Feature Walls

Design should be FUN! Elevating Your Home: Crafting a Feature Wall to Anchor Your Space

Design shows are a fantastic tool for getting you all excited about executing a home improvement project. However, TV production shortens multiple months into glossy 15-minute segments, and most segments are too large in scale and budget for the average household budget.

Enter the feature wall.

This design element, when strategically crafted, has the ability to anchor a space, adding depth, character, and visual interest to your home. Let’s delve into the idea of anchoring your space through the art of crafting a feature wall.

Understanding the Essence of a Feature Wall

A feature wall serves as the focal point of a room, drawing the eye and commanding attention. It’s more than just a painted accent or a wallpapered surface; it embodies the essence of the space, reflecting your personality, style, and creativity. Whether it’s in the living room, bedroom, or even the hallway, a well-designed feature wall can elevate the entire atmosphere of a room.

The Power of Anchoring 

Anchoring a space gives it a sense of stability and cohesion. In recent years, the trend towards open-concept living has made it important to create a visual anchor point around which the function of the space can orbit. Providing a focal point helps to organize the layout of the room and guides the viewer’s gaze, making the space feel harmonious and complete. Note how vertical installation draws your eyes up and provides a feeling of height, while the high contrast color instantly defines the dining area in an otherwise white room. The furniture layer offers a sense of intention and customization. 

Kitchen, Bathroom, Property Managment (JD Construction | Independent Contractor Bathrooms, Kitchens, Decks, Remodels & Repairs Property Management)
Cedar Shake Shingles, Home Renovations, Home Repairs

Hi Ho! Hi Ho! A cedar shingling we will go!

Elevate Your Home's Elegance with Cedar Shake Shingles in Gable Eaves

Kitchen, Bathroom, Property Managment (JD Construction | Independent Contractor Bathrooms, Kitchens, Decks, Remodels & Repairs Property Management)

Your home is a canvas waiting to be adorned with elements that not only protect it but also infuse personality and style. One often-overlooked area that can transform the overall look of your home is the gable eaves. While gable eaves primarily serve a functional purpose, installing cedar shake shingles can not only enhance their beauty but also provide a touch of character and style to your home. In this blog post, we’ll explore how this simple yet impactful upgrade can elevate your home’s elegance.

The Timeless Charm of Cedar Shake Shingles

Cedar shake shingles have been a favorite choice for roofing and siding for centuries, and for good reason. They exude a timeless charm and natural warmth that can complement various architectural styles, from traditional to modern. When applied to gable eaves, these shingles create an eye-catching focal point that draws attention and admiration.

Aesthetic Appeal
One of the primary reasons homeowners choose cedar shake shingles for their gable eaves is their aesthetic appeal. These shingles provide a rustic, cozy look that instantly adds character to your home. The natural variations in color and texture of cedar wood create a unique and inviting facade that stands out in any neighborhood.

Versatility in Design
Cedar shake shingles come in various sizes and shapes, allowing you to customize your gable eaves to suit your personal style and the architectural character of your home. You can opt for thinner shingles for a sleek and modern look or thicker ones for a more rustic appearance. Additionally, you can choose between stained or painted finishes to match your preferred color scheme.

Durability and Longevity
Aside from their visual appeal, cedar shake shingles offer excellent durability. Cedar wood contains natural oils that make it resistant to decay and insect infestations. With proper maintenance and occasional resealing, cedar shake shingles can last for decades, making them a worthwhile investment for your home.

Energy Efficiency
Cedar is an excellent insulator, meaning installing cedar shake shingles in your gable eaves can improve your home’s energy efficiency. They help regulate the temperature by keeping your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, reducing your reliance on heating and cooling systems.

Eco-Friendly Choice
Cedar is a sustainable and eco-friendly building material. The harvesting of cedar wood is carefully managed to ensure the continued growth of cedar forests, making it a responsible choice for environmentally conscious homeowners.

Incorporating cedar shake shingles into your gable eaves is a design choice that beautifies your home and adds personality and style. The timeless charm, versatility, durability, and eco-friendliness of cedar wood make it an excellent option for homeowners looking to enhance their homes’ visual appeal and character.

Whether you’re renovating or building a new home (Like this one), consider the transformative power of cedar shake shingles in your gable eaves. With their natural beauty and long-lasting benefits, they can elevate your home’s elegance and leave a lasting impression on visitors and passersby alike. So, why wait? Embrace the charm of cedar shake shingles and embark on a journey to make your home truly stand out.


Stay tuned for more on this project as we wind down to a spring painting for this home.

Nick Felkey, General Contractor
Kitchen, Bathroom, Property Management (JD Construction | Independent Contractor Bathrooms, Kitchens, Decks, Remodels & Repairs Property Management)

Home Renovations

6ft ceiling to 11ft at the peak. Where do you have hidden space?

