Monk | Arbing – Home Renovation
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Arbing – Home Renovation

Arbing – Home Renovation

  1. Project Category:
  • Addition
  1. Company Info:
    • MONK Renovations
  1. Project Summary:
  • What We Did – This project took a tired old kitchen, removed a dysfunctional (10 ft x 10 ft) previous addition with cinder block walls and replaced them both with a beautiful new addition for the eat in kitchen and sun room. This space is now functional, bright and connected to the back yard with a large 20 ft x 14 ft deck with glass railing and a magnificent 10 ft wide patio door.
  • Structure – We started with removing a dysfunctional addition, rear structural wall, abatement of asbestos, installing an upturn beam to maintain a flush ceiling. Then we added a new foundation and a 20 ft x 12 ft addition, spray foam insulated floor & R24 insulated walls
  • Lighting – We installed 15 LED pot-lights, 3 LED under-cabinet lights, 3 pendant lights over island. Additional natural light comes from 4 skylights and 4 large windows in the dining/setting area. This kitchen is well lit and all lighting is on dimmers for optimal lighting control, except the sunlight.
  • Floor Details – We installed new birch hardwood flooring throughout the kitchen & dining area and finished on site to match the existing wood floors perfectly.
  • Kitchen Design – The kitchen cabinets were crafted in a traditional shaker style, off white and contracting blue island and accenting “parson frames” around the pantry, a side bar was built into and existing niche in the kitchen wall to allow for a coffee and beverage center with wine fridge. All cabinets are soft closure; all drawers have full extension heavy duty slides. The range hood cabinet has a design detail to mirror the pendent lights to create continuity. The island has a built-in sink, dishwasher, top loading microwave for accessibility.
  • Traditional tile backsplash was installed, along with a combined quartz and butcher block countertops to provide contrast and warmth.
  1. Special Characteristics in the Project Design

a. homeowners goals

  • Troubled Beginnings – A 60 plus year old home in the highly sought after South-end Halifax location with a kitchen that was small and dark. The poorly constructed addition off the kitchen was built in the 1980’s to house a laundry and powder room and narrow hallway to a tiny landing and stair to the back yard.
  • The home owner, who is a professional and entertains clients at home on a regular bases, wanted a more functional space for daily living and entertaining. The final space plan provided them with a much larger, more functional kitchen with an dining area that is filled with light and directly connected with a 10 ft patio door to an amazing deck
  • Functionality of all cabinets were planned  including; top load microwave in the island, panel ready appliances, side bar for coffee station and wine storage with beverage fridge, pantry design included storage for vacuum, mops and brooms, deep pot and pan drawers for easy storage and success..

b. floor plan and approach to make it more effective.

  • The original space was a dysfunctional kitchen and poorly thought out addition. The client wanted a much larger, more efficient kitchen with proper storage for everything. They wanted bright, open and organized
  • By redesigning the layout of the existing kitchen and increasing the size of the addition by only 80 sq. ft., moving the laundry facilities to the second floor bedroom area, we were able to gain the extra space needed in the kitchen, more doubling the size.
  • The kitchen is now bright and open, with the large patio door, windows and skylight giving the appearance that the kitchen continues into the back yard

5. Challenges:

  • Physical Obstacles – The client wanted a more open, bright, modern, but a structural wall, plumbing and heating stood in the way. It may have been a challenge, but there isn’t much that stands in the way of clients wish. Use of an LVL upturn beam, relocation of plumbing and heating by a very talented plumber and the problem was solved
  • Hazardous Materials – From the 1940’s-1980’s asbestos was used in thousands of products, which includes construction materials like plaster, tiles, insulation, underlay, etc. We commonly encounter these materials during renovations, however with sampling and the use of professional abatement contractors the materials are removed and disposed of safely as was the case with hardwood floor underlay and tiles in this home.
  • Living Through Renovations – Our clients were able to rework their lives and live in their home during the 14 week renovation project, which seen every area of the home impacted in some way. From an attic renovation added to the project, painting all bedrooms, bathroom and new laundry on the second floor, main floor painting, kitchen and addition and new basement entry system installed. Patience is important for the client and attention to detail is critical for the renovator. Clean and organized site is mandatory and continual and accurate communication is critical.
  1. Environmental features
  • Original kitchen appliances were all repurposed to various individuals who were in need of updated appliance.
  • Any recyclable wire, copper piping or other metals were returned for scrap value.
  • All additional waste was recycled via Halifax Construction & Debris facility
  • 15 LED pot-lights, 3 LED under-cabinet lights, 3 LED pendant lights over island – Low energy consumption and every light is on a dimmer for light control
  • Quartz & Butchers Block counter tops – Products are made to last a life time
  • Solid birch wood floors – Made in Canada and totally renewable
  • Gas Range & Oven: KitchenAid Stainless Steel Duel Fuel Range & Oven (5.1 cu.ft) – KDRS467VSS – Gas appliance provides optimal cooking efficiency and reduced energy consumption, with the electric oven for precise baking control
  • Fridge: KitchenAid Custom Panel Ready KBFN502EPA, Counter Depth – High Efficiency Fridge for reduced energy consumption
  • Microwave: KitchenAid Under-Counter Microwave Drawer in Stainless Steel (1.2 cu.ft.) – Efficient cooking to reduce energy cost and top load for accessibility and ease of use
  • Range Hood: KitchenAid 1200 – 36” High Efficency Range Hood to improve indoor air quality
  1. Use of CHBA-NS members
  • CHBA-NS Working Together – The client came to us, by way of direct referral from the project designer and happy client, Ray Frizell. We met a couple times to review the design and ensure we had the details the client wanted and the rest is history.
  • A solid working relationship with other CHBA-NS members has and continues to produce stunning results for our clients
  • MONK Renovations – General Contractor/Renovator
  • Taylor Flooring – Hardwood & Backsplash Tile
  • Evergreen Electric – All electrical rough-in & fitup,  heat pump & supply of LED lighting
  • Kent Building Supplies – Building materials
  • Barrett Lumber – Building materials
  • Payzant Home Hardware – Regal Railing System
  • Sherwin Williams – Paint

10. Partnerships