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RARE Construction at 2012 Remodeling Show

January 10, 2012

RARE Construction at 2012 Remodeling Show
Melanie @ 10:47 am

Rare Construction is getting  “geared up” for the 2012 Remodeling Show at the American Royal on February 10th-12th.  Our Rare Remodeling team rallies together to custom build our show booth.  Hours of time are invested to create a sample bath remodel (designed by Rose Middleton and Allison Zurowski) complete with a warm floor by Warmly Yours.  Visitors can “feel” the warmth in contrast to the cold concrete industrial floor below.

Under the direction of our Superintendent, Paul Bond, our Rare Remodeling crew leaders – Joe, Phil and Brad  feel a sense of pride in hand building our show booth.  Anyone can expand out a velvet curtain and hang pictures; however,  Rare invests “sweat equity” in everything we do – down to the last hand driven nail.

To satisfy my motherly side, I enjoy handcrafting cookies to hand out to our visitors.   Our fearless leader – Rae Person, located a cookie cutter in the shape of a house.  Our logo now comes to life in a sweet cookie treat, complete with sprinkles!  We will bake the cookies in Rose’s KitchenAid convection oven, which comes with three baking racks!  Consider this for your upcoming kitchen remodel!

We enjoy it when our past customers stop by; the remodeling show turns into a happy homecoming!  We really are family; we consider our customers “Clients for life.”  Come and see us at the 2012 Remodeling Show!  We can talk with you about bath remodels, kitchen remodels, room additions, custom built homes, or even simple updates.  We have a solution to fit everyone’s budget!  See you there!!!!!!  Check out this YouTube link:  It goes with the concept…. “Our House in the middle of the street”…….


Filed under: Bath Remodel,Custom Homes,General,Kitchen Remodel,New Products

Our Shawnee, KS Kitchen Remodel Challenges and Solutions

July 18, 2011

admin @ 11:43 am

Our  first challenge was how to get a new gas line to our new location without tearing out our clients finished basement ceiling. Our solution was to run a new 1” gas line from the meter,  along the bottom of the siding around to our entry point. We then fed our new gas line thru an empty joist space to our new location. The stove was a duel  fuel  G.E. Café purchased from Factory Direct Appliances.

Our second challenge was getting a new circuit for our new microwave location. This was also accomplished by running our new circuit thru an exterior conduit to our entry point, and then feeding the wire over to its new location. We then had our RARE Remodeling team paint the gas line and electrical conduit to match the siding color. This made both lines essentially disappear.

Our next challenge was to get power to our 3 new pendant lights without affecting the kitchen ceiling, We accomplished this by removing a section of carpet from the second floor hallway. We then cut out a section of subfloor, ran our new circuit, replaced the subfloor,and re-installed the carpet.  We saved valuable time and a major amount of demo. This also saved our clients from having their home life disturbed.  As with most remodels, the client is living in the home during the remodel process.

Filed under: Kitchen Remodel

Great Kitchen Update, under $25,000!

June 16, 2011

Great Kitchen Update, under $25,000!
Rose @ 12:20 pm

Stainless steel appliances and freshened cabinets bring this kitchen up to date.  The freestanding range and over the stove microwave really spoke of the 1990’s in  the otherwise wonderful space. The Clients still loved their frameless, contemporary, birch cabinets, but they were worn and showing their age.

A GE slide in gas range, paired with  a Zephyr Hood replaced the stove and microwave.  The secret to keeping the job cost low was all about craftsmanship. Our lead carpenter, also a highly skilled tile setter, sliced the back splash  to insert a new column of  coordinated 1″ glass and marble tile.  Instant new look!

The timeless, contemporary cabinets had to be altered to make room for the new, built-in microwave and the taller Kitchenaid French door refrigerator.  The refrigerator cabinet was changed on site, and a new cabinet was built at a 16″ depth to receive the w GE Monogram microwave.

