Building successful renovations and home additions for over 25 years in the Greater Lansing, Michigan area. Serving Okemos, East Lansing, Mason, Holt, Dimondale,
Grand Ledge, Eaton Rapids, Haslett, Portland, Charlotte, Potterville.
John Young Construction, Inc. Lansing, Mi (517) 930-4462
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What areas of your home do you want to add or improve?
Pantry / Storage
Auto and Lawn
Addition or Space to be renovated
Existing Space- Updating an existing space or room conversions
Existing living space
Existing porch or deck
Upward- Changing the existings spaces roofline.
Add second or third floor
Room Addition- Adding space to a single room.
Room addition space
Home Addition- Adding space to more than one room.
Home addition space
Living space Ideas ( Living, family, dinning, den, bedroom, game room, etc.)
Wall mounted shelves-
Shelves with drawers
Shelves with backets
Skylights that open
Under open stairs-
Storage closet/ pantry
Wall mounted fireplace- Great center piece.
Wall mounted fireplace
Full length mirror
Wall mounted TV
Wall mounted TV
Wall mounted TV over fireplace
Wall mounted TV centered in wall mounted shelves
Window knook with bench
Window knook with bed
Half columns (on knee wall)
Columns supporting header
Columns supporting arch
Arch way- Invites you into the space.
Bay or bow window area-
Bump outs- Adds extra space.
Bump out with floor space
Bump out with bench
Bump out with breakfast seating
Bump out with plants
Master bedroom balcony-
Master bedroom balcony
Two sided fireplace- Great center piece for two adjoining rooms.
Bunkroom- Great space for kids or company.
Skylights- great over bed for star-gazing.
Sunken living room- Adds coziness to large spaces.
Sunken living room
Cozy attic nook-
Cozy attic nook
Hidden room- Add a fun space to odd spaces in your home.
Raised platform- Adding storage space.
Raised platform for storage
Raised platform for roll-out bed
Both bed and storage
Shed into useful space-
Tree house- Fun space
Man cave (Tree fort)
Get away space
Type of ceilings wanted
Open ceiling- Exposing trusses, rafters or joists.
Standard flat ceiling- Keeps eyes on entire space.
Tray ceiling- Adds elegance to a room.
Vaulted ceiling- Adds space to a room.
Barrel arch (vault) ceiling-
Barrel arch ceiling
Surface or hanging grids
Tiles- Tiles are easily removed to get to plumbing and electrical.
2 ft. x 2 ft.
2 ft. x 4 ft.
Stone or brick
Decorative or Wood Paneling
Tile- Tile shapes offers lots of possibilities.
Bathroom size and type
Standard size bathroom (5 foot width) Handicap bathroom (6 foot width) Enlarge bathroom (6 foot width)
Five foot wide bathroom- Most standard size. Door-ways and through-ways are narrow.
Five foot wide bathroom
Handicap accessible bathroom- Six foot plus width with roll-in shower, roll under sink and 3 foot entry door.
Handicap accessible bathroom
Enlarge or reconfiqure space- Giving you a comfortable space now and allowing for future supportive fixtures.
Expand or reconfigure bathroom size.
Bathroom fixtures, surfaces and ideas
Large tile- Gives the bathroom a solid, full look.
Extra deep shower- 42 inches deep.
Extra deep shower
Curved fixtures- Gives you moore space and eliminates bumping into sharp corners.
Glass enclosures and room dividers- Adds visual space to the room.
Glass shower door
Glass room divider
Glass block- Can be used for multible purposes.
Glass block window
Glass block room divider
Glass block shower enclosure
Wall mounted vanity- Modern appeal.
Wall mounted vanity
Pedestal sink- Good in small bathrooms.
Wall mounted toilet- Saves space. modern look.
Wall mounted toilet
Double sink in vanity furniture- Stands out by self. Freestanding style.
Double sink freestanding vanity
Single sink freestanding- Turn antique or new furniture into vanity.
Add sink to furniture
Shallow cabinets or recess cabinets into wall.
Shower seat- For comfort while cleaning and shaving.
Closing shower seat.
Bathroom supports for Handicap, Seniors and people with limited mobilities.
Accessible sink- Kness under for accessibility.
Tub access grab bars- Using both a towel grab bar and a shower grab bar will help with a safe transition in and out of the tub.
Towel grab bar
Shower grap bar
Both shower and towel grab bars
Door grab bars- Use solid core doors for added strenght.
Door grab bar
Barrier free shower entrance- Comfortable access.
Fiberglass barrier free shower
Tiled barrier free shower
Shower nozzle with hose- Easier to soak and rinse.
Shower nozzle with hose
Shower grab bars- For support and mobility in shower.
Shower grab bars
Planning a kitchen renovation. Remember the best kitchen is a functional kitchen. Make sure it fits your families needs. A good way to start planning a kitchen is to list what you enjoy about your current kitchen, as well as what you dislike. I hope the questions and ideas below help you improve your kitchen.
