Mr. Vaughan has provided my wife and I a remodel that far exceeds our expectations. We initially had a small renovation in mind, but we changed to a complete renovation of our 50's ranch into a modern mix of craftsman meets mid-century architecture and design.
The quality of construction is heads and shoulders above everyone we interviewed initially, and everyone who visited the site commented on how good it was, especially his in-house framers and finishers. No shortcuts were made in an attempt to save a few pennies; everything was done top-notch. I was surprised at just how precise his framing crew was; they framed studs to within a 1/16" tolerance! That was impressive. Wherever there were compound bevel cuts to be made, they actually measured both angles and made a compound cut that is completely flush with the mating surface; no gaps at all. It was an astounding level of quality. Needless to say, this perfection made all the work to come later so easy for everyone involved.
We had a number of special requests and designs of our own making, which Mr. Vaughan artfully implemented. I'd say I'm fairly picky, and detail oriented, and he never flinched at any of my requests. Where my construction knowledge lacked (in most areas, I would say), he provided excellent feedback, solutions and ideas that were even better than we had initially envisioned.
The scope of work was fairly extensive, but here is a summary of the largest portions.
We added a new master bedroom, re-purposed a bedroom into a master bath, added a sunroom, relocated the laundry (which was in the kitchen) to it's own dedicated mud-room off the garage, and expanded a detached garage into a full sized workshop.
Major home systems upgraded included:
- Large sections of new plumbing.
- Two tankless water heaters replaced a small 30 gal water heater.
- Electrical service was upgraded to 400A.
- A new circuit panel was install in the laundry/mud-room.
- Almost the entire home was rewired for new electric (most of it was fabric insulated, ungrounded wire).
- HVAC system was completely overhauled and supplemented with new units
- Centralized wiring for ethernet/wi-fi, phone, cable/satellite, security.
- A/V wiring for home theater in living room
Part of the reno included much needed insulation to the entire home. We literally started from the ground up, sealing the crawl space, adding insulation to empty exterior wall cavities, and added foam insulation to the entire roof deck (including the older part of the home). As with most older homes, it was woefully under-insulated. It's very efficient now.
New ducted and ductless mini-split heat pumps were installed in four rooms, and the existing, much overworked package unit is re-ducted (with all new duct work) to service the remaining portion of the house. The fact that the crawl and attic spaces are within the insulation envelope make the new and old HVAC systems work even more efficiently.
The new master bath, although small due to space constraints is highly functional. The shower is a large, walk-in, with full glass walls, and 6 shower heads. There is also plenty of room for a dual sink vanity. This extremely thirsty bath configuration is serviced by two, new, gas fired tankless water heaters; installed in parallel, they provide hot water for the entire home and can effortlessly keep up with multiple hot water demands. When one isn't enough, the second one fires up to seamlessly keep the water at the desired temperature. Internal recirculation pumps return unused hot water from the farthest end to keep the water at a constant temperature, so there are no "cold water sandwiches".
The master bedroom and sunroom also feature vaulted ceilings, which help make the modest sized rooms feel substantially larger. The taller ceilings also allow for taller windows to let in more sun. Solar tubes in the sunroom, laundry/mudroom, and an existing bath also let more light in, which in turn provide a sensation of having more space.
All in all, we are ecstatic about the renovation and the work he provided for us. We are so happy we plan on giving him the job of remodeling our kitchen and guest bath next year!