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Rittals Happy With Their Home Improvements


September 25, 2019 | View PDF

When retired couple Jim and Mae Rittal decided to make some home improvements, they called Brenda Larson with Creative Solutions.

The Rittals wanted more lighting, more counter space and more storage in the kitchen, a walk-in shower and a kids' bath in their basement.

To add more light, a wall was taken out from between the living room and kitchen.

"This added a window to the north wall of the kitchen. A dramatic change; and now they can look over their beautiful lawn and garden," Larson said.

To allow for more counter space, the placement of the refrigerator was moved, and the layout of the kitchen was changed.

For more storage, cabinets were added to the ceiling along with cabinets that have built-ins that pull out. They also added lights underneath the cabinets that were mounted on the ceiling.

New flooring was added into the kitchen and down the hall that makes the room look larger.

"This floor looks great and is low maintenance," Larson said.

"In the upstairs bath they added a taller vanity with a quartz top," Larson said.

In the bathroom they added a walk-in shower, remodeling the unit that replaced the tub. They added grab-bars for safety.

"It was our winter project," Mae said.

The carpenter for this project was Tim Larson Construction. For electrical work they used a family member.

While the cabinets were originally painted brown they painted them white during the remodeling. Rhonda Whited Rupp did the painting while the flooring was done by Chad's Furniture.

The cabinets they had installed were Dura Supreme Hudson. The door style was painted in linen white.

"I'm just tickled with how it all turned out," Mae said.

They wanted to update the downstairs bath so that when family comes to visit they had their own bathroom to use. It also features a sliding shower door that is perfect for small spaces.

They reconfigured the downstairs floor plan and replaced the shower with a tub and shower combo and replaced the vanity and top with one that was previously upstairs.

"The vanity ensemble upstairs features drawers and matching tri-view mirrors," Larson said.

The table they have in their kitchen is one that Mae's mom had in previous years.

"I'm really lucky I got chairs that work well with the table of my mom's. I didn't want to give that up," Mae said

The shades she got for the windows in the kitchen came from Amazon.

"It's all evolved and I couldn't be happier," Mae said.


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