Grainda Builders https://www.graindabuilders.com Fri, 03 Dec 2021 16:50:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.10 https://www.graindabuilders.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/cropped-gbfavicon-32x32.png Grainda Builders https://www.graindabuilders.com 32 32 Is your outdoor living area winterized? https://www.graindabuilders.com/is-your-outdoor-living-area-winterized/ https://www.graindabuilders.com/is-your-outdoor-living-area-winterized/#respond Fri, 03 Dec 2021 16:48:55 +0000 https://www.graindabuilders.com/?p=2985 The Charlotte area has already experienced our first cold snap of the fall and winter season, with temperatures dropping into the 30s, creating overnight frost advisories. When the cold temperatures come on quick, it can be hard to remember the list of prep tasks that need to get done Drain and cap your spigots protect…

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The Charlotte area has already experienced our first cold snap of the fall and winter season, with temperatures dropping into the 30s, creating overnight frost advisories. When the cold temperatures come on quick, it can be hard to remember the list of prep tasks that need to get done

  • Drain and cap your spigots
  • protect exposed pipes
  • drain hoses
  • cover plants
  • tune up heating systems
  • clean chimneys
  • inspect gas fireplaces

The list goes on and on. One space that can easily be overlooked is your outdoor living area. With many families spending more time at home, the outdoor oasis emerged as a top item on home improvement and renovation wish lists in 2020 and 2021.

Before the frost wreaks havoc on your spaces, here are our top recommendations to help you prep those outdoor spaces you’ve invested in to make sure they are winterized and prepped for the off-season.

Winterize Your Irrigation

With hot summers like the ones we have here in North Carolina, many homeowners opt for in-ground irrigation systems. To protect your sprinkler lines during cold snaps, make sure to turn off your system timers, cut off your water supply, and drain your water lines. If your system runs off a lake pump remember to winterize the pump as well.

Once the lines are drained, insulate your above ground components. Make sure to check your system’s user manual for any special instructions for draining or reach out to your lawn care company to help you get the job done right.

Winterize Your Outdoor Kitchen

Outdoor kitchens come in all shapes and sizes. Depending on the components in your setup, you’ll want to make sure that you take time to winterize your outdoor kitchen to protect sinks, drains, and appliances like beverage coolers and ice makers.

Be sure to drain water and supply lines and winterize your outdoor appliances according to instruction manuals or in partnership with a trusted electrician or plumber.

Winterize Your Pool  

While the idea of a winter polar plunge might be fun, pool troubles next summer won’t be. Here are a few reminders as you work to winterize your pool ahead of freezing tips and frost advisories.

  • Remove toys and accessories
  • Deep clean the pool and adjust water chemistry
  • Drain your pool equipment and pool lines and plug them, as necessary
  • Treat your pool with shock and algecide and then cover

Winterize Your Outdoor Shower

Noting feels quite as good as an outdoor shower after a day by the pool or on the lake. If you’ve got an outdoor shower stall, or even a rinsing station near your dock. Make sure to winterize these systems ahead of freezing temps and winter frosts.

Locate the valves and turn off the water supply. Once the supply is off, turn the faucets to the on position to drain the lines. Leave the faucets on so any moisture build up can escape the lines throughout the winter months. Then, remove the shower head and store in a warm dry place until next season.

Pro Tip: Preparation now prevents required repairs ahead of outdoor living season next year. If you’re not sure how to properly winterize your systems, reach out to a trusted vendor or your installer to help you get the job done right! Grainda is always here to help.

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Top Five Home Updates for 2021 https://www.graindabuilders.com/top-five-trends-to-update-your-home-in-2021/ https://www.graindabuilders.com/top-five-trends-to-update-your-home-in-2021/#respond Mon, 04 Oct 2021 17:10:36 +0000 https://www.graindabuilders.com/?p=2871 2021 has seen a substantial uptick in the number of homeowners planning to renovate their homes. This year alone, 56% of homeowners have plans to invest in a variety of projects from small upgrades and D.I.Y. projects to full-scale home renovations. In addition, the 2021 Houzz & Home study: Renovation Trends cited a 15% increase…

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2021 has seen a substantial uptick in the number of homeowners planning to renovate their homes. This year alone, 56% of homeowners have plans to invest in a variety of projects from small upgrades and D.I.Y. projects to full-scale home renovations.

In addition, the 2021 Houzz & Home study: Renovation Trends cited a 15% increase in renovation spend, year-over-year.

At Grainda, we have seen these changes as well. Many of our new project inquiries are full-scale home renovations or requests to modernize some of the most-used spaces in our clients’ homes. These types of projects always excite our team of problem-solvers as they provide us a unique opportunity to drive value for our clients across the entire project experience.

