Grainda Builders https://www.graindabuilders.com Tue, 16 Feb 2021 16:36:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.4 https://www.graindabuilders.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/cropped-gbfavicon-32x32.png Grainda Builders https://www.graindabuilders.com 32 32 Multiple Benefits of Multigenerational Living https://www.graindabuilders.com/multiple-benefits-of-multigenerational-living/ https://www.graindabuilders.com/multiple-benefits-of-multigenerational-living/#respond Tue, 16 Feb 2021 16:24:44 +0000 https://www.graindabuilders.com/?p=2550 Family comes first at Grainda, and many of our clients feel the same way. We loved working on this Cornelius ‘mother-in-law’ suite. The family was wonderful to work with and approached the addition well prepared and for all the right reasons. Start From the Outside The property was ideal for the addition which did not…

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Family comes first at Grainda, and many of our clients feel the same way. We loved working on this Cornelius ‘mother-in-law’ suite.

The family was wonderful to work with and approached the addition well prepared and for all the right reasons.

Start From the Outside

The property was ideal for the addition which did not require encroaching on the garage.

A seamless exterior look was achieved by repurposing the bricks that were removed from the rear of the garage and side of the family room. Window trim and gutters were also matched to blend together for a unified look.

“We always try to honor the original architecture of a home. We consider that an added value, we want it to feel like one cohesive piece – like it was always there” says Jason.

The focus was on the details that would make the space functional and enjoyable for the client’s aging parent, for example the new front door is ¾ light flush glaze fiberglass, which is both lovely looking and light for easy opening.

Thoughtful planning also included an entry ramp and level flooring throughout the suite that minimizes any step ups or step overs. 

All For One

The removal of the existing drywall in the family room permitted the new build to be private but connected; allowing for both independence with a private entrance, and peace of mind with access from the main house.

Vaulted ceilings in the addition which includes a kitchenette, bedroom with a sitting area, and a bathroom provide a roomy feel for comfortable daily living. 

The private bathroom is large and airy. The zero-entry frameless shower ensures a safe and aesthetically pleasing entry. Beautiful ceramic tiling including a custom wall trellis creates a spa-like feel and there’s plenty of room for a shower stool.

Easy-to-reach faucets, a flexible showerhead, and an enviably deep shelf ensure easy access to product whether sitting or standing.

For Now And Always

The addition takes into account current and future needs of the family.

Doorway widths, door swings, and the entry ramp make sense now but will also accommodate the typical needs of an aging resident.

Another thing that also had to be accommodated into the design was the superb lake view. A covered patio space was added and offers an escape while making the entire addition feel more open.

Comfort and Confidence

Just like with family dynamics, in construction having both separation and support can be a tricky balance.

Whether you’re making space for a remote-learning college student, a family member that has had to move back home, welcoming an aging parent, in need of a fitness area or looking for additional income/ investment opportunity, there are a lot of options. 

“This type of project doesn’t always have to be an addition, it can be a separate structure, like a guest house, casita, or garage apartment” says Jason. Think about what works for you; how do you want to live today and what might your family need ten years from now?

Things to consider if you’re looking to add an addition:

Whether adding onto your existing home or creating a new structure on your property, here are a few things to consider in the planning phases of your project:

  • Will it work for your current structure (connected addition or free-standing guest house)?
  • Does the city allow it? 
  • Does it make financial sense now and for resale?
  • Will it accommodate your needs today and in the future? 

If you’re ready to explore your options, reach out and we’d love to show you our process about how we help families build and live together for many generations to come.

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Trends We Like in 2021 https://www.graindabuilders.com/trends-we-like-in-2021/ https://www.graindabuilders.com/trends-we-like-in-2021/#respond Thu, 07 Jan 2021 20:06:38 +0000 https://www.graindabuilders.com/?p=2519 At Grainda we tend to think of trends as innovations. Is there a new or better way? Is there a more efficient method that creates additional value for our clients? One thing we know for sure, expert construction, attention to detail, and quality never go out of style. Outdoors Are In No longer an area…

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At Grainda we tend to think of trends as innovations. Is there a new or better way? Is there a more efficient method that creates additional value for our clients? One thing we know for sure, expert construction, attention to detail, and quality never go out of style.

Outdoors Are In

No longer an area to banish rowdy football watchers, the outdoor patio, terrace, lanai, deck and even porches have reached new heights in functionality and relaxation.

Arguably long overdue – even pre-pandemic – an outdoor space is both an escape and a place to gather for a well-earned weekday evening cocktail or to enjoy a lazy Sunday in the sun.

Whether it’s a second kitchen, swim-up pool bar or a fireside retreat, outdoor spaces will continue to be the place to be in 2021.

