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NOVEMBER 2015

Classic Homeworks' Monthly eNewsletter

Thank you for 30 years!

We celebrated our 30th Anniversary with a party on October 22nd. We were overwhelmed by the positive support and the turn-out from our clients, subs, friends and family.

CLASSIC HOMEWORKS' STAFF AT THE 30TH ANNIVESARY PARTY: (BACK ROW) PAUL FREAD, MATT WOOD, KEVIN MCGINNIS, (FRONT ROW) - CAROL BRADFORD, ASHLEY JAMES, JANAE MANION, BRYNN MOOD, KELLI COST, MARY NAYLOR, MATT EVANS, CONOR BREEN AND ALEX BAILE (NOT PICTURED: DANA BUHR, CHAD CAMPBELL, JOHN HUTCHENS)

Kelli Cost, President and Owner, mentioned that she heard over and over again at the party how Classic Homeworks has such a great team. And she agreed time after time. One of the things that Kelli is most proud of is the people that comprise Classic Homeworks. "To have a team that cares about the work that we do, about the people that we serve, and about how they handle and present themselves is beyond words and I appreciate the work that is accomplished each day," she says. 

Thank you for celebrating with us. We look forward to 30 more years of serving the wonderful people of Denver.

Enjoy this edition and remember that we are always looking for newsletter content that interests you. If there is something you would like us to explore, please let us know.

WATCH FOR THE DECEMBER ISSUE OF CHERRY CREEK LIFESTYLE FOR ADDITIONAL PICTURES IN THE GOOD TIMES SECTION!

PROJECT SHOWCASE

2015 C.A.R.E. Winner for Whole House Remodel

The owners of a lovely 1896 Victorian charmer in Alamo Placita were looking for additional space but wanted to keep the original character of their home. They originally asked for an attic conversion to add office space. Instead, we successfully created an office on the second level and reorganized the existing space to add a main level sunroom for entertaining.

Along with the addition, we remodeled the kitchen, created a bar and a mudroom/laundry room on the main floor and moved the office upstairs into the space where the laundry room was previously located.

The end-result is a beautifully updated, 119 year old home with more space and functionality that will be enjoyed for years to come. 

The Colorado Awards for Remodeling Excellence awarded us first place in the "Whole House Remodel Under $250,000" category.

 

Before

BACK OF THE HOUSE BEFORE THE ADDITION

 

After

The back addition is seamless with the architecture of the house.

Kitchen remodel
  • Modified and relocated doorways into the kitchen to make it a more accessible for cooking.  
  • Full-height cabinets with in-cabinet and under-cabinet lighting and inset door style create a beautiful space. 
  • Balanced the space around the north window by using room in a base cabinet for headroom for the basement stairs below.  
Sunroom addition and bar
  • Included a wet bar off kitchen for morning coffee and weekend cocktails.
  • Round top windows and reuse of existing columns supporting existing second level addition complement the existing architecture. 
  • Built the sunken floor flush with exterior grade to add drama to the interior space with resulting ceiling height.  
Relocated mudroom/laundry room
  • Incorporated a new back door with new exterior landing and stairs.
  • Added laundry room with washer and dryer tucked behind cabinet fronts freeing a second level room for the improved office space. 
 
Other areas
  • Entire re-painting of the main level with new crown molding and lighting throughout.
  • Refinished hardwood floors.
  • Improved basement storage room.
  • Miscellaneous second level minor improvements.
Full-size images for this project can be viewed at classichomeworks.com.
Photo Credit: 
Vantage Architectural Imagery

WHAT'S HAPPENING

Classic Homeworks Gives Back

At Classic Homeworks, we believe in giving back to the community and have participated in multiple projects with the HBF (Home Builders Foundation) of Denver over the years. The HBF provides accessible home modifications for individuals with a physical disabiltiy and financial need. 
Our latest project was completed in September for Gary in Northglenn. Gary has limited mobility due to several health issues but he gets out every day in his Harley-Davidson decked-out motorized wheelchair. Gary needed improved accessibility so the Classic Homeworks' team built a ramp with direct access from the front door to his driveway.

