[The Home Authority]
Story by Rachael Boyer
Photography by studio three beau
While the name The Home Authority may be newly launched, our unique approach to remodeling is 23 years in the making. We're based in Moorhead, Minn., and have a true passion for the process. A branch of our sister company, The Coatings Authority, we aim to transform poorly functioning or outdated homes into dream homes through a seamless, one-stop remodeling concept. Take a tour with us as we show you inside one of our latest remodel projects that was custom designed to suit the family's unique needs and style.
Our fundamental goal in creating this sister company of The Coatings Authority was to provide a remodeling experience that is actually enjoyable. By being upfront and transparent with each client, letting them in on the schedule, walk-throughs, and introducing them to our team members, they can feel a sense of control amidst the chaos that can be found in a remodeling project. As I said before, we have a passion for the process.
Project: Love Where You Live
For this project, we're taking you to a local family’s long-time home. They've lived in it several years and had purchased the home because of the location and the unique elements of the house. Even though they felt it was the right fit for their family, they recognized at the time of the purchase, that certain updates would need to be made along the way. The family had developed a wish list, then contacted us at The Home Authority to help them achieve their vision for their home remodel.
To get started, we replaced the kitchen lighting, removed the island and replaced the countertops with Zeal Quartz. We refinished the kitchen cabinetry by replacing the existing doors with real wood doors, removed and added cabinetry to modify the design, and then refinished all of the cabinetry with our AUTHORICOAT process using Sherwin Williams Gauntlet Gray. To complete the new kitchen design, we opted for a beautiful kitchen backsplash with Artigiano Roman Skyline.
Throughout the space, we replaced the flooring with a Market & Main collection, RE-TUF Oak vinyl plank. We also removed a back entry closet and transformed it to create a larger laundry and mudroom space, adding cabinetry, counter space, and a backsplash to the laundry room. We painted the front door and garage door, along with the interior doors and trim with Sherwin Williams Snowbound, then replaced hardware, refinished the entryway banister, and updated the fireplace mantle.
Behind the Design
I will never forget the look on the homeowner’s face when I told them their cabinets were in beautiful shape and we could offer a creative solution to extend their money into remodeling, not only their kitchen but their entire main level. Far too often, homeowners with outdated cabinetry feel like they have to settle for replacing their doors with fake doors and hand-painted cabinet boxes that will ultimately reduce the value of their cabinets; many feel that they have no choice but to replace their cabinets altogether. We can actually restore existing cabinets, add new cabinets, change out the doors with real wood doors, and do so with a factory-like finish that will last for years to come.
We dramatically improved, not only the aesthetics of the kitchen but also the overall functionality of the main level by modifying the kitchen layout. We did this through the removal and addition of a few new cabinets and of course, new real wood cabinet doors. We were able to open up a closet off the kitchen and build-out a laundry and mudroom space, implementing a design that was both up-to-date and also reflected the family’s unique style.
We also attended to other necessary upgrades throughout this remodel - for example, all of the electrical components in the home were updated, and we put in additional lighting in the kitchen. Prior to the remodel, the kitchen was too dark at night for the kids to even do their homework; by adding lighting we created a more functional and beautiful space for the entire family to enjoy. Mission accomplished!
Remodel Wrap Up!
My passion for the process stems from making the remodel and design as enjoyable as the end result - ensuring that each family is getting something custom-tailored to them. I don’t believe in a “one size fits all” approach to remodeling or custom home building; every family’s design desires and functional needs are unique to them. We also put an emphasis on education. We work with local professionals in both the real estate industry and financial sector to provide families with current information about financing options and optimizing their return on investment. The goal of approaching a remodel is twofold - create spaces that speak to the unique family in both function and aesthetic, while simultaneously making decisions that will create the best possible return on investment.
About The Home Authority: Rachael Boyer
Prior to her design role, Boyer was a Physician Assistant in General Surgery, eventually transitioning into a healthcare executive role before retiring in 2016. During this span, Boyer was also pursuing her passion for design and business with her husband, Jeff Boyer. Together, they launched The Brush's End Painting Company in 1996, then The Coatings Authority, Inc., expanding their offerings outside of paint to include: staining, cabinet refinishing, concrete coatings and surface preparation. The Boyers had already been offering remodeling services under The Coatings Authority, so her more defined design role with The Home Authority was a natural fit.
"I would work one-on-one with customers to complete custom coating projects, specifically cabinet refinishing, painting, and concrete coatings, and consistently found myself in the middle of full-scale remodel projects with the same customers," said Rachael Boyer. "What started as cabinet refinishing, more often than not, led to multiple remodel projects." Gathering their 23 years of experience, the Boyers were more than ready to move into the general contractor role in remodels and custom home construction.
Today, the Boyers have developed a proprietary process called AUTHORICOAT, that they are now in the process of trademarking. "Because of the AUTHORICOAT process, we are able to achieve a factory-like finish in our services and offer creative and cost-effective solutions to homeowners in their remodeling projects," said Rachael Boyer. "We have a mission to serve our customers and community in a very specific and unique way by increasing the value of their property, inspiring pride of ownership, and bringing families together."
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