Cooking up your Dream Kitchen

Kitchens really are the “heart and hearth” of the home. Along with bathrooms, kitchen remodels top the list of the home improvement wish lists for many homeowners and for good reason. Since the post-war mid-20th century era of urbanization, there’s been a movement to rethink and revise the kitchen’s role in a busy household. A stylishly-smart kitchen remodel usually provides two notable benefits: (1) a high return on investment whether for resale or simply to continue enjoying your home … and (2) remarkably improved efficiency, function, and safety. With so many home renovation and cooking TV shows, magazines, DIY home stores, and online opinions, homeowners easily get overwhelmed by the options and estimates. That’s when a professional home remodeler (like Evergreen Remodeling!) can help.

So, let’s break it down:

FUNCTION: Kitchens are one of the busiest rooms in the house — lots of traffic, lots of responsibility. Consider the placement of entrances and windows, appliance positions, food prep and eating areas. Does an island make sense and if so, should it be a source for water and electricity or primarily a work and/or eating surface? Accessibility and storage are equally important, especially for seniors choosing “Aging in Place” or those facing ADA-related issues: lower counters, pantry cabinets, and pull-out shelving makes a huge difference. Even the hardware selection is essential for how and who is using the cupboard spaces.

EFFICIENCY: Kitchens vary greatly in size and format but the need for efficiency remains constant. Spacious kitchens may accommodate more gatherings and preparations but small-size kitchens can be just as effective at cranking out a weekend dinner party. Aside from obvious sink, stove, and refrigerator positions, storage and accessibility can be defining factors in overall efficiency. Re-imaging the space to allow better storage solutions is often an answer to effective kitchen remodeling.

MATERIALS: Kitchen aesthetics run the gamut these days from vintage-retro to sleek-minimalism, depending on the home style and the homeowner’s style! A critical part of the process is determining the “face of the space” — colors, finishes, textures, lighting, and overall mood — things all dictated by the fashion of the time. Working with a professional home remodeler who understands how to make kitchens relevant will influence the outcome and life of the kitchen make-over.

As always, Evergreen Remodeling is happy to consult with homeowners about their custom kitchen project — and save them from the potential hassles and hazards that come with tackling the most popular room in the house. Check out our Work for a few ideas and let’s talk about your needs and wants for your kitchen.

Evergreen Remodeling Earns Coveted Angie’s List “Super Service Award”

Fort Wayne, IN, December 21, 2012 — Evergreen Remodeling,a licensed, Fort Wayne-based residential and commercial remodeling firm, has earned the esteemed 2012 Angie’s List Super Service Award, an honor presented annually to roughly five percent (5%) of all service companies rated on Angie’s List, one of the nation’s leading providers of consumer reviews on local service businesses. Read more...

Home Remodels & Retrofits are Key to Energy-Efficient Future

Think “green” remodeling and you have become one of the overwhelming numbers of consumers who are following the popular trends in creating environmental friendliness with products and practices. 

“We remodel and build just about anything for the homeowner,” said Sam Eagleson, owner of Evergreen Remodeling, Inc. “If a customer wants their kitchen, bathrooms, and any room in the house rejuvenated, we do that, including countertops, custom woodworking, flooring, and add-on rooms. We stress to our customers to use environmentally safe products. It’s a trend nationwide, but it is slow to come to the Midwest.” Read more...

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Professional Remodeler Magazine names Fort Wayne’s Sam Eagleson, owner of Evergreen Remodeling, among the U.S. Top 40 under 40 Remodelers

Fort Wayne, IN, July 19, 2011 — In their first-ever search and selection of the nation’s foremost, up-and-coming leaders in the residential construction industry, the editors of Professional Remodeler magazine and have named the nation’s top 40 contractors under the age of 40 whom represent the future in home construction and improvements. The list published in the July 2011 issue features key individuals from across the United States, including Fort Wayne, Indiana’s Sam Eagleson, owner of Evergreen Remodeling, Inc. Read more...

Sam Eagleson, green remodeler

When it comes to houses, what’s the greenest thing you can do? 

Live in an existing home rather than build a new one, says Sam Eagleson, co-owner of Evergreen Remodeling in Fort Wayne. 

That’s because an existing home has a lot of what’s known as embodied energy. That’s the energy that was consumed by all of the processes associated with the production of a building, from clearing land to creating infrastructure, acquiring natural resources through mining or logging, manufacturing building supplies and appliances, and delivering products to market.

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Sam Eagleson earns NAHB “Certified Green Professional” designation

Fort Wayne, IN, March 12, 2009 — Sam Eagleson, owner and president of Evergreen Remodeling, Inc., a licensed, Fort Wayne-based residential and commercial remodeling firm, has earned the CERTIFIED GREEN PROFESSIONAL (CGP) designation from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) as part of the organization’s National Green Building Program. The initiative is designed to help NAHB members develop and promote sustainable, environmentally friendly building and remodeling practices through intensive training and continuing education. 

Eagleson successfully completed the program’s required 24 credit hours of NAHB approved training to earn the CGP designation and is now among a growing list of certified green professional contractors. Read more...