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This addition was to add a first floor master, plus
basement bathroom, storage & shop.
out the addition and cutting a few trees. We then made a temporary entrance over
the ditch with retaining wall. Elite had years previously constructed this
project. The need was to save it and the black top driveway while allowing for
easy productive access for the project.
The next step after getting
the excavator in over the temporary entrance was to get out the big logs. Dig
and prep the excavation. This project being on Rib Mountain we inevitable hit
some ground water. In fact it was coming out the up hill walls of the dig like
springs. So after digging we compacted before the water rose as best we could
then dug a spot for both effluent and sump pits. got in the ft of 3/4 stone we
had planed for both a good foundation base and also to allow sort of a reservoir
for the ground water. Which is always a condition to be managed on the mountain.
A temporary pump was used to
keep the water in check. Footings were installed using Form-A-Drain a great
product to use on any project, indispensable with this kind of a known ground
footings cured a day ICF's were used to form up basement walls, including
windows. As you will see in other projects on this page and others it's our
standard practice, and a fine product. Giving both a cost effective foundation
as no subcontractors are needed. As well as the superior insulating
advantages. The fact that no additional framing is then required to drywall off
the basement space also adds to its overall cost effectiveness. Drywall is
applied directly to the foam, attached to plastic imbedded into the ICF.
dimpled plastic membrane (Platon) was then used to protect the foundation from
groundwater. Note how we extended the Platon over the outside Form-A-Drain to
better control any water, diverging it away from the wall to footing joint and
into the drain. Then an additional amount of stone was placed to finish off the
Floor, wall and roof framing.
One note here again, the raw sub floor is a good place to use up old and
leftover paints of any type. Giving both protection while building and
protection from spills under carpeted areas.
basement floor was poured, plumbing, electrical, heat, ventilation ...systems
were installed. Insulation, vapor barrier, and drywall installed. Note that we
use fiber tape, not paper. This allows for more drywall mud to penetrate into
the joints, while it takes a bit more labor then the process used by all drywall
subcontractors, it giving a stronger job and all work is done by Elite.
siding, soffit, roofing, drywall finish and painting, hardwood flooring, tile,
doors, trim, and a walk-in tile and glass block shower were completed. The ICF
above grade was finished with modern day stucco, basically plastic in a can,
applied just like traditional stucco by hand trowel. All by Elite personnel, no
subcontractors required! The home owner retired with both talent and a
woodworking shop in the basement did both the Master Bath Cabinetry and the
master walk in closet/laundry organizer. His father did the stained glass insert
for the counter top cabinet between the his & hers sinks. Then the following
summer we went back to put rock and edging around the addition.
took out the old master bathroom, with a tub.
Along with a makeup area and a small closet, then built in two new closets
and the new master suit bath with tiled walk in shower.
With all the angles, vaulted ceiling W/
T&G cedar, floating sink vanity W/ vessel sink, large linen and toilet cabinets,
large closet and the, accent stone (real), a sound system and the piste de
resistance beautiful walk in tiled shower. This is arguable my favorite master
of all we have done thus far. Being somewhere in the mix of northwood's,
northwest, rustic and modern all while being in a water front home, it
would do well in a home I'd own.
very much a complete interior remodel in this project
we took out an office, then rearranged and added in may more. We basically
went around the space, moving an individual work spaces and temporarily
setting up PC/Phone to allow us to demo and frame as we went. In some cases
after framing out a room we moved things again to allow limited use of
offices while we did work. Empting each again to do final finish work and
Just a few B-4
Work in progress:
These two pics show an area for printers, fax etc.
that is both accusable for all offices
Same design concept used for this area for locked,
fireproof file cabinets.
Couple pics of a few offices interiors:
This desk area will feature a PC for member use.
It provides privacy for paper work and the like, while a sliding panel can allow
the end teller to assist, if needed.
This area then with a stool for the teller also doubles as an ADA, wheelchair
accusable teller station.
In this two bath remodel project we added an area over the top of
the garage for two toilet closets.
One for the master suit the other for a kids bath. Both toilet closets have
deep linen closets
,the masters also opens into an added walk in closet .
These areas were added in under the existing roof line, with some additional
framing and structural work. The areas were added to open up additional room
in the kids bath to allow for individual sinks to service the two bedrooms on
the second floor.
