J & M Remodel recently completed a kitchen renovation in the Belvidere neighborhood of West Seattle. Our customer decided that it was time to update the kitchen into a beautiful place their family would enjoy spending time in, complimented by a stunning Puget Sound view from the kitchen window.
The footprint of the kitchen remained the same. Justin suggested that J & M Remodel could extend the peninsula that separated the kitchen work area and the kitchen table. The extended peninsula provides additional cabinetry and counterspace. We also installed a dry bar using custom cabinetry that matches those J & M Remodel installed in the kitchen that ties the whole room together.
As you view the photos of the kitchen remodel project, you’ll take note of the soft gray custom cabinets with brass hardware that are a key feature of the project. The cabinets are top quality, and include built-in organizers, a wine cabinet, and a glass display cabinet in the dry bar area. The under cabinet lighting that J & M Remodel installed beautifully illuminates the white quartz countertop. The use of white subway tiles throughout the entire kitchen tastefully blends with the striking light fixtures and hardware. Power outlets were installed vertically to flow with the tile layout.
The large dark gray floor tiles, with contrasting white grout, flow seamlessly into the adjacent hall which features another brass accented light fixture. The new kitchen appliances include matching wine and beverage refrigeration.
The completed kitchen remodel project is both functional and classically stylish, resulting in a cohesive update that will stand the test of time (and trends) that our delighted clients will enjoy for years to come.
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This project is a showcase of design, project management, and workmanship brought together by J & M Remodel to meet the client’s goals and schedule, despite problems with the availability of the materials for the project. This Newcastle master bathroom incorporates materials and features that are both top of the line and state of the art, including
- Schluter Ditra-Heat floor warming system
- Wedi Shower system
- Carrera Tile
- Free standing soaking tub with wand
- Frameless glass shower surround
- Sconce Lighting
- Bullnose tile window encasement
- Flush inset medicine cabinet
- Kohler showroom design
Our client described their experience with the J & M Remodel team in their review on the reviews page of our site thusly:
“We redid our master bathroom – tore it down to the studs, knocked down a wall, full tile, glass shower – the works.
Top three things we looked for in a contractor (1) finish on time, (2) communicate regularly and (3) be neat. Having done home renovations (while living in the house) before, these were must haves. J&M nailed all three. They finished their work a week early. They explained the plan for the week at the start of the week and communicated next week’s plan at the end of every week. Finally, they cleaned up after themselves every day.
The only challenge we had was our fault. We used a designer and acquired the materials through their suppliers. We ended up short on tile and had to reorder which took a week. J&M just worked around it. Our major issue was a miscommunication between me and my wife which lead to the counter tops coming in a week late. Totally our issue, no issue with J&M. This leads me to the pointer. If you haven’t ordered your materials yet, and J&M can get what you want, order through them and they will sync timeline.
Overall, very happy with J & M. We have already slotted our next project with them in December. And will be using them for a kitchen update sometime next year.”
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Our client contacted J & M Remodel to update both bathrooms in their Ballard home along with other projects including flooring and a minor kitchen update. Once we established a plan for the layout and functionality of the bathrooms, our client brought in a professional design firm, Heidi Callier of heidicaillierdesign.com to assist with the aesthetics of the project.
The upstairs bathroom had water damage, so a full tear down and rot repair was necessary. While the extensive demolition due to the water damage was unfortunate, the J & M Remodel team was able to start the project with a clean slate. The double vanity in the upstairs bathroom was custom made with large pull out drawers that wrap around the sink to maximize the available storage. All the fixtures that the client selected were high-end and will remain beautiful and functional over time. The design of the walk-in shower in the upstairs bathroom makes use of the available space and includes recessed niches for storage. The use of the natural marble throughout the upstairs bathroom along with designer finishes makes this space a real showstopper.
From a Small Space to a Dream Master Bathroom
The downstairs bathroom started as a small powder room. The J & M Remodel team expanded the downstairs bathroom by making use of a large adjacent closet. This increased the downstairs bathroom square footage substantially, which provided space for both a soaking tub as well as a walk-in shower. Extensive tile work went into the downstairs bathroom including a custom border around the tub and toilet area, and a large custom shower bench. The downstairs bathroom features handcrafted corbels above the tub, and the shower includes a linear drain and a large recessed niche.