Things to think about while designing your kitchen
KITCHEN SIZE- Howmany bedrooms does your house have?
1 to 2 bedrooms
3 to 4 bedrooms
5 to 6 bedrooms
ADDING SUPPORTS IN THE DESIGN- Any physical limitations?
SPECIAL INTEREST- To accommomate in the kitchen area?
Watching small children while cooking
PLAN FOR THE FUTURE- Design kitchen to be ready for future supports.
Do you want to live in the home as long as possible?
When choosing a kitchen design style, closely consider your initial reaction when you see it. Are you getting the right vibe? Does it represent you and your home well? Can it accommodate all your families needs? Here are some styles to help you start thinking.
Classic and Shaker kitchens- Simplistic form and practical.
Classic or Shaker style kitchen
Country and Rustic kitchens- Earthy, country colours with a hint of worn wood.
Country or Rustic style kitchen
Traditional and Victorian kitchens- Raised panel doors with intricate designs in the handles. Tall in design to look beautiful in rooms with high ceilings.
Traditional and Victorian style kitchen
Contemporary and Modern kitchens- Colours from taupe to cherry, clean line design in subtle, smoky hues in a matt finish or vibrate primary colours or cool white gloss.
Contemporary and Modern style kitchen
Freestanding kitchens- Designed to make to make each section of your kitchen distinct. Worktops can be different materials, colours and thickness again defining an area as separate.
Freestanding style kitchen
What kitchen shape do you want?
Do you want an island? And what type?
Island with sink
Island with seating
Island with cook-top
Hanging shelves- They can work as a room divider or hang over a island.
Bump out sink cabinets- Adds dimensions to the kitchen and allows more room to enlarge the sink.
Slate tile backsplash or floor- Natural earthy look.
Slate tile backsplash
Slate tile flooring
Exposed exhaust hood- Open, nice lines.
Exposed exhaust hood
Concrete countertops- Customize colors and add objects.
Glass in upper cabinet doors-
Glass in upper doors
Glass in selected area doors
Portable Islands-Can stand separately. Great for small kitchens.
Kitchen columns- Most cases used as supports when enlarging room.
Pot racks- This ones cleverly put above sink.
Plate rack- Works well with both covered and open upper cabinets.
Recessed lighting- Nice clean look with any kitchen style.
Dimensional upper cabinets-
Dimensional upper cabinets
Baseboard vaccum- Great idea for kitchens.
Toe-kick drawers- Added storage space.
Kitchen supports for people in wheelchairs-
Accessible cooktop-Roll under access, controls in front.
Two drawer dishwasher-Easier reach and load.
Two drawer dishwasher
Accessible sink- Water valve controls at front sides for reach.
Accessible microwave- Door swing important for access.
Solid Surface flooring ideas and installation
Vinyl plank flooring- Waterproof, great for entry areas, basement and bathrooms.
Vinyl plank flooring
No trip flooring transitions- Great for people of all needs.
Perfect flooring transitions
Professional preperations- Removing all existing flooring layers before installing new flooring will insure its longevity.
Remove existing floorings
Unfinished hardwood flooring- Older look, no micro-beveled edges.
Unfinished hardwood flooring
Qaulity pre-finished hardwood flooring- Bad milled lumber will cause gaps.
Quality controlled flooring
One base trim- Remove and re-attach base trim is better than multible trims.
Single base trim
Center accents- Great accent under light fixtures.
Tile floor accent
Hardwood floor accent
Herringbone corners- A craftmenship look.
Perimeter accent lines- Adds dimension and separates areas.
Perimeter accent lines
Windows, doors, trims and accents
Fiberglass door with wood grain- Saves energy and improves looks.
Fiberglass door with wood grains
Transit windows- Brings in natural light and air. Height keeps out intruders.
Adding trims- Adding trim before painting.
New trim to old cabinets
Turning the clock back- Installing old doors on old house.
Shallow walled closet- Walls only 1 1/4 inches thick. Tite area more shelve space.
Shallow wall closet
Book shelves- Counter top overhang for seating becomes book shelves.
Drywall curbs- Great for ceiling tile edges.
Re-build old entry doorway- Will last another hundred years.
Re-build old entry doorway
Re-surface fireplace- New tiles and wood.
Narrow basement egress window- Meets egress codes and fits in confined spaces.
Narrow egress window
Old style trims- New space, old trims.
Old style trims
Laminate on cabinet sides- Protects cabinets.
Laminate on cabinets
Interior glass doors- Creates semi-private room. brings in natural light.
Interior glass doors
Off-setting hinges- Creates more space through doorway.
Diagonal doorways- Creates nice enty area and flow.
Through-way rooms- Enlarge hallways into cozy spaces.
Corner windows- Get both back and side views of yard.
Built-in shelves- In deep wall or interior wall side to side.
Small ceiling trays- Adds boarder to ceiling.
Small ceiling tray
Tempered (safety) glass- In wet, low lying areas and in doors.
Tempered (safety) glass
Egree window cover- Keeps small children and animals from falling in.