Seventeen years of contemplation. What home improvement project have you longed to take on?

Follow the progress of this project as we utilize the attic space over this 17 x 17-foot living space. Spray foam for superior insulation. Vault the ceiling to 11ft at the peak. Craft a beautiful cedar-wrapped beam adorned with three modern light functions—mid-century modern drop pendants in linen act light soft boxes to scatter a soft wash of light into the space. Flush movie lighting via modern cans adjacent to the beam times three.  A final set of dimmable lighting systems adorn the oak vertical shiplap alcove.

Professional pictures to come, but even via phone pics, the transformation is astounding.

Home Renovations, Bathrooms to Inspire, Home Repairs

Kingston no Demo Reno. Covert space to updated two peice bath and Laundry.

New project, repeat client.
Guest bathroom no demo reno.

No reno demo doesn’t mean absence of concerns. Any time you open a wall or recreate a footprint, especially a room with water, such as a bathroom, you need to have the skill set to complete the task in a timely fashion, reduce the impact on the homeowners, and ensure that everything is up to code and ready of daily wear and tear. 

Short Term Rental Solutions

Smart but smart ideas from a Superhost

With Superhost status under our belt, my team and I feel comfortable sharing a few small but mighty ideas with others running short-term rentals.  The primary one is a digital lock. 

Take it from this Superhost and professional property manager: the best investment you can make when running a rental property is a digital keypad with remote locking. 

Image this. You’re abroad (yes, this really happened to a client) only to receive a text that your short-term rental guests have locked the keys inside. Successfully locking themselves out of the space.  In this client’s case, she had the ability to reach out to my team, who arrived on the property with the spare key.

Moving forward, the fix was approved and instantly installed. I set up a remote keyless entry pad in about an hour. Project budget 450.00. Long-term benefits. PRICELESS.

Not only can you rekey the door when you need to lock out unwanted returns to the property, but you can rekey the code from anywhere if, for some reason, the originally shared access fails.  My preference is a keypad system that crafts a new code for every guest while allowing the host and oversight team to share constant code, eliminating the need to share updated access with crew on property frequently.  An easy-to-install app on your phone runs the whole security friction-free from anywhere.

Additional benefits are the ability to monitor the arrival and exit of guests. Knowing that your intended guests have arrived as expected allows you to send a welcome message. Knowing when they have departed allows you to send the cleaning crew for those dates when turnover is the same day. 

The short-term rental market has become over-saturated, resulting in even the hottest markets having to deal with languishing spaces. Running your rental as a real business with cleaning checklists, a clear marketing plan, time-saving tips and strategies will not only ensure you continue to thrive but reach and maintain that coveted Superhost status. 

An added benefit of having a team to manage your investment is the fresh set of eyes. When I walk a property, my contractor’s mind scans for deferred maintenance. Potential issues and safety concerns. My on-property team scans for areas of improvement and or areas of impact from previous guests. This allows us to alert the property owners of any issues as soon as they occur. 

Home Repairs

Property Improvements to Match Existing Home

The value of selecting the right General Contractor cannot be overstated. They should be more than just a skilled professional; they should be seen as an extension of your family, as they will be actively present on your property throughout the project’s duration. Trusting that the Contractor has your best interests at heart and understands how you utilize your property is vital to minimizing disruptions and ensuring a positive impact on your daily life.

Choosing the Right General Contractor: Building Trust, Safeguarding, and Seamless Integration

Selecting the perfect General Contractor for your project is crucial, and it’s essential to establish a strong foundation of trust. You need to be confident that the contractor will not only enhance your property but also safeguard it as if it were their own during the entire building process. Additionally, a vital skill required for this project was the ability to seamlessly match the new structures with the existing ones, down to the finest details and color.

This project successfully fulfilled all the client’s requests of problem-solving, avoiding any harm to plantings, and seamlessly integrating the new elements with the existing landscape. The expansion of the existing footprint was skillfully executed, with the addition of a garden planting shed and well-crafted terraced planting beds that extended the original landscaping ideas. The threefold project requirements were achieved with precision: building new structures to perfectly match the old ones, engineering solutions to protect the property from their pets, and ensuring seamless harmony between the new and original installations.

The unique challenge presented by the terrain and property slope was met with creative terraced solutions, offering protection for the client’s pets through the construction of a considerable amount of fencing, gates, Hog Fencing, stairs with railings, and more.

An invaluable aspect of the project was the foresight of the clients to keep the original paint cans. Did you think about archiving of your paint choices? This enabled me to accurately match the color, even after decades between the installs, resulting in a visually pleasing and cohesive outcome.

