Thursday, April 17, 2014

Our Next Project: The Craftsman Bungalow

Shhhh……so while we were finishing up our last project, we quietly started working on another one (There was a prediction that I would go crazy trying to do two houses at once…..I'll let you be the judge of that! I know the guys have already come to their own conclusion.).  We decided to wait and share the photos after we completed the Beach Cottage, so it may seem like we're going extraordinarily fast on this one  :-)  But don't be fooled, this has been a long work in progress - you can tell by the fall leaves in this photo.

Staircase in the Bedroom
We started with a nondescript 1928 bungalow -  with a fatal flaw.  The flaw:  while actually a 4 bedroom house, only two bedrooms were usable, because of the staircase location.  You had to duck under the staircase as you entered the back bedroom to go upstairs.  And because the staircase ran down the middle of the house, it made the upstairs back bedroom very, very narrow (and to further complicate the floor plan, the furnace flue ran through the middle of the skinny room).  So it wasn't a great design for a family.

But I LOVE this house.  I can't tell you how excited I've been to update it!  And while it doesn't have a lot of design elements at this point, we're going to transform it into a Craftsman bungalow.  So you'll see us adding lots of Craftsman details to give it a little more character.  When we get done with it, it will have a fabulous layout and lots of architectural detail.

But first, let me share some before photos of the First Floor Interior:
Enclosed Front Porch - Love the shingled space!
Living Room - Generous sized room with multiple windows and glass door to let light stream in
Dining Room - looking towards Living Room and Front Door
Nice Sized Kitchen - Maple Cabinets look like new
Full Bath - Love the claw foot tub!!!!

Downstairs - Front Bedroom
Great doorknobs on 1st floor!

Staircase Room - aka Back Bedroom
So, what do you think?  Are you starting to get some ideas for changes?  Wait, there's more!
Here's the Second Floor - Before:
View up the staircase

Back Bedroom - only wide enough for a twin bed and there's the awkward flue coming through the room
Front Bedroom

Any guesses where we're going with it?  Our initial plan was to only do minor updates.  But as typically happens, that plan got thrown out the window and we're doing a major configuration change (can you hear the cha ching, cha ching noise of spending??)!  Stay tuned!  We'll have lots of updates and you can always follow us on Facebook to see even more photos.

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  1. Yes I see some changes I too would do (especially trying to alleviate the flue issue). But by and large, there's so much here that's good. Maybe a big change isn't the answer here ;-) Fix anything that's structural, do a cosmetic redo and it would be least in my mind ;-) Sometimes things left 'as is' are really the charm.

    1. So funny you say that, because this house has great bones and it's a good size. We won't be adding dormers or any new space, just trying to better utilize what's already there!

  2. Wow, that looks like a big project, can't wait to see what you do. Are those ceilings like 6 feet? They look so low!

    1. It's so funny that the ceilings look low, but on the first floor they're a little over 8 feet and on the 2nd floor a little less. So by bungalow standards, they're really high :-)

  3. Love that your are fixing up a Bungalow. I really appreciate you bringing these houses back to life.


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