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June 2019
Have you ever thought you wanted to remodel or update but are not sure where to start?  If you have worked with a typical contractor they will bid exactly what you ask for.  But what if you do not know WHAT to ask for?  Where do you begin?
My client called me after feeling frustrated trying to do this on her own and talking to other contractors.  She originally thought doing it on her own would save her money but soon realized that having someone guide her through the decisions and narrowing down choices was worth the phone call to me!
I helped her weigh the options of what her husband wanted (very elaborate and costly) versus what was cost effective and functional for their home and lifestyle.
  • Layout - we wanted the space to be as efficient and versatile as possible so we included pull outs for bottle storage and shallow upper cabinets so liquor and glassware is visible and things cannot be shoved to the back out of reach.
  • No wet bar - too expensive for the value of the home
  • No island - we opted for a live edge table (coming soon) instead as it can be moved around the room and taken to a new home if necessary in the future.
  • Appliances - less expensive to place the microwave on a shelf rather than a built in, more cost effective to install a slide-in refrigerator, tabled the dishwasher as it required additional plumbing and the expense could not be justified.
  • Cabinetry color - my client originally wanted stained or gray cabinetry.  When we discussed the color of the floors, countertops and wall paint this distressed black was the answer.  Their entire home is full of warm tones so gray would have looked out of place.  
  • Flooring - to keep costs down we kept most of the existing carpet throughout the basement but chose LVP (luxury vinyl plank) around the bar for its durability and warmth.
  • Countertop - we chose copper because he wanted a warm, "whiskey bar" look (a first for me!).  He had actually considered doing this project on his own but he couldn't find the time.
  • Backsplash  - originally we considered reclaimed wood but wanted something that would be resistant to water yet still have a rustic feel.  We chose "distressed" brick-like tile.
  • Lighting - we replaced the one "boob light" and installed two semi-flush lights.  We wanted the option to move the table about the room so we did not want to use pendant lighting.
  • TV - last but not least!  What man wouldn't want to watch television while enjoying a beverage?  We raised the TV higher to accommodate glass storage below.
Project Spotlight
Master Bath Remodel
Demolition started Monday to kick off this bathroom remodel.  We are removing the large tub to make way for an expanded tiled shower with bench.  It is going to be fabulous!
Summer Special!

Summer is the perfect time to paint your front door!  Do you need help choosing the best color or do you know someone who does? 
For the month of July I am offering a front door (exterior) paint consultation for only $100!!
Call the office today to schedule your front door paint consultation.

What We're Excited About

Progress continues at 3121 Hedley Road.  Spaces are still available for lease. 
Call 217-341-4501 or 217-652-3976 for leasing information.
New Construction
We have several new homes going up:
Salem Estates Duplex - 4640 Thompson Rd. 
Left side of duplex is for sale - $260,000.
There is still time to choose finishes!

Call 217-523-3976 for details
Salem Estates single family home 
Buckley Ridge single family home
I made updates to this house to make it market ready and bring top dollar for the seller.

I am excited to report that this home sold before it was even listed and for list price!!

Contact  me for help preparing your home for sale.
Salem Estates – ONLY ONE LOT left!!
Click Here for more info!  
Click here for a short design survey to schedule a consultation!
Paula Ryan Designs
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