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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

NW Crooked Road Residence – Master Bathroom

November 8, 2011

Alli @ 4:20 pm

While we were working on the new bar in the basement, the homeowners asked us to remodel their master bathroom as it was out dated and they were hoping for a fresh new look!

We have since demoed the entire space and while we were demoing we found an extra 18″ of space behind where the existing shower was, which was music to our ears! The shower could then become larger in size and provide a lot more room overall in the bathroom for  the homeowners. The new low profile shower base from the Onyx Collection, and a new soaking tub from Ferguson were installed at the beginning of last week.  The new vanity which is Merillat’s Sutton Cliffs Square – Maple Sable provides ample storage for both him and her, was installed last week as well. Both the tub surround and the shower walls were tiled this week along with the floor which was set in a brick pattern. We decided on the racing stripe effect for the  accent tile to give both the shower and tub an interesting look. All of the tile, including the bull nose, which we are using as our base around the bathroom should all be completed by the end of this week. All of the tile used in the master bathroom came from Premier Distributing.

The shower has a unique barrier free design, which helps to save on cost, and to create a visually interesting aesthetic. With the barrier free design we chose to use a low profile shower base from the Onyx Collection. Incorporated into the design is an angled wall with which we placed the shower head facing into the shower and against the back wall to allow for as little water as possible to end up on the outside of the shower since there is no door. On this same wall of the shower we decided to incorporate a partial half wall and use a fixed glass panel. The glass panel will be frame-less with a brushed nickel track that will sit on top of the half wall, to provide light into what was a very dark area. The fabricator for the glass panel is due out sometime next week to install. More updates on the master bathroom are to come, as well as more pictures!

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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 Bathroom Updates

November 16, 2010

Country Club Heights Bathroom Updates
Sheila @ 11:09 am

The tile is in!  Our bath remodels are essentially complete.  The spa inspired Master Bathroom shines with its’ multi-colored marble accent tiles and glossy 12 x 18 wall tiles.  The counter-top coordinates nicely, in Onyx “Terrazzo” with white “Wave” style bowls.  The white Thermafoil Merillat vanity cabinets are a durable product for moist bathrooms and provide plenty of storage.  A glass door and panel on the half wall helped us maintain an open feel in this compact space.  Our ultimate space saver is the corner commode.  This little gem allowed us to keep more open floor space and create a nice size shower with and angled seat.

The new Jack ‘N Jill bath has made the best use of an under utilized sleeping porch.  The white subway tile with soothing glass accent tiles provide a clean backdrop to this space that will be in high use as the kiddos grow up. Onyx “Cameo” counter tops with white bowls add a splash of color to the vanity areas.  The 2” hexagon floor tiles are in keeping with the style of the bungalow homes of the area.  We utilized a light gray grout color to help hide the eventual dirt that will arise.  Chrome fixtures and faucets sparkle throughout this kid friendly bath. “Quietude” by Sherwin Williams will be the serene backdrop uniting the whole space.

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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