When asked what he thought about the ramp, Gary said, "This will make all the difference in the world to me. These guys (Classic Homeworks carpenters) really know what they are doing. They rock!"

It was our honor helping Gary and working with Denver's HBF.

EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT

Janae Manion, Designer

Janae joined our design team in 2014. She studied interior design at the Illinois Institute of Art in Chicago and The Art Institute of Denver, where she graduated with a degree in kitchen and bath design. She had five years of experience in kitchen, bath and space planning before joining our firm. Janae has a passion for all things vintage. She even ran an online vintage clothing shop early in her career. 
She loves to discover the potential in older homes and bring them back to life. She helps clients transform sources of frustration into spaces that are functional and beautiful. Janae spends her free time enjoying all that Colorado has to offer—including hiking, camping and snowboarding. She can't wait to get up to the mountains as much as possible this winter! 

FOR THE HOME

Preparing for Winter

Taking some time to winterize your home will not only keep you warmer during the winter but will also keep your utility bills in check. Here are five easy ways to get ready for the winter and save money at the same time.
Service Your Heater – There is nothing worse that the heater breaking down during the winter. Every winter you should make it a point to have your heater serviced. If you get your heater serviced on a regular basis it will help save you on your monthly utility bill as well.

Change Your Filters – Filters for A/C and heating units should be replaced every summer and winter. If the filters get clogged up, your A/C or heater unit has to work much harder to warm up or cool down your home. Anytime your unit has to work harder, it means you are going to end up with a hefty utility bill.

Reverse Your Fan – If you have ceiling fans in your home, make sure to put the fan in reverse. When you put your ceiling fan in reverse it pushes the warm air down. Pushing the air down helps to keep the home warm and requires almost no electricity at all.

Wrap the Pipes – During the winter months it’s fairly easy to end up with frozen pipes. Take a trip to your local home improvement store and ask for material to wrap your pipes. Make sure you are aware of where your pipes are located (basement, crawl space, etc.) as the home improvement store will ask you several questions to ensure they are setting you up properly.

Turn Down the Heat – Turning down the thermostat can really help you save cash every month. Keeping the thermostat at 68 degrees during the day and around 62 degrees in the evening will give your heater unit a break and can easily save you up to 50% off your monthly utility bill.

RECIPE

Sweet Potato Tacos

Our Employee Spotlight Designer, Janae Manion, shares a delicious recipe this month -- Sweet Potato Tacos. There is some grilling involved, but it's a recipe with ingredients that are available all year round.

Serving Size: 4
 
Ingredients:
  • 2 Large Sweet Potatoes
  • 2 Poblano Peppers
  • 2 Ears of Corn
  • 1 Can of Black Beans
  • Chipotle Pepper Flakes
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Corn or Flour Tortillas
  • Cotija Cheese
Directions: 
Grill the corn on the cob in its husk for approximately 20 minutes. Once it’s cool, take a knife and cut corn kernels off the cob – set aside. Dice sweet potatoes into ½” cubes. Slice poblano into thin strips and combine with sweet potatoes on sheet pan. Sprinkle with olive oil, chipotle pepper flakes and salt and pepper. Roast for 25 minutes at 400 degrees. Add the corn to the sweet potato and poblano mixture in the oven for an additional 10 minutes. Drain black beans, and heat on low to medium heat for 15 minutes. Throw tortillas in the oven for 5 minutes until slightly brown. Assemble with black beans and the pepper, corn and poblano mixture. Add cotija cheese and guacamole (recipe follows) as toppings!
Guacamole:
  • (1) Avocado
  • 1/4 Red Onion
  • Cilantro
  • (1) Lime
  • Tomato
  • ½ Jalapeno
  • Salt and Pepper (to taste)
Dice avocado, red onion and tomato. Take a small bundle of cilantro and dice finely. Dice jalapeno finely as well. Add juice from 1 lime and salt and pepper. Mash with fork until blended (but still slightly chunky) – boom!
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