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At Corble Builders, we understand that remodeling projects can be challenging. We work with the homeowner’s schedule and needs, as we are changing the home in which they are currently living. The remodeling process is not always as cut and dry as new construction, since building practices have changed over the years and what was acceptable 50 years ago may not be today. We work very closely with our homeowners, suppliers, and inspectors to make sure that, if we run into situations, they are resolved quickly and efficiently, and with the homeowner’s best interests in mind.


Renovation projects.

[img src=]10920The leaky lake house
This project involved extending the addition on the side of the house, building a new deck, and constructing an entirely new roof for the existing building. Michigan frequently sees very heavy snow fall and a flat roof on a residential building is a poor choice in this geographic region. A new roof with a greater pitch also provides attic space and better insulation qualities, which lower energy costs.
[img src=]5370Flat out wrong
Flat roofs can offer some advantages in terms of being somewhat cheaper and easier to build and maintain, but they must be carefully maintained to avoid leaking. This can be expensive in areas with high levels of rain or snow. So, there is a reason you generally don't see them in Michigan.
[img src=]5980Better overhead
If it were not for the facade on this home, it would be difficult to recognize it as being the same structure as in the previous photos. The new, gabled roof on this home greatly improves energy efficiency, maintenance costs, and the look of the home.
[img src=]3200Born in a barn.
The load bearing beam in this vaulted bedroom ceiling was once a support beam in the barn that belonged to this homeowner's great grandfather. The opportunity to work with such materials is always exciting because you can transform a space into something very special and with substantial personal meaning. And isn't that what a home is for? Corble Builders used some of the remaining wood to build candle holders for a wedding in the customer's family.
[img src=]4100Unfinished
This is the basement of the one of the homes in Bay Harbor, Michigan. While these homes are noted for being quite nice and correspondingly expensive, the basements can frequently look pretty barren. What to do with such a basement is often left up to the homeowner.
[img src=]3840Nearly finished
For Corble Builders, an unfinished basement is like an artists blank canvas. It's an opportunity to add tremendously to home. Whether the homeowner is interested in an additional family room, a game room, a mini movie theater, etc. The possibilities are nearly limitless. In this case, the homeowner wanted a greatly expanded living room. The numerous doors lead to closets, a bathroom, and various utility rooms.
[img src=]3190And done
What was once a barren basement destined to become a giant junk room, has been turned into a immaculate living space that invites family and friends to socialize and leaves open space to play, work out, or just relax.
[img src=]3530A Michigan basement
This is commonly what one sees in a typical Michigan basement; rough concrete walls, bare ceilings, and sometimes even a dirt floor. Even this can be transformed. Also, if there is some particularly nice wood or other elements that are special, they can be incorporated into the new design.
[img src=]3550Saving beautiful wood
In this Michigan basement, the floor joists for the floor above were made from beautifully hand hewn timbers and it would have been a shame to cover up such work. Instead, they were polished and made part of the new ceiling design for the finished basement.
[img src=]3070Real vision
Sometimes it can take a very imaginative person to see the potential in a room or an old house. However, a complete transformation is not only possible, but it is often a pleasant surprise for customers when they see that it can also be done on a budget.
[img src=]2860Worth a thousand words
A Michigan basement has been completely transformed. In this case, a picture says it all.

Custom Kitchens

Custom kitchen renovations

[img src=]910Cooking like the pros
Of particular note here are the beautiful custom cabinets and the stonework back splash behind the stove top. The large ventilation area above the professional quality six-burner stove top, the side cupboards for spices and other cooking essentials, and the granite counter tops make this an ideal space for the professional chef or anyone who wants to cook like one.
[img src=]710When in Rome...
The long, narrow forms in this kitchen are the ideal accent to this Italianate home. Designed to match the overall architectural style, the custom-built breakfast nook, also invites this small kitchen to become a social center of home while also serving to increase working space in the kitchen.
[img src=]830Just a touch of color
This custom kitchen offers a highly efficient layout, and the choice of a white color palette provides the ideal background to allow even the smallest accents to add a tremendous splash of color to the room.
[img src=]680In the woods
What really sets this kitchen apart is the tongue and groove wood paneling and the custom cabinetry built to match, which gives the entire kitchen a very warm atmosphere. After all, home is really where the hearth is.
[img src=]650A contrasting design
Unity of design is often achieved through contrasts. Here, the cherry cabinets appear very bright when offset with a black granite counter top and matching tile back splash. The stainless steel appliances really pop in this setting, and with attention to detail so important, even the light switch covers were installed to match.
[img src=]670Wining and dining
On the other side of the kitchen is a small bar sink with a built-in overhead wine rack. This increases the available working space in the kitchen and the custom tile work and beautiful woodwork add to the luxuriousness. Bacchus himself would find it a pleasure to host an evening using such a kitchen.
[img src=]560Good things in small packages
Just because a kitchen is small doesn't mean that it can't be beautiful and, more importantly, efficient. In fact, efficiency is an even greater concern in a smaller kitchen. That is why Corble Builders routinely works with award winning kitchen designers to ensure that every aspect of design is taken into consideration when creating a custom-built kitchen.
[img src=]570In your corner
When building a new home, and often in larger renovation projects, there is a tremendous amount of freedom in designing a kitchen layout. This is not just important for an efficient layout. It also allows the homeowner to consider things like views, natural lighting, air flow, and the ability to socialize while cooking.
[img src=]570It's not about U anymore
A common design in kitchens is often the U-shaped kitchen with one side of the U acting as a peninsula. However, this design has fallen out of favor in most modern homes. By using an island instead, There is more room for people to gather, socialize, and work together in the kitchen. Also, a better flow through the room is created, and its avoids using inefficient corner cabinets and allows for more drawer space.