Transformation From Shed to Tiny House
Our client had an existing outbuilding—essentially a shed with a living area—on his property, in the Upper Queen Anne area of Seattle. Rents in this area can fetch a premium, and our client wanted to transform this space in order to offer the carriage house as a short-term rental. A property like this one is sometimes referred to as an Accessory Dwelling Unit—#ADU—or a Detached Accessory Dwelling Unit—#DADU. J & M Remodel worked with the Seattle based architectural design firm Atelier Drome for the project design and best use of the space. The addition of a kitchenette was a critical need. Despite the limited amount of available space, we were able to incorporate the necessary utilities necessary for a well appointed short-term rental property. The bathroom space was maximized by way of an enclosed glass shower. Existing wood paneling was salvaged from the interior demolition of the original structure, and was reused to incorporate a warm, rustic feel. We added a sleeping loft accessed via a modular ladder along with skylights and additional custom windows to match the existing home.
Basement Bathroom Addition
Our client’s second project was a finished basement that was to incorporate a kitchen, bath, and laundry area. However, due to budget restraints, we agreed to complete the bathroom addition in the first phase of the project. However, the J & M Remodel team was able to rough-in the electrical and plumbing for the kitchen and laundry rooms, so when the client’s budget permits, the remainder of the project will go smoothly, without any rework. As you can see from the photos below, the bathroom addition turned out beautifully. The use of a light gray and white color scheme really helped to brighten the basement area. The walk-in shower features a custom-built bench and recessed niches that offer a luxurious feel while adding to the practicality of the smaller space for the bathroom. The classic look of Carrara marble will stand the test of time and is period-correct with the home. The herringbone layout of the flooring offers a nice modern pop to the overall look of the space.
As the J & M Remodel team worked steadily around our client’s home to complete the Carriage House and basement bathroom projects, our client asked if we could tackle one more room. The main house guest bathroom included only a powder bath with a small vanity and toilet. The bathroom has direct access from the guest bedroom, and needed a shower as well. The J & M Remodel team found that there was quite a bit of wasted space that could be reused. The enabled the J & M Remodel team to add a stand up glass-enclosed shower without having to change the overall footprint of the bathroom. Classic white subway tiles were used for the bathroom wall, and complementary hexagon tiles were used for the shower pan. The J & M Remodel team replaced the existing vanity with a small white vanity with a quartz countertop that ties in well with the white shower.
Our customer contacted J & M Remodel to discuss some great ideas about enlarging their main floor bathroom by taking some square footage from an adjacent bedroom closet. We determined that this could be done, and that the expansion would made a huge difference in the aesthetics and functionality of the bath.
After opening the wall to use the available closet space, we relocated the tub and shower to accommodate a larger vanity. The new vanity provided a dramatic increase in storage space than the original pedestal sink.
Our team added Wainscoting that extends halfway up the wall, offering a rich, dramatic effect. Encaustic-look art porcelain tiles stand out as the showpiece of this space, and go well with the classic subway surround. A large niche with glass shelving offers generous space for shower products, and the directional change of the tile is a great touch.
Here’s a portion of the five-star review that our customer left about the project on our Google listing. You can access our reviews on Google and other sites on our Reviews page:
“We had the very best bathroom remodel experience with J & M [Remodel]. We received a handful of bids, with theirs right in the middle as far as price, but way above the rest as far as detail and professionalism. From beginning to end, this was painless. The final invoice was very close to the original bid, and the job was finished in exactly the amount of time promised.”
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Each of these two bathroom remodel projects feature unique upgrades and special custom touches by J & M Redmodel. In the case of the existing standard size and layout bathroom, our client wanted to eliminate the bathtub and add a spacious walk-in shower. As you’ll see in the photos below, the custom vanities and granite countertops blend seamlessly with the 12 x 24 floor tiles. The shower features two vertical glass mosaic accent strips, bringing additional visual interest to the room. The large mirror spanning the length of the vanity is backlit with LED lighting. The high-end Hansgrohe plumbing fixtures ensure that this bathroom will stand the test of time.
