An unused basement became a dream space for our clients, Jen and David. Our Team transformed their ranch home in Upper Arlington OH by giving them more living space with a fun space for adults and kids.
Changing their home’s basement area into a livable space included creating zones for various family activities. Our Lead Carpenter, Jonathan, even created a custom dimensional focal wall for the TV. As Jen said to us, “We are so glad we chose to work with The Cleary Company. Having our basement remodeled has really completed our home.”
Q&A with Jen & David
What space did you have remodeled?
We had our long rectangular basement finished to create usable space for the whole family. Nothing had previously been done to the area, except for a bathroom and some old carpet. We remodeled the bathroom and turned an attached room into an exercise room. This amazing long basement offers many different spaces, including an entertainment and relaxing area complete with a couch and the TV. The new dry bar has space for a wine fridge and cabinets and shelving to hold our different bourbons. There is a built-in bookcase area complete with desks for the kids. We also have a kids’ play area with storage for their toys.
What is your favorite aspect of your remodeled space?
That’s too hard to pick! But if I had to, it would be the kids’ area. We love that there is a space for them to play that is clean, bright and safe. We didn’t plan anything special for the area, but it is great for the kids when it’s too hot or cold outside. Also, I love being able to go downstairs and spend time exercising.
Why did you choose The Cleary Company to complete your remodeling project?
We had interviewed a couple of different contractors, including The Cleary Company. Our gut told us we needed to choose The Cleary Company for our remodel. We have had issues with contractors before that made us a little more cautious. We were looking for a company that had good communication skills with us and was trustworthy. The Cleary Company filled the bill–they came across as extremely trustworthy. They laid out a plan and their communication with us was amazing.
What was your favorite part of working with The Cleary Company and why?
We loved working with their Team. Project Developer, Jayde Boyd, and Designer Katie Florjancic, were fun, easy to talk to. They made us feel comfortable about the choices we were making and how we wanted to spend our budget. There was no judgment on their parts at all, they just wanted to make sure our vision came to life. The interactions we experienced with everyone were noteworthy. To add to that, Jayde brought my son a birthday cake when we had a meeting at the house on my son’s birthday. I will always remember that as such a kind gesture to our family and my son. Working with Jonathan, the carpenter was amazing. He designed a wood accent wall where our TV hangs. He came up with a perfect one-of-a-kind design for the wall. I was home most of the time during the renovation and it was nice to have such kind, energetic and respectful people in our home.
Was there a TCC team member(s) who stood out and if yes, how did they exceed your expectations?
Jayde, Katie and Jonathan, for the reasons above and more! Jayde was so great at communicating with us and if we had any concerns we knew she would handle them right away. Katie seemed to know exactly what we were thinking. Just by seeing our style choices in our home, she knew what we wanted. It seemed like she was in my head and realized my wildest dreams for designing the rooms. Jonathan executed many amazing details in the basement. We needed custom doors and framing due to the height of the ceiling. And the way he created the wall just spoke to us.
What advice would you offer to someone who is thinking of remodeling their home?
Do your remodeling project with The Cleary Company! Find someone who is responsive to your communication style and needs. Ask questions about what is going on during the process. Clarity and understanding every part of the process was very important to us and The Cleary Company did everything to make us comfortable.
If you were asked to explain in one word why you choose to do business with The Cleary Company, what would it be?