We really like heaters in the ceiling which offer warmth and comfort making your outdoor area a year-round investment.

The Hue is Blue

In a year of adaption, Pantone has unconventionally announced not one, but two colors of the year.

The somewhat neutral ‘Ultimate Gray’, and the vibrant and peppy yellow, ‘Illuminating’.

The Pantone color in 2020 was ‘Classic Blue’, and Grainda design partner, Kari Molnar, says blues are here to stay. “Ocean blues are rolling in, and pops of orange are on the horizon. Cool whites will take a backseat to waves of warmer whites” predicts Kari.

We’re seeing people go bold with color in the kitchen. White cabinets have now become classic, and clients are being daring with navy, dark olive, and layering it up with similar-colored millwork.

Your Attention Please

If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a thousand times… it’s all in the details. What works for you? What’s important to you? How do you move through your home? How do you want to live your life?

In 2021 it’s the custom details that will make a house a home; wine storage to make use of under-the-stairs space, a herringbone tile mosaic in the master shower, or a handcrafted double front door that welcomes guests and makes you feel like you’ve arrived.  

We All Shine On

Light transforms a room – whether it’s natural light gently tiptoeing across a bedroom in the morning, functional lighting that makes sure you’re dicing the carrots and not slicing your fingers, or innovative skylights that transport daylight inside.

In 2021, we are projecting to see a switch of perspective with a lot of sculptured floor and table lamps as well as overhead statement fixtures that look just as beautiful off as they do when they are on.

Host a Social Mixer

Modern contemporary will be major in 2021, but rustic modern will continue to hold strong when designed with authenticity, and soft cozy furniture.

Who’s on our dance card? Exposed beams, paneled walls and character grade wood flooring are continuing to have a moment. The belle of the ball will be earthier elements including wood waltzing with glass and metal.

Land of the Living

Real or faux, plants are always your friend. Natural elements, and any effort to bring nature indoors will be a movement in 2021. Organic materials, spirited shapes, and new ways to display plants is a welcome sight.

We are seeing handmade, artisan-crafted options that highlight the rawness and true origin of products and enhance the experience of living in a home.

We hope we’ve opened the door to few new ideas for you in 2021 and wish you a Happy New Year!

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Basement Renovation Maximizes Living Space https://www.graindabuilders.com/basement-renovation-maximizes-living-space/ https://www.graindabuilders.com/basement-renovation-maximizes-living-space/#respond Fri, 13 Nov 2020 21:49:39 +0000 https://www.graindabuilders.com/?p=2487 Imagine having a really big unused space in your home and you just don’t know what to do with it. That’s the basement for a lot of people. Whether it’s dark and dingy, packed to the ceiling with memories, or an empty space barely more than a concrete slab, renovating your basement is one of…

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Imagine having a really big unused space in your home and you just don’t know what to do with it.

That’s the basement for a lot of people.

Whether it’s dark and dingy, packed to the ceiling with memories, or an empty space barely more than a concrete slab, renovating your basement is one of the most life-changing investments you can make.

We recently completed a walk-out basement in Davidson, NC, that transformed more than 1,700 sq ft and our client’s way of living.

With only roughed-in plumbing, we got to work on making the lower level a true retreat. A media area, plenty of room to play pool, a restaurant-worthy bar, additional bedroom and bath – we made it all happen!

Descending, guests are delivered directly to the bar, (cheers!) which has everything you need and nothing you don’t; the efficient use of space includes a Whirlpool undermount beverage center.

The quartz countertops keep spill-worries to a minimum and makes clean-up a breeze.  A ledge stone veneer backsplash anchors the TV and wall shelving, and washes a waterfront-bar feel over guests; you definitely want to dock here for a while.

The same stone is used on the half wall that defines the space between the media area and the pool table room. The half wall also features the complementary clean lines of gray-painted shiplap.

The half wall cut-outs provide additional counter surfaces, eliminating the need for a table, and create more space for the clients to pull-off their best pool shots. With the exception of carpet in the bedroom and ceramic precious Calcutta tile in the bathroom, Mannington Restoration woodland maple mist hardwood was used throughout the space. It’s a great choice for the incoming outdoor foot traffic, and can take the heat from the natural light that shines through the double-hinged doors that open to the expansive rear yard.

The bedroom comfortably captures overflow guests from upstairs or is perfect for the kids to nap.

The additional bathroom offers privacy for overnight guests, while maintaining a convenient proximity to the bar for day-visitors. And, just like the bar, it’s all class – a semi-frameless shower enclosure and Moen Kyvos chrome fixtures bring a glam touch and hold their own against the 3-sconce lighting fixture.

