Blast from the Past: Wow-Worthy Modern Makeover
The art of transforming a home into a dream house requires a keen eye for aesthetics, meticulous attention to detail, and a deep understanding of what the client desires. Keeping those standards at the forefront, Ryan Gregerson and his team at RSG Construction (rsg4homes.com)—a Roseville-based business whose motto is “do it right the first time”—gave their client Cheryl C. and her husband the property they’d always envisioned.
The couple is the original owner of their two-story, 3,800-square-foot Folsom home built in 2001. “Our five-bedroom, three-bath house was a pretty basic track home of that era,” Cheryl says. “There were oak kitchen cabinets, tan tile countertops and floors in the kitchen, and the bathrooms had oak cabinets with chrome and gold fixtures and 4x4 white tile throughout.”
After living with their dated kitchen and bathroom for over 22 years, they knew it was time for a change. “My husband was fed up cleaning the rough kitchen tile countertops, but I wasn’t a fan of renovating—until we brought in RSG to review possible options and ideas. Once they recommended removing a wall and expanding the kitchen into a more open concept with a larger island, I was convinced,” says Cheryl.
“We want to make homes as user-friendly as possible and adding more space is often the way to do it, so it made so much sense to remove the wall and create a more open layout for Cheryl and her husband to host guests,” says Gregerson.
A modern kitchen makeover provides the perfect opportunity to revitalize this essential space, combining functionality and aesthetics to create a haven that reflects a homeowner’s unique personality.
For this remodel, the emphasis was on clean lines and simplicity. Opting for sleek white and grey cabinetry with panel doors and modern hardware, Gregerson provided the couple with a minimalist foundation and enhanced the seamless modern aesthetic Cheryl hoped to achieve. New luxury stainless steel appliances were incorporated throughout, including a wine refrigerator, double oven, and chef-style, double-door refrigerator. The custom-built window seat and large kitchen island housing the cooktop provide the perfect place for guests to relax while Cheryl and her husband prepare meals for friends and family.
The primary bathroom was completed first, due in part to flooding from a burst pipe that happened while the homeowners were out of town. “The damage was extensive, so RSG not only helped with the remodel but also with the basic reconstructing of the walls and ceilings that were damaged,” says Cheryl. As the adage goes, “Every cloud has a silver lining,” and in this case it afforded Cheryl the opportunity to have the modern sanctuary she wanted.
After a careful evaluation of the layout, new configurations were implemented to create an open and spacious ambiance. The choice of materials and finishes ultimately set the tone for the transformation with smooth, natural stone—such as marble tile for the walls—and sleek, modern tile floors that exude elegance and sophistication. Minimalistic geometric tile patterns adorn the walls, while a combination of glass and chrome fixtures add a touch of contemporary charm to the once-dated bathroom.
The standalone luxury bath and modern rain head shower make the spa-like space unrecognizable from the original bathroom. In addition, the cabinets, flooring, fixtures, electrical, plumbing, countertops, backsplash, paint, and tile were all replaced, too. “The primary bathroom is beautiful!” says Cheryl.
Along with the bathroom and kitchen remodels, the homeowners also had the bedrooms repainted, replaced light fixtures, updated their closets to allow for better organization, and changed out their staircase, working with a company recommended by Gregerson.
“Scope creep is real!” says Cheryl. “[The RSG team was] always ready to accommodate our change requests and [were] very responsive and available to answer questions via phone, email, or text. Even after the project was complete, if we had questions or any issues, they made sure they were resolved as quickly as possible. The crew at RSG is comprised of quality people, and they’re easy to work with.”
Does Gregerson have any advice for people considering a remodel? “Set your budget but have an overage amount for any unforeseen circumstances. Also, estimates can be more accurate if you know what type of materials you’re wanting to use, and delayed change orders slow down the process. It's a marathon not a sprint.”
by Emily Best
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