Thursday, June 30, 2016

Bungalow Bathrooms - Before and After

Many of you are big fans of Mamie Eisenhower pink bathrooms (click here for more info), but truth be told - I'm relieved to see the pink go.  This wasn't a true, vintage pink bathroom, just a mid century re-do with pink tile.  It was time for an update!

We wanted to retain a traditional vibe, so we swapped pink tile with crisp white wainscoting around the perimeter of the room and a cararra marble floor.  And with all that white, we did something a bit more dramatic with blue walls - Sherwin Williams color Favorite Jeans (that name cracks me up!).

Carrara marble ovals - traditional with a modern twist

The guys built custom shelves next to the shower, to provide some additional storage

I've become a big fan of Wayfair and found this vanity light, which has traditional lines with a modern twist.
E. B. White quote
And thanks to all the work we did, we now have a second bathroom upstairs.  Here's where we started - an empty space....

that needed some structural work to increase ceiling heights and make it a livable space.

Now it's a calming space, perfect for relaxing in that big, freestanding tub!
I really wanted a chandelier up over the tub, but while it might be to code in other towns, the only thing I was allowed to do here was a water approved spotlight.  Still looks nice - but I would have like a little more drama!!!
There is a large, separate shower
Don't you love the hexagonal stone floor?
Vanity with lots of storage
We included lots of reclaimed lumber in here - the wall is made up of the roof sheathing that we saved from the dormer we cut for the new bedroom.  The old rafters are now collar ties at the ceiling line.  And we even used some of the lumber for the new towel rack!

 As you can imagine, these two rooms took a huge amount of work.  But so worth it - don't you think?

Bathroom Sconces - Wayfair - double sconce
Freestanding Tub - American Standard
Sink and Shower Faucet - American Standard from Wayfair
Vanity - Home Decorator's Collection
Wall colors - first floor Sherwin Williams Favorite Jeans, 2nd floor Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk
Maine Print - Might and Main - EB White Quote

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Willard Beach Gem - Open House 6/26 12-4 pm - 180 Preble Street, SoPo

This 1927 bungalow has been completely renovated, adding modern amenities while retaining original, antique charm.

By removing a few walls, the house now has a large open floor plan- including a living room and dining room that are flooded with sunshine.

At one end, the living room boasts a wood burning fireplace - the other has dramatic built ins that provide lots of storage.

The dining room has a graceful bay window and room for a large dining table and chairs.
And the kitchen?  Check out the original porcelain sink that has been reglazed to a like-new finish.

The new cabinets provide lots of storage and are topped with with quartz to provide a hard wearing surface.  The custom touches abound - from the stove hood to the reclaimed lumber island top and open shelving.
And best of all, there is a large pantry to store everything you need.

Need a home office?  This front room provides a quiet place to get some work done, while enjoying lots of sunshine, through the windows around the perimeter of the room.

The first floor boasts two bedrooms, if you want one floor living.
The second bedroom has space for a home office or twin bedroom set.

 There is also a full bath, with carrara marble floors and custom built-in storage.

The most dramatic change in on the second floor.  The starting point was this unfinished attic.
Second Floor - Before

But that has all changed!  Thanks in large part to a new dormer and lots of reframing.

The all new second floor has two bedrooms, a loft and bathroom.

The large, spa like bathtub includes a freestanding soaking tub, to relax at the end of a hectic day.

But also a large shower, for those that prefer one.
The vanity and built ins provide lots of storage.  

The barn doors are a real focal point in the master bedroom.

And check out the views of the Portland skyline.  They're even better in the winter, when you can see the water as well.

The house has a large, dry basement with a laundry space, a built in work bench and lots of storage.  There is also an attached one car garage, that's a real luxury in a Maine winter.

The large, lush landscaped property is on almost a quarter of an acre.  There are beautiful plantings, which provide beautiful color all season long.  And it's low maintenance, thanks to a built in irrigation system and established perennial plants.

And don't forget energy efficiency.  The new second floor has energy efficient foam insulation and the original first floor has blown in insulation.  All windows are high efficiency.  And the gas furnace is also energy efficient.  

What else is included?  An alarm system which monitors smoke, security and low temperatures, so you can leave town with no worries.  

And of course you can walk to Willard Square, the beach, Spring Point and Bug Light lighthouses and the Greenbelt, so you can walk or bicycle everywhere!

This property is listed at $470,000.

Fishing shacks at Willard Beach
Spring Point Lighthouse

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Sneak Peeks - Open House Prep

The finish line is in sight!  With the Open House this weekend, there is a whirlwind of activity around here.  And it occurred to me, it's been two years since we've had an Open House for one of our projects.  It's so much fun to be taking things out of storage - almost like Christmas :-)  I'd really forgotten all the stuff that I have.  The movers moved everything in and now I just have to figure out what to do with it all!!

It looks like one of those TV shows around here, because we're also finishing the electrical, plumbing and carpentry!  Never a dull moment around here.  I've been hoarding the light fixtures in the basement for months - we finally get to see them installed!  LOVE!
And now that the barn doors are hung, they look fantastic.

The first room finished?  The front upstairs bedroom.  This is a totally new room, out of the former attic space.   As a reminder, here's the 'before' space.  We did a lot of structural work to reframe the space and give us a lot of ceiling height.  We also installed new egress windows, to meet new building codes.   Don't you love all the angles and sunshine streaming through the windows and skylight?

We tried to use every cubic inch of space and included lots of lighted closets.   Or as a mom of young children told me - the best hide and seek space ever!  And thanks to the foam insulation we did throughout the second floor, they will be nice and comfortable, winter and summer.

The kitchen is almost finished.  The reclaimed countertops have been installed on the island.  And Brett finished the open shelving this afternoon.

Still lots to do - but we're getting close to the finish line!!!  What do you think?

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