In the added room gained from the taking out a wall, and having moved the
toilet from the master bath we were able to make a large his and hers
With his and hers spacious behind the mirror medicine cabinets
The second amenity added was a walk in tile shower
This project was a double addition to the Hit & Miss
Trap Club in Weston Wisconsin. With some structural enhancements to
allow for the entire finished building to be open concept. It's exterior is
finished with a steel roof and vinyl siding.
A very challenging project was this 1930's house a
gem for its time. Built for a Dr. by the architects and builders of the Grand
Theater hear in Wausau. It was originally stucco that had failed and had been
covered in lateral boards some twenty seven years ago. The Idea was to restore
the home to its distinctively modern look. The home was ahead of its time,
with a two car heated and finished garage (and by finished I mean pine Vanier
panels, a parka ceiling and crown molding), a fully finished basement with work
room, and a full master suit were just a few of the ahead of its time amenities.
of the look of the house before.
Pic from the first day showing the layers that had been put over the stucco.
The flat roof everyone thought was the major problem of
this house but in fact it was the failed stucco, I had concerns about some spots
and new we would have to do some structural repair. What we found though
was far worse then could have been imagined or had ever seen before. Some 23
spots of major structural rot including about 20' of the sill plate the hose
rests on, and some 25' of foundation falling apart.
As it turns out what we found the first gay was the worst of it and threw pure
luck everything was repairable without any interior damage or remodeling.
The end product is fantastic and saves this unique and historic home, that even
after 80 years has that modern look and a modern layout.
This distinctive round corner is the large open concept formal living room down
and the spacious master up.
The stucco was applied by EDCO, of Hatley WI.
To insure that the final product would not be compromised by the flat roof it
was foamed to form a seamless seal.
The final touch was to replace the old deck and ugly rail with a bit higher
stucco wall and a field of Artificial turf Augusta Putt, and just in case
someone wants to putt we took the drain and made a cup out of it.
This project was an addition and a bit
of a remodel for the master suite that used the old living room space. We
designed and built from the ground up with just Elite's crew, save for the
plumbing & electrical.
This basement was basically one long
room on more then one half of a long ranch style home. We took it and
divided out a bed room on the end that already had windows available. This
room is used as a craft room now. Then in the center, a service area divided
with a partial division wall. To make for a feeling of openness yet also
division a second harvest shelf/cubby unit that came out of a 1930's home
(our McCarthy total rebuild project) was used.
The size, pitch and complexity of this
roof made it the most difficult and demanding re-roofing project that Elite
has done . 50-year architectural shingles were used.
In this project we took a late 50's early
and turned it into a modern ranch. With Wisconsin
Pride Stone instead of
brick and a new garage. Instead of the old overhang & deck we made
a large deck in the rear with a three season screen room below.
Windows were replaced and a large four panel French door provides light and
access from the dining room to the new rear deck. The old garage will be
turned into a large entertainment/family room in the coming year. We
also designed a remodel plan for the kitchen modernizing & giving
it a more open concept. Also in the remodel drawings
is a Master suite
addition to give the master bedroom a full suite with toilet closet, double
sink base, walk-in shower and garden tub along with walk-in closet and
dressing area. Since the master is on the second floor the addition
will also afford a small shoehorned bath below to expand over time and also
expand and open up more full windows into the lower office space.
This project was remodeling of a 95-year old home that had not been
updated much at all. A new electrical service and replacing the 1915 knob
and tube wiring as much as possible along with the rewiring of the remodeled
rooms. There were two baths, one was made into a master style bath with
a steam shower that was finished in marble. The other was a bath enlarged
for a 3/4 with shower and a vessel sink on an antique base. The water
heater and all the piping was redone as the lead piping still existed along
with cast steel drains. The kitchen was also completely gutted, several
walls were moved or taken out. A second floor balcony off the home office
was put in place of a window, the stairwell was opened up and a art class
window was installed in the landing. The old Maple floors were redone,
and venting for each room and a finally a new heater.
Family room / Home theater finishing off one section of a basement
area. Also added a few closets in the upstairs bath to separate the laundry
and provide more storage for $25.00 per sq ft complete from foundation walls
& cement floor.
Remodeling rooms into a true master suite with toilet closet, open sinks,
and a steam shower, walk-in closet and adjoining master den in this project
. Many more pictures of this project can be found on page Photos V of
New construction project to add on a four season room. Using form
fold insulated foundation forms we created a crawl space storage room.
An addition of this type affords an excellent opportunity to provide a huge
amount of storage space. Ample windows to bring in the sun and a vaulted
ceiling were the main wants in designing this addition. A great French
door separates the rest of the home from the four season room. The home
owner is going to be finishing the interior.
