked right after I put them in.
Not too shabby! Very neat and tidy.
But as I said, there is a down-side to these as well. Let's dig into the nitty-gritty.
Pros and Cons to Installing Wire Shelves
I always like to start with the upside.
But for a pantry or laundry room, these are great...
...although if you want to upgrade to solid shelving or even cabinets, we can do that, too. It's become a growing trend to add high-end laundry rooms and pantries to a home, and it could lead to a nice increase in your home value for a modest investment.
Either way, we're always glad to help. Call or email today to get started.
Today I thought I'd show off a project from our sister page, Artisan Built-ins.
This is a set of bookshelves in an offset modern pattern, with integrated brass lights to showcase the books. To the right is a built-in windowseat with a flip-top lid to allow for storage.
It really transformed the room, which started as a blank canvas.
We designed these for the homeowner based on a previous design which we did for another customer. The uprights on both bookcases are staggered to avoid the "tic tac toe" look which you see in traditional shelving.
We actually finished these a few months ago, but this is the first time we've seen photos of it with the books, and the custom cushions on the windowseat. It looks like a great place to relax with a good novel.
If you've always wanted a library of your own, give us a call. We'll help you take your room from "Blah" to "Beautiful."
Would you buy a house with mustard yellow walls?
One of my customers recently bought a home near downtown Asheville with walls the exact color of my favorite condiment for a ham sandwich.
Somehow it's more appetizing on the food than it is on the wall. (Side note: I've got to stop blogging at lunch time. Now all I can think about is ham sandwiches.)
Take a look at the living room now. I think I could live here, don't you?
They had us paint the dining room in a cool mint green which really set off the white trim. I like it. It's kind of retro.
The master bedroom also had an unusual color: a deep navy blue. I usually like dark blue walls, but for some reason it was oppressive in this room.
My customers tried several colors, including the green from the dining room, before they settled on a soft dove gray.
It's a very different room.
The moral of the story is that when you're house-hunting, pay no attention to the color on the walls. Repainting is comparatively cheap, and while everyone else is stuck on superficial impressions, you can focus on more important things like the layout of the rooms and whether the home was well-maintained.
If your home needs a fresh coat of paint, give us a call. We'll be happy to give you a free estimate.
Are you trying to find someone to renovate a room, but discovering that the job is a little bit too small for a "contractor"?
If you live in Asheville, we may be able to connect you with an experienced remodeler who is willing and able to take on small renovations.
Several of the gentlemen in our network of craftsmen have decades of experience in home remodeling, and they're available for small jobs such as:
I personally know every single person in our network. I know they will do a good job for you, and they will be friendly and professional.
If you need someone to do that small home update, get in touch with us. We'll listen to your needs and do our best to connect you with the right person for the job.
But don't delay. Asheville is growing fast, and the remodeling industry is very busy. That means that these slots may fill up very quickly. In fact, most of the craftsmen in our network are already scheduled out 3 to 4 weeks.
So call us today to get your job scheduled. The sooner you call, the sooner the work starts.
Interior painting is one of my favorite jobs to do, because I can make such a difference in a room in a relatively short time.
I recently finished a whole-house interior repaint in a beautiful Craftsman-style home that had a dated brown wall color all throughout the house:
My customers chose a lighter color with more gray in it, and it gave the living room an airy and open feeling. (By the way, you may recognize the built-in entertainment center if you follow my other blog at Artisan Built-ins. I installed it last month.)
Moving upstairs, the kids' playroom was a dull mossy green that made the space feel dark. Check out that before and after! That's not my camera playing tricks on you, as you can see if you compare the tone of the carpet in the two pictures.
The new wall color reflects the light a lot better, which is helpful in a room like this with so little natural daylight.
But I think the biggest change was in the master bathroom. The dreary brown did nothing to flatter the tile.
What a difference a lighter tone makes! It ties in with the pretty marble sinks and bounces light all around the room.
I also installed new medicine cabinets with cherrywood frames that make a nice statement against the pale gray. Now the room looks like a spa retreat where you can escape from the world.
If your home has dingy or dated wall colors and you're ready for a change, give us a call to lighten up. We'll be glad to help you, because we love this stuff!