August 23, 2012It's always exciting to see how area remodelers can revive a 50-year-old house and bring it into the 21st century or transform a dingy hot attic into comfortable family living space. This year's Tour of Remodeled homes does both, and much more. Entries on this year's tour include complete renovations, room additions, updated kitchens, elegant baths, comfortable master suites, media rooms, sunrooms and beautiful outdoor living areas.
The Tour of Remodeled Homes will take place Friday, August 24 through Sunday, August 26. Sixteen professionally remodeled homes will be on display throughout Greensboro and Guilford County from noon to 5 p.m. each day.
This is a great opportunity to talk with remodelers, their contractors and suppliers to gather ideas for your own remodeling project. Remodelers will be available at the homes during the tour to describe the projects and answer questions on how to go about updating or renovating your own home. Of course, even if you don't have a remodeling project in mind, it's still great fun to visit the homes, see the before pictures, and learn how the spaces have been transformed.
One home on the tour is a kitchen renovation by Thomas-James Construction. The homeowners wanted their 50-year-old kitchen enlarged and modernized. Thomas-James gutted the entire space and changed the floor plan. Pristine white cabinets, new appliances, under-cabinet lighting and a new wood floor were installed. The new floor blends seamlessly with the existing wood flooring of the first floor. The doorway to the family room was widened to open it to the kitchen, and here too the new paneling and trim were matched exactly.
The homeowners also wanted a bigger dining room, so the original living room and dining room were switched. The previous small dining room has become a comfortable, practical office and the now spacious dining room easily seats eight. The entire renovation project took nine weeks.
And it took Kevin Jones just four months to completely redo the Hendricks' home on Hedrick Drive in western Greensboro. From the foyer to the attic, virtually nothing was left untouched.
This renovated kitchen by DLM Builders on Ballinger Road is one of 16 entries on the Greensboro Builders Association Tour of Remodeled Homes, Friday, August 24 through Sunday, August 26 from noon to 5 p.m. Remodeling projects on the tour include bathrooms, kitchens and master suites, sundrooms, additions and complete home renovations,
The kitchen was gutted and new cabinetry and granite countertops installed, the laundry room was moved to a previous master bath closet, and the master bath was completely updated and enlarged, with the addition of a new closet.
This home is a great place to hang out. The large sunroom illuminates a regulation size pool table, while unused attic space has been transformed into a memorabilia room. This unique space includes two pinball machines, a juke box and various old soda machines, all restored to working condition. The new attic room is a trip down memory lane. The homeowner's hobby is collecting and restoring these antiques, and it's great fun to see these old items restored and in use.
Kevin Jones has two additional renovations on the tour. One is a whole house remodel in Starmount that has features designed for a person with special needs, with a zero-threshold roll-in shower and a motorized wheelchair lift on the rear porch that allows easy access from the driveway to the main level master bedroom.
Jones' third project, in Old Irving Park, has been enlarged from a one-story house on the golf course to a two-story home with a two-car garage. This is an "extreme" remodel.
An unusual attic transformation is the one by Gary Jobe Builder Inc. Todd Powley of Gary Jobe Builder and Marta Mitchell of Marta Mitchell Interiors took empty attic space in a beautiful townhome and turned it into a contemporary New York loft.
The room is all angles, chrome and toys. It's the ultimate man-cave. There is a Ping-Pong table and a wet bar with a metal tile backsplash that sparkles with reflected light from the multi-colored fixtures above. Two small round tables, made from a piece of granite the homeowner fell in love with, are on this level overlooking the main space where there is a comfortable conversation area. There is also a pool table.
Two narrow dormer windows have been transformed into a dart board niche and an electronic putting green. Between them is a restored jukebox with a large Coca-Cola sign on the slanted wall above.
Adjustable LED lighting under the treads of a curved opening light the way to a loft that overlooks the room. This space is used for either relaxing or sleeping. Railings on the loft, the stairway and the bar level are all metal. Overhead, in the soaring ceiling, is a huge metal fan made by the aptly named Big Ass Fan Company. The carefully crafted paint on the ceiling and walls gives the room a unique sense of contemporary angles.
Don't miss this home's comfortable theater room with its reclining seats and projection screen. And, downstairs, you'll find a pool table in what was once a dining area, and a beautiful granite floor-to-ceiling fireplace in the living room. This is a house designed for fun.
Admission to the Tour of Remodeled Homes is $10 per person and allows you to tour all 16 homes. The 2012 Tour of Remodeled Homes is presented by the Greensboro Builders Association's Remodelers Council in conjunction with tour sponsors Ferguson Enterprises and New Home Building Supply.
Verizon Wireless is serving as the technology partner and is providing the opportunity for attendees to use debit and/or credit cards to purchase tickets in addition to cash or checks.
A preview of several homes on the tour is on page 19 of this issue, with a tour map on page 18.
Photographs of the homes and general information, including driving directions, can be found in tour magazines, available at area Harris Teeter and Lowe's Home Improvement stores. Tour magazines are also available at sponsor locations and at each tour home.