As we begin to finish these spaces (ha! who is ever really finished), it’s fun for me to look back on where we started. I want to always remember, and appreciate, where this home started, and what it looks like now in it’s new chapter.
Here’s a few before and after’s that I’ve been able to capture thus far.
Almost completely cosmetic in here, we changed out the window, added new baseboards, removed the (vaulted) popcorn ceiling, added LVP floors, painted (SW White Heron), and added faux shiplap to the back wall. // More on this space here.
This was our biggest gut upstairs. Reframing the doorway to accommodate a rectangular soft-close barn door, removing all carpeting, re-arranging plumbing to add an oversized shower, 8′ dual vanity and heated floors and shower bench. Our master closet is the doorway on the right in the left picture, which stayed basically the same – we just moved the framing of it a bit to accommodate our shower. // More on this space here.
This was a sunken formal living room, complete with a wood burning fireplace that I so desperately wanted to keep, but we didn’t have the space with our open concept kitchen. This space is adjacent to our kitchen, thus the continuation of the vaulted ceilings, where we added two additional skylights for more natural light. We are vitamin D deficient, because we live where the vampires live…Seattle. #teamedward #oldjoke #notrelevantanymore // More on this space here.
Knowing that the kitchen is the heart of the home, we knew we’d need something bigger to accommodate all of our hosting. We removed all walls, and moved the base of the kitchen to the old formal dining room. Where the old kitchen was, became our oversized 7′ island and adjacent uppers and lowers for the L-shaped kitchen. We also vaulted the ceilings, adding two new skylights in here to create a more open feel for the new open concept floor plan. These were all structural changes, and thus required an architect and certain permits to be acquired from the city. For what it’s worth, my two cents are def seek professionals if you’re taking out structural walls, or vaulting the ceilings. // More on this space here.
This was another area that we re-worked the original footprint. As you can see on the left, you used to walk in and be able to follow a hallway to the back of the house. We blocked that off, and changed the flow of the home by adding a closet next to the stairs, so that you are forced to walk through our great room as you enter the home. Cosmetically, we ripped out the carpet, added hardwood stairs (stained in Ebony), and replaced the railing and balusters for an updated modern farmhouse look. // More on this space here.
This was one of my favorite transformations. We replaced the exterior door (that puts you on a path to the beach!), removed the vinyl (to find layers of original vinyl underneath!), added faux brick stone tile in a herringbone pattern, replaced the sink with a drop in sink and cabinets, painted (BM White Dove), added new molding and faux shiplap, and added 3′ of depth and countertop space to accommodate a new washer and dryer area. This space now works super hard with three littles, lots of shoes, and neighborhood kids who like to come play! // More on this space here.
There’s more of course, but my fingers are tired, and I need to keep you thirsting for more.
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