Kliethermes Homes & Remodeling, Inc.December 2014
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Beg, Borrow or Steal Light
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Kliethermes Homes & Remodeling is a family owned design/build company serving Mid Missouri since 1976. From the beginning we have worked with our clients to build a Tradition of Trust.
We specialize in the design/build process, which is a unique process that offers creative solutions for kitchen, bathroom, entertaining areas, outdoor living spaces or additional space for a growing family. We are with you every step of the way.
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At this time of year, when the sun sits low on the horizon, does the interior of your home sometimes feel darker than usual? Do you find yourself flipping on the light switch even during the daytime? Below are some tips for illuminating the deep recesses of your home with "borrowed light" instead.
Happy Holidays! 


At this time of year we always like to look back at the last 12 months and look forward into the future. We are so blessed to have been able to work with the people we have over the past year and to build those relationships with our community. We have built and remodeled some amazing projects this year but what really makes them amazing are the people we've been fortunate to work with. Our clients are our success.


I also couldn't be more blessed than to have a team of great people with me, each person on our team has played an integral role in the continued prosperity and longevity of our company. My team stretches even farther than just those working besides me; my team includes a great family as well.

My family has been there to support me and help me achieve one of my lifelong dreams. I have always wanted to build and remodel, thanks to the support and encouragement of my family I am making that dream come true every day. I want to thank everyone over the past 38 years who have helped my family get this company to where it is today, clients and employees alike have all played a critical role in allowing this company to be where we are today.

Thank you all and have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Cale J Kliethermes

Beg, Borrow or Steal Light

The current preference for large, light-filled, open spaces has inspired many people to remodel and reconfigure their older homes. Have you been considering this as well?  In the core area of your home, the plan will usually involve removing the walls that divide the space into small rooms, such as a wall that separates your dining room from the kitchen. This opening-up process increases the amount of light that can reach into all the previously dark recesses. It often creates larger expanses of wall space that provide the opportunity to install more and larger windows.

When the secondary areas of your home feel closed off, a different strategy will be needed. Opening up the space by removing the interior walls could pose a problem if you value privacy in, say, your office or your laundry room. On the other hand, those solid walls and doors can form a barrier that cannot be penetrated by light from the rest of your home. You may find yourself having to turn on the electric lights during the daytime, which wastes energy. One option for bringing more natural light into these secondary areas is to install exterior windows, roof windows, skylights or light tubes, where feasible.

Another way to add light to the remote corners of your home is through the use of interior windows, glass partitions and glass doors. These products provide a way to borrow light from other rooms, allowing the light to reach deeper into the house. A strategically placed glass interior opening can almost double the illumination received by your master bath as it shares light with the master bedroom. This is also a good option for helping to illuminate a hallway.


If a clear glass interior opening does not provide enough privacy, the glass may be frosted, etched or obscured with texture-also providing an opportunity for artistic expression that enhance's the look of the space. Transom windows that are installed high on a wall or over a door will transfer light from one space to another, yet maintain privacy due to their location. Multiple transom windows are often grouped together, creating a unique architectural detail.

Besides dispersing more light into an otherwise dim room, glass interior openings can also establish a visual connection between separate rooms. Such an opening can allow you to work in your home office while keeping an eye on your children playing in the adjacent family room. The glass opening may also be designed to capture an attractive view of the next room within its frame, while making both rooms feel more spacious.


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