The design parameters for this project was to give the home a front entrance
that was highly modern. The vaulting height and stucco does this nicely.
The awning windows above the door operate remotely and at the touch of a
button will open one by one until open. And in the event of rain they
will close themselves. The project has so many levels of height in a
small area that we used cement block for the foundation. The main
framing of the outside is green treated post and beam, with a hand framed
roof. The entire thing was then wrapped in Dens glass before the application
of stucco. A few other features are the limestone caps on top of the
walls of the porch, and Wausau Tile Tera-Stone for the Path, Landing and
porch floor. It was also given low voltage lighting accents outside
and can lighting inside.
We started with a clean slate in this basement drawing up a plan that opened up the stairway at the top and bottom. Framed in a large
Family/TV room with a service area and sink. Wired for sound
system and ready for a dig screen. Also a small closet under steps, a
large bath with tiled shower, bedroom with a "code required"
large egress window and large walk-in closet.
Lastly a spare room with a futon to be
used for guests, the rest of the time the spare room will house a
treadmill with wall mounted TV and PC desk. This room was insulated
for sound as was the bedroom.
Installing a pre-finished hardwood floor. If you want hardwood
without all the dust, a good quality full 3/4" pre-finished floor is a
good alternative to the traditional finish in place hardwood flooring.
We moved the laundry in this basement walkout style
Lake Wausau home to make room for a large custom sauna, changing room, bathroom
combo with a built in double shower. Also redid the family room and
bar area, hallway and stairs. All in all, its a whole new basement
that turned out just wonderfully.
A kitchen and bath complete remodel project. Starting with a new
front door, rear door, and two sliding patio doors and
new siding in the
The color of the
New Brazilian Cherry flooring, is brought out by the very detailed
cabinets with a touch of antiquing. Corian counters and a cool nook for a plasma
TV helps blend the high tech of the stainless appliances to the details of
the cabinetry. Notice the bump out of the sink and the krypton Kitchler under cabinet lighting.
A very custom wet bar made to fit in
the mission style, with a wonderful hammered sink and faucet
that the home owner
found on line, is perfect with the rest of the furniture of the formal living
room. We also had to re-fabricate the new cabinet in the bathroom to accommodate
an angled wall. Neu-Heat electric in-floor heating, Corian
bath tub, water closet, new faucets and tile completes this room.
Note the Runtal Hydronic Radiators, a
giant step above the old technology of the standard hydronic base board
systems. Shown in this project in white, it is available in a handful
of designer colors. All new satin nickel knobs and hinges along with a few other
perks finish out the project.
Complete basement remodel, moving & resizing the bathroom,
installing a gas stove, adding some storage and setting up areas for
a big screen and surround sound, and a bar.
This set of pics is from a job Elite did in the early spring of 2000. We were
asked to divide a large office bay to provide a small office for closings and a file
Elite did the entire job from design, permits, material, frame, drywall, paint,
wallpaper, trim, lighting, to finally cleaning
of the carpets on the last day.
The first in this series is a
"before" pic and the
rest are when we were on the way out the last day.
This is a basement that was block walls which were
first sealed then studded and insulated. We then finished it out as a
"Packer" room with custom
drywall, paint and accents.
While we were building a deck at this job site we
repaired one of the front columns that had rotted due to SPF wood
having in-ground contact. The rest will
have to be done over the next five years also.
This roof and the home in general, had
major construction errors. Missing tar paper &
flashing, ventilation, insulation, major framing errors ...
We at this time replaced a patio door, all the skylights and refinished the
interior drywall and put on the new roof. I think you will be amazed at what we
found in this nine year old remodeled and
A smaller home and detached garage
that we did in vinyl siding.
2012 roofing project, using a roof deck underlayment
and architectural shingle.
This was a roofing job and we built a new steps up to the porch also.
A very difficult and demanding project to remove an old hot tub
suspended over an abandoned in ground pool. This in-ground pool was used for the
crawl space of an addition and was lacking proper support and footings. We built real
support walls and added proper footings. We also ran a cold air duct to the fireplaces for
combustion air from an abandoned spa heater stack. The
project for the
room was the installation of a floating wood floor.