Profiled below is a major restoration project that turned an old, run-down Italianate house into an historical gem. The project involved completely gutting the interior and, in numerous cases, rebuilding portions of the home after it was determined that previous remodeling and repair efforts done over the years had been performed incorrectly, resulting in compromises to the structural integrity of the building.


Transforming an old, run-down Italianate house into an historical gem.

[img src=]8870A taste of Italy
The Italianate house located in downtown Petoskey was built in approximately 1875. After the new owner purchased the home, it was quickly determined that house was badly in need of major repairs. In the end, about the only thing that remained standing were the four exterior walls, and even large parts of those were replaced.
[img src=]2280Family room before
In this before picture of the living room you can see that the floors and walls are very worn. The heating system in the home is ancient, and everything is in a general state of disrepair.
[img src=]2160Family room after
Although the staircase to the left is not visible, it has been extended by adding a landing. This made room for a bathroom below the stairs. The new hardwood floors are of a much higher quality the ceilings have been redone, and decorative elements and crown molding were added as well.
[img src=]1780Kitchen before
Most notably, the wall behind the sink had been altered on numerous occasions and it no longer had any studs that ran entirely from floor to ceiling. The result was that the wall had started to bow outwards under the weight of the upper floor.
[img src=]1780Kitchen after
Not only has the wall behind the sink been rebuilt, but the entire kitchen has been dramatically updated and improved. There are now custom-built shelves and cabinets (visible on the right), granite counter tops, new flooring, a new ceiling, and a new closet next to the back door.
[img src=]1550Kitchen 2 before
Here, one can see the comparatively poor layout of the kitchen set up all along a single wall.
[img src=]1400Kitchen 2 after
By repositioning the stove, the layout became much more efficient, and there was then room to build the closet next to the back door. Also, by closing off the kitchen, it returns the home to its original design and gives the family room a far more formal aesthetic.
[img src=]2960Staircase before
Once these stairs were touched by a builder, they had to be completely redesigned in order to meet modern building codes. The changes were significant and the results equally dramatic.
[img src=]3150Staircase after
To meet code, the new staircase was not allowed to be as steep as the old one. To reduce the angle and still leave room for the front door to the house, which is just off to the right, a landing was added. In addition, the doorway that was as the base of the stairs was closed off as part of redesigning the home's floor plan. The changes also permitted a half bath to be built under the staircase where there was once just a small closet.
[img src=]2860Upper floor before
Nothing goes so well with a pink runner down the stairs as lime green shag carpeting. The seventies were certainly interesting times.
[img src=]2920Upper floor after
The entire home now has hardwood flooring. Also, the quality of every aspect of the interior has been improved. For instance, even the stair railings are of a much more elaborate design.
[img src=]1580Bedrooms before
The bedrooms throughout the home had to be completely torn out. Many of the walls were not plum, the floors were not level and doors could not be opened or closed all the way.
[img src=]1450Bedrooms after
In remodeling the bedrooms, elegance became the watchword. This is plainly visible in the master bedroom with its adjacent sitting/dressing room through the french doors.
[img src=]1430Bathrooms before
This is certainly a room of limited appeal.
[img src=]1430Bathrooms after
Custom tile work, large basin type bathtubs with built-showers, and beautiful new fixtures have turned the bathrooms into elegant examples of what one might find at the turn of the 20th century. The pedestal sink is again representative of the elongated forms present in Italianate design and found throughout the home.