Cape MRV Bank to Move -Cape Girardeau, MO

Towards the end of last year I was approached about pulling together interior and exterior finishes together for MRV Bank’s new location, located at the corner of Mount Auburn and Kingshighway in Cape Girardeau, MO. MRV (Mississippi River Valley) Bank is a newer bank, about ten years old, that has additional locations in Ste.Genevieve, Sikeston and now Festus, MO. Learn more at http://www.mrvbanks.com/

MRV Bank held a ground breaking ceremony on March 30, 2018 on the property of the new location. Local MRV Bank employees, all board members, Cape Chamber members, Boulder Construction (general contracting company) owner and general manager, Repperts (commercial furniture sales), myself and others locals were in attendance. 

The exterior of the building was designed to mimic the Ste.Gen location with its taupe colored dryvit and Ste.Gen limestone facade. The interior finishes were specifically selected for this branch, which include, off-white and greige tones on the walls, midnight ebony stained casing, base trim and cabinetry accents, walnut doors and furniture, quartz countertops, greige carpet tiles installed multiple ways, small accents of the MRV blue throughout and custom etched vinyl applications, lighting fixtures, architectural features and wall/floor tile installations that mirror the bank’s logo. 

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MRV Bank ground breaking March 30, 2018.

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MRV Bank interior and exterior finishes to be used for the new location. 

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 April 12, 2018 Boulder Construction moving earth. 

April 12, 2018 Boulder Construction moving earth. 

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 May 9, 2018 MRV Bank under roof, moving right along. 

May 9, 2018 MRV Bank under roof, moving right along. 

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June 6, 2018 Roof, windows and stone complete. 

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Over the past month final installations of furniture, art, lighting fixtures and internet were completed and the staff was able to move into their new location. This past Thursday, November 1s a Chamber Ribbon Cutting was held at 10:00 with a small reception following and Friday, November 2nd the MRV Bank staff had an open house from 11:00-2:00. Shawn Cook (the branch president) and his staff, including Robbie Guard, are extremely pleased and proud of their new space and are eager to show it off.  I encourage everyone to stop by if you’re in the area and take a peak and say hi. 

 

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MRV Bank- Customer Area/Lobby

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MRV Bank- Customer Area/Lobby

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MRV Bank- Customer Area/Lobby

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MRV Bank- Hallway

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MRV Bank- Customer Area/Lobby

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MRV Bank- Customer Area/Lobby

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MRV Bank- Custom Etched Vinyl on Conference Room Glass

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MRV Bank- Boardroom

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MRV Bank- Boardroom

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MRV Bank- Office

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MRV Bank- Hallway

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MRV Bank- Cape Chamber Ribbon Cutting 

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Kidd’s Convenience Store to Open Tomorrow Monday, July 23rd -Cape Girardeau, MO

If you’ve been by the Kidd’s Convenience Store in downtown Cape Girardeau, MO, on the corner of West End and Broadway, you would’ve noticed that they’ve been closed for several months due to major upgrades. Upgrades that span from a new building that has a drive through located on the east side of the building and goes around the back, double the pumps placed perpendicular to the street for easier maneuvering, additional landscaping with the introduction of a sculpture, more parking and multiple higher end finishes and fixtures within the building to gourmet coffee and popcorn. 

As all good things take time, the Kidd family and their associates have been working on the master plan, working out all the details and kinks for sometime. I was approached by the family this past February to assist with the interior design. Although they had a pretty good idea of the direction that they wanted go, they needed a little assistance obtaining the end result. 

A neutral, timeless, easy to clean, crisp, refreshing, light and airy, very functional, inviting atmosphere with few industrial accents and splashes of their brand color was the ambiance we achieved. 

After many months of design/planning, demo, construction and installation of fixtures and finishes, the Kidd family and their associates are proud to reopen their new and improved convenience store tomorrow Monday, July 23rd with a grand opening soon to follow. So, if you’re out and about or on your way to work in the downtown area, make sure to swing by and try one of their lovely gourmet coffees, fill up your tank or just swing by to check it out. 

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Remember the original building?  

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Repurposed beams from the original store. 

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Finishes to be used. American Olean mosaic wall tile, Formica plastic laminate custom cabinetry, Corian custom countertops, white subway tile, Johnsonite rubber base and Trends in Tile 24x24 floor tile. 