Throughout the project, as their Contractor, I was entrusted with entering the property, not just when the clients were sleeping but also when they were not present—accessing their security gate and other features. As physicians, the couple required minimal chaos in their lives, making the Contractor’s reliability and professionalism even more critical. The congestion issues around limited property access and parking were efficiently managed to ensure a smooth workflow, and the safety of the pets was closely monitored.

This expansion was completed, and I next moved to repair the existing IPE WOOD bridge over their water feature. Once again, the idea was to repair and restore, ensuring the work was a seamless integration.


What project would you love to entrust to just the right contractor? I would love to chat about your goals.

~Nick Felkey
Independent Contractor Kitsap County

Home Renovations

Transforming a Living Space: Saying Goodbye to the Old Window and Welcoming a Modern Façade

Transforming a Living Space: Saying Goodbye to the Old Window and Welcoming a Modern Façade

Living on Bainbridge Island comes with the allure of breathtaking views, and homeowners often invest in properties that offer these mesmerizing sights. However, sometimes these views come at a cost, and not every window provides a picturesque scene. Such was the case for one homeowner with a window that seemingly led to nowhere, offering nothing more than an uninspiring view of the side of the neighbor’s home and a garden shed. For 16 long years, the curtains remained closed, blocking the dull vista and rendering the window essentially useless.

Faced with this predicament, the homeowner decided to seize this opportunity to turn a lackluster window into an exceptional focal point, one that would transform the living space into a modern and inviting haven. Rather than investing a significant sum of money, approximately $600 or more, to replace the window, they envisioned an alternative plan that would not only revamp the space but also make it more functional and aesthetically pleasing.

The idea was born to replace the window with a stunning floor-to-ceiling metallic tile facade. This metallic tile, with its contemporary charm, would add a touch of sophistication to the room, providing an eye-catching backdrop for the new centerpiece—a sleek, state-of-the-art electric fireplace. The decision to opt for this fireplace was a practical one, considering its versatility and ability to provide both ambiance and warmth. Equipped with a convenient remote control, the electric fireplace allowed the homeowner to adjust the settings and create various lighting effects, including a festive red and green theme during the holidays.

Moreover, the new facade and electric fireplace created an ideal space to accommodate a flat-screen TV. Gone were the days when the awkwardly placed window obstructed the possibilities for an entertainment setup. With the large expanse provided by the floor-to-ceiling facade, the homeowner could now install a flat-screen TV at the perfect eye level, optimizing the viewing experience and making the room the ultimate entertainment hub.

The decision-making process also involved considerations about design aesthetics. Embracing a minimalist approach, the homeowner chose not to include a traditional mantle. This design choice enhanced the modern appeal of the room, emphasizing clean lines and uncluttered surfaces. The absence of a mantle not only reinforced the minimalist look but also drew attention to the striking metallic tile facade and the sleek electric fireplace.

By removing the old, tired window and replacing it with this contemporary marvel, the living space underwent a stunning transformation. No longer did the homeowners have to endure the uninspiring view of the neighbor’s house; instead, they now had a visually captivating feature that added value to their home and improved their daily living experience.

In addition to the aesthetic upgrades, the decision to eliminate the old window and introduce a modern facade brought practical benefits as well. The new metallic tile surface was easy to maintain, requiring only occasional cleaning to keep its lustrous appearance. Furthermore, the electric fireplace offered energy-efficient heating options, providing warmth to an area of up to 600 square feet, making it a cozy retreat during the colder months.

With the transformation now complete, the living space became a hub for relaxation, entertainment, and social gatherings. The room’s ambiance could be tailored to suit any occasion, from quiet evenings with a gentle flickering flame to lively gatherings with the warm glow of the holidays. The once-neglected window was no longer an eyesore; instead, it became a conversation starter—a testament to the homeowner’s creativity and resourcefulness.

This transformation serves as a reminder that home improvement doesn’t always require a hefty budget or extensive renovations. Sometimes, it takes a creative vision and a willingness to reimagine a space to breathe new life into a room. The decision to remove the old window and replace it with a floor-to-ceiling modern facade not only enhanced the living space’s aesthetics but also increased its functionality and comfort.

The journey of saying goodbye to the old, tired window and welcoming a modern facade was one of ingenuity and design prowess. The homeowner’s decision to forego a costly window replacement and instead opt for a striking metallic tile facade with an electric fireplace and space for a flat-screen TV showcases the power of creativity in home improvement. This inspiring project serves as a testament to the transformative potential of even the simplest design choices, turning a mundane window into an extraordinary centerpiece and making the living space an oasis of comfort and style.

Do you have an area in your home that needs a fresh idea? Sometimes, you need an outside set of eyes to reveal your custom solution.

~Let’s chat, Nick