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Post-settlement built-ins

We recently sold a home to lovely family with some crafty & book-collecting kids. They wanted to add some extra storage space and a craft center in the basement.

The first project was some built-in bookshelves around the bed. Our skilled carpenters built these to include bedside table cabinets on either side of the bed, as well as reading lamps hardwired into the sides by the bed. We painted the backboard Slate Gray (Restoration Hardware color) to give it more depth. Painting recessed shelves is a great way to add a pop of color or contrast and, of course, aesthetic value.

The next project was a Craft Center for a daughter who loved DIY & crafting. She had a lot of great input in the design herself, which was important since she would be the person using it regularly. It was priority to make it look good, yet be very comfortable. We decide to go standard counter height in order to fit a stool there instead of a standard size chair. It was also important to design a craft center which allowed for a lot of hidden storage space, so we went with solid wood cabinets instead of open shelving to be able to hide all the materials and projects-in-the-making. A Cherry wood counter top suited the space very well as it is very durable and wears nicely. We installed LED under cabinet lighting and drilled holes to newly-installed outlets within the countertops so she would be able to use her sewing machine, hot glue guns, etc.

Both of these projects were designed and completed with 7 days.


Home automation retrofits

It’s just been brought to our attention that there are several more options out there in terms of home automation which can be tied into your alarm system. Most of our homes are wired with Vector Security. Vector now offers security cameras, locks, lights, and thermostats all to be wired with the security system. In addition, a component can be linked to the electric garage door that allows the customers to see if the door is up or down as well as the ability to open/close the overhead door.

One new feature that really drew my attention, because it is a main worry of several of our customers, is a water sensor in the basement. This sensor will send a signal to the Vector monitoring center as well as an email/text to the customer if there is a water problem. The water will be automatically shut off and the customer will be notified immediately.

These are all options that can be retrofitted into your existing system. These are also items to consider when designing/planning to build a new home. We will start incorporating these features in our upcoming spec homes, first being 6422 Brookes Lane, Bethesda MD.

If you’re as excited about these features as we are and would like to find out more about these features, give Mickey Mitchell from Vector Security a call or email. His number is 410-960-7245 and email is