“At the beginning of 2019 I decided to do a major remodel and expansion of my 25-year-old home in Desert Mountain. This included adding a bedroom, converting the existing bedroom/office to a TV room, connecting the detached casita to the main house, and expanding the kitchen/family room area to a single large room. As part of this remodel, three additional patios were added – including one for each bedroom, and a breakfast patio off the expanded kitchen area. Critical to the success of this remodel was turning the existing center stone fireplace (4 sides of heavy stone with a floor hearth) to a contemporary fireplace that had a raised hearth, all the stone removed, was open on 4 sides with a granite seating on four sides, allowing full through room visibility from the kitchen, breakfast nook, family room, and entrance hall. In addition, there was a requirement to not have a support pillar in the middle of the expanded family room.
I interviewed several builders and the only one that I had confidence in his ability to successfully complete the above-described renovations with exquisite attention to detail was Ken Madden of Shiloh homes.
As with any remodel on an older home, unforeseen problems can arise, and they certainly did in my home. Areas of rot due to unrecognized water leakage over the years took their toll on the house, including replacing all the room copper fascia. This added considerably to the cost of the project and Shiloh’s change order system was reasonably transparent and, I believe, fairly priced.
The project was a three-way collaboration, between Shiloh homes, an incredibly talented designer, Melissa Parsons of Parsons Design LLC, and me. I do recommend this relationship as it leads to a positive creative tension between the three parties and resulted in a superb product. In fact, once completed, I invited the realtors who sold me the house in 2007 for a walk-through and they told me that the cost of the remodel would be more than returned, if/when I decide to sell the house.
Bottom line. I am delighted with my “new” home and recommend Ken Madden and Shiloh homes without reservation.”