Making Your Vision Reality, Part 2

Every project begins with a big idea. The King family didn’t just want more space, they wanted more views, more light. They didn’t want to have to head out on to the deck to enjoy the sun sparkling on the lake, they wanted to bring those views right into their living room. Working alongside Steven Giampetro, we got to work making the King’s vision become their new reality.

The project started this fall, with demolition and site prep and the many, many mundane details regarding foundations, drains, waterproofing — important but not thrilling to the heart generally. However, construction is now underway, and daily the framework for the new rooms, new windows, and new doors are coming together. New structures soar into the sky, giving real shape to the ideas that started with pen and ink on paper months ago.

These were the “Before” pictures.

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The back wall of living room on the upper level and bedroom on the basement level need to come down, along with a portion of the roof.

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With the old roof & walls out of the way, the addition begins to take real shape. Restructuring the roof line requires reallocating the structural integrity of the whole home as well. And now we begin to see some of the view that our homeowners are hoping to capture.

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Framing & plywood are up — the new family room will have a two shed dormers bringing light through the vaulted ceiling in addition to a whole wall of windows facing the lake.

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Something about those last rays of day and the living beauty of framing — just beautiful. And for the Kings — this is their vision, their new reality!

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Have your own vision for a project where you live? We’d love to talk.

Architect: Steven T. Giampetro

Home for the Holidays

Home for the Holidays

As the lyrics of the song suggest, there is no place like home for the holidays. The Kitchen family moved to their new home in Forsyth County earlier this year, and has experienced the ups and downs that everybody goes through after a major project. Loving and living in their home that started off with a drive through a mountain town in North Carolina. We invite you to come by for a virtual visit during this holiday season and remind you that the beauty we find in this home is not perfection but a home filled with laughter, family dinners, making beds, laundry, a few tears sprinkled in, and love.

Roswell Remodel: The Great Room

Roswell Remodel: The Great Room

After a project is finished, and move in-date is scheduled, sometimes our homeowners like to live in their space before they finalize their decorating and let their remodeled areas breathe, so to speak. Often, they are gracious to let us back in, well after the project is completed, to let us photograph their spaces — living, breathing, and come to life — their vision made into REALITY.

Sneak Peak

Go ahead and grab your coffee — let’s have a chat! This great little nook designed by Benjamin Andrew Construction is just one little corner of a project we recently had photographed. Can’t wait to show you the REST of the house soon!

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Custom banquette seating and cafe table — a BAC special. Not too far from the kitchen, but tucked away so you’re not in the thick of the morning bustle. Could also be a great homework spot after school! What would you use this little nook for?

Best Remodeling Company 2018

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It's time for My Home Improvement magazine's BEST of 2018 CONTEST. We would love for you to vote for us in the "Best Remodeling Company - Whole Home " category under the Remodeling section. 

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5. Type in "Benjamin Andrew Construction"
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You can vote once a day! Help us take BAC to the top!

Into the Hurricane

Into the Hurricane

Hurricane Florence, although downgraded from the projected category five, hit North Carolina coast and slowly ground it’s way inland, dumping 8 trillion gallons of rain. Those in its path had to decide: to evacuate or stay. Those sheltering in place were battered by wind and rain, those who evacuated, although in a place of safety, were left to wonder about the damage to their homes and livelihoods. How soon would they be able to return?

Master Bathroom Swap

Master Bathroom Swap

Master suites have evolved over the decades, mostly in size -- with master bedrooms increasing in square footage, closets tripling in size, and shower systems becoming more and more luxurious. When your suite is stuck somewhere in the middle -- generous bedroom and sunroom off the bedroom, but insufficient master closet space and no water closet -- a remodel is just the ticket.

Smith Whole House Remodel

Smith Whole House Remodel

It is not often that in the suburban sprawl of Atlanta you find a house that seems unique. Each style or fad that passed through the city left its mark, from the Arts and Crafts bungalows from the early 20th century, to the low slung houses from the 60's and 70's to the split-level craze of the 90's. This house, however, defies stereotyping.

Historical Fireplace

Historical Fireplace

Our owners, Ben & Stephanie, recently finished their custom new home in Cumming, GA, and if you followed their journey, you'll know they started with inspiration in the form of the beautiful stone cottage in Transylvania County, NC. They even had the opportunity to tour the interior of the home, thanks to the gracious homeowners. One of the interior features that Ben knew he wanted to bring to their Cumming, GA home was the three piece stone fireplace.

Finishing Touches

Finishing Touches

Long term projects like new homes have their pacing -- certain parts of the project appear to go quickly, certain parts seem to take longer. External forces like permits, inspections, and the weather can each have their own role in slowing or speeding a job up. As the end of a project draws to a close, time seems to hit fast forward. There's never enough time, seemingly, but so much is being accomplished each day! 

Farmhouse Revival

Farmhouse Revival

The essence of farmhouse design is more than just artsy throw pillows and or rustic signs with painted farm animals hung on the walls. A true farmhouse design is much more focused on connections -- connecting the true heart of the home, the kitchen, more intimately with the living areas, and making it not just beautiful, but highly functional and comfortable. 

Roswell Remodel, Part 2

Roswell Remodel, Part 2

Work on the interiors is steadily transforming the Kray house into a modern home with an outstanding view. The kitchen, dining room, and living room are getting a completely new look and new layout. The wall separating the dining room and kitchen was demolished, and the two rooms will switch spots in the floor plan. The window which used to be in the old dining room was removed to provide more wall space for cabinets, but more light is brought into the new great room with a large picture window and 10' sliding glass door from Pella onto their wraparound deck facing the golf course. 

Roswell Remodel

Tucked away in wooded golf-course lot, a 1980's home boasted gorgeous views, but an exterior and interior that needed more than a facelift. Our whole home remodeling team, working alongside architect Steven T. Giampetro, moved, removed and added walls on the first floor as part of a redesign of the master bath, office, kitchen, and living room. The upstairs and basement are both getting updated, with the upstairs bath being completely remade for plumbing stubs up to tile! 

The Making of a House

Building a home is both a science and an art. It requires faith and hard work. No wonder the process is frequently used as a metaphor for life, and sometimes we use life as a metaphor for building a home.  "The making of a house is a strange blend of dreams and mundane work, of heaven and earth" is the way that Paul Goldberger, the architectural critic for the New York Times described it. The dreams, the inspiration and the exacting, careful, back-breaking labor come together in such a tangible way.