Before & After: Kitchen & Main Floor Renovation

By+Denise Crowel, Editor

Homeowners Ursula Lotzkat and Craig Norman decided that it was time to paint the interior of their 1975 bungalow located on Knollwood Golf Course in Granger. And the end result was an extensive remodel of the kitchen and main floor living area that will take them through their retirement years. They wanted a relaxing, warm and inviting living space that works for them, as both Ursula and Craig work out of the home. The project included new granite countertops, two-toned wood cabinets and a full size cook top island in the kitchen area, as well as new wood flooring, windows and mudroom. “We just love the house and the location, but knew that there would be issues that we would deal with in our senior years.” One in particular was the laundry located in the basement. And the kitchen always looked cluttered with shoes, coats and stuff because there was no defined mudroom. So after much thought, they decided to contact the contractor who managed their basement remodel, Peacock and Company. Designer Jenny Hemsworth from Peacock and Company met with the homeowners and listened to their “wish list” of changes they would like to see. “We had no idea what the final result would be and every day was a great surprise. There were things that Jenny saw to improve the space that we had no idea were possible. Craig and I are still in awe with her vision and the end result of the project.” Ursula offered these suggestions to any homeowner thinking about a home remodel: • Trust the contractor that you’ve chosen. Go with their recommendations as they have the experience and have “been there” before. • Have the flexibility to change. New opportunities come along as the project progresses and opens up even better living space options. • Look for a contractor that offers interior design expertise. “It was great to have a designer to work with that helped narrow the many choices to be made. Jenny had the knowledge and expertise to know what works and what doesn’t when out shopping for fixtures and accessories. It was great to have her there to nod ‘yes’ or shake her head ‘no’ when selecting the fixtures for the new space.” Ursula adds that they have been extremely pleased with the workmanship and customer service that Peacock and Company has provided throughout the project and afterward. “If there is anything that needs attention after the contractors have left, it gets fixed right away – with no hassles. And, their price is what it is – no after-the-fact surprises. They are definitely at the top of their game. All of their crews, demolition, cabinet, flooring – were friendly, cooperative and sensitive to the fact that they have temporarily “moved in” with us and were always conscious of that fact.” Jenny reiterated that workmanship and customer satisfaction take high priority with every project. “Every crew and employee at Peacock and Company lives by that philosophy.”


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