The basement build-out at the Old Island Lifestyle Community is now complete. We wrapped it up over a week ago and have moved on to a project for the City of Kingsport and an outdoor living area in Bristol, Tennessee. As soon as the homeowners complete their decorating and placing their furnishings, we will be taking pictures and posting to our Portfolio page.

stonestepsThe outdoor living space in Bristol is well underway with the limestone walls and fireplace almost complete. The picture to the left is the heavy limestone slabs that will be the steps leading to the patios (a main patio and a smaller upper patio).The Pennsylvania Lilac stone for the patios will be delivered mid-week as we continue to move forward. This is truly going to be the swan song to this renovation project. The homeowner has previously done a complete restoration of this 1920′s house with much attention to detail.BristolOutdoor

The project also includes widening a shared driveway, laying a limestone wall in front of the house, and capping the chimney and adding historic chimney pots.


Take a minute and watch this video of the subfloor product we have used for years! I always knew this product was great! Years ago, we were building a house and were framing the walls. I spilled a soft drink on the Advantech┬« subfloor. It puddled up and stayed there all day without soaking into the wood. At that point, I was sold. It is almost impossible to get new construction under roof (dried in) without it getting rained on (or snowed on, depending on the season). Old fashioned plywood subfloors can delaminate or swell causing difficulties when it comes time to lay hardwood, ceramic tile, or vinyl flooring. In the day when carpet was more common, this was not much of an issue. Today there are many new products, such as Advantech┬«, that enhance the quality of the final product. With a conscientious builder who values quality, exceeds CODE (minimum requirements), and uses only the best materials, your project can last a lifetime … and beyond.

Wrapping up and Decking Out

February 27, 2014

The basement build-out project at Old Island is nearing completion. I’m hopeful that an invitation will be forthcoming from the homeowners to the inaugural movie screening in the new home theater. Soon we will have Elliott Enterprises installing granite in the kitchen as well as DPM Carpet and Flooring installing the carpet in the theater.

Old Island Theater

The Brazilian Cherry engineered hardwood flooring is a beautiful contrast to the tan walls – actually Cincinnatian Hotel Carl Tan. Where do they come up with these paint names? When the granite is in and the tile backsplash done, the main living areas will be complete. We are starting the painting in the theater and it should be complete soon as well. The project will be posted to our Portfolio soon.

We just contracted to construct an outdoor living space at the rear of a historic home in Bristol. It will consist of a limestone sitting wall, post lanterns, stone courtyard, and a fireplace with a brick oven. We are also under contract to build a deck at the Kingsport Animal Shelter, a four-level deck in the Rock Springs area, and finally a Perennial Wood deck at my own home. Let us know if we can assist with your next project.

Another Old Island Project

January 26, 2014

Several weeks back we started another project at the Old Island Lifestyle Community. We are moving along on schedule building out an unfinished basement. The new space will add about 1500 square feet and include a full kitchen, living area, bedroom, home theater, and an existing finished full bath. Old IslandInstead of putting nail holes in the block foundation walls, we framed a full 2X4 wall around the entire perimeter of the finished areas. The Chris Mullins Company came in after the electrical and plumbing was rough-in and sprayed foam insulation in the wall cavities. Spray foam works by filling in all the cracks and crevices and expanding to eliminate air movement, which is the main cause of energy inefficiency. It will also provide some acoustic benefits and serve as an additional layer of moisture protection. The floor system above (ceiling for basement) was framed with trusses rather than traditional solid wood joists. The rim joist (the band around the outside perimeter of the floor) is OSB (oriented strand board) and can allow for significant air penetration if not sealed properly. floorplanThe spray foam fills all the gaps and small openings and blocks the air from coming through. We will be continuing the installation of trim this week with wide crown moulding, baseboard, casing, and roman arch doors. Other finishes will include engineered hardwood flooring from DPM, Inc. and kitchen cabinets from Mid Continent Cabinetry and supplied by Builders First Source. Keep watching for our posts and we will keep you updated on our progress. We are continuing to book projects into the Spring and Summer months. If you are considering an addition, renovation, outdoor living space, decking, or even a basement build out like this one, give us a call.

We recently completed the renovation of an office and laundry room in the basement of a house in Fall Creek. Within the last couple of years, we have renovated the kitchen, rebuilt a deck, replaced the roof, and installed new soffit, fascia, and gutters. The home office was overcrowded, disorganized, and had very little work space. In the office we removed two layers of carpet and installed solid vinyl luxury tile.


In the very depressing and dated laundry, we removed old sheet vinyl and replaced with the same luxury vinyl tile. In both rooms, we replaced the windows with Pella® double-hung maintenance free vinyl windows. The laundry is also a full bath which, prior to renovation, was barely functional. We replaced the vanity, toilet, and shower. With new cabinetry in both rooms, new doors and trim, and fresh paint, being in these spaces is now a joy. The home office (a.k.a man cave) now has plenty of desktop work space. It is no longer drudgery to come to the basement and do laundry. For more pictures, visit our Portfolio.