When Richard and Troy Young purchased their 20,000-square-foot home in Mapleton seven years ago, they immediately knew they loved some facets of the home and hoped to change others.
But it took several years until they had the energy and ideas ready to make the necessary changes. The remodeling project began Jan. 8, 2003, and took approximately six months and more than $200,000 to complete. The Youngs now have their upgraded home on the market with a pricetag of $1.9 million, with hopes they can build again and move to a nearby location. The Youngs love Mapleton — Richard is a former mayor of the south county city.
The Youngs had undergone remodeling before, so they knew the project wasn’t something to be taken lightly. They started with realistic goals and timelines.
One of their main goals for the remodeling project was to open up their view to Maple Mountain. Both the kitchen and master bathroom face the south county mountain, but the original design offered small windows and tight views.
Troy began the process by doing extensive research on designs, materials, windows and structural issues.
“Troy did an excellent job of gathering information and looking through magazines,” says Chris Shurian, owner of Classic Construction, which completed the extensive remodel. “I took her to see different jobs I was working on so she could get a feel for different materials and designs.”
The six-month remodeling job resulted in upgraded fixtures, a more open design, larger windows and new furnishings.
Although the finished project has improved the quality of life for the Youngs, the remodeling months took their toll on the family.
“We did get pizza a lot more often during the remodeling,” Troy admits. Fortunately, the Youngs have a guest house with a full kitchen, where Troy served breakfast every morning for her family.
But regardless of the inconvenience, Troy has good memories of the process.
“I enjoyed seeing the house change so much and seeing each thing come to fruition,” Troy says.
In fact, Troy foresees getting a few more remodeling “itches” in her home.
“Once I get started, the ideas keep coming,” she says.
Remodeling has been described as being more stressful on a family than building a new structure. Contractors also know remodeling projects present new challenges.
“We can’t leave a mess every night with our junk lying around,” Shurian says. “We can’t blast our music or be loud and obnoxious.”
Shurian and his crew became part of the Young family during the project. The children wanted to show him loose teeth and new tricks. Shurian became interested in the kids and knows the names of the seven Young children.
Getting along helps during a process that offers logistical problems such as getting lumber and other supplies to the site — delivery trucks can’t pull up through a finished landscape to lower their load.
“It was worth it,” Troy says. “My home is more functional and we are happier as a family now that the space makes sense for how we use it.”
Tips for remodeling
• Remodeling can test your patience. Expect some
things to go wrong.
• Gather pictures of rooms and spaces you like. Visit other
homes to get ideas for colors, materials and designs.
• Expect the area to be noisy and dusty.
• If your creative juices run out, take a break from the
project. Come back to it with a fresh eye after a few
days, weeks or even months.
• Be flexible. Timing, budgets and designs often
need to be adjusted.
• Hire a remodeling contractor that you are compatible with.
On a remodeling job, the contractor and his subs are
around your furnishings and family members. Make
sure you hire people you are comfortable with
and you can trust.