Our clients loved their neighborhood and wished to find a way to renovate their home rather than move. After awarding the project to J&M Remodel, J&M worked for months with the homeowner to meet the needs of their growing family. Together, we dialed in the details of what became a major renovation project of their home. The project included their kitchen, entry, mudroom, stairs, and lighting, and a full basement remodel on the lower level with a kitchenette, bathroom, primary suite, and laundry room.
The aesthetics of the finished renovation gave this older home new life, with a bright and open floor plan, both upstairs and down, while still incorporating existing elements, like the brick fireplace and hardwood flooring in some areas. The new open floorplan design provided a much-needed solution for this growing family with small children. By eliminating the prior compartmentalized layout upstairs that made it difficult to watch over their children, J&M transformed the over 1,200 feet of newly usable space in their lower level.
While the quality of the work is visible through the renovation, J&M's craftsmanship stands out in the extensively expanded kitchen, including raising the ceilings to open the area up further, and our craftsmanship shines in the millwork throughout the mudroom and office/den. With new flooring and lighting, the entry leads down to the lower level. Downstairs, the previously unfinished area is brand new and includes a laundry room, a large entertainment room that includes a kitchenette, and a small home gym. A primary suite finished the downstairs part of the project, including a complete closet system and a large bathroom. We spared no detail in the downstairs part of the project, and the entire area flows together seamlessly. While we encountered challenges with material lead-times, out-of-stock issues, etc., J&M and our clients quickly reached decisions to stay on track.
The completed renovation complements the style of the home and incorporates well with the existing features mentioned above. We encountered budgetary concerns with overages because this project was budgeted before material prices increased after the project was underway. We met with the homeowner and mapped out a plan to stay on track and ensure the project could be completed with budget increases while remaining on schedule. Everything tied together so nicely upon completion, and the homeowners were thrilled to move back into their brand-new space.
Update: We are very pleased to announce that the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties awarded J & M Remodel the 2022 REX Award in the Residential Remodel Excellence - Major Remodel: $350,000-$500,000 category for this project. We've posted more details about the award on our About Us page.
Our clients were a real pleasure to work with on this Seattle kitchen remodel project. They delighted us by producing both a great time lapse video of their project along with a very detailed review of their experience with J & M Remodel from start to finish. The text of the review is below the video shown below, along with some additional project photos to display the project to its fullest effect.
J&M were our contractors for our kitchen remodel. The remodel project involved removing all existing appliances, cabinets, countertops, and lighting, and replacing with new ones, including tiling on the walls.
We kept the basic footprint the same but re-worked some functionality and added a few new features like a wine fridge. We enjoyed working with the entire team throughout the project. Justin was helpful in answering our questions as we selected appliances and prepared for the renovation. He stayed in touch during the project and helped troubleshoot when needed. Roman, our project lead, kept us informed each day on our progress. We knew when they would be at the house to do work and when various subcontractors would be coming as well. Roman and his team spent a lot of time in our house with us during the renovation and were always polite, friendly, and helpful. They took care to clean up their workspaces and answered our many questions.
We love the finished kitchen! It is the kitchen of my dreams and turned out so much better than I imagined! Roman and the team worked so hard to make sure everything looked beautiful and that we were fully satisfied. One of my friends saw the kitchen and said it looked “like a magazine” and I was so excited and proud. I agree and have J&M to thank for their hard work!
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Finished Kitchen Photos
This project was a significant renovation of our client’s childhood home which made the renovation exciting and sentimental for everyone. The 1970’s split-level style of the home was no longer conducive for their family, and when it was time to update, they knew opening everything up was the way to go. The J&M team completed the renovation on their top floor, including the kitchen, main bathroom, and entry. J&M updated the lighting, flooring, and paint throughout as well. It was important for our clients to leave their existing brick fireplace that was nostalgic and helped anchor the design. Along with the warm-toned LVP flooring, the fireplace kept the home feeling warm and inviting despite the matte black elements and large waterfall quartz counters.
We removed the entry pony walls and custom-built modern, open railing. J&M’s craftsmanship shines in the seamless flow throughout with the vaulted ceilings, fixture placement, and top-notch tile install. The building materials were sourced during a difficult period, and many substitutions had to be made. While not ideal, the client made great new selections, and it all came together in the end. Their original apron sink, for example, was planned to be white, but the forced change to a medium grey for availability was an exciting complement to the space. The style of their main bathroom renovation added subtle color along with a beautiful new vanity and a glass-enclosed tiled shower/tub combo.
Budgetary concerns arose as our clients upgraded features throughout the project, including the waterfall quartz and higher-end appliances. In the end, our clients knew the costs and were happy with the decisions to approve the upgrades. Our clients were so pleased to show off their new space to the generation who owned the home before handing it down to our clients. All agreed it turned out fantastic.
