The Owner contacted Heim Construction Co. with an expressed desire of take the existing home and make it something very special. The vision was to design and construct a theme that would make the inside of the living area have the feng shui feel of being outside.
Heim Construction Company brought Deb Stone Interiors to the table to listen, understand and plan the Owner’s vision. Several months of drawings and discussions brought the final drawings to the table, the Owner approved and the construction began.
Implementing the idea of bringing the outside-in, started with the existing patio and kitchen making it into one flowing unit. This was accomplished by adding Solar Innovations Retractable doors with automatic screens to continue the flow of the outside-in along the entire East wall. This addition made the space project a feeling of being outside yet protected from weather and that feeling remained even while the doors were closed.
The Owner’s love to entertain. They wanted a large kitchen with ample space to host parties and family gatherings. The challenge in the kitchen was to take a small existing kitchen, their existing covered patio and create one area that becomes a large living area and kitchen/sitting area that gives you the feeling of being outside.
The master bath was enlarged using an existing empty addition that was constructed a few years ago. Heim created an area for a new 6x6 walk-in shower, his and her vanities, new tub with a fireplace above. The shower was constructed with 3cm marble panels on two sides and marble tile and glass on the other sides. Heim used 12 ½ tons of stone throughout the total project. To accommodate the additional weight a structural analysis was conducted and the floor was reinforced to handle the additional load. In using that kind of weight, the bathroom and the kitchen floor had to be reinforced.
Many obstacles were encountered during the construction phase. To blend the renovations together, floors had to be leveled to match each other, ceilings had to be dealt with to keep the alignment, and 1,500 pieces of marble had to be trafficked through the home to get to the second floor.
We also had the opportunity to use some very unique materials on this project. The kitchen top is Quartzsite, one of the hardest stones around. The company that installed the tops had to cut the edge of the top at a 45 degree angle. It took 3 hours to go 1 ½” to 2”. Then glue on a 2 ½” piece to finish tops.
Overall the project was completed in 6 months from drawings to completion.