When decorator Dana McVay moved to Wichita, she entrusted Brian Lewis of Saving Grace Construction with the remodeling of her 1950s-built Eastborough home. What she didn't anticipate were the ideas he would bring to the project.
“Dana had a little 'bomb shelter’ of a shower that was about three feet square and solid concrete,” says Lewis. “Originally she planned a more low-end redo, but I convinced her it would be worth the extra cost to rip it out and install a walk-in seven-foot shower with glass panels.” That created a luxurious and dramatic backdrop for McVay’s mosaic glass tiles and floating vanities. Lewis updated the kitchen with a herringbone tile backsplash, white and gray quartz countertops and dark gray satin-finish appliances.
Creative ideas, personalized service
When Lewis started Saving Grace Construction in 2000 he had over 24 years of experience under his tool belt. He’s an independent contractor with an extensive network of skilled workers to call upon. “They show up with a pickup pulling a trailer full of tools and get the job done. It works really well.”
This approach allows him to take on remodeling projects of all sizes, in addition to new construction, such as the $400,000 custom home in progress right now. “It’s an incredible feeling to start with an empty field, go through all the stages of building and end up with a family’s home.” His paper resume can’t quite capture what sets Lewis apart. He loves working with clients, always brings new ideas to a project, and goes to great lengths to provide outstanding service to his customers.
Hearth and home
While building a new home in Augusta, the owners had a particular vision for a country ambiance. Lewis installed a replica of an antique wood-burning stove in the dining room, fully usable and complete with removable hot plates and front-opening doors. All the wood trim, door headpieces and handrails were custom made from oak. “It resembled houses you would see in the South, very elegant.”
During the planning stages of a pool house, Lewis suggested that the owner make a few upgrades. “Rather than spending all this money on a seasonal space, it can now be used year-round for parties, an office or even a man cave. We added a kitchen, bath, fireplace and heating and air — it’s fully functional.”
“The best part of my job is all the people I meet along the way. So many of my clients become friends,” Lewis says. And those people give him plenty of referrals and repeat business — some of it out of the ordinary. “I’ve had clients ask me to check on their house for them when they’re out of town, or stop in to pet their dog or cat. They’ll tell me ‘My pet’s so attached to you. Do you mind?’ Of course I don’t, it’s all in a day’s work. I guess you could say I offer a real concierge-type service.” Even his hobbies are people-oriented. To relax Lewis enjoys sculpting with clay. Recently he created a bust of Coach Gregg Marshall, and after dropping it off at the Marshall home he received a very nice letter of thanks from the coach.
Lewis loves all aspects of his job whether it’s new construction, remodeling, room additions or looking after the family pets. “With every project my goal is to make the process fun and enjoyable with a beautiful end result — one that makes my clients smile every time they look at it.”
Saving Grace Construction
11811 W. O'Neil St.
Wichita, KS 67212