From identifying how they use their home in day-to-day life to creating spaces for their passions, personal collections, and more, our approach to renovating homes is all about creating the most value for our clients through functionality and livability, throughout their homes.

If you are in the early phases of planning your own home renovation, here are 5 trends that we’re seeing throughout are projects that are bringing immense value to our clients.

Add a Dedicated Mudroom or Drop Zone

For many of our clients, one of their goals is a better space functionality. When it comes to managing a family, corralling “stuff” can be a tough job. At Grainda, we are big fans of creating a dedicated mudroom or drop zone anywhere we can.

Our tip: Make it your own!

If you need space for sports equipment and a dedicated spot for each kiddo to store their items, consider locker-style built-ins.

If you have lots of mail, school papers, and take-home folders that need daily sorting, consider a “command station” or desk.

If you want to keep shoes from tracking dirt throughout your house, include a bench and shoe storage area to make it easy to take shoes on and off, right by the door. You get the idea, the sky is the limit when it comes to creating a drop zone that works for you. Take time to think about your family’s routine and your specific needs and design the space around that. If you do, you’re sure to hit a home run.

Lose the Formal Dining Room

It likely comes as no surprise, but in 2021 the formal dining room is out. Many homeowners elect to trade this space in for a larger, more informal family gathering space. By bringing down walls and removing some of the choppiness that is common in more dated homes, you can create a space that allows friends and family to flow freely from sitting areas, prep space and even the dining area.

From a design standpoint, this approach offers homeowners much more flexibility in creating “mini spaces” that provide separation without division of the space. You can incorporate tons of cool features like a reading nook, wet bar, countertop seating, and more that complement the overall dining, entertaining, and kitchen spaces.

Prioritize Pantry Space

It’s common to feel like you never have enough kitchen storage, so we always recommend that our clients prioritize their pantry space. We do this in a couple of ways.

First, we discuss their specific needs. Do they entertain? Do they have tons of serving pieces that they need storage for? If they are entertaining, do they want a hidden prep space? Do they have a lot of small kitchen appliances?

Second, we discuss the cabinet space. Yep, you read that right, when planning the pantry, think about your cabinet space. What items need to be easily accessible right below the countertops and what items can be stored away elsewhere to make space for those daily-use items? If you don’t use it regularly, pantry storage is a great option to ensure you can maximize your kitchen cabinet space.

Third, consider the actual footprint of your space. In many of today’s custom homes, a walk-in pantry is a must. When doing a renovation of an older home, it’s possible that you might have to create a walk-in space within the existing footprint of your home. Think about what you have, what you need, and what you don’t need.

For example, we recently completed a renovation that removed an unused, secondary back staircase and converted that space into a walk-in pantry with a prep counter, pot filler, and tons of storage for all those small appliances like the crockpot, instapot, coffee maker, and food processor. Having dedicated space for those items also helps keep counters looking tidy and clutter-free.

Invest in elevating your outdoor areas

Outdoor living is definitely having a moment. In 2020 and 2021, outdoor living space has moved to the top of potential buyers “must-have” lists. So, it makes sense that this is a primary area that you’d want to focus your attention. Outdoor living has really changed over the last decade. We’ve seen a shift from the simple porch or patio to the all-out oasis.

When you plan your outdoor upgrade, think about creating “rooms” throughout the space. Many outdoor areas today feature a kitchen and dining area, an entertainment or lounge area, and some kind of outdoor activity like a pool, spot for oversized yard games, or even a putting green. The outdoor living space has really become an “at-home destination” and it’s a great spot to get creative in your home design.

Upgrade Your Bathroom

Many real estate experts will tell you, kitchens and baths sell homes. So, if you’re making an investment in updating your home, don’t skimp on the bathroom. One of the easiest ways to elevate a master bath and bring it into 2021 is to remove an old, outdated tub and adding a larger master shower. If you’re not looking for a huge walk-in shower, consider adjusting the space to add more storage in an expanded walk-in closet with custom built-ins. Start off in the owner’s suite with these kinds of upgrades. They will add the most immediate value to you, right now, and they will be a great draw for resale value down the road.

If you are considering a home renovation project in 2022, get in touch with us and let’s add value to the way you live! 

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Tips for Designing Custom Closets In Your Home https://www.graindabuilders.com/tips-for-designing-custom-closets-in-your-home/ https://www.graindabuilders.com/tips-for-designing-custom-closets-in-your-home/#respond Mon, 02 Aug 2021 16:19:00 +0000 https://www.graindabuilders.com/?p=2858 When our team at Grainda comes together to create custom closet installations, it’s a great way to bring a bunch of value for our clients. Our millwork carpenters, G&R Woodworking, are incredible and they are able to take our concepts and bring them to life.  Planning Custom Closet Designs We start the process by meeting…

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When our team at Grainda comes together to create custom closet installations, it’s a great way to bring a bunch of value for our clients. Our millwork carpenters, G&R Woodworking, are incredible and they are able to take our concepts and bring them to life. 

