Beth’s House – After!

We finally have some after shots! It is still a work-in-progress, as I haven’t gotten around to styling and decorating exactly how I envision. The realities of time, budget, and energy! However, the construction in complete on Phase 1, and I am loving the function of my new, bright space!

Speaking of reality, here are a few that are typical for renovation. 1) Do your best to stick to your budget. Did you notice the countertop microwave hidden in the corner by the fridge? Here is a better view- My budget did not allow for all of my appliance desires. Most notably, an Advantium. So currently there is an empty hole in my island where one will eventually settle in, but for now, a countertop microwave it is!

This is the view from where a mirrored wall once stood. Can you believe how much brighter the space is? I love the waterfall countertop, bookcase, and pendants.

This bookcase is a focal point as you walk down the hallway. I love creating vistas with beauty and function. The bookcase is one part of a complicated 4-sided, decorative/structural element in the heart of the public spaces. I love the function & beauty.

A close-up kitchen view showing my free-standing stainless cabinet. It looks completely built-in! We used integrated hardware on the painted cabinets, and rail pulls on all the walnut pieces.

The dining room was brightened up with a fresh coat of white paint, and my new favorite shade of green, Sherwin Williams “Nervy Hue.” As soon as phase 2 is complete and all of our boxes are finally unpacked, I’ll add my books.

Townes’ room and playroom were brightened up with bold colors and a fun (and incredibly soft) carpet. Please forgive the box clutter!

Speaking of Townes, he was quite the helper with the photos!

Townes’ bath features stripes in the same Nervy Hue, and a fun circle backsplash. Another “reality” moment, note all the toothbrushes, mouth wash, and tissues! These will go once mom & dad move to their new bathroom.

I really love how his space turned out.

The guest bathroom/powder room features a fun tile and gorgeous walnut vanity. A little more reality- no window treatments yet.

I loved the faucet we used in our office so much, I reused it here!

There you have it! Our photographer is coming later this year, and we will have the official photographs taken. Although, I do plan to take my time with the decor for 2 reasons: 1. I enjoy the process and want to relish it, and 2. Realty… my life is a little hectic! Meanwhile, this sign going up at the house means Phase 2 is nearing completion… stay tuned!

By |October 10th, 2012|Beth, Beth's House|2 Comments|

Beth’s House – Phase 2

Phase 2 has officially started! I am so excited with how quick the process has been already. As I mentioned before, the blessing of this renovation is the fact that we were lucky enough to find a house with two kitchens. This helped tremendously with the two phases, because it allowed us to be sequestered to one side of the house during each part. Now that phase 1 is complete, with my shiny new kitchen, we no longer need the second kitchen… and thank goodness for that, because it is u-g-l-y. I’m sure that in its day,  it was very cool, and in some ways I can appreciate the vintage detailing, like the site-built cabinets and the carefully orchestrated graining. However, I do not appreciate the tired Formica countertops and the giant tear in the flooring (which we have been covering up with a large rug).

The main project of phase 2 is turning the old, outdated kitchen and bath into the new master bathroom suite and laundry/mudroom/powder room. We are also adding better access to the backyard.

So let’s take a look at the floor plan before. The master bath is not currently connected to the bedroom, but the bedroom does have two doors. I guess that was so you wouldn’t have to walk the extra ten feet depending on which side you are coming from? Who knows. I wonder if I will miss this extra door?

The existing footprint really lent itself well to the new changes. The old kitchen had a rear, backyard entrance that is perfect for the mudroom I have always dreamed of; however, since the existing master will no longer be accessible to the hallway, it was important to add a small bathroom in close proximity to this area. By reworking the existing bath, we changed the door location and added tons of storage, including double vanities. I can’t wait to see this finished!

Here are some before and current progress photos. Family room before…

Family room progress with our new sliding doors! I am having the paneling removed in this room as well as in the hallway. You can see the new drywall as well.

Here is another view of the current kitchen…

…and as it begins the demo stage. We are reusing cabinets wherever we can. A couple from this kitchen are going into the garage for additional storage. We are keeping one cabinet with the boomerang countertop. I love a little kitsch in strategic locations.

The master bedroom has been one of my favorite areas to work with. This is the before shot: a long, empty room…

…with a teeny tiny closet. NOT functional for both my husband and I.

So we are knocking that closet down and adding custom built-ins. One side of the room for my husband, and one for me. Here is a sneak peek of the drawings-

The master bathroom before had cute starburst tile, but it just isn’t as functional as we would like. The chandelier will be spared for a future project. Here is a look back to jog your memory…

This shot is from the demo phase. I think the construction guys really wanted to class up the demolition by leaving the crystal chandelier in place.

They left it up through framing as well! A feminine touch goes a long way, I tell ya.

Here is the long hallway connecting all these areas, before…

And progress! Drywall was hidden beneath the paneling. Lucky us! Our painter put Kilns over the existing drywall to make way for clean coating. The doorways to the master bedroom and old bath are being framed in. This will be my future art gallery. I can’t wait to place art! We need to talk lighting soon, as it will be key in this area.

I am so excited about the progress so far!

By |August 21st, 2012|Beth, Beth's House|2 Comments|

Beth’s House – Update

We have been so

busy at our office, and things at my house have been just as crazy. I think every tradesperson imaginable was working at my house yesterday. Yes, it was chaos, but it also means we are so much closer to Phase 1 being complete!

In my last post, I showed you the plans for the kitchen and living areas, so now let's take a look at the other side of the house, where most of the bedrooms are located. Let's start with the demo plan, shall we? The door on the far right leads back into the kitchen/family areas. There are three bedrooms, plus the raised area which will be transformed into my son's playroom.

In all its glory, here is the inconspicuous room with three doors connecting all the different additions to the home.  There were several options regarding how we could proceed with this space, but in my overall vision, I really wanted to make this space more functional, and that required expanding the bathroom so guests could have access, as well. It is a natural vestibule for the bedrooms and their shared bath.

So, we tore the wall down. Along with the bathroom behind it. I'm still wondering how a sconce over the door was very functional….

Do you remember the bath? Teeny tiny with a huge shower and lovely vinyl flooring. Yes, that is the shower door meeting you in the doorway, literally!

Once these were removed, we had enough room  for a much more functional and accesible bath.

Much better! Here is a view down the new hallway with drywall installed. The new bath is on the opposite side of the right hand wall. I have selected some very fun sconces for this area!

Check out some of the tile work being installed in the bath. I really wanted this room to be playful, since it is primarily for my 7-year-old son, but also practical and sophisticated for guests.

Speaking of Townes, his bedroom really worked out perfectly! The far bedroom has steps leading up to a space that's perfect for a play area. This was one space in the house already functional for our family's needs! The niche on the right side was even the perfect size for his bed. Very “cave-like” and fun!

The only issue at hand was the closet placement. It covered up a window, taking away any opportunity for natural light in the space. So we had it demo'd and moved to the opposite side of the room, allowing more light to pour in the space. You may be worried about all of this paneling, but hold out for the furniture and fixture installations to come. You will see the vision!

I can't wait to show you all the different ways we are incorporating more brightness into this room! Bold colors and patterns have found their way into this playful kid's space. Here is a sneak peek:

Bedroom #3 didn't require as much work. A quick update to the bookcases and new carpeting will help to pull this space together nicely.

Things are running along smoothly (well, for the most part)! We are almost finished with phase 1 and will be moving furniture in soon. I can't wait to show you the completed spaces and tell you more abo

t the process.

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By |August 1st, 2012|Beth, Beth's House|Comments Off on Beth’s House – Update|