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Renovation: Finishing Details

Today, I’m sharing all the miscellaneous details and bonus photos of our property renovation on Keats Ave.

There is a bonus room located off the kitchen, that was historically an addition to the property. We found evidence of the addition in the augmented rooflines of the home. I think this room might function as a formal dining room, den, office, extra bedroom or nursery. I wanted to keep the space traditional, neutral, and versatile. For this reason, I chose the color, Silver Plate by Sherwin William, which allows the window trim to contrast beautifully against the walls and ceilings.

In the daylight, I enjoy the combined look of the chocolate malt hardwood floors with the painted gray walls and white trim. We reinstated transom windows above the exterior and interior doors of the property to keep classic details within the property.

We fixed up the stairs by painting the steps espresso and white. The original banister really matched the floors pretty well, so we just kept it the same, which was lucky because they can get pricey. I thought a sisal runner would add texture to the stairs and protect the paint for the time being.

Meanwhile, we painted the upstairs bedrooms in Whisper White by Dunn Edwards. We used nice 5″ architectural baseboards through all the bedrooms of the property. Our carpenter created custom door and window trims ranging from sophisticated to basic. In the bedrooms, we kept trims basic.

We saved money by using closet doors from Habitat for Humanity resale store and economical carpet from Home Depot.

The basic light fixtures and recessed lighting throughout the property are all about creating illumination. You can see how the white walls and open doorways really create an open feeling in the front living space.

Painting the gray door was a finishing touch to the property. I felt it added to the Scandinavian sensibility that I am really drawn to.

You can catch up on the rest, if you missed out on the bathroom and kitchen designs.

As for now, I’m staying busy!  Lulu’s bathroom demolition starts tomorrow and I will keep you looped in via Instagram.

 

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Renovation Story: Drywall

I can’t even describe how exciting it was to see the drywall going up, once the demolition, framing, and repair were complete.

I promise to make this post extra special by including more before and after photos so that you can see the transformation of the space. If you are new to my blog, you can catch up on the rest of the Renovation Story here.

This is a view of the first room of the home, the living room, as it opens up to the kitchen. For the large entryways on either side, I was inspired by a local area homes and the intention to insert a see thru-direct vent gas fireplace in the future.

At the moment, plans to install the gas fireplace are undecided because we were not sure if a future buyer may prefer to use the wall space for a television or artwork.

For us, the transformation from demo through drywall was a real turning point in the design process.

Remember the crowded kitchen corner? Here it is after reframing and drywall. You can see how we actually expanded the space to include the former bathroom and shifted a window over a few feet to provide some natural lighting on the north side of the kitchen.

Later, you will notice the farmhouse sink will be centered on this window.

A large doorway leads from the right hand side of the kitchen to the sitting room.

This additional side room ended up being the largest in the home based on the square footage. I feel that this room could be used in many ways: a home office, dining room, sitting room, den or even additional bedroom.

As you can see we made the decision to line up all the doors on the right hand side of the home. This is consistent with the layout that would be found in a shot gun home of any era.

Drywall installation meant that the real fun as a designer: Floors, Trims, and Material finishes were soon to come.

Also, you may have noticed the beginnings of a lighting plan emerging in the drywall ceiling photos.  Next, I will begin to share the recessed lighting schedule along with the material and trim selections for the home.

If it seems like everything was happening at once, it really was! Just wait until you see the exterior changes that were happening at this time.

 

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Renovation Story: Demolition Part 4

You may be wondering…how all the construction work began and what was left of the house after the demolition?

First of all, we needed to strip everything down to the studs in order to preserve the original historic footprint of the home. We preserved framing and structural supports when the wood was in good condition. We removed everything from drywall to ceilings to sub-flooring.

You may remember that this hallway would be one of the largest changes within the floor plan.

We prepared to move the original bathroom into the hallway to enlarge the kitchen and serve as a guest bath.

Then, we would include a Master Bathroom within the remaining hallway space. Below you can see the new framing for the Master Bathroom and the Guest Bathroom  is framed out directly behind it.

