Home Remodel Spotlight - Patience Pays Big Dividends

by Pam Germundsen

Once upon a time there was a cobbler who was so busy making shoes for everyone; his own children were shoeless. This is a modern day story about Mosche Mor, a General Contractor, who after 28 years of making other peoples’ dreams come true, realized it was time to enlarge and update his own home.

The Mor family home was a 1973 one-story Spanish style with inadequate space and an impractical layout. Because they liked the schools, neighborhood and community, moving did not seem practical.

Because of Mosche’s experience, he knew he could demolish a large portion of the existing home, add new space, and it would be considered a remodel/renovation. Consequently, there was a possibility of saving thousands of dollars in property taxes or moving expenses.

Once work began on their home, the Mor’s moved into an on-site RV. They expected a certain level of stress. They soon realized the motor home had its own drawbacks. By focusing on the finished product, they remained motivated to keep moving forward.

The resulting two-story, 4,300 square-foot, Mediterranean style, 4-bedroom, 4-1/2 bath home is spectacular. As you enter the beautiful front doors directly into the great room, you are greeted by a soaring staircase drawing your eyes upward to lofty ceilings and gently curved walls. Crown molding was used extensively to soften the walls and add a touch of elegance.

As you walk into the kitchen, you can see a great deal of planning went into this room. It is the perfect combination — a place for entertaining family and friends, as well as a space to enjoy cooking that would make any professional chef envious.

I asked the family what improvements they have enjoyed the most and found their responses interesting as well as varied. Michelle Mor has enjoyed the extraordinary kitchen for its ease in entertaining. Her master bathroom’s step-in shower with multiple jets as well as the Jacuzzi tub, deck and spectacular views is a special place to unwind at the end of a hectic day.

What Mosche Mor most appreciates is the open space. It had long been a dream of his that he would not see a wall when he opened the front door.

Their teenage daughter is enjoying the space for her make-up table and the bulletin board behind it. The large closet, with extra space for her shoes, is a definite bonus. Her bedroom is a sanctuary as well as a fun place.

In looking back on their own experience, they offer these bits of advice: You have to keep a vision of the finished project constantly in front of you. Its important to be patient, realizing the contractor is doing his best to complete your project as quickly as possible. Keep the lines of communication open at all times. Work together with your contractor, so the project can keep moving forward, asking your questions and expressing your concerns as they arise. In the event your project is of a size that you need to move temporarily, rent an apartment or a home, RV’s are only for trips!

Because of Mosche and Michelle Mor’s own personal experience in their project, they can now empathize with their clients. They are better equipped to walk clients through the myriad of decisions and to offer practical solutions to situations that arise.

Sunshine Construction, Inc. would like to share their portfolio and references with you and offer a competitive bid on your next upcoming project. Please feel free to call them for an appointment and a free estimate at their toll free number, (800) 953-0053 or (925) 932-4072.