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ELM Construction Celebrates 10 Years: Our Anniversary Story

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We at ELM Construction LLC are excited to announce the celebration of our company’s 10th anniversary in business!

There is no quick and easy formula for long-lasting success. Just ask Elliott Pike, our managing member who officially started this business on October 28, 2008. That was the same year our country’s economy was going under, and most people would say it was not a good time to start a business. However, Elliott was willing to begin small and persevere through the tough times. He is someone who likes to work with his hands, is quite the DIY’er, and has always been interested in construction projects. Therefore, he had a great desire to own his own remodeling business. 

ELM Construction is an acronym for Elliott’s wife, LeArden, and his two daughters, Emma Grace and Mary Laslie, who were very much involved in the growth of the company. For eight years, Elliott and LeArden moved the company office from one location to another as they grew. Starting with a folding table in a corner of their master bedroom, then moving to their daughter’s nursery, the garage, graduating to rental space in Hoover, and finally to our current location in Vestavia Hills. The process wasn’t entirely painless, but ELM Construction not only managed to survive—we flourished!

Today ELM Construction has evolved into a professional design/build remodeling company that specializes in kitchens, baths, home additions, basement renovations and custom homes. Our company serves Vestavia Hills, Homewood, Mountain Brook and the Birmingham Metro area. Our amazing team has the expertise to provide our clients with a tremendously satisfying process and the beautiful finished projects they desire. 

We are very thankful to our clients, employees, vendors and subcontractors for helping ELM reach this wonderful 10-year milestone! Based on the firm foundation of the past 10 years and the current strength of our company, the ELM Construction team is moving forward with great expectations for future success. 

Above Left: Elliott and LeArden serving lunch to volunteers at a Habitat Build in 2010. The little red head toddling around in the background is their youngest daughter who was about two years old at the time. Last April she turned ten!

Above Right: Elliott with his family who are the inspiration for the ELM acronym: LeArden, Emma Grace, and Mary Laslie.

ELM Construction and Elliott Pike’s Achievements in the past 10 years:

Associations

• 2018 Remodeler of the Year by the Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders

• 2018 2nd Vice President Board of Directors of the Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders

• Past President of the Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders Remodelers Council

• 2018 Home Builders Association of Alabama Remodelers Chairperson

• 2018 Serving on Board of Directors of the National Association of Home Builders—Remodelers

• Current Member National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)

Certifications

• Master Remodeler

• Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR)

• Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS)

• Alabama Accredited Lead-Based Paint Renovator

Awards

• January 2016 National Association of Home Builders Remodeler of the Month

• Alabama Remodeling Excellence Award Winner 2014, 2015, 2018

• 2014 Home Builders Association of Alabama Remodeler of the Year

• Best of HOUZZ 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

• 2012 Professional Remodeler 40 Under 40

You May Regret Renovating To An Open Concept...

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I recently read an article from Readers Digest (yes.. Readers Digest is still around!) about renovations that you are likely to regret later.  It was fairly accurate (I thought), including the first one on the list "Creating a Great Room."  My wife and I created a great room when we remodeled our house 10 years ago and yes, there are many times we regretted it.  

"While the room may be very large, it doesn't offer many options: It leaves the family with only one room to relax in, any mess is immediately visible and remains that way until tidied, there is no table where you can relax and enjoy a meal, and sometimes you don't want to hear whatever the kids are watching on TV,"  says Michele Morrison, a realtor in the Greater Bay Area of California.

Yep... she's nailed it.  When we "opened up" our living space (turned three separate rooms into one really big room), we rearranged our furniture a hundred times before we finally settled on a layout.  When it was said and done, we found we used the spaces the same as before, just no walls between the rooms.  Granted, the open floor plan was great when we had parties or a bunch of family members over.  But if I wanted to watch a football game or a movie and the rest of the family wanted to make a batch of homemade cookies, it was TV volume vs stand mixer (the mixer usually won). 

