A Remodel Rooted in Transparency and Trust

When the Laber family moved into their home in 2014, they knew they would eventually remodel. While they loved their neighborhood and the bones of their house, they knew a well-planned renovation could turn it into the home of their dreams. 

Over the years, their remodeling wish list continued to grow, but before they took on a full-scale project, they opted to do a smaller one in their garage. “The work we had done on our garage wasn’t a good experience. We weren’t happy with the contractor we hired and knew we wanted to go in a different direction when we were ready to remodel the inside of our home,” the Labers explain. 

One of their neighbors was having a house built by Rufty Homes, which is what first put the luxury home building and remodeling company on the Labers’ radar. “We contacted several contractors before making our decision, but the Rufty team stood out above the rest. We loved that they were transparent about pricing, not just talking about actual numbers, but the reasons behind those numbers. We felt we could trust them and that’s ultimately why we hired them for the job,” the Labers go on to say. 

As is often the case with remodels, once the project began, the scope continued to increase as it went along. The Labers explain, “We were so impressed with our project manager, Chris Bridgewater, and the rest of the Rufty team that we decided to tackle our whole list of projects at once.”

In all, the project included:

  • Remodeling the kitchen
  • Replacing the flooring
  • Converting the existing screen porch into a sunroom off the kitchen
  • Adding a screen porch on another patio space
  • Turning the dining room into a library with built-ins and new lighting
  • Closing in the two-story formal living room to create an extra room upstairs
  • Redoing the fireplaces and existing bookshelves

“One of the many reasons we loved working with Rufty Homes is that while they provide a vetted list of designers, they let us bring in anyone of our choice, which was Heather of Heather Holcombe Designs,” say the Labers.

Together with Heather and Chris, the Labers created a space that’s not only more functional for their family but also better matches their design aesthetic. Heather Holcombe explains, ”The Labers are the sweetest family and it has been rewarding to watch how they have been able to fully utilize each space in their home. They were able to capture new square footage and also repurpose existing square footage to make the home best fit their needs.” 

Now that their remodel is complete, the Labers are spending their time enjoying their upgraded home and singing the praises of the Rufty team to their friends and neighbors. They say, “We lived in our home throughout our remodel. As a family with two small kids and a dog, it meant the world to us that Chris and the rest of the Rufty Homes team went above and beyond to keep the work area safe for all of us. Having that trust in the team throughout the project was so important to us and we can’t recommend them enough to anyone planning their own remodeling project.” Check out the before and after pictures, for the finished project in 2023.

Before / In-Progress Photo Gallery

After / In-Progress Photo Gallery

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