Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Creating a Finished Basement in a Dark, Dank Space

I'm not sure what was nastier about the basement.  The puddles that formed from the leaky water meter and constant spring rain....

or the scary cobwebs that draped from the ceiling.

But our goal was to change this dark space into a light, bright living space.  And it was a big job!  We had to put in a perimeter drainage system (click here for the how to),

insulate the concrete walls with rigid foam,  and build new walls.

We also replaced/enlarged the windows to bring in more light.

One of the most dramatic changes was installation of a new clear bulkhead door, that lets the light come pouring through the space.  It has the added benefit of being egress approved, so this space could be a 3rd bedroom.

The result - lots of living space for whatever the new homeowner might want.

Kids playroom - Before

For staging, I did one side as a kid's playroom.....in large part because I found this adorable IVI kids play rug and couldn't resist it with its tufted section for lawns and houses (and it was so much fun to shop for all the little cars, trucks and accessories!).
Kids Playroom - After
At the Open House, people had to drag their kids away!
IVI 3D Kids Playrug - so much fun!!
The other side of the room is a den, where the homeowner can watch TV, listen to music or just relax.  It's a big space with lots of room to spare.

But that's not all!  We added a gleaming new laundry room, with lots of storage.

And my favorite feature?  This half bath.  It includes this antique sink that I spent LOTS and LOTS of time on (click here for the full story) and absolutely love.  And of course there's the antique toothbrush wallpaper that I imported from Holland.

So what's your opinion?  It's quite a change, don't you think???
Artwork - Earth Angel Arts


Original 'Morning Rocks' Painting - Holly Lombardo, Portland Art Gallery
Kids Room Art - Earthangel Arts
Basement Bulkhead Door - Cleargress Doors
Wicker Chairs & Chest - Pottery Barn
Leather Sofa - Neiman Marcus
Wall Color - Sherwin Williams - Downy
Laundry Cabinetry - IKEA
Toothbrush Wallpaper - Obsession by Daniel Rozensztroch  NLXL 
Flooring - Lifeproof 100% Waterproof Premium Vinyl planks

Lifeproof Vinyl Flooring - Fresh Oak

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

1960 Ranch Bathroom Renovation: Before and After

If you've been reading the blog for awhile, you probably remember the bathroom in the rancher.  It was pretty boring when we started -  with no natural light, it relied totally on artificial light.  And it had the added complication of plumbing criss-crossing the basement ceiling below - preventing us from finishing that space.

So, we decided to gut the space and start fresh (and we were able to donate usable items to Habitat for Humanity).  That would allow us to install all new plumbing and improve the layout.  

But I was still bothered by the lack of sunlight.  We briefly thought about adding a window in the shower - but that always seems a bit awkward.  So instead, we tried a Velux Sun Tunnel.  Wow, what a difference!  It's like having a light on all day long!
Look how bright it is with no artificial light!!  Velux Sun Tunnel 
And once we got the room all opened up, we realized that we could add more storage space above the basement staircase.  Added space for towels and toiletries is always a bonus!  Want to buy a giant package of toilet paper?  Go right ahead - you can store it in the back of this deep shelf.  Need a place for beach towels?  It's perfect!

I installed a carrera and bardiglio marble floor that I'd been lusting after for a long time.  Don't you love the updated look on the classic hexagon?

I just love the pattern and it's such a great foundation.  I used the same bardiglio in a small mosaic as a speed strip around the shower.

A white vanity with a carrera marble top works beautifully with the floor.  I love the bold 'X' pattern on the front and sides.  We added a simple pivot mirror and sconces to either side.
With all of the white in the room, I wanted to offset it with a soft blue on the walls.  Sherwin Williams Sleepy Blue looks great against the marble and white trim. 
I'm so pleased with the final bathroom.  If you only have one full bath in a house - you need to make it special!!

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Faucet - Wayfair Delta Dryden in Polished Nickel
Shower Curtain - Target
Tub & Toilet - American Standard Princeton Tub and Vormax Toilet
Sun Tunnel - Velux

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

1960's Rancher to Cozy Cottage: The Bedrooms Before and After

While we didn't make big structural changes to the bedrooms in this house, we did update all the finishes and woodwork.  Gone are the old windows with their horizontal mullions.  Gone is the ranch molding, the plain luan doors and doorknobs.  Gone are the old light fixtures.

The bedrooms for the house are down a short hallway off of the living area.

Now, the rooms have beautiful finishes throughout.  

Master Bedroom - Before

Master Bedroom - After

New Lighting Changes the Mood of the Room!

Hallway Light Fixture
In the back bedroom, we made one major change.  Originally, the room had a small transom window on the far wall.  It seemed odd, because there is a big backyard with a lovely view that you couldn't even see!  So we pulled it out and and replaced it with this big new window.  

Framing the big new window
What a difference!  Now the room gets the morning sun streaming in each day.
Replacing all the woodwork, doors and door hardware also had a huge impact!  Farewell bland ranch.  Hello cottage style!

I love the bedding and styling of this room - so fun!  The Save the Wild pillow set the theme for the whole room.  
And as you've seen elsewhere in the house, replacing the ranch molding, plain white doors and doorknobs made a world of difference.

Back Bedroom Before - plain doors, knobs and woodwork
Back Bedroom After - all updated!
Quite a difference, don't you think?

Original painting - Earth Angel Arts
Light Fixtures:  Wayfair for Hallway (Centauree single light)  and Master Bedroom (Brooklyn 3 flush mount light)
Doorknobs:  Nostalgic Warehouse
Master Bedding:  West Elm Nomad Coverlet, shams and throw.  Homegoods pillow
Kids Bedding:  Furry throw, embroidered pillow and blanket - Pottery Barn Kids, Orange quilt & stuffed bear - Target, sunburst pillow - IKEA
Adventure Sign - Etsy
Hanging Light Fixture - Target, spray painted to match bedding
Hallway Mirror - LL Bean Home

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