There’s More Than One Kind of Renovation

I’ve always imagined buying an old old house that needed a complete gut renovation and diving in headfirst. I’ve never really considered any other kind of project. It would be an old house that hadn’t been updated or kept up for decades, and I would overhaul the whole space. That’s a pretty big project to undertake, even for an architect. And it’s a huge project to undertake as your first go round renovating a space on your own. That is most certainly still a dream of mine, and it will happen, but I think that dream is a little further…

Uptown Renovation Wrap-up – Living Room Options

Eugenia’s renovation was a little bit of a two step project. There were the big projects that needed to be completed before the move in – refinishing the cabinets, painting the space and installing the new lights and ceiling fan, and then there was planning for the rest of the space in a way that Eugenia and her husband could implement over time at their own pace. There were several pieces that were coming along with the move, the sofa and the dining table and chairs {and one train table not shown that is a cute, but temporary, toy/play space…

Uptown Kitchen – Final Photos!

Here they are, final pics of Eugenia and her family’s kitchen renovation! It’s hard to even remember the before space, much less imagine that it’s all the same cabinets under that glossy new paint. This is definitely one of my favorite projects for a huge transformation of a space while working with a lot of the existing conditions. It’s easy to make a huge change when you can tear everything out, move walls and really start over, but you can also completely transform a space with a few strategic moves and a great team. I feel so lucky to have…

Uptown Kitchen Transformation – In Progress

One of my favorite things about renovations is seeing the progress as the space transforms, so I’m super excited to be able to share that with you for this project. I’d already mentioned before that we decided to keep the existing cabinets and repaint them. This is an awesome way to get a big change for a lot less cost, and these kitchen cabinets were a classic style and in good condition, so it really made sense to keep them. So how do kitchen cabinets get re-painted you ask? Well, for starters – I would not consider this a DIY…

Kitchen Renovation – Getting Started and Making Decisions…

Oh my goodness, how time flies. When did it turn October?! (yes, I know it was eight days ago) Needless to say, I am way overdue to share more info about Eugenia’s renovation. When we first started talking about her style and possible approaches to the space, Eugenia and I kept talking about keeping things light and bright. The more I thought about what to propose, I just kept feeling like it would be so fun to do the base cabinets a darker color and have the counter and top cabinets white. I don’t know why I kept thinking that,…

aaand we’re done – phew!

Sometimes it seems like a renovation will never end. Ever. But it finally did for Doug and Lindsey and after we all took a nice long mental break from everything I got back over there and took photos and here they are! Sometimes I forget just how far we came… and then I look at the before photos again. Click here to see the before and after floor plans. The kitchen Pre-renovation, large but inefficient and too small… after, well… what isn’t different?! Under those new cabinet doors are the original cabinets- hard to believe – and the overall layout…

The Home Stretch

I swear there is a quote out there about the last certain amount of yards before the end being the hardest – I wish I could remember the exact saying but whatever it is – it’s true. We are so close to wrapping up Lindsey and Doug’s renovation… if we could just get the bathroom vanity taken care of and a few other odds and ends we’d be done. And we are all ready for that. I kind of love and hate the last few weeks of a project. Things happen really quickly and you see a lot of change…

and the walls come tumbling down

While I was busy getting the kitchen layouts together so that we could get going on this renovation, Lindsey took her dad on a tour of her new house and before I knew it we were talking about totally reconfiguring the bedroom, bathroom and laundry room next to the living area… I mean, might as well just do it now right? Originally they had been hoping to get this work done in the month before they moved in – I’m kind of wondering who is going around telling people that they can get in a renovation in 30 days because…

renovation unknown(s)

The demolition has begun! One of the best, most fun – and least, most un-fun – things about renovating a house is that there are so many mysteries and so many surprises. You can guess all day (and might even be right most of the time) but you really won’t know exactly what’s going on until you start swinging the sledge hammer. We have quite a few of those questions here and some of our decisions depend on what we discover. Why is that wall thicker right there? (I’m always optimistically hoping it’s just the memory of a bad design…