This bathroom was in much need
of repair when we started, the built-in shower was
rotting, the floor and the tile was cracked. Demolition was extensive, right
down to the studs and in some parts of the floor down to the dirt below. An all new
interior with a new built-in shower, cabinets, tile and all the little things. Such
as new mirrors, a mirror door to the sauna, pewter facets, pewter knobs and hinges
throughout, pewter and crystal lights, in floor heat, a knee wall to hide the water closet
and more make this a bathroom of outstanding quality.
Elite's office floor used to be carpet so we gutted it and put in tile making
it much easier to zoom the chair around.
This next project was quite an extensive interior remodeling, involving the
electrical, heat, new walls, texture, flooring and a new fireplace....
The fireplace, in addition
to being dated, had a chimney fire burning
wood. It had cracked the flue and burned through. Some point after that,
it must have been thought to be safe for gas. Converted to a gas fireplace with
a burning grate stuffed in. However, still using the old chase and flue, it
was not the safest fireplace in the neighborhood.
We also built in an old-ffashioned Murphy
Bed, not seen much outside
I Love Lucy and
Three Stooges reruns. A fantastic addition to this room,
offering the flexibility
to be used as a guest room without the bad nights sleep for the guest that
usually comes from a traditional sofa bed.
Another feature is the dry bar with wine storage and mini fridge stowed in
an Elite-built cabinet base.
The closet at the base of the stairs is a pantry and the extended closet
space under the stairs is for some much needed storage.
A smaller home
from the 60's or so, with a
one car wide garage that ran the length of the home. We gutted the old rock lath and plaster that was used in the
garage, installed a
floor, insulated and drywall, with new windows and doors to make a family
room/dining addition. Then built onto the old
structure a new two care garage. Also a new concrete drive.
Installing a new hardwood 3/4" strip floor and new tile in the kitchen
is the next series.
This next project was to reface a kitchen that had unremovable wall
paper. The hardboard panels were used to tie this kitchen over until
it needs all new everything. Plus a coat of paint on the ceiling and hallway
walls to finish it up.
In this project we re/engineered and repaired the previous remodeling
the structure sound for a corner addition. An entry way had been added
at some point with a roof that did not have a proper slope, support or valley. We
opened that up
and added a angle wall to make room for the Master bath. The old bath and walk-in closet were
incorporated with a new angled hall of the master bedroom to make it
into a master suite.
Featuring glass block windows and lighted glass block toe kick,
also used as
a highlight under the Jacuzzi tub and custom cabinets.
Then later we were back to add on to the front with a two car
garage, redo the interior dinning and kitchen with 3/4 Hardwood flooring, made a
patio front entrance, walks around the front and a Tera-lok patio and steps out
More interior picks to come!
Redoing a basement room that was poorly done in 1060's style. The room turned out
great with three large closets and a built-in drawer unit.
The usable room left is about 14x
22, a large room.
Opened up the roof and installed skylights to come out between the exposed
beams on the ceiling of this house. Having this set space for width made the
shaft very segmented as you can see in the pic from inside. We also
found the attic space had far less insulation then it would today, so we took
it up to code before we closed it back in.
I've seen some incompetence in my day, but this ....... We were
asked to take a look and fix a leek in a roof that had been re-roofed just
year previous. The roofer who had done the work
had tried unsuccessfully to fix with a stop gap.
As soon as we started to tear back the shingles we could see problems.
When the old shingles were taken off, the roofer did not bother to reinstall new
tar paper, never mind the ice and water shielding for the eaves, valleys and
He had re-stapled back the tar paper that was torn during demolition.
Problem being around the chimney - in the old days they used
of tar and the paper must of come up with the shingles
As you see, there was virtually no
tar paper left around the chimney.
Then to make maters worse the old flashing was put back down over the top of
what remained of the tar paper and then flashed with just the shingle from above was over the
top of the flashing.
The fix was easy, we cleaned up the flashing, put down ice and water shielding,
and roofed the area using the proper methods to have several layers safeguarding the water on top of each successive layer of
In this project we took out the stairs in the middle of the home along
with a division wall. The wall was replaced with an arch, and the
stairway was moved to the front of the home. We then took out a wall
by the front door to provide flow to the home. Also a downstairs wall
was removed and a large LVL and post was put in to make the basement
concept" also. We finished up by installing oak stair
The home owners are to be finishing up the basement
the next winter, and a flooring contractor is to be redoing the upstairs
A roofing project, tearing off, cover with tri-flex, eave guard (ice
& water), new flashings, vents, and new simulated shake shingles.
A hip roof roofing project otherwise done the same as above.