Planning Custom Closet Designs

We start the process by meeting with our clients in the space. Typically, we will draw the organization systems on the wall and our carpenters take the pencil drawings and turn them into shelves, hanging racks, cabinets and more.

When we meet with our clients on-site we like to take the time to really think about how they will use the space and what things they actually need. If you’re planning a closet space, ask yourself these questions

  • What hanging space do you need? 
  • What size shoes do you wear? Does that impact the depth of shelves?
  • Do you have a bunch of hats you need to store? 
  • Do you have a bunch of scarves or ties? 
  • Do you have sweaters or other bulky folding clothes? 

Once we have answers to these questions, we take that information and lay it out in the closet to find the best use of the available wall and floor space.

Designing Built-in Storage for Uniquely Shaped Spaces

When designing built-in storage for smaller rooms, rooms with strange corners, or even long skinny spaces, you’ll want to take special care in developing your plan for the space.

The space featured in the video above is very long, but not super wide, so it was important to measure out not only the space for the shelf structures but to consider the space once hanging clothes are added to the space.  Even though the shelves only come out 16 to 18 inches, once hanging clothes are added, you’re looking at an additional few inches of depth.

If you’re designing in a more narrow space you want to make sure that your walkway is wide enough to allow for you to come and not feel claustrophobic and to be able to step back and see what you have.

Mind Your Corners

Inside corners in closets can be tough and this long narrow space is a great example of why the “easy” answer isn’t always the best answer.

Normally when we’re looking at this before all of the shelving goes in, it’s really easy to say, “let’s take the shelving and go all the way around all three corners.”

Once you begin installing the shelves on the back wall, you’ll see that it sticks out that same 16 to 18 inches and the inside corners get lost. A better use of that space might be incorporating a full-length mirror or other shallow, hook-style storage system that doesn’t block the ability to maximize the full length of the wall for hanging or folded storage.

Design with Your Needs in Mind

Our last tip is all about creating the maximum value for you, the homeowner. Custom built-ins should be just that, custom. 

Think about the types of storage you need and how you want it to look. If you prefer not to see folded clothes, consider integrating drawers. If you often fold clothes in your closet, consider incorporating a countertop area. 

If you are really visual and like to see what you have, open shelves are a great way to maximize the wall space and still create a functional storage area for sweaters, hats, shoes and accessories. You can even customize the height of your shelves based on the items you plan to store there.  

Creating great value for our clients is all about building homes specifically designed around the way they live in and use their spaces. Specifically in a closet or a pantry, taking the time to really think about what you have and what you need and how you need that space to function for you can make a huge difference in the end result.

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Scandinavian Farmhouse Chic https://www.graindabuilders.com/scandinavian-farmhouse-chic/ https://www.graindabuilders.com/scandinavian-farmhouse-chic/#respond Thu, 24 Jun 2021 21:38:54 +0000 https://www.graindabuilders.com/?p=2840 We love sharing good design and we were thrilled to be featured in Peachy the Magazine’s Spring 2021 Design Issue. These are the top four things we loved about this project designed by Ashley J Designs. #1 – Pool and Porch Position The home is located on the shores of Lake Norman so the porch…

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We love sharing good design and we were thrilled to be featured in Peachy the Magazine’s Spring 2021 Design Issue.

These are the top four things we loved about this project designed by Ashley J Designs.

#1 – Pool and Porch Position

The home is located on the shores of Lake Norman so the porch was a must. The magic however is the placement of the pool on the lot; rather than the traditional rear-yard location, it is positioned on the left side of the home.

Working with challenging typography and the client’s desire for the pool to be on the main level of the home, the design team configured the driveway, and infinity pool so that there is easy access and easy-on-the-eyes views. The herringbone pattern brick is a nod to southern roots and provides visual interest in contrast to the surrounding lines of the pool deck and exterior of the home.

#2 – Drop Zone, Laundry and Chute

The drop zone, which also incorporates the laundry, has custom-built pocket doors and beautiful finishes.

“Grainda Builders was remarkably helpful with all the design details, they designed and built the sliding door that hides the washer and dryer, and created a laundry chute from the second floor that falls right into the hidden basket inside the laundry cabinet,” said the owner.

#3 – Master Bath

Minimalism doesn’t always equal less. In the master bath there is a vast sense of space.  “Note how the cabinet doesn’t run from the wall to shower – there’s an intentional gap which gives a sense that there is more than enough space,” said Ashley.