For the second bathroom, the client wanted to incorporate a steam shower. However, the existing bathroom had limited square footage for the job. We expanded the bathroom footprint to accommodate the steam shower by moving a wall and by making use of some available space previously used for storage. The ThermaSol steam unit we installed for this project is the preferred steam generator used by J & M Remodel. The fold-down teak bench was hand crafted by J & M Remodel to fit the available space perfectly. The floor tile selected by our client is unlike any we had previously seen, and turned out great. Both bathroom remodel projects feature LED backlit mirrors.
There’s a recent update to this project! Justin Schuder, co-owner of J & M Remodel, was interviewed about our use of a Thermasol Steam Generator for this project by Pro Remodeler magazine in their November 2018 issue. Click to read the article to learn more about the project and why we chose a Thermasol Steam Generator.
The gallery below contains four images of the kitchen before the remodel in addition to the images after J & M Remodel completed the project. Click an image to view the image at its full size, then use the arrows to advance through the images:
As you can see from the before pictures in the gallery below, prior to the completion of the kitchen remodel project, the original kitchen was truly dated. Our client wanted an updated look that was not too modern while retaining warmth.
The glass tile that you’ll see in the after pictures of this kitchen remodel project is truly a show stopper. The kitchen features quartz countertops with blue specks that are brought out by the tile accent wall. The pendant lights continue the blue theme as well. The open wood shelving also features matching blue ground-up glass filler.
The built-in entertainment shelves feature a custom birch wood countertop and plenty of storage. The cabinets used in both the kitchen and entertainment area feature soft-close hinges and drawers with dovetail joints.
Our customer was pleased by the results. Here is a portion of the review on Houzz:
“I was pleasantly surprised at how well the remodel went over all. Brandon was a champ at the house every day. Cleaned up so we could live with the mess each night. He was helpful with design ideas and his carpentry skills are awesome (see shelves!) Justin and Mandy kept us on task with the needed supplies and directed me what to get next. It turned out great. I would use them again!”
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J & M Remodel created a spa-like bathroom, and a pet friendly pool deck, for a couple whose project was featured on the Animal Cribs show on cable TV’s Animal Planet channel. The couple and their chocolate Lab Turf were featured in the 2017 season. Turf goes to work with his owner Sergio at the Seattle Seahawks training facility in Renton, the Virginia Mason Athletic Center (VMAC). Turf’s job is to keep birds off of the field while Sergio attends to the condition of the Seahawks practice field.
After a hard day at work, Turf is smelly and dirty, and needs a bath. The existing bathroom was cramped and not well equipped for washing a large dog. In addition, the indoor and outdoor space in the home wasn’t very dog friendly, nor was the yard conducive to having neighbors over for backyard gatherings.
Enter the Animal Cribs crew. J & M remodel was contacted by Animal Cribs with the agreement of the homeowners to oversee the implementation of the design in order to address the requirements for the spa-like bathroom, laundry room relocation, and the outdoor deck aspects of the project. As a result, Turf now enjoys a larger shower where his owners can bathe him more easily, and the backyard now features a deck area for relaxing after work with neighbor friends and their dogs.
The full episode of Animal Cribs on Animal Planet that features J & M Remodel can be viewed here.
The first J & M employee can be seen at around the 9:50 point of the episode. Construction of the new shower starts at the 13:50 point. J & M can also be seen at the 19:38 point, and the deck and pool materials arrive at 31:05. The final results are shown to the customers at the 33:09 point, with the Bathroom at 35:16, and the deck and back yard at 36:29.
As you’ll hear in the customer’s reactions during the reveal portion of the show, they are very happy with their new bathroom and deck. Sergio also left a review about this project on Houzz that you can read here.
