Malbec Homes – Winner of SAM Award 2015

Malbec Homes Winner of SAM Award

Malbec Homes Winner of SAM Award

Malbec Homes and Renovations won in the “Best Home Renovation without Addition” category at this years SAM Awards. “We are thrilled that we are able to serve our clients and create amazing spaces” said Mike Serrao, President of Malbec Homes. Malbec Homes was up against four other competitors in this category. Previously Malbec won the 2013 and 2014 SAM Award in other categories showing the flexibility of the company in the home building market in Calgary.

Here are a few photo’s of the finished renovation that won Malbec Homes the Best Renovator Calgary award.

SAM Award - Best Renovator Calgary

SAM Award – Best Renovator Calgary

Malbec Homes - Best Renovator Calgary - Bedroom

Bedroom – Best Renovator Calgary

Malbec Homes - Best Renovator Calgary - Island

Malbec Homes – Best Renovator Calgary – Island

Malbec Homes - Best Renovator Calgary - Kitchen #3

Malbec Homes – Best Renovator Calgary – Kitchen #3

Malbec Homes - Best Renovator Calgary - Living Room

Malbec Homes – Best Renovator Calgary – Living Room

Malbec Homes - Best Renovator Calgary - Staircase

Malbec Homes – Best Renovator Calgary – Staircase

Malbec Homes - Best Renovator Calgary - Kitchen

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The Non-Basement Basement Renovation

This basement renovation is another unbasement-like development that Malbec Homes & Renovations has done in Calgary. The large windows allow for extensive light to shine in. And the room feels spacious and open since we replaced the staircase wall with a railing. Other features we designed and built:

  •  A coffered ceiling that integrates the dropped ducts but permits for more height where possible. Speakers and pot lighting also sit within the ceiling.
  •  The kitchen/bar has LED lighting in and under the shelving. It also has custom-made glass and aluminum cabinet doors and a ledgestone backsplash. Plus, a dishwasher, fridge, large-scale icemaker and a Kegerator (AKA sweet beer fridge with quick access tap).
  •  There’s hand-scraped engineered hardwood flooring in the main area, and the media centre is all custom cabinetry.
  •  Underneath the stairs, the area has been prepped for a wine room. This includes a glass window, accent maple paneling and a cooling system.
  •  The bathroom has a 6×4-foot, fully sealed steam shower with body sprayers and a bench, along with large-format tiles and glass tile accents.
  •  The spare room is a home gym with a rubber floor. The clickable flooring system can be easily removed.

Renovations From Top to Bottom

We tackled almost every corner of this 2,200 square-foot home. We removed walls, built new ones, completely redid the ceiling and the floors, added new windows, new lighting, new baseboards and casings, and even speakers throughout the house. And, we updated all the design details, like granite countertops and finishings.   Here are some of the bigger highlights of the project:

  • Added a second story above the garage. This additional 200 square feet is a fourth bedroom, with a vaulted ceiling and double barn doors that open to the closet.
  • Developed the basement, which included built-in cabinetry, in-floor heating, adding both a fireplace and a bar, and luxury bathroom.
  • Added a built-in hutch with granite countertop to the dining room, and added similar accents to the laundry room and den.
  • Remodeled one side of the kitchen, which required we match the new cabinetry to the existing.
  • Reconfigured the upper floor, which allowed for a Juliette balcony to overlook the great room and kitchen.
  • Created two separate spaces with separate entrances for a previously attached ensuite bathroom and walk-in closet in the master bedroom.
  • Increased the size of the master ensuite and made the previously hidden curved wall into a feature wall within a luxury shower. Also added a soaker tub, new cabinets, dual sinks, and marble flooring.

Reworking a Walkout

It’s great to have a basement development project that’s also a walkout as it gives us lots of natural light to work with and, of course, a brighter space for the residents to enjoy. Our biggest challenge was starting with a floor that was concave. So here’s what we did:

  • Filled the floor with self-leveling concrete to get an even surface before installing a combination of carpet and tile.
  • Created two generous living areas from one large space by installing a double-sided media wall of custom cabinetry and a fireplace.
  • Custom made sliding doors that act as a feature wall yet maintain the consistent look of the five-panel shaker doors.
  • Built a large bar with custom cabinetry of aluminum and glass doors.
  • Added a speaker system that runs throughout the basement, along with pot lighting.
  • Refurbished the bathroom with a floating vanity and LED under-lighting.

Renovating Around the Clock at the Saddledome

Our work isn’t limited to residential clients. Our latest commercial project was a renovation of the Ensign suite at the Saddledome. We had just eight days for the renovation – which was major – and we had to work around hockey and concert schedules during that time. By taking advantage of all 24 hours in those eight days, we were able to get everything done on time. This is what we did:

  • Ripped down the old T-bar ceiling, extended the ceiling, added duct work and a bulkhead to it, and changed the sprinklers to bring them up to code.
  • Updated all new lighting.
  • Installed all new cabinetry.
  • Added granite countertops with a waterfall edge.
  • Re-tiled the floor throughout.
  • Created the millwork frame around Ensign’s promotional back-lite panel boards.
  • Refurbished the bathroom to keep it in line with the new design.

Turning Small Spaces into Big Ones

 

We wouldn’t call this renovation a total overhaul, but it was very close. In this 1,640 square-foot home, we tackled the basement, main floor and second floor. Our biggest challenge – and success – with this project was making a relatively small main floor appear and function like a large space. Here’s what we did from one floor to the next:

Redesigned the kitchen, which included changing the plumbing and adding a large island as a new focal point.

  • Removed a corner pantry in the kitchen to increase the usable space, providing more counter and cabinet space.
  • Installed a built-in microwave to save space and maintain a clean look.
  • Patched and refinished the hardwood floor in the kitchen, matching the wood grain as we couldn’t source the original hardwood.
  • Reused the fireplace in the great room, but made it far more impressive with a split-stone wall and wood mantel.
  • Reworked the wiring in the ceiling to add pot lights, which added to the clean design.
  • Replaced the railings in the entire house on a small budget.
  • Updated the basement to appear more spacious despite its low ceiling height of 7’8”.
  • Redesigned and refreshed two bathrooms with new materials and fixtures.

Interior and Exterior Renovation

Malbec Homes & Renovations is involved in another major renovation in the Calgary area.  The interior and exterior of this home is being renovated, along with a deck and landscaping.   The homeowners had a short timeline for the interior work, and Malbec Homes was able to accommodate the timeline while still ensuring the quality of the project was not compromised.

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New Custom Home in Calgary

Malbec Homes & Renovations is just starting a new custom home in Calgary.  Malbec was selected to rebuild this fire damage property.  The custom building project involves starting with the existing foundation but adding to it to allow for a new floor plan layout from the original house.

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Another Major Calgary Renovation Project for Malbec Homes & Renovations

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Malbec Homes & Renovations is hard at work with another major Calgary renovation project.  This project involves large scale renovations to the main and second floor, basement development and exterior work.