Meet John and Alison

John and Alison had been considering a kitchen remodel for almost two years. They needed to get back the space in their formal dining room, which wasn’t being used. They had a lot of wasted space, but ironically, they wanted more space. In their kitchen, they also had floor and carpet damage from the dishwasher leaking. They were concerned about a long renovation project.

  • Dining room is now usable space because it’s connected to the kitchen
  • Items in kitchen all have homes in new cabinetry
  • Updated and modern kitchen
  • Increased valuation of home

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Choosing a General Contractor

John and Alison called four companies before choosing Merrell Building Enterprise. The couple immediately gained confidence with Moses, who had his tape measure on the first visit. Moses gave specifics from the onset, and he was honest with them about their ideas.

John said he chose Merrell because “I could trust you and you weren’t afraid to tell me something I didn’t want to hear.”

Merrell Building Enterprise provided three design options for John and Alison, and the company assisted with multiple issues that came up during the remodel. The HVAC returns were not compatible with the new design and had to be reconfigured. The design team also worked with the couple for the best placement of the island to provide the right functionality within the kitchen. During the remodel, Merrell helped the family by creating a temporary cooking station so that the inconvenience was minimal.

The Final Product

The end result combined the space in the formal dining room and the kitchen by removing the wall between them. The project manager made sure that the dishwasher leak got fixed, and the renovation team enlarged an exterior window for more natural light in the kitchen. Alison is extremely delight and very happy with her new room. Her only complaint is that she has so much cabinetry space, she cannot find anything now.

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Cooking Up Big Style

Columbia Woman Updates Kitchen With Beautiful, Modern Results

  • Corrected old, “cheap” look of kitchen
  • Installed modern island, cabinetry, and lighting
  • Enhanced functionality with extra electrical outlets
  • Added overall value and beauty to home

Meet Beatrice

Beatrice was thrilled to move into her new home in Columbia, but she knew she would have to do something about her outdated kitchen. Her new home was previously under foreclosure and originally designed without a kitchen. Although the selling bank had installed a builder-grade kitchen, it left much to be desired. Beatrice knew she could add tremendous value and livability to her humble home by investing in a kitchen remodel.

  

Finding the Perfect Fit

With a contemporary design in mind, Beatrice set out to find the right contractor for her project. Using HomeAdvisor, she was able to narrow her search down to two different companies. After talking to Moses at family-run Merrell Building Enterprise and feeling like her best interest was their number one priority, she knew she had found her ideal contractor.

From Uninspiring to Unbelievably Inviting

When they arrived at Beatrice’s home, the Merrell Building Enterprise team found one major logistical problem. Although the existing island was fitted with a dummy plug, no power was actually connected to it. In order to create a functioning island, the team had to run power from the main electrical box to the new island. Fortunately, they were able to overcome this obstacle in a timely fashion in order to complete the project on schedule. Not only was the Merrell team able to install a brand new island that created the perfect space and flow in Beatrice’s kitchen, but also stylish, modern lightning and cabinetry.

Beatrice is thrilled with the results. She got exactly the contemporary look she envisioned and loves entertaining in her fabulous new kitchen.

Beatrice’s Style & Color Selections

With a contemporary design in mind, Beatrice set out to find the right contractor for her project. Using HomeAdvisor, she was able to narrow her search down to two different companies. After talking to Moses at family-run Merrell Building Enterprise and feeling like her best interest was their number one priority, she knew she had found her ideal contractor.

From Uninspiring to Unbelievably Inviting

When they arrived at Beatrice’s home, the Merrell Building Enterprise team found one major logistical problem. Although the existing island was fitted with a dummy plug, no power was actually connected to it. In order to create a functioning island, the team had to run power from the main electrical box to the new island. Fortunately, they were able to overcome this obstacle in a timely fashion in order to complete the project on schedule. Not only was the Merrell team able to install a brand new island that created the perfect space and flow in Beatrice’s kitchen, but also stylish, modern lightning and cabinetry.

Cabinets are transitional style Addition 5-piece Color: Espresso
Granite is Colonial White with a 1/4″ bevel edge

 

 

Heart of the Home

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As the holiday season puts most of us in a hectic frame of mind, the sometimes overwhelming day-to-day activities tend to end up on the back burner.  However, after the chaos of the holidays pass, most families are back to concerns of those day-to-day activities and having a space that works for daily living.  When considering a kitchen remodel, why not consider both holiday/seasonal entertaining and daily meal/gathering times?

Merrell Building can help rescue your family from a flawed, inadequate kitchen.  We bring a fresh new look and functionality to your kitchen utilizing the traditional work-triangle, the newer concept of zones, and design ideas meant to add value not break the bank.