The  sink  front was badly damaged, and the other door and drawer fronts were worn at the edges. The doors and drawer fronts were removed and taken back to the shop where they were sanded and  touched up as needed.  Matching the stain allowed the team to stain and finish on sight, the sides of the exposed cabinets on the range wall and the  sides, ends  and  back of the island.

A  stainless steel, Grohe Lady Lux  faucet completed this make over; and  our clients are ready to enjoy their new kitchen for another 15 years.




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REMY Awards for RARE!

February 7, 2011

REMY Awards for RARE!
Sheila @ 5:52 pm

All the hard work has paid off.  From the initial design consultation through to the final photographs, this Country Club Heights remodel project has been a gem.  Our team of dedicated employees worked passionately to pursue our company philosophy that “our clients’ satisfaction is our best long term investment.”

“REMY…Remodel of the Year…Local Remodeling Projects Honored By NARI
Twenty three remodeling projects completed by NARI professionals were recognized as 2010 REMY winners.  Projects, completed in homes throughout the metropolitan area, represent some of the highest quality projects in Kansas City. The NARI REMY Awards is held annually to honor contractors for their craftsmanship, professionalism and their commitment to excellence in remodeling.

Entries for the 2010 program were judged on a 100-point system that included project overview, before and after photos, budget considerations, overall aesthetic appeal and communication with the homeowner. Winners had to score at least 85 points. All Star Awards were presented to those entries that achieved 94 or more points. Each entry included a homeowner survey that was worth 15 points. Homeowners judged the remodeling contractor in three areas—completion of contract, communication and finished product. Remodeling contractors from the Idaho NARI chapter judged the entries this year.” NARI Kansas City

This project will also be featured in the annual Remodeled Homes Tour the last weekend in April.  We look forward to seeing all of you then.  Enjoy the photos below.

We will be at the American Royal this weekend Feb 11-13 at the Remodel Homes Show.  come see us in our new booth #1217.

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Our Fabulous Finish in Country Club Heights!

November 17, 2010

Our Fabulous Finish in Country Club Heights!
Sheila @ 12:43 pm

Can you believe RARE Construction, Inc. began this almost “Whole House Remodel” in August and now, before Thanksgiving, our homeowners are moving in?  The Kitchen and Master Bath remodels turned out so well, we have decided to enter them in our local NARI Chapter Remodel of the Year contest.  We have put countless hours in pulling together the before and after photos, floor plans and completing the write up of the job specifics.  We will let you know in January after the awards presentation how we fared.

You ask, “What all have you accomplished?”  Beyond, what was has been discussed in our previous posts we have completed several other projects.

The old deck, which had many rotten wood planks, has gotten a new layout.  The old deck only existed outside the French doors.  With our new back entry location, the homeowners chose to expand the deck to connect the two areas.  This new larger deck will work great for family time and entertaining.

A new Laundry Room is concealed in the Mud Room.  This new multi-purpose space used to be a small Breakfast Room/Butler’s Pantry that connected the Dining Room to the Kitchen.  With the Kitchen and Dining room now open, we enclosed one of the doorways and adjusted the placement and height of the other so that the laundry area could be moved up from the basement.  The new front loading washer and dryer have a useful granite, folding surface above and additional storage within a wall cabinet and open shelves over that.

When we re-routed the basement stairs, it required us to build new structures to support them.  These new basement walls created an alcove for the clients to use as a workbench.  We were also able to adjust the placement of the hot water heater and re-route some HVAC Ducting to make the space function better for storage and wood working projects.

Additionally, the enclosed stairs to the second floor allowed us to open up the space in the bedroom above.  This wonderful, large, open room will now work great for their daughter to grow up in.

We have accomplished, “everything and a bag of chips.”  This new home, for our clients, will definitely have a short “honey do” list.

Enjoy some of our “After Photos” below.

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Country Club Heights In Color

October 1, 2010

Country Club Heights In Color
Sheila @ 6:15 pm

We have paint and cabinets!  The main floor paint is complete.  The homeowners have elected to save some money by painting the “private” spaces of their home.  The cabinets have been delivered and we are in the process of installing them now.  Exciting times, as we will progress quickly through to tile.