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This guest bathroom had been recently remodeled, but was in need of a new shower surround (walls) as the existing shower surround had been failing. In addition, the tile work previously done for the shower was not up to par. J & M Remodel removed the old shower, and set a new Wedi shower pan (base) and shower surround. The grey grout that the client selected complements the gorgeous Carrara tiles. The grout and tile combination really makes for an eye-catching design. The wall-mounted vanity and sink complete the look of this modern but warm bathroom.
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This small, yet functional guest bathroom matches the farmhouse style of the client’s home. The glass blocking in the shower provides ample natural lighting. The wainscoting and pedestal sink make the room feel larger, with a recessed medicine cabinet for additional storage. We used a urethane based Quartzlock grout to insure minimal maintenance for the grout joints on the natural stone tiles. The hardwood floors tied in to the rest of the home and added a nice contrast to the rest of the bathroom’s aesthetics.
06/01/2012 – Mitch A. (Angie’s List Review)
We contacted Justin in November 2011 to bid on our project, remodeling the kitchen and both bathrooms. He came right out the next day, quickly did a thorough review of the project, and responded within a couple of days with a competitive, detailed proposal, which we selected from among five other bids.
A two-man crew, Nate and James, handled most of the work but four other contractors came on the job at different times for extra hands or when a specialist skill was needed. The crew is great to work with; friendly, courteous, considerate, and diligent. They keep a clean job site, removing trash and debris frequently. We liked that the J and M team was small and easy to work with, but also big enough to bring on more people when required.
J and M handled everything in the remodel except for the cabinetry, countertops, painting, and shower doors, which we contracted out to others, an arrangement which saved us a considerable amount on the job. J and M’s work included all the demolition, rough carpentry, plumbing, electrical, tile, and the finish and trim work. They worked really well with the other contractors, coordinating schedules and working out dependencies as needed. They also bought all required materials with a reasonable markup, but allowed us to buy the more costly items to avoid the markup, often using their contractor discounts saving us even more money.
We worked from rough designs, which led to frequent changes, including a few major changes. They were very flexible, handling everything, working with us to get exactly what we wanted. We did find that it was important to write down changes—an email was enough—as some things were dropped when communicated verbally.
Some changes were the result of problems uncovered during the remodel. The crew always communicated things quickly as they came up, and were very creative, usually giving us several options to solve the problem. For example, we got stuck trying to work out how to install an electrical outlet on the kitchen island, and Nate worked out a way to cut down some plug mold to fit perfectly on the island trim. It looks great!
The craftsmanship was generally above average and in some cases, excellent. They will take on anything, but were best with rough construction, woodwork, tile, electrical and plumbing. They had trouble with the floors and some finish details.
The oak floors required sanding, staining and sealing, and they struggled to get a consistent, smooth finish after going well over budget on the sanding. It was partly due to the challenging nature of the floor—uneven, out of level surface and grain variation—and partly limited experience on their part. I want to emphasize that they absorbed most of the cost overrun, and in the end, the floors look good, but this part of the job definitely pushed their limits.
They are also easy to do business with. Their invoices are timely, detailed, and easy to understand. They provide receipts for all purchases, were quick to respond to billing questions, and have been very reasonable in working out any issues that came up.
They started on schedule in mid-January, and finished a bit later than planned, about 10 weeks later—reasonable for the size of the job and the number of changes that we made. We were generally happy with their progress throughout but did have to push at the end to get things wrapped up.
We love all three rooms, they turned out even better than expected, and really make the house beautiful.
Overall, we are very happy with J and M. They are reliable and responsive, and will provide quality contracting work at a reasonable cost, but you do need to spend time working with them on the project to get the best result. We will work with J and M again as well, already scheduling a media room project and potentially a studio/office remodel. That probably says as much as anything about our level of satisfaction.
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J & M Remodel created a spa-like bathroom and a pet friendly pool deck for a couple whose project was featured on the Animal Cribs show on cable TV’s Animal Planet channel during the 2017 season. The couple's Chocolate Lab Turf goes to work with his owner Sergio at the Seattle Seahawks training facility in Renton. Read more about the project and view the TV episode.