Below is a segment of the original spacious hallway that I shared pictures of last week. The original floor tiles pictured which were in not able to be reused.

Next, a small transitional space leads from the Master Bathroom to the Master Bedroom.

All other areas of the home needed equal reconstruction through demolition. Some were in a state of disrepair!  As I am writing this, I am really appreciating the amount of work my contractor took on! In the front of the house the living room had been used as a bedroom and needed considerable demolition.

The crumbling chimney and fireplace in the living room was a major concern to our HVAC installer. We decided to remove it completely and leave open the option of installing a see-thru direct vent gas fireplace down the road.

Below you can see how the living room walls, chimney and closet have been completely removed and the new framing is in place. I chose to create 6′ wide doorways through to the kitchen on either side of the fireplace wall for an open concept look and feel.

The 2 upstairs bedrooms and the stairway leading to them were stripped down in a similar way.

Next Monday, I will show you where all this demolition leads! With the drywall in place, we can begin to visualize the overall look and design plan.

Have a great week!

Hilary

 

 

 

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Renovation Story: Back Yard

Let’s pick up where we left off of the Renovation Story…the backyard.

The backyard is where we began the Renovation because back in the warmth of September. My husband and I were visiting our family and we wanted to put a little work into the property.

I knew that eventually the back door of the property would lead to the Master Bedroom. With this in mind, I knew that I wanted to create a a more secluded feeling for the back of the house. I also wanted the Master to open to a paver patio, where the owners could enjoy the shaded evening and the outdoors.

This really sweet back entrance fueled my inspiration.

Our house, while not nearly as glamorous had the potential and has a similar color of siding too.

The original back of the property below revealed the asymmetry of the design. The door was off centered and the upper windows needed a lot of work as they had experienced dry rot.

The lower windows were able to be saved and we made the decision to move them to replace the 2nd floor windows.

Before construction began, we laid the stone patio by hand using Tranquil Country Pavers from Lowe’s. I liked them for the European feel.

I did some research on how to lay a stone patio and consulted with my contractor before I began work. Below, you can see the patio which runs the width of the back of the house, approximately 18′ wide and 8′ deep.

This next photo shows the exterior changes to the property after we centered the door and removed the lower windows completely. Typically, I love natural light and would hesitate to remove any windows. I ultimately decided to take them away so that the Master would be more private and have lots of options on the interior for furniture layout.

2 nautical sconces flank the back door. I think they are really fun and mimic the grill pattern found in the door.

Although, the patio is still in tact, it needs to have sand pushed between the pavers again this Spring. We also have a retaining wall in the works and landscaping which I will share with you once complete. We have yet to decide to build a pergola over the door. I am still entertaining the idea and would love to hear your thoughts!

I will post an updated photo of the lighting installed on either side of the back door soon.

*Here it is with porch lights, new roof, and soil grading complete in the back yard.

Now, I just can’t wait to landscape, once the grass begins sprouting through the seed and straw.

 

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Crescent Hill Shotgun House Project

Many of you may be wondering what happened to my posts!

You may have asked yourself, “Is she still designing?”…or perhaps, “She ran off to the Netherlands with her husband like she’s always planned,” or “maybe she’s on the banks of the river Seine in a houseboat painting”…you would be partly right, I am still designing… although I did fall off the face of the planet for about one month of negotiating, documenting, and planning this historic home renovation.The fact is, I am still catching up on sleep;)

We are embarking on a grand new project over here at PinkPianos design…and outside of having beaucoup design work in Los Angeles to dive into…I have found a sweet little project in my home town of Louisville, KY.

At the moment, I am preparing architectural plans and drawgins for the City’s approval. As it turns out, the home that we are buying is in a quaint historic neighborhood…meaning there are many charming and quaint guidelines about what can and cannot be built.

Here is how the how the front porch looks now along with a bit of inspiration for how we hope it may look soon.

I hope you will come along for the ride! and share your opinions and insights with me on this renovation.

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