There is a lot of natural light. The owners can enjoy outdoor views from both the tub and shower which also creates an oasis vibe.

Ashley said “I find beauty in function and efficiency – space planning to make sure everything is maximized. When everything has a place, even behind closed doors it creates a peacefulness.”

#4 – Energy Efficient

The house has a gable roofline with a steep pitch. The roof has 47 solar panel modules on the south facing side of the roof, and three Tesla batteries that store solar energy. The owners use an app to monitor how much energy is being generated and stored.

By incorporating energy-saving techniques seamlessly into the design we were able to deliver to our clients a home built for today and a better tomorrow.

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Manhattan Meets North Carolina https://www.graindabuilders.com/manhattan-meets-north-carolina/ https://www.graindabuilders.com/manhattan-meets-north-carolina/#respond Mon, 24 May 2021 17:21:27 +0000 https://www.graindabuilders.com/?p=2794 We jumped at the chance to bring a little Manhattan to the Plaza Midwood area in Charlotte.  Our friend, Ashley Jimenz of Ashley J Designs introduced us to this happy family transplanted from New York. The homeowners were well organized and compiled an inspiration book that served as a guide throughout the process. They sampled…

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We jumped at the chance to bring a little Manhattan to the Plaza Midwood area in Charlotte. 

Our friend, Ashley Jimenz of Ashley J Designs introduced us to this happy family transplanted from New York. The homeowners were well organized and compiled an inspiration book that served as a guide throughout the process. They sampled style and design ideas from some of their favorite places, including the iconic lofts of Manhattan.

Space Needed

After living in the home for a few years, the homeowners knew it was time for a renovation. Additional space was needed for kids and life. Grainda and the project team answered by adding more than 2,000 stylish square feet.

Constructed in 1929, the home had great bones and many nooks and crannies to explore. Older homes often bring a few “surprises” to the table, but our team worked to provide creative solutions that remained in line with the client’s ideal finished design.

Home Renovation Tip: Whether it’s behind-the-wall updates or unexpected structural enhancements, we always recommend staying flexible and creative in finding solutions, and be sure to set aside a contingency fund, just in case.

Master Suite

In the master bath note the geometric inlay transition of the hardwood floor to the ceramic tile. This unique layout takes what would’ve been an unnoticed entry and creates a notable experience. Finding the right team for every project is something we pride ourselves on, and this renovation was no different.

Our longtime partner, Jan Kilmet, a Tile Master with STS Remodeling, was the perfect artisan to tackle this unique tile application. His attention to detail and craftsmanship really shines in this intricate installation.

The single pane shower glass adds to the dramatic effect and sets the stage for the freestanding and relaxing soaking tub. Its’ simple lines and large sitting area leaves plenty of room for washing the day away.

If you know us, you know we love a good hidden door and excellent use of space. This time we created a handcrafted bookshelf that concealed the transition from the upstairs loft area into the master suite.

Level Up

What is a library without a rolling ladder?
The study with custom built-ins from floor-to-ceiling and rolling ladder provides opportunity for additional storage and multiple display options.

“Inspired by the classic lofts of New York city, the rolling ladder was a must-have for our clients,” said Jason. The rolling wood ladder was crafted by the Putnam Ladder Company, a vendor out of New York who has been building rolling ladders for over 100 years. Their famous ladder “Classic No. 1” (the rolling library ladder) has used the same design since 1905.

Lofty Dreams

The client’s kids have claimed their own escape in the upper-level loft. Accessed from the lower level via open-riser stairs – the feeling is comfortable and airy. With views of the pool area the new loft is spacious enough for the family to gather, and cool enough to play host to the neighborhood kids.

Wine Time

A wine cellar was added with floor-to-ceiling mounted racks, and direct set double-entry glass doors that ensure the clients can wine and dine from the kitchen, or enjoy a bottle from the adjoining sitting room.

The label-out galley style cellar is climate-controlled and also includes hand-laid tile path for an extra kick of style.

Resort Ready 

With family time in mind, the indoor addition seamlessly transitions through the triple-set French doors to the outdoor space. You’re instantly welcomed to a relaxing patio, overlooking a large yard with easy access to the pool and pool deck.

The pool addition brought the backyard to life with a mixture of details including lap lane tiles. The area is naturally stylish with surrounding grass and embedded steps stones and plenty of space for family and friends to gather.

It’s All in the Details

We loved incorporating all of the details on this project from textured walls and shiny-white locker-style cabinets to open-shelving in unexpected spaces.

“Grainda was so great about all the little details that make an impact, like adding the molding details or interesting design features that added to the space without being distracting,” said the client. 

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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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