Michael Menn, Ltd. Wins Gold Key Award for Historic Kitchen Remodeling

December 14, 2012

Chicago Real Estate Forum and Marketing RELEVANCE congratulate for winning a Gold in for .

The clients, an empty nester couple, decided they did not want to move from the home they loved, but understood this meant updating their kitchen. In addition to upgrading both the form and functionality, this project presented additional challenges associated with remodeling an older home built in 1928.

Meeting the Challenge: Process

In the design phase, we used our proven, three-step process. First of all, we listened. This allowed us to clearly understand the vision and what the clients liked and did not like. Both spouses were passionate about cooking, but insisted on their own spaces for prep and cooking. While the clients enjoyed entertaining friends and family, they preferred not to entertain in the kitchen. Working closely with the kitchen designer, we created a design based upon the client’s vision. This design included flooring, cabinetry, countertops, backsplash, lighting, plumbing, electrical and hardware.

We prepared detailed construction drawings. These were invaluable to us, as we were also responsible for construction. In the construction phase, we created a project plan and timeline. We reviewed this with our client, trade contractors and suppliers to make sure there were no surprises and to address any issues up front. We communicated with the clients and the designer on a daily basis to provide updates and address any issues.

Meeting the Challenge: Solution

• Broke down walls to create a more open feel to the kitchen.

• Leveled the 75-year-old ceiling and floor to accommodate the new design.

• Installed a structural flush beam after discovering previous structural damage in the ceiling.

• Installed two ovens, one for “him” and one for “her” in different areas of the kitchen.

• Doubled the size of the island and installed a second sink for “her”.

• Installed a very large (40 inch) sink ideal for food prep for “him”.

• Installed two pop-up shelves for mix masters and a custom pot rack which is a focal point of the kitchen.

• Designed a bar height table for the couple to use when eating in the kitchen.

• Built a butler’s pantry and a work pantry.

• Increased energy efficiency of the Kitchen by re-insulating the exterior walls with spray foam insulation and new windows and a door.

• Utilized sustainable technologies including energy efficient windows, appliances and plumbing fixtures.

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The Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago’s KEY and SAMMY Awards celebrate their 40th anniversary in 2012. The awards began in 1972 and have grown throughout the years to now feature more than 100 building, remodeling, marketing and personal achievement categories. The KEY and SAMMY awards are the premier awards of Chicago’s residential building industry. To see more award winners, visit Chicago Real Estate Forum.

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Mitch Levinson is the author of “Internet Marketing: The Key to Increased New Home Sales” published by BuilderBooks. He is an Internet marketing expert with expertise in search engine optimization, website development, email marketing, social media and CRM consulting services. He is known for creating effective programs that can be tracked through analytics to prove effectiveness and ROI. Mitch is founder and president of MLC New Home Marketing and MLC FlatFee Realty, as well as managing partner of mRELEVANCE, LLC, a Marketing, Communication, Interactive agency with offices in Chicago and Atlanta. He currently leads the Chicago team. A Multi-Million Dollar Sales Producer who earned an MBA in Computer Information Systems and eCommerce, he brings a unique perspective and experience to the field of real estate communications. Mitch combines the two interests in order to help home builders and developers gain a competitive advantage through the Internet and technology. When he isn’t behind a computer, he enjoys participating in sports and coaching his kids’ teams. Mitch resides in Arlington Heights, Ill., a northwest suburb of Chicago, with his family, which includes two rambunctious labs. Visit my Google+ profile.