Basement Theater Remodel Wins NARI Award!

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Most of you will remember the Mt. Airy basement renovation we recently completed for clients who wanted to transform a previously underutilized space into a beautiful theater and entertainment room. We’re thrilled to announce that this project just won a NARI 2016 Regional Contractor of the Year (CotY) Award in the category of Basement $50,000 to $100,000 — Region 1/Northeast! In this national competition, regional awards are presented first, with national winners announced in April at the National Business Meeting of NARI in Austin, TX. We’re really proud to be honored in this way by The National Association of the Remodeling Industry, which sets the standards for quality and professionalism in our industry.

Project recap: Previously an unfinished basement, this space now has lots of different areas to relax, think, be entertained, and play music and games with family and friends — including a library with reading nook and a movie-viewing area that seats 10 in reclining leather seats with cupholders. The viewing room is framed by custom theater curtains, and the lobby features a gallery of large-format photos of our clients’ travels to libraries and theaters around the world. The walls in the new space are painted in deep, rich colors, and we worked with our homeowners to select new carpet, draperies, and light fixtures to pull the entire room together. We called in our A/V pros to set up the TV and audio and tweak the home’s wireless router system to ensure that all of the elements work together seamlessly.

In the Works: Closing Walls and Opening the Window to 2016

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Last week, we received approval from our inspectors to close up the walls in Phase II of our Fairmount whole-home renovation project (see the finished kitchen here and the restored cupola here). In this phase we are renovating all of the 3rd floor with a new walls, a new rear dormer that is adding a high ceiling and a door to a future rear deck. This Phase II work includes not only the 3rd floor renovation but also roofing the main roofs, new gutters & downspouts, a new HVAC system, some finishing trim and hardware work in other areas of the house.

Here, you see the exterior walls and ceiling have been sprayed with closed cell sprayfoam insulation – our go-to insulation. It is more effective than fiberglass batts and we are able to meet and exceed the energy requirements within a shallower thickness of wall and this keeps more floor space for our clients while making their older homes more comfortable. After spray foam, the drywall and mud team follow and really bring the newly reframed space into form. Seeing the walls, the doors, and closets take shape will be really exciting and allow us to set up for the next stages of finish work that include the finish floors, trim, doors, window, and all the fun finishes.

With the holidays just around the corner, we’re starting to book our large 2016 spring projects. Call us today for help with creating a new life for any space in your home.

Myers Made™ Custom Cabinetry — Now Available A la Carte

gb_150516_0566_750x600_Perhaps you are probably already familiar with our Myers Made™ private-label line of custom cabinetry. What you may not know is that, in addition to full kitchen and bathroom solutions, we now offer free-standing cabinetry options, including:

  • kitchen islands
  • bars
  • bar cabinets
  • bathroom vanities
  • medicine cabinets

These items are available in custom wood species, sizes, colors, and finishes, with specialty functions to fit your specifications, and they can be shipped anywhere in the United States. Countertops are then sourced locally, which means lower shipping costs for you! Contact us today to find out how we can create a la carte solutions to meet your cabinetry needs.

In the Works: Fall Projects

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bestofphillyWe had our trucks rebadged last week to reflect our recent Best of Philly Award, and our yard signs are getting a little update, too. It’s neat to see people in parking lots turn and point to our vehicles when they see the Myers Constructs name and logo.

At Phase II of the Fairmount project, all of the rough-ins are beginning, starting with the electricians — and we have a few other projects waiting in the wings, as well: A couple of expansion additions, and a couple of kitchens. Stay tuned for updates on all of these…

Tamara Myers on The Value of Adaptive Reuse

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This past week, I was honored to visit The Mercer Museum in Doylestown, PA, to present a speech on Adaptive Reuse to the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Kitchen and Bath Association. The museum, which houses an enormous collection of tools and products from pre-Industrial Revolution American artisans, provided the perfect venue for this event. Henry Mercer — a true “maker” — was an early pioneer of sustainable practices who conceived of and built that museum for the LONG term! Unusual for its time, the building is made entirely of concrete, including not only the foundation and walls, but also the roof and windows. As a window expert, I just had to smile when I saw those concrete windows again.

Myers Constructs was founded upon the philosophy that renovating existing structures helps folks raise the quality of their lives in their homes, businesses, or institutions. Over the years, we have worked on scores of adaptive reuse projects that include church renovations, transforming a former Catholic convent into a home, and an award-winning major window renovation and repair project at The Fleisher Art Memorial , a historic Philadelphia-based art institution. We have always understood that good design is critical to sustainability. It’s a simple equation: good design, coupled with well chosen materials and methods, will net a successful renovation that will be used for the long term. Renovations with poor layouts, poorly considered or inferior materials, and ignoring underlying space issues can easily trigger the need for another renovation within a short time. As stewards of the environment, we want to use our resources wisely and look to create renovations that will last for generations to come.

Mercer certainly embraced that philosophy. We’re thankful for a long and loyal list of clients who do, as well.

Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday on behalf of the Myers Constructs Team,

Tamara Myers
President

Announcing Our New Private-Label Cabinetry Line: Myers Made™

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Here at Myers Constructs, we have been designing, selling, and installing cabinetry for almost 30 years. Last year, we decided we could improve upon the options currently on the market by creating our own custom line of cabinetry. Our priority was finding a great quality product that was built regionally to our specifications and standards. We couldn’t be more pleased to announce that, after a lot of research and negotiations, we found a manufacturer with great systems and talented, hard-working people who will create them for us. The name of our new private label line of cabinetry is Myers Made™, in honor of our company co-founder, head designer, kitchen and bath design expert, Tamara Myers.

The Back Story

Tamara spent at least a decade designing, building, and selling kitchens and bath cabinets before co-founding Myers Constructs, Inc., in 1998. Before that, she worked as a carpenter in the field during the day, and a kitchen and bath designer at night. Tamara is a genuine “maker.”

Tamara holds a LEED AP certification and Certified Remodeler certification from NARI, and she is also an active member of NKBA When Tamara designs a room, she sees through the finishes and knows where the studs are. She makes sure our carpenters understand these details just as well as she does in order to build what’s been designed. The walls are sized and cabinets placed so that the tile layout makes sense with no funny cuts. As a result, our kitchen layouts can be tough to execute, but it’s always worth the effort!

During the coming months, we will be unveiling our new Myers Made™ cabinetry line in the Cape May cottage renovation being done by a local speculative development company. Stay tuned to peek at behind-the-scenes photos of the cabinets being built; to learn more about features, benefits, and custom colors for the Myers Made™ line; and to see how our cabinetry will perfectly complement the new kitchen in this lovely old home on the Jersey shore.

Learn more about Myers Made cabinetry.

In the Works: A Cottage by the Sea

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We occasionally work with developers on a variety of residential or small commercial renovations. Recently, we were asked to help with this speculative house project that one of our developers has lined up in Cape May, NJ. At just under 1500 sf, the house is a quaint “four square” with off-street parking and a nice yard on a quiet residential street, within walking distance to town and the beach.

You can see from the photos that the house has good bones and some nice original features. However, it currently has no heating system, A/C, or hot water, and it needs a lot of cosmetic work, including a good paint job inside and out, a new roof, a new kitchen and main bath, a powder room tune up, and some landscaping. The developer’s goal is to provide overall enhancements and to impart more of a shore-style feel to the home.

More as this project develops — we have some surprises in store!