Written By Dana W. Todd
Pick something you love and design your room around it. It’s advice Brian Macuga of Arbor Construction Group gives his clients. When working on something like a kitchen or bathroom, Macuga says, “Choose a focal point – something you can’t live without – and redesign your dream bathroom or kitchen around that object.” “And,” Macuga says, “it will be different for every client.”
Launa and Allen Kendle loved the cantilevered space that Arbor Construction created to hold a bathtub and its marble surround in their renovated master bathroom. Since the marble was the most expensive part of the project, choosing that first and the coordinating tile second made the most sense. “I drove to the marble warehouse and found a slab that I wanted as the focal point,” explains Launa. Macuga sent an interior designer with Launa when she shopped the tile store, which helped Launa quickly winnow the overwhelming tile choices down to four options. With just those four, she was able to make a final decision, matching the marble and completing her dream bathroom around what she felt was the highlight.
In their gutted and renovated kitchen, Christa and Ben Rogers decided color needed to play the star. “Creamy, off-white cabinetry with a light glaze overtop really popped out against details like crackle textured subway tile on the backsplash and a custom-built stove hood,” says Christa. The couple also used color as a priority on the newly designed hutch in the same room. A specialty painter applied seven layers of grayish-blue glaze to emphasize this beautiful and functional piece of furniture. Rogers says the details in color give her new kitchen a timeless feel. “It was exactly what I envisioned,” says Christa. “Arbor Construction was very efficient and stayed on schedule.”
Deborah and John Ritter, another Arbor Construction Group client, experienced similar results when working with Arbor to choose the accent in their redesigned bathrooms. “We chose Carrara marble as the spotlight for both bathroom renovations – our master bathroom and an adjacent kids’ bathroom,” says Deborah Ritter. “I grew up in England and Carrara marble is very European. It’s cold to the touch and has a clean look.” With the attention centered on the countertops, the Ritters added coordinating marble subway tile, also Carrara, to the shower walls to tie it all together. “What stuck out most to me about Arbor is that they assigned a project manager to be there every day,” Ritter adds. “The attention to detail was unbelievable.”
If you’re thinking of renovating your kitchen or bathroom, contact Arbor Construction Group at 704-542-5833 or www.arborconstructiongroup.com.