Have you been thinking about how to upgrade your basement space? Basement renovations are one of the best ways to maximize your interior square footage without the hassle of exterior buildouts and additions. We have some ideas for you; give us a call when you’re ready.

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A Must Build on Mt. Island Lake https://www.graindabuilders.com/a-must-build-on-mt-island-lake/ https://www.graindabuilders.com/a-must-build-on-mt-island-lake/#respond Tue, 13 Oct 2020 19:14:48 +0000 https://www.graindabuilders.com/?p=2448 Outside Nestled on a heavily wooded lot, this one-of-a-kind custom build was calling Grainda’s name. Located at Mountain Island Lake, it is close to Charlotte and the airport, making it the dream combo of lake-living with the convenience of city living. Proximity to the lake also made things a bit tricky, but the Grainda team…

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Outside

Nestled on a heavily wooded lot, this one-of-a-kind custom build was calling Grainda’s name.

Located at Mountain Island Lake, it is close to Charlotte and the airport, making it the dream combo of lake-living with the convenience of city living.

Proximity to the lake also made things a bit tricky, but the Grainda team made all of the necessary adjustments to make the waterfront more accessible. Given that the lake provides the city’s drinking water, maintaining water access and quality was paramount.

Grainda’s Vice President, Jason says “For the lake access, we couldn’t bring in any heavy equipment, so we had to hand-build the walkway and be careful to create an elevated pathway over top of one of the protected waterways that runs through the property. It was a good challenge for us to come up with a creative solution that was also visually interesting, yet not disruptive.”

The grading also opened the door for a basement area without having to expand the foundation or the roofline. “We knew we wanted to add a secondary garage space, especially since it’s a waterfront home, but we wanted to keep it within the footprint of the main living area above” says Jason.

Smart design also produced the double-level covered terrace. Taking a fresh approach – this is what a piazza wants to be when it grows up – the layout includes a fireplace and is adjacent to the main living areas, providing access to the outdoors and the basement.

Inside

There are traditional elements, but the vibe is definitely casual and fun. We are at the lake after all.

In the kitchen, Interior Designer, Kari, selected a deep navy color for the Don Carlos, Inc. cabinets and added dark hardware, which is both current and classic. A mix of open-storage shelving and high-end kitchen appliances will keep things cooking for years to come.

Custom shiplap on the island and hood gives a nod to nautical without feeling too ‘lake-y’, while the industrial-style lighting above the island anchors the kitchen in a sea of natural light and greenery that floods through the windows.

Kari says, “The cabinet style is similar throughout the home including in the laundry and bathrooms, which gives the owner a springboard to infuse their own style.” Shiplap sails throughout too, also making an appearance in the swoon-worthy drop zone, one of the guest baths, and the vaulted ceiling in the master bedroom.

The stylish staircase embodies the steps taken to create a desirable blend of modernity and warmth. “Kari selected some cool elements, and we followed her lead. We liked the nautical feel of the horizontal railings reminiscent of boats and docks, without it feeling over the top or dated” says Jason.

Another stellar touch that brings the wow-factor without the sticker shock, is the wallpaper backsplash in the lower-level wet bar. Kari says, “Wallpaper can be a cost effective, fun design element that adds personality in an unexpected space.” 

This lot was too good to pass up, and seeing the potential of any space is Grainida’s specialty – do you have your eye on a piece of property you’d like to talk to us about? Contact us today; with your vision and our expertise, we can build the home of your dreams.

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Renovating for the Way You Live https://www.graindabuilders.com/renovating-for-the-way-you-live/ https://www.graindabuilders.com/renovating-for-the-way-you-live/#respond Mon, 31 Aug 2020 13:45:53 +0000 https://www.graindabuilders.com/?p=1940 “If you build it, they will come” is a famous movie line… but given the chance, our script would read – “if you dream it, we can build it.” Afterall, having the vision is half the battle, and we couldn’t be prouder to bring this client’s dream to life. Purchased in 2017, the clients embarked…

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“If you build it, they will come” is a famous movie line… but given the chance, our script would read – “if you dream it, we can build it.”

Afterall, having the vision is half the battle, and we couldn’t be prouder to bring this client’s dream to life.

Purchased in 2017, the clients embarked on renovating the main floor, which checks-in at around 1,800 square feet of the three-level home’s total 6,000+ square footage.

The renovation opened the kitchen/ living area, added two additional bathrooms and a showstopping sightline of the lake.

Something’s Cooking

Referred by a previous client, the homeowners knew Grainda was the one to take the lead role. “We knew we wanted to update the kitchen – and needed a more open concept that aligned with how we live and use our space,” say the homeowners.

Partnering with Rowan Custom Cabinets, custom panels for the fridge, freezer and wine cooler, were installed. While the new island offers an additional sink – plenty of prep space and comfortable seating for five.