Our clients contacted J & M Remodel about remodeling their kitchen. Our clients’ project scope included opening up a wall between their dining area and living room to create an open concept feel in their newly purchased 1942 Bungalow in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle.
After J & M and our clients agreed on the remodeling project goals and details, the J & M team began the remodeling project by opening and raising the walls from the kitchen to the dining area and from the dining area to the living room. The bright right white cabinetry and quartz countertops match the style of the home beautifully, updating it while working seamlessly with the Bungalow style. The J & M team applied gorgeous gray glass subway tile to all of the walls in the kitchen. The floating wood shelving that the J & M team built ties in the wood exterior door and complements the glass front cabinets. Finally, the high-end kitchen appliances and the strategically placed smart electrical outlets that the J & M Remodel team installed completed this beautifully detailed space.
Our clients were delighted by the outcome of their kitchen remodel project. Here is a portion of the five-star Google review that our client left about the work that J & M Remodel performed for them.
“J&M did a lovely job on our kitchen remodel. We had them tear it down to the studs, remove a wall, close up a doorway, and then put it all back together into a designer kitchen. They were also very accommodating to a major change in scope when we unexpectedly needed them to pull up all the flooring on the main floor, level it, and lay new hardwoods.”
“J&M displayed a willingness to accommodate changes and fix any minor issues to ensure we would walk away loving the end product. For example, during a final walkthrough we showed them some issues with the finish on the quartz countertops. They arranged for the counter subcontractor to come out and repair them for us. So appreciated!”
“I would highly recommend them and have already shared their contact information with our neighbor who was blown away by the beauty of our kitchen and new wood floors. We can’t wait to work with them again on our next remodel project.”
A client who J & M worked with several times referred the owners of a North Beacon Hill home built in 1924 to J & M Remodel. The homeowners contacted us to discuss a significant addition and renovation to their home. As their family grew over the years, the homeowners realized that they needed more space in their Seattle home. Deciding to stay in the house and remodeling instead of moving was an easy choice. Their home location is near downtown Seattle and is close to excellent parks and schools.
After accepting the project, we learned that J & M would be working with Atelier Drome, a Seattle-based architectural firm. Teaming with Atelier Drome again was pleasant news. J & M partnered with Atelier Drome on several challenging projects.
The Beacon Hill project’s major work item was adding a bump-out of the home’s complete back end that increased the house’s square footage. The bump-out includes an extensive remodel of the kitchen, a downstairs kitchenette, another bathroom, and a hobby area. A new, large deck off the bump-out completed the requirements for that part of the project.
The J & M crew overcame several challenges during the project. The biggest challenge was that the project required below-grade—below ground level—excavation. The excavation was necessary before framing the addition could begin.
While the bump-out addition is the centerpiece of the project, the design included more updates. J & M also remodeled a full bath and a master bath as part of this project. The remodel also includes new flooring, an inset tile to hardwood transition, staircase, desk nook, and a butler’s pantry.
If you’re interested in seeing other projects based on Atelier Drome designs that J & M built, please click to read about an extensive home remodel on Mercer Island and to read about a tiny house remodel in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood.
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Ian Furness of KJR Sports Radio 950 AM contacted J & M Remodel about a kitchen remodel project for his family’s home. Not only is Ian widely known for his highly-rated radio show, but also as the popular correspondent for the Seattle Seahawks, including interviews with players for Q13 Fox News in Seattle.
Justin was excited to meet with Ian, and they hit it off right away as both Justin and Ian are proud Washington State University Alumni (Go Cougs!). Justin walked through the Furness kitchen, and after discussing their requirements, Justin provided Ian and his wife, Tammy, with J & M Remodel’s estimate. After reviewing and refining the J & M Remodel proposal for their project, Ian and Tammy decided to move ahead with J & M Remodel for their kitchen remodel project.
The Furness’s wanted a crisp and clean new look for their kitchen. They selected a distinctive glass subway tile, which the J & M Remodel team set in a stacked pattern using Schluter edging rather than bullnose. In addition, a new quartz countertop was installed, as well as under-cabinet lighting, and glass pendant lighting was installed over the island. It was essential for J & M to stay on-time with this project because as soon J & M Remodel completed our part of the project, Shearer Painting came in to paint all of the kitchen cabinets.
Thanks to the excellent coordination between the Furness family, J & M Remodel, and the painting contractor, we completed the kitchen remodel project without a hitch, and the final result turned out great!
The Furness’s are enjoying their new kitchen now, and you can hear Ian’s testimonial on his KJR radio show. Here is a portion of Tammy Furness’ Google review of J & M Remodel’s work on their kitchen remodel project:
“We recently remodeled our kitchen, and J & M Remodel installed the counter tops. It looks amazing! We are loving our new kitchen! If you have been thinking of doing any home updating, be sure to reach out to Justin and Mandy, as they will take great care of all your home remodel needs! We highly recommend J & M Remodel!
Ian and Tammy Furness.”
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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.