A SMART REDO
Homeowners, Morning Star Builders Work Together to Renovate a Home, Sweet Home
Article by Barbara Canetti • Photos courtesy of Kolanowski Studio
They purchased the house in 2016 and spent a good part of the next year remodeling it so it would really be exactly what they wanted. And it is.
Kelly McCaslin, selections manager at Morning Star Builders LTD, says the home in Coles Crossing had a fantastic outdoor space with a pool, large entertainment area and gazebo. The couple wanted space for separate bedrooms for their growing teens and a game and media room.
In the renovation process, no new square footage was added: They merely rearranged the rooms and walls and refreshed the house to accommodate their busy lifestyle. The 4,109-square-foot house was gutted and the process began, starting with the kitchen.
The kitchen cabinets and countertops were dark and dated, and the island in the center was bulky and not designed for seating. In order to bring it to the desired lighter and brighter look, cabinets were removed and replaced with custom products by RWS Cabinets and Trim, designed for the maximum use of space. They were finished in a custom color, “Decorator White” with “Grey Heirloom Glaze,” which changed the entire character of the home.
Sprawling countertops of Himalaya white granite, cut with a square edge by Arizona Tile, gave the room a more modern look, along with the tumbled troy travertine brick-patterned backsplash, with a pencil liner of the same material but in a herringbone pattern. They selected high-end Thermador appliances and a custom stainless steel vent hood. Now, this was the kitchen they had envisioned and the rest of the renovation followed in step.
Adjacent to the kitchen is the new dining room, which is now part of the open concept that includes the kitchen, old breakfast area and family room. The original dining room had been in the front of the house and was converted to a powder room, closet and chef’s pantry. In its new space, the dining table looks out onto large picture windows that showcase the outdoor area — a pool and gazebo.
The Jacobsens chose matching lighting fixtures in the kitchen and dining rooms. And, by moving the laundry area, the chef’s pantry nook (called a “dirty kitchen”) was created with an additional refrigerator, wall oven, microwave and a small desk area. All the materials and colors in this alcove match the kitchen’s designs.
Another cool change in the house was repurposing a small space under the staircase, which had been a closet, and converting it into a wine room. The cabinetry was custom designed in a knotty alder and stained to match the “Lakepoint Plantation” hickory floors from Cornelius Contracting.
“We added a tongue-and-groove pine ceiling that was also stained to match the cabinetry,” says McCaslin. The countertop in the wine room is azurite granite and the backsplash is Texas brick in “Silverport” from Town and Country Brick & Supply. The wine racks and door were custom designed by Artisan Racks, and the Fanimation “Middleton” pendant was added to light the space. The nearby stair railing was replaced with a design from Ironwood Connections.
MASTER BEDROOM & BATH
McCaslin says the couple specifically wanted their master suite to be elegant and special and the starting point in the classic 2005-style bathroom with white vanities and drop-in tub was the placement of the sinks. Plumbing was moved to showcase both the shower and freestanding bathtub and separated the his-and-hers vanities with undermount sinks by relocating the closet door.
All cabinetry was removed, redesigned and painted and the countertops replaced with “Fantasy” brown marble with a satin finish. Custom-cut mirrors from the Mirror Gallery were inserted into frames made by MSB Trim and painted to match the cabinets.
To add to the spa-like feel, the floor was tiled with 12-by 24-inch “Cemento Cassero Bianco” bricks, laid long ways in the room in front of the vanities and matched up with a tile strip that runs from the top walls of the shower, across the floor and up the wall behind the tub of “Eramosa Ice” stacked vertically. And to complete the feel and atmosphere, a crystal chandelier in the bathroom sets the tone for the room.
The eye-catcher in the living room is the stone fireplace, which was completely redone with “Silver Split 3D” stone from Arizona tile. A flat-screen TV is mounted in place on the wall over the fireplace. The ceiling is notable for the long cedar-wrapped beams, stained to match the floor, giving the room a tasteful, homey feel.
But the family seems to congregate mostly in the carpeted media room, converted from a fifth bedroom and closet, and the large game room, which was converted to be closed in with custom-made barn doors. The brick wall flanks the tongue-and-groove pine ceiling and the floors are the same as downstairs.
Now, after a 10-month renovation, the house really is what the Jacobsens wanted — with every room renovated top to bottom to meet their needs.
Town and Country Brick & Supply
15711 FM 2920, Tomball
Morning Star Builders LTD
RWS Cabinets & Trim
CARPET & FLOORING
Durango Doors of Houston
7026 Old Katy Road
Custom Plumbing & Hardware
Mirror Gallery Inc. Houston
9600 Grant Road
16684 Air Center Blvd.
TILE, COUNTERTOPS & FIREPLACE
10811 S. Westview Circle Drive, Suite 200