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December 2015

Dear <<First Name>>,

Happy December! I hope everyone had a safe and happy Thanksgiving. Micki, the girls and I were able to spend some time with my brother, Clinton and his family in North Carolina. It was a great time and I always love being around family.

This has been a truly blessed year for us as a family and our company. Dad (Dan) and I complete our responsibilities transfer this month. I assume responsibility for all operations and he continues in remodel and custom home sales. He is going to celebrate by turning in his first vacation request form—in his life! It has been a very exciting time for all of us.  

This year we have worked with absolutely great people to plan out beautiful projects. Some of which I still can’t wait to see them completed! It is always fun to design the projects and just as fun to see them come out of the ground. This has been an exciting and blessed year for sure!

Thank you to all those who have allowed us to design and build their remodel and home, not just this year but in all the years past, it is because of you that we are here today. You have all been a blessing to me and my family for nearly 40 years now and I can’t thank you enough for all that you’ve allowed us to do for you!

Whichever holiday you and your family may be celebrating this year I hope that you have a great time with family and friends and are able to enjoy time with one another. From the whole Kliethermes Team, Micki, Alexis, Ellie and I, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! God Bless!

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Treasures for the Bathroom

Homeowners are gaining interest in incorporating salvaged, reclaimed and reused materials in their home remodeling projects today. They have done the research, and they realize the benefits not only to the environment, but also to the appearance of their homes. They are recognizing the beauty and richness that aged materials can bring to their home environment. In the last few years, the idea of preservation for residential projects has gained ground, and consumers are reversing the earlier trend of throwing away and buying everything new.

If you value reclaiming and reusing, let us consider how you could incorporate aged materials into an upcoming bathroom remodeling project. First of all, you can carefully deconstruct your existing bathroom. The components specified for use in your remodeling project may be reused, while the rest are simply harvested as valuable building material for eventual use by someone else. This gives a new life-cycle to all components and diminishes the need for virgin resources for other building projects in our community. Items such as old windows and doors may be donated to a local nonprofit—such as Habitat for Humanity—that receives and sells reclaimed building materials to raise funds for their community efforts. You will have the pleasure of knowing you have benefitted others in more ways than one. Building material not suitable for repurposing in its present condition, such as an outdated ceramic toilet, may be ground up and recycled into another type of building product.

Above: Vinter’s Collection reclaims oak staves for bathroom furniture. Next, Vinter’s Collection repurposed oak barrels for bathroom vanities.

Perhaps there are existing items from other parts of your home that you are thinking about repurposing in your remodeled bathroom. Begin by researching the appropriateness of the items for the environment. If you want to transform your grandmother's antique sideboard into a bathroom vanity, for example, you need to be aware that the original furniture finish may not withstand the level of moisture present in your bathroom. Also, the interior drawer configuration was not designed to accept plumbing pipes. Challenges like these can be overcome, but it will require some expense and your willingness to make major changes to your family heirloom.

A second direction you can turn in your search for a vanity is to a local company that specializes in the deconstruction of buildings and the salvaging of building materials for reuse. Here you may find a vintage bathroom vanity in excellent condition or a lovely pedestal sink for a fraction of the original price. A stack of reclaimed wood, rich in character, could inspire a custom-built vanity or medicine cabinet.

A third option is to purchase a bathroom vanity from a manufacturer known for creating beautiful, high-quality new products from salvaged materials. The advantage of going this direction is knowing you have purchased a sustainable product that also has been designed and finished specifically to resist the stains and moisture normally associated with a bathroom environment.

Below left: 100% recycled glass tile from pre-consumer waste glass. Below right: Solid bronze knobs and pulls with 90% recycled content.


1902 Corona Road, Suite 200
Columbia, MO 65203


About Us

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.

Kliethermes Homes & Remodeling |

1902 Corona Road, Suite 200 | Columbia, MO 65203
573.446.2222 |

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