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April 24, 2019

Hillside Villa: Views call for Windows!

Hillside Villa: Views call for Windows!

Once the sheathing and waterproofing is applied to the framing and the plywood sheathing and waterproofing is applied over the roof trusses, the final step to enclosing the house is to add the doors and windows.  At that point, the


April 15, 2019

Hillside Villa: The Scoop on Roofs

Hillside Villa: The Scoop on Roofs

After the walls of the home are framed, it is time to add the roof.  Today most residential roofs are created with pre-manufactured trusses.  This is the fastest and most economical method of creating a pitched roof.  If you are


March 11, 2019

Hillside Villa: Taking Shape!

Hillside Villa: Taking Shape!

Once the concrete work is finished on a house—the footings, foundation walls, and floor slabs—it is time to bring in some other materials. The plumber and heating subcontractors have already been on site to install pipes and ductwork that is


March 4, 2019

Hillside Villa: Waterproofing & Radiant Heat

Hillside Villa: Waterproofing & Radiant Heat

An important step in keeping a home warm and dry is to waterproof the exterior of the concrete foundation walls before they are backfilled (when the dirt is piled up against the exterior of the walls). In the planning stage


February 27, 2019

Hillside Villa: Footing & Foundation

Hillside Villa: Footing & Foundation

Once the hole has been dug for a new home, we begin filling it up again –this time with concrete and steel to create the engineered footings and foundation walls which will hold up the new structure.  The process for


January 28, 2019

Hillside Villa: The Site

Hillside Villa: The Site

New construction with amazing views of Salt Lake. Follow along as this beautiful home becomes a reality for Craig and Marianne


November 1, 2018

Canyon View Drive: 99% Done!

Canyon View Drive:  99% Done!

When the contractor considers himself to be 99% done, we schedule a formal “final walk-through”. Jon, Marisa, the contractor, the interior designer, and myself spent over an hour this morning walking through the entire house to create an official list


October 15, 2018

Canyon View Drive: The Final Stretch!

Canyon View Drive: The Final Stretch!

Today’s on-site meeting was exciting because the paint is done and they’ve removed all the masking! It’s so fun to see how everything is coming together and Jon and Marisa are so anxious to move in! There is still about


October 3, 2018

Canyon View Drive: 6 Month Update!

Canyon View Drive: 6 Month Update!

The cabinet installation is complete and finish trim installation is in progress, including the new stair railing. The cabinets have all been covered in plastic as painting begins. All of the concrete flatwork has been poured and the bluestone is


September 18, 2018

Canyon View Drive: Finishes and Porches

Canyon View Drive: Finishes and Porches

The cabinet company has been busy installing cabinets and it is very exciting to start seeing some of the finishes that Jon, Marisa, and their interior designer selected many months ago! The cedar tongue and groove ceilings on the front


August 22, 2018

Canyon View Drive: Great Room and Concrete Work

Canyon View Drive: Great Room and Concrete Work

The baseboard and window casings have all been installed except where they’re waiting for cabinetry which is scheduled to be delivered tomorrow. I was very excited to see that a couple of the great room beams have been installed and


August 8, 2018

Canyon View Drive: Finishes and a Fire?!

Canyon View Drive: Finishes and a Fire?!

The finish carpenter is hard at work installing new interior doors and poplar baseboard and casing throughout the house. Cabinetry and paint are next on the list. Jon & Marisa have not been living in their house during the renovation,


July 25, 2018

Canyon View Drive: Paint and Stain

Canyon View Drive: Paint and Stain

The brick window sills have been moved up and once the brick has been power washed it will look great! The painters have painted swatches of the selected exterior wall and trim colors just left of the new back porch


July 11, 2018

Canyon View Drive: Windows and Hardwood

Canyon View Drive: Windows and Hardwood

We did not meet last week due to the Independence Day holiday, so it’s been two weeks since our last meeting and great progress has been made! As a follow-up to my last post, the great room windows have been


June 27, 2018

Canyon View Drive: Unexpected Situations

Canyon View Drive: Unexpected Situations

The interior drywall has been hung and on the exterior the brick and fiber cement siding & trim have been installed. It is exciting to see the interior spaces and exterior finishes take shape! Interestingly these two things also made


June 13, 2018

Canyon View Drive: Inspection and Interior Design

Canyon View Drive: Inspection and Interior Design

The contractor passed his 4-way inspection this week (framing and rough plumbing, mechanical, and electrical) and the benefits of interior designers and a well developed plan in place. This is post #9 in a series of construction observation for Jon & Marisa.


June 6, 2018

Canyon View Drive: Update!

Canyon View Drive: Update!

From the beginning of the project we’ve known that there was something funky going on with the floor but we didn’t know what was causing it. The original house was built in 1949 and the family room addition was constructed


May 23, 2018

Canyon View Drive: Great Room and Roof

Canyon View Drive: Great Room and Roof

Today was so exciting because now that the framing is complete they were able to remove the temporary interior walls and we got to see the new great room space – it looks amazing! The roof has been dried in


May 16, 2018

Canyon View Drive: Framing the Roof

Canyon View Drive: Framing the Roof

As far as construction progress goes, the roof framing should wrap up later this week and it was exciting to see that the Pella windows have been installed. With the framing almost complete, the rough plumbing, mechanical, electrical, and audio/visual


May 14, 2018

Canyon View Drive: Addition and Adjustments

Canyon View Drive: Addition and Adjustments

This week we had our first chance to stand in the new addition! The exterior walls between the old and new spaces have been removed, but there is still a temporary wall supporting the existing roof that prevents us from


May 3, 2018

Canyon View Drive: Concrete and Communication

Canyon View Drive: Concrete and Communication

It’s not often you see a huge concrete pump looming over your house, but it IS pretty exciting! Having poured the footing and foundation walls several days before, the next step is to pour the basement floor slab.  The framers


April 26, 2018

Canyon View Drive: Demolition and Excavation

Canyon View Drive: Demolition and Excavation

Demolition and excavation are in full swing at Jon & Marisa’s house. The contractors have also formed the footings for the addition. Following the stress of moving out, demolition is often a bit unnerving to clients (and their children) as they


April 9, 2018

Canyon View Drive: Meet our Clients!

Canyon View Drive: Meet our Clients!

    Let’s meet our clients Jon & Marisa. Jon and Marisa came to Renovation Design Group ready to remodel and expand their kitchen.  They also wanted to expand their gathering space and find a way to better utilize an existing dining room.  They have


January 22, 2018

Creating Balance Through Design

Creating Balance Through Design

When it comes to home renovations, kitchens and bathrooms are two of the hottest spots in the home. There are several reasons to remodel both. Let’s talk about the kitchen. Why the kitchen? Dilapidation–  Cracked tile, broken cabinets, shoddy appliances,


April 28, 2016

Architects’ focus is remodeling jobs

Architects’ focus is remodeling jobs

After designing a handful of high schools in the region, commercial buildings with little local character, and high-end homes with sky-high budgets, Ann Robinson and Annie Vernon decided it was time to come back to earth. The two architects were


January 28, 2016

Programming key to good design

By Ann Robinson and Annie Vernon Last week we gave you a homework assignment. Have you spent the week browsing magazines, checking out books and setting your TiVo to record home design shows? Hopefully you are filling your mind with


May 5, 2015

Renovation Design Architects add Value to your project

The architects at Renovation Design will add value to your project by assuring that your project design will be aesthetically inspiring, functional, and structurally sound. We will help you assemble a strong team to execute your project including a structural engineer, a contractor,