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Archive for Home Renovation

Home Improvement Before & After

I’ve been a HGTV junkie for quite sometime. Over the summer as we sat in our third floor apartment I watched so much HGTV that I truly believed the Property Brothers were in fact my brothers. If the show was on DVR I would just fast forward to the end to see the final transformation. I don’t think I blinked as they went from room to room showing off their makeover magical powers. I was hooked.
As we searched for a place to call home in the crazy summer market we lost out on quite a few homes we thought were the one. I grew increasingly frustrated and just wanted it to be over. But little did I know it was just beginning. Within 48 hours of this home being on the market it was ours. I knew there were some things I wanted to change, but didn’t think I’d have the time, plus my brothers weren’t there to tour the house and show me a wicked digital mock-up of how they envisioned the house. However, my husband really encouraged me to think about doing a remodel. I’m not big on making decisions…as in I’m terrible at making them, so you can imagine my anxiety level when I called up a friend who’s husband is a general contractor (Speer Custom Homes) and said “I think I want to remodel our house. Oh and we only have two weeks.” Good times ahead.
I pulled out all my tear sheets, design books and spent an unhealthy amount of time on Houzz and Pinterest. With a lot of patience from Andy, and pushing from my husband, the renovation happened. So maybe I pretended cameras were rolling when I would stop over to check on the progress of the home or when the hours were dwindling and were “running out of time” before the movers appeared. I did learn there’s definitely a lot the cameras don’t show during a remodel; like the enormous amount of dust and dirt a renovation produces or that demo is never easy as it looks. All in all I am very pleased with the outcome. I think my “brothers” would be too. Take a look.

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The kitchen had a full body makeover. We painted the cabinets White Dove by Benjamin Moore, walls in Gravel by Restoration Hardware, added new granite counter tops in Ornamental Dark, and basic white subway tile for the back splash. As we looked to really finish out the kitchen we decided it would worth it to add custom cabinets and countertop to the ledge area that didn’t really offer a purpose or much storage. I’m really, really happy we went for it because it feels as though it should have always been there!

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The lighting fixtures weren’t all that bad, but I decided to refresh the look from top to bottom. I picked up a simple metal pendant light from Lowe’s. We also replaced the wood floors throughout to make the rooms seem larger and more tied together.

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Heart of the Home – Kitchen Renovation

Holidays, get togethers, or that once-a-year house party, the place where family and guests gather is always the kitchen. No matter the plethora of seating you have scattered around the house, the kitchen is where conversation is cookin’. Our fingers are crossed as we go into this next house buying process and with a small window of time from when we close to before we have to get out of the apartment we’re hoping to make some updates, including a kitchen renovation, to make the house our home.

One area specifically is the kitchen. Currently, it’s on the dark side with black granite and slate flooring and back splash. There isn’t a lot of counter space so we’re hoping to open up a ledge that doesn’t really serve a purpose and create a counter/breakfast bar space. It’s all in the early stages and I’m certainly the rookie at this … unless you count the endless hours of HGTV I watch. Sure I don’t expect the house to be renovated in an hour like on Property Brother, but man wouldn’t that be nice! I gravitate towards the light and white kitchen with contemporary finishes. We’ll re-paint the current cabinets to save money and add a few design elements such as a bookshelf next to the fridge. If you have advice or words of wisdom for this home reno newbie please share!

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