Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The Gracious Gambrel: Before and After

Front elevation - Before
It's a wrap!  We've pulled out and the new owners are moving in.  This was a huge project, that took many months.

When we started, we knew this house had good bones - a solid foundation, strong structural members and a tight roof.  The potential was there - but I'm not sure we realized how much work would be involved!

The side yard wasn't easily accessed, but thanks to a new door, patio and fence, now it provides wonderful exterior living space.

Entrance Before
And the whale house number above the front door?  Well that's still our favorite exterior feature!!!

This was a major upgrade - we had to tear out the entire floor, new door, columns, insulation, the works!!
Of course, the new homeowners can enjoy an evening cocktail, sitting on their patio, enjoying the view of Rams Head Light.

The interior?  It was stuck in a 1980's time warp and needed updating.

We started from the foyer and worked out from there.   The wall between the foyer and kitchen was opened up, to improve the flow through the house.

You get a better feel for the magnitude of opening up the kitchen wall, when you look across the foyer - from the dining room.  

The 80's cabinets were removed and we gutted the space to upgrade the wiring and insulation.

By moving the refrigerator to the back wall, we gained a lot of space in the kitchen.

And the pantry, with its antique door is a great addition!  

In the dining room, we opened up the 'window' to the living room, to create a circular flow.  And we created a new mantle, to highlight the beautiful fireplace.

The living room got a major upgrade - literally.  We raised the floor by two steps, added the new exterior door, and installed new custom cabinetry.

Sunken Living Room - Before
Doesn't the room look better, now that the windows aren't sitting up so high above the floor?   

Oh, and we added a powder room in the foyer!  The former, awkward closet (because seriously, you couldn't hang much in there, with the old flue running through the back)was moved to the living room.  

The second floor got an even more dramatic makeover.  This house started as a 3 bedroom one bath home.  We completely changed that and now have 4 bedrooms and two baths.  This meant a pretty dramatic change to the floor plan.  We ended up gutting the entire space, moving walls, floors . an unused chimney and more (including getting rid of the pull chain on the light fixture!!!)
To help show how much it's changed, here's the before and after floor plan.

The old bathroom is now a brand new bedroom.  Can you believe this is the same room?

The front bedroom got a bit smaller, when we stole a few feet to add to the bedroom next door.  But it is still a good sized room.

And this unusual Jack and Jill closet (it was shared by two bedrooms) is now the hall bathroom.

The third bedroom 

But the most dramatic change was in the master bedroom.  What started as a plain, rectangular room is now a big suite with lots of closets and beautifully appointed bath.  
We added a blue 'feature wall' to add a bit of drama to the space, after the closets were removed and the ceiling was raised.   I've tried to capture the difference that new ceiling line makes.....but it's much more impactful in person, than in a photo!

And what was an empty corner of the bedroom now contains a walk in closet and master bath.  

So, what do you think?    Is this a house that's ready for a new generation of owners?

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