With hindsight, would I have done things differently?  Maybe.  But we did not have a lot of options with our old layout.  And with growing kids, it was nice to be able to be working in the kitchen and keep an eye on the activities of everyone without having to stick our heads around a wall to peek.

I think we are starting to see the trend move away from the full blown "open concept" to more of a large kitchen with maybe a keeping area and then a separate living space or den.  Not so sure that formal livings will be coming back anytime soon for your average home owner either.  

Elliott

Source: https://www.rd.com/home/improvement/home-r...

Prepare your House for the Family staying over the Holidays

"Christmas Vacation" 1989

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Cleanup, and Quick Fixes, for the Holiday Season and Family Gatherings

1.     The water heater: Check the temp, and check the functionality

Young kids, and grandparents are susceptible to the hot water heater over the holidays. Be sure you turn down the temperature for children and the elderly. Make sure you check the lines, and the pilot light. The water heater will get used a lot over the holidays, make sure it operates to full potential.

2.     Air Filters, and Fans

Put in new air filters, their will be a lot more people in the house. Dust, dirt, and other particles can quickly choke an older air filter. Make sure ceiling fans are spinning clockwise during the winter months for better warm air circulation. Check fans/ vents in bedrooms, the overhead fan in the kitchen, and most importantly the bathrooms. Moving air is clean air for the family.

3.     Smoke detectors

Change the batteries! Space heaters for grandpa, the oven left on by a great aunt, or a cat chewing on the Christmas lights can cause major fire damage. If you have time try and put one on every floor and large space in the house. An operational smoke detector can protect against extensive damage.

4.     Door stoppers

Kids will be running around the house, and doors will slam in a rush of excitement for presents and food. Save your dry wall this Holiday season and install doorstops for every door. The standard “spring” stops are easy to install and cheaper than new dry wall and paint.

5.     Wheel Chair access, or limited access

A grandparent may be in a wheel chair this year, and you’re hosting them for the holidays. You may not have time to build an approved ramp, but you can help them get from one room to the other. Taking some doors off the hinges, moving furniture, and removing a rug on hardwood are all ways to make it easier for them to move around with the kids.

6.     Check the drains and pipes

The added use of drains and pipes suddenly could cause problems during the holidays. Make sure water is flowing smoothly, and any obstructions like hair are removed from the drains. If you’re on a septic line make sure you add the enzymes atleast once a year to keep it from filling up too fast.

7.     Gutters

A rainy day before the holiday festivities could mean a leak from plugged gutters. If you are not able to get on the roof, or are not comfortable in climbing ladders play it safe and call a gutter guy. This is also a great project to do while your putting up Christmas lights on the roof.

 

 

Turning Antique Building Materials into Living History for your Home

Click the Slide show to view the how the Floor Joists turned into a decorative shelf

 

Demolition day is exciting and can get a little messy, but there can be treasures found on demo day with ELM.

It is not just the millennial hipsters recycling old wood, doors, and copper piping to decorate homes. This restored style in today’s homes encourages recycling those old wood boards into something spectacular.

Here are some ideas:

·      Old pipes for a towel rack

·      Antique doors as a breakfast or dining table

·      Scrap hardwood flooring into picture frames

 

In one of Elm’s most recent projects we took some old floor joists from the late 1920’s in a guesthouse, and gave them a makeover.  After some delicate sanding the ELM crew put pieces of the original floor joists on the wall as a decorative shelf.

 

ELM has gotten a few of these requests to take pieces of an old house and repurpose the beauty of aged materials into another use.

If you are not ready for a remodel anytime soon, or do not have an older house with a treasure trove old materials, that is not a problem.

Elm is not encouraging dumpster diving, we are encouraging recycling and getting creative to put some living history into a home.

Yard sales, asking about that junk on the side of the road from a neighbor, or finding materials online can be great ways to create an original piece in your home with a little bit of effort, sandpaper, tools, stain, or paint.

If you have a remodel in mind, and have some older pieces you would like to keep in the house for another use, give ELM a call and we can talk about that in an estimate.

If you need some ideas on restoring old materials, check back with us and we will post more of our creative projects.