Thursday, November 15, 2012


We are excited to have received the award for best bathroom remodel,  $30,000-$60,000, from the National Association of Remodelers (NARI) Contractor of the Year (CotY) Awards 2012.

Every year, NARI awards CotY awards for remodeling projects that stand out in the industry. Judging is based on problem solving, functionality, aesthetics, craftsmanship, innovation, degree of difficulty, and entry presentation.

Thank you to our client and NARI for this presitigous award!




Sunday, October 21, 2012

NARI Tour of Remodeled Homes



Nine Design Group is honored to be participating in the NARI Tour of Remodeled Homes from Saturday-Sunday, October 27 and 28th, Noon-6:00. The remodeld home is located on Lake Austin at 1800 Lake Shore Drive, 78746. Tickets are $25 to tour all eleven homes or $10 for a single home tour ticket. Come visit us to see more of the changes made to this amazing property.  For more information on the tour, visit

Monday, October 8, 2012

See Nine Design Group in a Dell Computer Ad!

Check out designs by Nine Design Group in Dell's Black Friday newspaper advertisement!   The below remodeled kitchen, caught the eye of an advertising scout.  The original plan was to photograph the owner's family in the kitchen only (using Dell computers, of course!), but after seeing the work Nine Design Group did throughout the home, they included the dining and living rooms. 



Thanks to our wonderful clients for sharing the spotlight with us.  If you would like to make your home camera ready, contact Nine Design Group today.  Who knows, it might just get discovered!

Boy's Basketball Room

Designing for kids (especially older kids) can be challenging.  Sometimes what they want in a room (lime green walls, monkey bars or everything to be zebra print) isn't always attractive practical.  We recently got a call from a mom who wanted to make her 10 year old son's room a place he would not only love now, but one that he could easily grow into.

During the initial phone call with Mom, we uncovered some of the boy's wants and "needs".  One thing she told us was that he loved basketball.   In fact, he actually had a basketball goal in his room.

With that information, the challenge became to make a basketball themed room that was sophisticated enough to carry him through his teenage years and would also be appealing to Mom.  The answer....keep the main walls a neutral gray (for Mom) and have a feature wall painted to look like a giant basketball (for him).  We selected just the right color orange for the basketball and carried it around the room with athletic inspired stripes.  (Sorry, we don't have pictures of the rest of the room.)  The thick black stripe is actually chalkboard paint (kids love it) where he and his friends can draw or write notes.  

The room was a big hit.  The boy's reaction when he saw the basketball wall..... "AWESOME!".  Mom was happy too!

If you would like help designing an "awesome" space for you or your child, contact Nine Design Group today.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

First-Ever Survey & Analysis of More than 1.2 Million Members Reveals Top-Rated Professionals and Current Design Trends from Across the Country

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Austin, TX – March 21st, 2012 – The Nine Design Group, Austin, TX has been awarded "Best of Remodeling" 2012 by Houzz, the leading online platform for residential remodeling and design. The Nine Design Group was chosen by more than 1.2 million registered members of the Houzz community.

The Houzz "Best of Remodeling" award for 2012 is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Customer Satisfaction winners are based on homeowner members who rated their experience working with the remodeling professionals in 12 categories ranging from architects, and interior designers to contractors and other residential remodeling professional. Design award winners' work was the most popular among the 1.2 million members, also known as "Houzzers," who saved more than 16.5 million professional images to their personal idea books via the Houzz site and the iPad/iPhone app.

"I am thrilled and honored to have won such a prestigious award” States Jill Gruner, President of Nine Design Group.

"With 3.5 million monthly unique users and 80 million monthly page views, Houzz has rapidly become the largest community of the active remodelers, providing homeowners and design enthusiasts with first-hand advice from Houzzers who have been through the renovating and decorating process," said Liza Hausman, vice president of marketing for Houzz. "This is a real stamp of approval for Nine Design Group from the Houzz community."

Friday, May 4, 2012

Kitchen Hearth

A new hearth is the focal point of this kitchen mini-remodel.  The clients chose to keep their existing cabinets and flooring. We updated the oak cabinets by simply painting them white (although new cabinets were added to the hearth area).   The color in the existing tile floor allowed us to incorporate the client's favorite color, red, on the island.  The travertine tiles wrap the interior of the hearth.  New granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and a fluted farmhouse sink are some of finishng touches to this bright and airy kitchen remodel.

Kitchen Before

Kitchen After

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Four Hands Warehouse Sale

Four Hands Home will be having a sale on overstock, discountinued and slightly damaged items on the weekend of February 24th.  Note, this sale will take place at the old Lacks Furniture Store at 2020 W. Anderson Lane (next to Sofa and Chair).  Get there early....always a crowded event.

Nadeau Furniture

Nadeau, furniture with a soul, recently opened up a location in Austin right behind Whit Hanks on 6th Street.  Nadeau is an importer of furniture from Indonesia.  Their pieces are sold at wholesale prices.  

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Walking on Sand in a Master Bath

In this master bath remodel, we removed the carpet, wallpaper, cultured marble countertops, oak cabinets and shower.

To stay within budget, we kept the existing tub, but framed it with tile for a built-in feel.  We raised the countertops and added a built-in laundry hamper next to the tub.  The client says that the new floor tile make her think she has escaped and is walking along a sandy beach.  We are now working on a window valance and artwork to keep her on vacation when relaxing in her new master bath.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Entire House Remodel

The clients had lived in their home for over twenty years and were ready for an entire house remodel. 

In the kitchen, new alder cabinets, granite countertops, pendant lighting, hardwood flooring and a travertine backsplash make for a beautiful and functional space:

Kitchen Before

Kitchen After

Kitchen After

Here are some photos of the master and guest baths:

Master Bath Before

Master Bath After

Guest Bath Before

Guest Bath After

Gorgeous Master Bath Remodel

On this master bath, the husband was attempting to do much of the work himself.  After two years of an inoperable bath, the couple called and asked for design assistance.

The results are dramatic.  We added travertine for warmth and beauty.  New cabinets added much needed storage.  A larger, frameless glass shower expands the room.  Mosaics on the floor, in the shower and on the tub backsplash provide a wow factor. 

Small changes add $100,000 in value!

Our clients asked us to help them update the kitchen on a new home they had just purchased.