Egress window cover
Decks, stair cases, ramps, roof lines and framing
Self closing and latching gate- A must around pools.
Self closing gate
Build structure around tree- Use a tree for shade.
Build around tree
Deck screws- Eliminates raised nails and a professional job.
Screws for spindles
Composite Deck materials- Waterproof, long life.
Composite spindles and rails
Both sun and shade
Hidden deck fasteners- Nice, clean appearance.
Hidden deck fasteners
Stairs for access- For emergency or access to living space.
Entrance roofline- Entry door appeal and shelter.
Stair step height- Each step same height and 7 inches or less for comfort.
Same heights (no trip)
7 inches or less (comfort)
Rebuild foundation- Jack up and re-build structure base.
Rebuild existing structure base
Safety hand rail- No matter how many steps.
Safety hand rail
Grasping rails- Needed on both sides of ramps.
Ramp grasping rails
Ramp transition- No trip or barrier from concrete to ramp.
Barrier free ramp transitions
Ramp landings- Flat resting or turn around areas.
Dormers- Great way to add space.
Finish decking underside- Hand nailing shingles and using T 111 sheathing.
Finished roof deck underside
Vinyl lattice sundecking
Vinyl lattice sundeck
Build roofline above existing structure-
Roofline over deck
Roofline over patio
Use transit to level project- A standard level can only be as accurite as its length.
Level with transit
Matching elevations perfectly- Existing home to new addition attaches perfectly
Foundations and slabs match
Engineered floor joists- No crowns, perfectly straight.
Engineered floor joist
Bracing for fixtures- Safety rails and fixtures will not come of walls.
Add bracing before drywalling
Drywall around ductwork- Use sheathing and framing to support drywall board.
Professionally made drywall box around ductwork
Use LVL beams- Lengthen existing spans in rooms. On this project we removed post so pooltable would work in basement.
Use LVL beams
Scissor rafters- Vault a existing ceiling without removing the shingles or decking.
Vault existing ceiling with scissor rafters
Spiral staircase- Good when there's limited space.
Staircase Materials- Use metal or wood to create a unique staircase.
Us both metal and wood
Weather and water prevention and insulation
Aluminum Chimney flashing- Cut and flashed into chimney edges.
Aluminum chimney flashing
Two sump pumps- If one fails the other starts pumping.
Two sump pumps
Ridge vent- Release heat and lower moisture
Attic baffles- Make sure air can be drown up from soffit.
2" x 6" Outer walls- Allows more insulation, better wall strength and deeper jams for recessed blinds.
2" x 6" outer walls
Professional plumber- Hiring only a pro to install plumbing will reduce water issues.
Water and ice shield- Protect roof from water back-up. I recommend two rows for Michigans extreme weather.
Water and ice shield
House wrap- Helps keep house water resistant while allowing moisture to evaporate freely.
Wall insulation- Get higher R factor and completely fill every pocket.
Insulate walls correctly
Insulate around exterior wall items- Windows, doors, vents and electrical boxes.
Insulate around exterior wall items
Drain tile ALL perimeters- Water gets in where there's no tile or failing tile.
Drain tile all perimeters
Tile leaf guards- Stops leafs from filling/blocking tiles.
Tile leaf guards
Insulate under concrete floors- Warmer basement floors.
Insulate under concrete floors
Shingle overhang edges 1/2 inch- Helps keep water from backing down walls.
Electrical, Plumbing, heating and cooling
Garbage disposal safety switch- Must be held down to run.
Garbage disposal safety switch
Dedicated breaker box- Good for basement apartments and garages.
Dedicated breaker box
Motion sensor light switch- Great for laundry rooms and breezeways.
Motion sensor light switch
Ceiling fan- Moves warm and cool air around.
Zoned heating- Dedicated to heating and cooling different areas.
Zoned heating and cooling
Can lighting- Looks good in any style room.
Dual shower nozzles- Turn on one, two or both nozzles.
Dual shower nozzles
Paintable access door- Conceal plumbing drain clean-outs. BTY, It's next to the lampshade
Paintable access doors
Plumbing solid waste pump- Makes bathrooms possible in areas where drains are to high.
Solid waste pumps
Exterior line to breaker box- For back-up electrical generators. Must be installed by a electrician.
Exterior line to breaker box
Frost free hose bib- Eliminate leaky hose bibs.
Frost free hose bib
PEX water lines- Need fewer fittings, no health hazards from soldier, resist scale build-up, more resistant to freezing, better water flow and less hammering.
PEX water lines
Vessel sink- Unique appearance.
Freestanding tub- Modern or old fashion.
Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors- Wired direct with battery back-up.
Carbon monoxide detector
Radiant heat flooring- More comfortable heat.
Radiant heat flooring
Solar attic fan- Helps remove unwanted heat.
Solar Attic fan
Solar hot water heater- Reduces the cost of heating water.
Solar hot water heater
Hanging clothing wrack- More efficient when raised into skylight box.
Hanging clothing wrack
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