Kari Molnar, Grainda’s Lead Interior Designer, opted for Sherwin Williams’ ‘Extra White’ for the perimeter kitchen cabinets. This creates a crisp, cool, neutral oasis for the island’s opulent custom stain, which compliments the tobacco floor finish.

Taking her cue from the range hood’s brass details, Kari mixed black and brass cabinet hardware saying “An easy and cost-effective way to make a home unique, is to customize the styles of hardware and finishes. Don’t be afraid to mix and not match.”

The marble countertops and patterned backsplash pull together accents of browns, whites and creams creating a cohesive high-end look that is ready for whatever is being served.

Maintain Your Balance

Kari says “The clients are a fun family. They loved to merge eclectic pieces with some of their current furniture including animal prints and shades of teal.”

The richness of the hues adds formality but is not stuffy. For example, the living room built-ins are painted black, which could have easily been too heavy for the space, but instead balance the whimsy of the nearby kitchen lighting fixtures.

Another example is the fireplace herringbone shiplap, it evokes a European flair and provides an anchor for the linear gas mechanical firebox.

Metallic elements and touches of gold blend beautifully with the dark rich tones of the wood – this is luxe lake living.

Would you look at that?

Natural light floods the home from all directions, including the swoon-worthy water views that gush in through the living room wall of windows.

“We replaced the existing doors and windows with a bi-parting slider that provides an open view and easier access to the large rear terrace,” says David Webb, Grainda’s Project Development Manager.

David worked with the clients to ensure that views and access to the outdoors were maximized – a top priority for the clients.

Rules of Engagement

Given the size of the home, and functionality of the basement, the family was able to remain in the residence during the renovation.

David says “Live-in renovations require more strategic planning, as we don’t want to impact the client more than necessary, but construction requires access to the home, generates noise and dust. We have a heavy focus on protection and work out ‘rules of engagement’ with our clients during the planning phase for access, working hours, etc.”

When the process is collaborative it’s a win for everyone, and the result is a look and feel that is cool, edgy and comfortable.

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Summer Maintenance Must-Dos https://www.graindabuilders.com/summer-maintenance-2020/ https://www.graindabuilders.com/summer-maintenance-2020/#respond Mon, 22 Jun 2020 20:09:24 +0000 https://www.graindabuilders.com/?p=1904 Fired Up The heat is on, and hopefully in a good way… summer is a great time to check your fire extinguishers and alarms. Get on a schedule to switch out your smoke detector batteries twice a year – Joe recommends summer and winter. Make sure to have a fire extinguisher close to all cooking…

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Fired Up

The heat is on, and hopefully in a good way… summer is a great time to check your fire extinguishers and alarms. Get on a schedule to switch out your smoke detector batteries twice a year – Joe recommends summer and winter.

Make sure to have a fire extinguisher close to all cooking centers (indoor / outdoor kitchens and grill) and most importantly check that it hasn’t expired – yep, that’s right, just like milk your extinguisher has an expiration date.

Cool Alert

Speaking of smoke detectors, while you’re up there, check your ceiling fans. Switch the direction of your fans, adjust them to run counter-clockwise to help push the air down which creates a cooling breeze.

Sorry, No Vacancy

We build custom homes to create gathering spaces for friends and families. But what about uninvited guests? 

Summer travelers like ticks, and mosquitoes and other pesky pests are on the move, looking for a little summer vacay at your home. Keep weeds whacked and grass trimmed; check corners and damp, dark areas (under decks etc) where creepy crawlies like to make a non-refundable deposit.

Also take a moment to familiarize yourself with the friendlies, not everything that slithers or burrows poses a threat – many spiders, bats, and snakes are natural controls that keep your summer life in balance.

Dip Into The Details

Balance also belongs in your pool – keeping pH balances low means less chlorine. 

Make sure to wipe down tiles/ water line and clear debris as often as you can. Whether you’re hands-on or hiring a service, keep the filter and the skimmer clean for water that gleams and highlights your custom details.

Safety On Deck

Decks and docks do better with year-round cleaning too. But don’t overdo it – this is definitely an area where it’s best to call in the pros. You don’t want to compromise the integrity of your deck by pressure washing incorrectly.

If a plank needs repair or there is sign of rot – don’t skimp on the fix. This is about more than looks and function – it’s about safety. 

We all get busy and can be tired-out from a day on the water – Joe suggests taking monthly photos on your phone and set a reminder to review and compare the condition from month to month.

We Are In This For You

Joe values a short to-do list as much as the next person, so most importantly we hope you enjoy as much time with loved ones as you can this summer… after all taking care of your family is the detail that really matters. 

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