Carl Z., Blue Bell, PA—Whole House Remodel

Complete demolition and remodel of entire first floor of a 20 year old home including new kitchen, cabinets, granite countertops, kitchen window, ceramic tile backslash, appliances, all trimwork including baseboards, 5 and 1/2 inch hardwood floors throughout, laundry room tile floor, wet bar, wall removal and relocation, built in fireplace cabinets, new interior pocket doors, exterior doors and storm doors, bathroom, all painting including trim, ceilings and walls, electrical, plumbing and HVAC. The first floor was completely removed down to bare walls and floors so that it looked like early phase new home construction after the demolition phase was complete. The wall between the original kitchen and family room was removed and another kitchen wall was moved two feet into the study to create more kitchen space. The wall between the dining room and a kitchen nook was moved and a new doorway into the study was created. To create even further open space a doorway was created between the family room and living room where there had previously been a full wall. New plumbing and HVAC lines were run and a new doorway from the laundry room into the kitchen was also created to allow for more usable kitchen counter space. All existing door and window trim was also removed throughout the first floor as were existing electrical fixtures and kitchen appliances. The next phase included building newly relocated walls, doorways and a new and expanded kitchen window; it also involved detailed and meticulous preparation of the walls, ceiling and trim work for painting in conjunction with roughed in plumbing, electrical and HVAC work. Five skilled workers, including an outstanding project manager, coordinated the rebuilding of walls, doorways, painting, trim work, finished carpentry, cabinet installation, hardwood floor installation and finished plumbing and electrical work.
Meridian Construction was one of five firms that I considered for this project and I couldn’t have been happier with the selection I made. From the initial visit through to completion of the project, Larry was outstanding to work with and he and his brother, Mick, have put together an excellent team of craftsmen who do meticulous work. Larry worked closely with me to put together a design that went through several iterations to reach a final plan that resulted in an amazing transformation of my old first floor. His wealth of experience paid off for me many times over as he offered suggestions based upon the number of successful major renovations that he’s completed over the years. As the project moved on, he made changes on the fly that resulted in beautiful work. He told me that the project would take six weeks; it started on time and his team put in extra hours to ensure that it was completed on time. Almost unheard of these days!! His craftsmen are experienced, highly skilled, attentive to every detail, and genuinely interested in producing superb results. Their work was outstanding and, as importantly, they took time to clean their workspace every day in an effort to minimize as much as possible the disruption that occurs in this kind of project. They were attentive to every detail at every phase of the project; it didn’t matter if people would never see some of the detail. What was great was that it mattered to the workers. The kitchen cabinets, doors, window and door trim, Kitchen Island, wet bar, fireplace built in cabinets and hardwood floors were all installed with skill and precision and it shows. I’ve had work done in my home before, including extensive painting, and I never saw prep work and time spent up front that came anything close to this. As a result, people who come into the home can’t believe it’s the same house; it truly looks like something you’d see in a magazine. It’s been a few months since the job was finished and the Meridian folks have checked in to make sure that everything is satisfactory and they’ve been happy to come out for some very minor touch ups too!!

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