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Inside the 2019 Tour of Remodeled Homes

 

Looking for a little inspiration before you renovate? BIA’s annual Tour of Remodeled Homes is your chance to gather ideas and check out all those HGTV ideas you’ve dreamed about in action before you start your next project.

Homeowners throughout Lexington will open their doors to showcase their professionally remodeled homes, including whole-house remodels, the latest in bathroom design, kitchen transformations, outdoor living and more.

The Tour represents an opportunity for homeowners (and prospective homeowners) to view the work of licensed contractors and remodelers. The Remodeler for each project will be present at the homes to answer questions. The Tour isn’t a house hunting venture (though it’s a great way to get a feel for a variety of neighborhoods), think of it as more of an idea expo.

There are a dozen homes on the 2019 Tour of Remodeled Homes from some of Lexington’s top professional remodeling companies, including Anderson and Rodgers Construction, BACK Construction, Brill and Company, Conrad Construction, Griggs Homes, J & R Construction, Keitz Construction, Vimont Builders and more.

Guests are invited to participate in a self-guided starting at noon on Saturday, August 24. All homes are open from noon to 5 pm on Saturday, August 24 and Sun- day, August 25. Admission is $10. Tickets are available at each house on the tour.

Visit BIACentralKY.com for more information.

We stepped behind the scenes of this year’s tour with J&R construction and Keitz Construction to learn more about what we could expect from this year’s tour.

Tour of Remodeled Homes: family picture
The McKinney Family

Browns Mill and Parklawn by J&R Construction
J & R owner Jimmy McKinney has overseen a “small and family oriented” team serving central Kentucky for over 15 years (with additional offices in Owensboro). The company specializes in a variety of remodeling ventures including kitchens, bathrooms, additions, decks, and basement finishing.

McKinney has great advice for home- owners considering a remodel, and recommends asking a lot of questions to find the right fit.

Ask your potential remodeler if they guarantee their work. McKinney recommends that “The contractor should guarantee his work for at least one year from date of completion. They should also include any warranties from the material used if applicable.”

Gray marble bathroom - shower
Recent bathroom remodel by J&R Construction. Photo Provided.

Homeowners should always find out very early in the process who will be in charge of your job. McKinney advises that homeowners “make sure the contractor or his crew is on the job whenever work is being performed—especially if sub-contractors will be used, unless it has been communicated that the sub-contractors do not need to be supervised. (In some cases, sub-contractors come to do work without a company representative present.) If you want the contractor or one of the crew there at all times, expect to pay for this service. The responsible party must be familiar with every aspect of your project. You cannot be worried about what is going on when you are not there.”

He also recommends asking for written references, and says “home remodeling and building is a very personal process. The contractor you hire will be part of your home life for several weeks or months, so it’s important to make sure that your personalities work well together.”

J&R Construction is featuring two re-models this year at 490 Browns Mill Road and 1145 Parklawn Drive.

The remodel on Browns Mill Road will feature a bathroom remodel of a house built in 1996. Everything in the bathroom was updated to give it a clean, white, modern look. Bertch cabinets were used with a furniture style toe-kick for the vanity. Atop the new granite countertops are two counter top cabinet towers that were installed on each side to provide extra storage.

Tour of Remodeled Homes: family picture
The Keitz Family

Greenbrier Remodel by Keitz Construction
After working in the residential construction industry for nearly a decade, Nick Keitz made the decision to venture out on his own and began Keitz Construction, LLC in 2008. Since then, he has developed an extensive portfolio that includes a number of projects ranging from kitchen and bath renovations to additions and whole house remodels.

He currently serves as President-Elect of the Building Industry Association of Central Kentucky and was also named 2017 and 2018 Remodeler Member of the Year.

Keitz has participated through the local Home Builders Association and BIA Cares in assisting with several community projects, most recently with the construction of Amya’s House — a brand new accessible home built to accommodate local teenager Amya Catching. A longtime member of Calvary Baptist Church, he has also been heavily involved in the Build-A-Bed project, a mission project that builds beds from scratch to provide for local children in need.

Keitz Construction is featuring one of their remodels in the Greenbrier area at 1709 Bahama Road on this year’s Tour.

With this remodel, Keitz Construction worked on an open floor plan, newly created mudroom and laundry area, new kitchen area with an open concept, built-ins, and a half bath.

One pro tip from Keitz is “don’t try to do all the projects in one day.”

 


The 2019 Tour of Remodeled Homes features 12 beautiful home remodel projects from 10 of Lexington’s top professional remodeling companies – all are members of the Building Industry Association of Central KY Remodelers Council.

J&R Construction
490 Browns Mill Road Lexington, KY 40511
1145 Parklawn Drive Lexington, KY 40517

Keitz Construction
1709 Bahama Road Lexington, KY 40509

Anderson & Rodgers Construction
330 Andover Drive Lexington, KY 40502
128 South Hanover Avenue Lexington, KY 40502

BACK Construction
928 The Curtilage Lexington, KY 40502

Brill & Company
2429 Brookshire Circle Lexington, KY 40515

Conrad Construction Company
2301 Old Hickory Lane Lexington, KY 40515

Fenwick & Hodges Properties
304 Clinton Road Lexington, KY 40502

Griggs Homes Inc.
102 West Brannon Road Nicholasville, KY 40356

Schaefer Homes, Inc.
2200 Lakeside Drive Lexington, KY 40502

Vimont Builders, Inc.
321 Kingsway Drive Lexington, KY 40502

 

For more remodel descriptions, click here.

 

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This article also appears on page 9 and 10 of the August 2019 print edition of Hamburg Journal.

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