No doubt, there are many considerations when planning any type of home remodeling project, so before calling Merrell Building, it’s a good idea to examine how you’re currently using your kitchen and what you want the remodel to accomplish.  Check out websites like hgtv.com or houzz.com.  Here are two questionnaires hgtv has put together to help:

Even with, or maybe in spite of, the engorgement of online resources, it is very difficult to plan a home remodeling project on your own.  Merrell Building works with our clients to design additional living and activity space that meets the needs of your family.  Ultimately, our goal is to keep the kitchen the heart of your home; helping you love your home.

Pantries, Pullouts, Lazy Susans, Oh My!

Do you wish your kitchen space simplified the daily and ever important task of meal preparation & clean up allowing you more time to do what matters most: spend time connecting with your family and friends?

Redefining your Kitchen with Zones  can help create a space that welcomes; a place you want to spend more time in; a place where your food is easy to view and access. 

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The Food Storage area, used to store most of your food, is actually two zones: one for your fresh food and one for dry goods, oils, etc.  Ideally, this zone should be located near your microwave and eating area to ensure convenient and happy snack times.  The dry goods portion of this zone is comprised of pantries, pullout shelves, and lazy susans.  Adding a pantry obviously add extra storage space, which is something every homeowner can get excited about, but it can also declutter your kitchen.  Pullouts and lazy susans also significantly increase the storage space and are very easy to organize and maintain.

Pantries come in three basic configurations: reach-in, pull-out, and walk-in.

If you are a wonderfully organized and tidy person and have the extra space needed, a walk-in pantry offers a lot of space and storage therefore, can be very helpful. If that’s not you, you may have trouble remembering where you put your sugar and flour. Walk-in pantries are also some distance away from appliances and prep space, which can reduce efficiency when you’re cooking.

The reach-in pantry and roll-out pantry are efficient storage solutions for small or medium-size kitchens, providing extra shelf space for food storage and many add-on options.

One great add-on option for the traditional reach-in pantry is the swing-out shelf kit.  Using swing-out shelves, everything in your pantry is perfectly displayed and easy to reach.
Shelf trays also make a great add-on option to the reach-in pantry.  Roll-out shelf trays also allows you to see every snack and ingredient at once, reducing the amount of time you’ll spend rummaging.  They’re easy on your back too.

If you’re building a new home or redesigning your existing kitchen, where it comes to your Food Storage Zone, consider not just the size of your kitchen, but how zones can create organizational flow allowing your kitchen to meet your lifestyle, culinary interest, and aesthetic preferences.

Evolution of the Work Triangle

“While the house as a whole is among the more traditional and conservative elements of society, the kitchen is quickest within the house to reflect new concepts of comfort and convenience. It is here one finds technology changing fastest. Yet the kitchen’s traditional role as the hub of family life remains.”

– Merritt Ierley, The Comforts of Home

Zones help kitchens maximize space and create an efficient, organized, and beautiful environment.  They also improve the organizational flow allowing your kitchen to meet your lifestyle, culinary interest, and aesthetic preferences.  Kitchens today provide much more than meals.  It is the gathering place for friends & family, the homework center, it has even become a computer workspace and home office.  Understanding your family’s unique needs is the key to a comfortable kitchen space.  Consider the following:

  • number of cooks
    • one?
    • two?
    • one with helper(s)?
  • frequency of meals
    • which meals are prepared at home: breakfast, lunch, dinner, other?
    • do you entertain frequently and for how many guests?
  • types of meals prepared
    • does the family eat a limited or wide variety of food types?
    • are there special meal requirements?
    • do any food preferences require specialized equipment such as woks, grills, etc…?
  • other functional areas required?
    • baking or sewing centers?
    • office area?
    • walk-in pantry?

 


Conventionally, the kitchen sink, refrigerator, and cooking centers are linked by an invisible single work triangle

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Think of kitchen zone design as an extension not a replacement for the tried and true traditional work triangle theory.  Zones are really just the natural evolution of the kitchen work triangle.

Consider a zone for guests or create a kids’ zone.  

No matter what you may be considering for your kitchen remodeling project, Merrell Building can help you through your options. 

Redefine Your Kitchen With Zones

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Organization is a key ingredient of a well-designed kitchen.

Merrell Building can help you to easily create a kitchen that maximizes your space and creates an efficient, organized, and beautiful environment for the room making it the center of your home with the use of zones.
  • Food Storage
  • Prep Zone
  • Cooking Zone
  • Tableware Storage and
  • Cleaning Zone
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Food Storage solutions is comprised of pantries, pullout shelves, and lazy susans.  Adding a pantry obviously add extra storage space, which is something every homeowner can get excited about, but it can also declutter your kitchen.  Pull-outs and lazy susans also significantly increase the storage space and are very easy to organize and maintain. Locate this zone near your microwave and eating area to ensure convenient and happy snack times.

