Friday, May 27, 2011

Memorial Day Weekend

As we prepare for this three-day weekend of relaxation, parades and barbeques, Home Equity Builders would like to take a moment to thank all those who serve and preserve the freedoms that we enjoy in the United States of America. We thank our retired veterans, our active duty military, our reservists and all the families who love and wait for them. We think especially of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice of their own lives in the service of our country.

If you take the time to put up your flag on Memorial Day, here is a fact that you might not be aware of. On Memorial Day, the flag is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.

The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.

"I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom." -- Abraham Lincoln

Happy Memorial Day!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

A Model Plan

Great Falls based design/build remodeler Home Equity Builders, Inc. is no stranger to receiving awards for their work and their business acumen; and honors for their leadership in the industry. Their most recent honor was a Chrysalis Award in the Finished Basement category for a project completed in Great Falls, VA.

The clients wanted a modernized layout of their basement to create a multi-functional space. They wanted to utilize existing space, giving it a larger feel. The existing plan included two bedrooms, a family room, a storage room and a bathroom. Home Equity Builders removed the wall between the storage room and family room to allow for easy viewing into the new media room, creating a large open floor plan. In the family room, arched doorways took the place of a typical square doorway. New maple cabinetry was installed in the family room for a kitchenette and the Media Room's snack area. An onyx countertop topped off the kitchenette cabinetry with the island lighted underneath to show the movement of the stone. Stacked stone was applied to the existing fireplace, as well as one wall in the family room, to add warmth and texture to the room. Warm paint enhanced the cabinetry and stone selections.

The previous home gym space was the perfect size for a game table. The family room tray ceiling was created to better define the two room of the kitchenette and gaming area, while hiding existing ductwork. One of the previous bedrooms was then turned into the new home gym, complete with beverage center, white cabinetry for storage and Corian countertops. The second beroom remained as a guest room, where Home Equity Builders added a new built-in closet for more functional storage.

We demolished the existing bathroom and hallway, replacing it with a new bathroom and laundry room. We created a large shower with river rock floors, Isis Gold floor and wall tiles, and a custom shower door. A floating vanity top of Miele Leather Tunisian Limestone is topped with an Eden Bath wood vessel bowl and Bamboo style faucet in Brushed Nickel.

The client said that this remodel "created the perfect entertainment space for the entire family," and they enjoy the new spa-like bathroom that provides them with a space that can handle pool or overnight guests. How can Home Equity Builders help you create your perfect space this year? Contact us to start the idea and design process today!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

2011 Chrysalis Award Winning Finished Basement

Home Equity Builders is pleased to announce that we have won a 2011 Chrysalis in the Finished Basement category for a project completed in Great Falls, VA.  Awards will be presented in June, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Home Equity Builders has won previous Chrysalis awards in the following categories: