Just to tease your imagination… Here are a few of my projects.
I specialize in thoughtfully considering the space… How will it suit your needs and style best? What in the room is quality built and could stay just in a freshened format? I love to incorporate vintage pieces in a new fresh way to build character in the space.
1974 Fireplace Re-Do
The existing fireplace in this 1974 house was dated, lacked charm and was inefficient for heating. The mantel was less than desirable in its flimsy, nondescript way.
The ‘after’ picture below show how we used the existing fireplace structure and basically ’embellished’ it to add style. My design included a wood casing to be built over the existing brick chase top. Working with chosen antique wall sconces to flank each side of the chase, the panels of the fireplace chase were designed accordingly.
It wasn’t just style that was added, the function of the fireplace greatly improved with the addition of an efficient Lopi wood burning insert.
Painting the bottom part of the brick a dark grey, almost black, and changing the tile on the hearth give visual weight to the bottom of the fireplace.
The overall style of the room was working toward a Colonial Revival Cottage style so the pickwick paneling wainscotting, ceiling beams and wide pine floor boards were all thoughtful additions to bring about that style.
Victorian House Master Bathroom
This was a bathroom in a 100 year old house. The previous space had been remodeled in the 70’s, and was so narrow between the tub and sink, you basically had to shimmy sideways to get to the toilet! Unbelievably this was the only bathroom in a 5 bedroom house!
My design stole about 4 feet from the adjoining back bedroom, (the rest of that bedroom got changed into a much needed 2nd bathroom). Having that extra footage for this original bathroom allowed enough space to transform it into a lovely master bathroom with a separate toilet area, double sinks and a walk in shower. In this bathroom re-design, character and a separate water closet for just the toilet was incorporated with an antique stained glass window and vintage door rescued from another part of the house.
The kitchen in this 1970’s house was crowded, with the stove too close to the fridge and separated from the main part of the house.
That separating wall was opened up and replaced with a huge doorway, matching the same lines and style of the existing dining area doorway.
The wall between the kitchen and dining room was completely removed. This was a strategic plan, not only did it open the kitchen and dining room up visually, but with the wall gone, the new design stole a couple feet from the dining room for the kitchen, allowing a better layout for the kitchen work triangle and cabinets.
Designing the floor plan for this kitchen was fun to see how the space could be used more efficiently, improving the function of the room. The cabinets were replaced and wide plank hickory floor installed, drastically changing the form of the room as well.
Cottage Style Facade
The ‘before’ picture of this mid 70’s house clearly shows how tired it was. The window layout was asymmetrical, (and not in a good way). The entire house was lacking balance and had an 80’s paint job in ‘Country Blue’ and ‘Maroon’ with ‘Creme’ trim.
The ‘after’ pic shows the new front porch addition that created a sense of welcome and confirmed the cottage style. The poorly balanced windows on the front of the house were replaced with proportionally correct windows. Finally, the entire house was given a fresh paint job in classic white.
Old House Kitchen Re-do
The kitchen in this 100 year old house had been remodeled in the 60’s and needed to be redone! Sadly, that previous remodeling had removed all the original features of the room, including the trim, doorways, windows and even blocked off the back stairway leading up to the 2nd level.
My design for the kitchen brought the room back closer to how it was built originally. Because this was a historic home, with much of the original woodwork and character in the rest of the house, to bring this kitchen into a more cohesive style to match the rest of the house was important. Another goal was to open it up so that it didn’t feel like you were cooking in a dark cave!
The new design re-opened the back stairway and added a window, (opening) and doorway. Though the window opening does not look directly outside, it goes through the breakfast room, I thoughtfully designed the kitchen window opening to line up with the exterior breakfast room window on the opposite side of the wall. That way, the kitchen window feels like it is an outside view.
Another feature my design added in the kitchen was the wall mounted pot rack. The brick facade of the pot rack design looks and feels like the old chimney. This was a clever use of space for those over-sized pans that can take up precious cabinet space.
1980’s Condo Kitchen Re-do
It was hard to get a good ‘before’ picture of this 1980’s condo kitchen because it was so closed off from the main part of the living space.
We took the wall down between the kitchen and front hall as well as the wall between the kitchen and dining area. This created a true great room, kitchen, dining and living room all in one space.
The owner wanted the style for this space to be a mix of modern farmhouse with Swedish influences. The cabinets were replaced with new white ones. The backsplash is a white glazed penny tile.
By using open shelving over the kitchen sink, gave a fun place to display Swedish themed treasures and daily used dishes.
The island and the hall walls are covered with white washed rough sawn boards.
This condo went from dull and dark to light and airy with a playful twist. The cabinets, walls and floor are all light white or grey, lending the splashes of red and color from the Swedish pieces a fresh environment.
1970’s Front Entry Re-do
The front entry in this 1970’s house was so nondescript. It lacked any definition from the main floor of the house.
Most of the walls on this main level were removed.
In removing all those walls, it created a great room, but I felt the front entry needed to be defined from the main room. I like an entry design to be a subtle segue into the main part of the house. There is a balance of taking down walls and adding walls, to create the airy open feel, but not to sacrifice definition when needed. Therefore, I designed a wide doorway, in that new wall addition of the front entry, that lined up on center with the new front door. This new doorway also has a specialty glass transom to allow the natural light to stream through.
1970’s Living Space Re-do
The living room, in the ‘before’ pic, shows the sunken floor. That feature could be interesting, except the goal here was to create an open floor plan. Due to the sunken floor, the ceiling height in the room below it was compromised, leaving it nearly unusable at only 6′ tall. This main floor sunken floor need to be raised to make a livable lower level family room underneath it.
Previously, the doorway beyond the living room went into the dining room. In my new plan for the space, that room was being changed into an office, with a side entrance from the kitchen instead.
In the ‘after’ pic you can see where the old doorway and spindles have been replaced with built-in bookshelves and antique interior windows. They add character to the room, still keep it feeling open, but block the view to the office beyond.
The non-functioning picture windows in the living room were replaced with double hung windows that can now be opened.
The ceiling in this living room was treated with beadboard, which was also used on several other elements in this main level. Unifying the main level, wide pine floor boards were selected for a primitive cottage style.
Hall Closet Transformed into Library
The hall was a previously long narrow space that ended in the bathroom. Feeling we could sacrifice one of the closets for open storage, I designed a fresh new hall with built-in character.
My design included shortening the hall, (that far bathroom was being incorporated into the back bedroom, so the hall entry was no longer needed for it) adding an interesting antique arched window in that new wall and removing one of the closets to create a unique library space.
In the ‘after’ pic the transformation is full of character with a built-in library.
This is a great example of thinking outside the box… By removing the doors of the existing closet and building in shelving and a bench as well as thoughtful lighting, the space was transformed into a library, all in the same footprint of the previous closet!
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