Create restaurant like efficiency by keeping all your essential tools close at hand in the Prep Zone. Cutting boards, knives, spices, and small appliances can all find a home with solutions. For maximum efficiency, the Prep Zone should be adjacent to the Cooking Zone. Proximity to the Food Storage and Cleaning Zone areas would be convenient as well.kitchen-zones

Make cleanup a breeze with a well designed Cleaning Zone centered around your kitchen sink. From pull out storage for cleaning items and dish towels to waste containers and recycling centers. Add efficiency to your Cleaning Zone by designing it in proximity to your Cooking, Storage, and Tableware Zones so dirty dishes from cooking go right to clean up and clean dishes from the dishwasher can be easily stored away.

Taking Back Their Dining Room & Kitchen

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Meet John and Alison

John and Alison had been considering a kitchen remodel for almost two years. They needed to get back the space in their formal dining room, which wasn’t being used. They had a lot of wasted space, but ironically, they wanted more space. In their kitchen, they also had floor and carpet damage from the dishwasher leaking. They were concerned about a long renovation project.

Choosing a General Contractor

John and Alison called four companies before choosing Merrell Building Enterprises. The couple immediately gained confidence with Moses, who had his tape measure on the first visit. Moses gave specifics from the onset, and he was honest with them about their ideas. John said he chose the company because “I could trust you and you weren’t afraid to tell me something I didn’t want to hear.”

Merrell Building Enterprises provided three design options for John and Alison, and the company assisted with multiple issues that came up during the remodel. The HVAC returns were not compatible with the new design and had to be reconfigured. The design team also worked with the couple for the best placement of the island to provide the right functionality within the kitchen. During the remodel, Merrell helped the family by creating a temporary cooking station so that the inconvenience was minimal.

The Final Product

The end result combined the space in the formal dining room and the kitchen by removing the wall between them. The project manager made sure that the dishwasher leak got fixed, and the renovation team enlarged an exterior window for more natural light in the kitchen. Alison is extremely delight and very happy with her new room. Her only complaint is that she has so much cabinetry space, she cannot find anything now.

Read her online review here.

Get Ready for Relaxation With a New Bathroom

In times that are increasingly busy and stressful, having a special place to relax and unwind at home is very valuable. When you are thinking about getting bathroom remodeling in Sykesville MD, knowing the kind of options you have will make this room the perfect place to get away and relieve stress.

Sink Into a Whirlpool Tub

You have a very wide variety of options of shapes, sizes and special features to choose from when it comes to whirlpool tub. Corner tubs and ones with different numbers of jets, depths, integrated heaters, specialty faucets with showerheads and more can personalize your space. Many people choose their favorite tile colors to create a beautiful complementary design. The rest of the bathroom can be styled with similar bath hardware, paint, vanities and sink colors for an attractive and relaxing atmosphere.

Think About a Glass-Enclosed Shower

If you prefer to dive under a pulsating showerhead for your daily routine, you can get a custom glass-enclosed shower. This type of bathroom remodeling in Sykesville MD is very popular and has a number of architectural designs you can select to create a special place. Some homeowners will choose sparkling glass or mosaic tile to incorporate into a unique shower design. Showerheads in stainless steel or brushed nickel are a frequent choice, but other options include chrome, aged bronze or white in a variety of styles with massaging jets and other special features.

Everyone needs a space to go to relax from the stressors of life. Whether you have always wanted to rest and soak in a whirlpool tub or prefer to enjoy the pulsating jets in a spacious shower, choose bathroom remodeling in Sykesville MD. You will not only receive the benefit of a beautiful and comfortable space, but you will also be adding value to you property.

The Best Siding Options for Your Home

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Whether you’re building a new home or simply looking to upgrade the appearance of your existing one, deciding on siding in Frederick, MD can be a bit of a challenge. This is especially true if you don’t quite know what your options are when it comes to colors, designs and materials. Researching a bit more about the details is the key to making a wise decision on what siding to install on your home. When considering options for giving your home are fresh new appearance, there are a few styles which stand out as the most preferred in the bunch:

Clapboard siding is considered the most traditional option currently on the market, adding a classic touch to houses of any shape or size. This option looks exceptional in practically any color. Generally, these options are made of wood with elegant, overlapping edges.

Dutch lap is a side that’s regaining momentum in the design world. This is much like traditional clapboard siding, but manages to stand out by presented a unique recessed ridge on the surface.

Beaded siding offers a throwback to the Colonial era and even beyond. This style features a slim protrusion of approximately ¾”, creating clean lines that present an ordered and timeless appearance for any home.

For a more distinct, original appearance, board and batten might be the best option. Rather than laying horizontal, the pieces of this option stand vertical, giving the home in question a quirky, charming appearance that simply can’t be overlooked by guests.

While there are several options to choose from, these are the ones most commonly found on modern homes and which typically offer the cleanest, most forward-thinking appearance overall. Speaking with a professional can help you uncover more options for siding in Frederick, MD and ensure you choose the perfect match for your home that’ll you’ll never tire of over the course of time.