The homeowners are definitely trending to the times with the paint color selections.  As we discussed their preferences, the transitional style of the popular shopping venues: Pottery Barn, Crate&Barrel, and Restoration Hardware shown through.  Deep dark wood tones, gray hewn paint colors, and bright white flat panel cabinetry define their twist on the Prairie Style inspiration for the “new” home.  In the kitchen and dining room, Sherwin Williams “Anew Gray” will allow the Ice Brown granite counter to pop.  For the living room, Restoration Hardware’s “Slate” color cozies up the space and brings the home into the 21st century color palette.  To complete the clean lines, Sherwin Williams “Pure White” glistens on the focal point of the living room, the fireplace, original cove crown molding with picture rail and tall baseboards.  Enjoy the pictures below.  We will discuss the bathroom updates next week.

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Country Club Heights Update

September 24, 2010

Country Club Heights Update
Sheila @ 6:02 pm

Here at RARE Construction our Whole House Remodel in the Country Club Heights neighborhood of Kansas City is progressing quickly. The new rooms are framed in and the sheetrock and trim are installed.  We are ready to move on to paint and tile.  As you see in the pictures below, the new kitchen space is fabulous.  The wall is open to the dining room.  The second set of stairs are enclosed to the 2nd floor, and the basement access is relocated to the living room.  These crucial space modifications provided for a generous and efficient work triangle.  The work triangle, as set by NKBA (National Kitchen & Bath Association) standards details the minimum and maximum distance from the major workstations including the sink, cook top and refrigerator, hence a triangle.  Your optimum distance to have to walk from one to another without obstacle being a 4’-0” minimum and 9’-0” maximum provides the most advantageous work center for the hub of the home.  More on the layout once cabinets are in . . .

The second floor of the home is a buzz with work being accomplished. The sleeping porch is now three separate rooms.  A center commode and shower room anchors the vanity space on each end.  To provide the best privacy and ease of traffic flow we chose to utilize a thumb turn locking pocket door for access from the guest bedroom vanity and a standard in-swing door from their daughters vanity area.  The updated layout, of what used to be the only full bath in the home, has become the Master Bathroom with exclusive access from the Master Bedroom.  Privacy for the owners is always an important update given the opportunity to accomplish it.  This compact Master Bath has all the necessities without having to move a wall.  The corner toilet made it feasible.  A last minute addition, the half bath on the first floor also received new sheetrock and soon a fresh coat of paint.  Can’t wait to show you pictures when the paint is finished, look for them next week.

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Country Club Heights Interior Transformation

September 14, 2010

Country Club Heights Interior Transformation
Sheila @ 4:56 pm

RARE Construction is currently working on a Whole House Remodel in the secluded Country Club Heights neighborhood, of Kansas City.  A young couple with their baby girl hopes to move into their newly remodeled home by Thanksgiving.  Updating and re-purposing the kitchen, bathroom and sleeping porch, this 1919 Prairies Style two story home will meet the needs of this growing family for years.  The new floor plan boasts of a new back entry mud and laundry room, open kitchen and dining room, a master suite bathroom and new Jack N Jill style bath for the kiddos.  Sheetrock is almost complete, so look for product and finish updates and pictures to come.

To begin this remodel, we met with the clients and discussed their existing floor plan dilemmas, made suggestions on how to remedy and formulated a plan that met their needs and their budget.  So far, we have; replicated and installed new vinyl double hung windows that mimic their unique Prairie Style grid pattern . . . the first one like this we have seen in the Brookside area.  We re-routed their basement stairs to allow for a more spacious kitchen and second floor bedroom layout.  We changed the entry location and space plan of the existing bathroom to create a master bath; and framed and plumbed an old sleeping porch to create a new Jack N Jill bath.  Each update will increase the value of the home; originally built for an estimated $4,000, but most important makes it more functional for the modern family.

Following are some before pictures of the home.

Filed under: Bath Remodel,Kitchen Remodel,Whole House Remodel