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Sherwin Williams - Anew Gray - Main wall color. 

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Richardet Floor Covering starting the installation of the custom designed mosaic wall tile. Fun stuff! 

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Richardet Floor Covering custom mosaic wall tile almost complete behind drink station. 

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Architectural rendered drawings of the finished project. 

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Terrie Hill - Residential Remodel - Cape Girardeau, MO

In March of 2017 a repeat client and his wife decided to remodel the front half of the main floor of their residence including the entry way, dining room, sitting room, hallway, powder bath and office.  

The home had been added onto mulitple times and the goal was to update the area and to give the walkway leading into their kitchen a more open feel.

A newer/larger front door was added, the small supports were removed on the front porch to give it more of an open feel; wall paper was added to the dining room ceiling and powder bath; new lighting fixtures were added; a fresh new coat of paint was applied to all walls, doors, casing and base trim; a new rug, new lamps and pillows were swapped out with the old in the sitting room; mirrors and paint were applied to the back panel of the existing china hutch; new plumbing fixtures and hardware/accessories were installed in the powder bath; custom cabinetry was designed and installed in the office, a new desk and desk chair were purchased and the existing pillows, rug and artwork were repurposed from the sitting room; the walkway from the foyer/hallway/stairwell (to the upstairs and basement) that lead into the kitchen was opened by removing a wall that had two doors; new handrails and custom spindles were made and installed to not only match the existing ones on the 2nd floor, but also to give the space a more open feel. 

A balance of a traditional base with colorful Asian accents were merged to create their unique ambiance. 

 

 

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Hall/stairwell before.  

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Hall/stairwell after.  

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Foyer before.  

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Foyer after.  

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Office before.  

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Office after.  

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Office before.  

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Office after.  

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Sitting room before.  

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Sitting room before.  

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Sitting room after.  

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Sitting room after.  

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Stairwell handrail detail after. 

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Powder bath before.  

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Powder bath after.  

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Dining room before.  

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Dining room after.  

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Front porch before.  

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Front porch after.  

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Honoring Our Veterans Missouri National Veterans Memorial- Perryville, MO

Giving back to the community is important to me; even more so when it’s for our Veterans. 

I was approached by a couple of the board members of the Missouri National Veterans Memorial, currently being designed and constructed in Perryville, MO (my home-town), about providing my interior design services to select and produce art for the Welcome Center and to select the interior finishes for the Museum.  

This project is well under-way, but there is still a lot that needs to be accomplished. A to-scale replica of the Washington, DC WWII Memorial (a sister wall) has been erected to provide an additional location for individuals to pay their respects to their family, friends and loved ones. The Welcome Center house’s a chapel, gift shop and lobby that will provide potential donors information about naming opportunities to honor their veteran. 

To learn more or to donate, please visit the following link and watch the video to see how James “Jim” M. Eddleman (Perryville, MO native) kept a promise to himself to honor all those who served by donating 2.5 million dollars and a 47-acre farm where the memorial is located.

http://www.mnvmfund.org/

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MNVM Welcome Center-Perryville, MO

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MNVM Outdoor Canopy-Perryville, MO

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Warm Country Welcome - Uniontown, MO

In March, earlier this year a repeat client requested my assistance putting my eye on their outdoor project. They wanted to clean up the existing side entrance to their home. They wanted to create a more structured and well design facade and walkway to direct guests to their side door instead of their front door.

I met with them to discuss the project and took as many pictures, dimensions and notes as I could in the first meeting. With ideas flowing I was able to produce six layout options. Via email, my clients were able to narrow the plans down to one and from that point I was able to draw elevations including the house and the pergola.

They wanted to work with a company for the concrete, but wanted to remove/relocate all of the landscaping and build the new pergola themselves. I scheduled a meeting to intoduce my client to a local concreter and we went over the drawings with him. 

A couple weeks after the meeting with the concreter we obtained a quote for his work, the bid was in line with my client’s budget and my clients had him add their name to his list. The overal design did not change from the first draft, but they decided to wrap the stamped concrete design around to the front of the house. Radius sizes and precise midpoints have been cleaned up, final drawings have been submitted and my clients are currently on the concreter’s list waiting for their turn. 

After shots to come ASAP!  

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From the driveway, looking at the side of the house.  

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Opposite direction. Looking from the front yard towards the house.  

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From the driveway, looking at the side of the house.