Monday, February 13, 2012

The Design is in the Details: Small Changes for Major Home Improvements

We've shown you everything from additions and kitchens to bathrooms and pool houses.  Today, we want to focus on showcasing how small changes can lead to big transformations.

Sometimes you don't have the money or the time for a major kitchen renovation or a family room expansion.  Despite this, you can still make dramatic improvements to a room by simply installing new lighting, new windows, or knocking down a wall.

A&E Construction performed remodeling work in this Pennington family's living room.  The family wanted to expand the living room area space and update the look of the room without having to do an addition.  The owner of the home is a designer, so A&E was able to implement her ideas with provided sketches as well as the custom-picked contemporary baseboards and bamboo flooring.  

Because the existing living room was limited in space, A&E expanded the area in the room by installing vaulted ceilings and light bamboo flooring to create a more open, spacious design. 

Drawing upon the owner's desire for a modern living room design, A&E replaced the existing wall paneling and beadboard ceiling with beige painted walls and accent lighting. A&E added more interest to the room by utilizing wall space and building a unique over-sized wall niche on the left wall. 

The wall niche provided a distinct texture to the living room while also creating necessary storage and display space, leaving more room for furniture and other room accessories.  

A&E added some final finishing touches to the room by removing the original window and replacing it with a triple casement Marvin window.

With the goal of designing a more modern living room space, the owner chose a tall, contemporary style baseboard moulding. 

Most homes feature a very small two inch built up moulding, but for this living room, the taller baseboard moulding provides a distinctive detailing that compliments the modernized design while also being more proportional to the vaulted ceilings.   


  1. The most expensive type of kitchen countertops is granite and it’s indestructible. It cannot be scratched effortlessly and it’s not affected by heat. Granite is available in many stunning, natural colors. Laminate countertops are classy and affordable.

  2. These are very impressive works! Great transformation and good job well done.