Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Cherished Bungalow - Before and After - First Floor

Once we finish a project, it’s always fun to go back and see how much it has changed.  And there has been a lot of change at the bungalow!

While the house had been well maintained over the years, it was time to do some updating.   For 90 years, it was a simple, 2 bedroom, one bath home.  It had nice sized rooms, but they were very compartmentalized and it made the rooms seem dark.
Living room - before, dark space with little daylight
We started by removing a few walls, to create a more open floor plan.  This had the added benefit of flooding the space with sunshine, thanks to the bank of windows along the front of the house.
Looking towards front of house before
Looking towards front of house after
The dining room also benefited from the wall removal.  See how much it's changed?
Dining Room Before

I had a lot of questions about the staircase.  Is it new?  Was it always like that?  Well actually, it started off as what looked like a closet door in the corner of the dining room.  Once we opened up the walls, suddenly it became the centerpiece of the plan.  Probably not what they were thinking when it was built in 1927!

But we kept one wall of the former sunporch, to create a home office space.  This cozy little room is the perfect spot to bask in the sunshine on a cold winter day!

One of the biggest changes to the house was the kitchen.  It had 3 doorways and lots of wall space, but needed a better flow.  That meant we needed to move the refrigerator and the stove (as well as a couple of walls!).   

By widening the doorway from the dining room and eliminating a redundant doorway to the bedrooms, the kitchen now has lots of storage, thanks to new cabinets and  a large, open pantry.  

We were able to maintain the antique charm of the room, by refinishing the original 1927 kitchen sink.  And we reused the roof rafters from our demo, on the custom made island counter top and open shelving.

What's my favorite kitchen feature?  Well it's hard to say.  I love the pantry, with its antique door.  But I also love the light fixture over the island.

We kept the two original bedrooms, with only minor updates, including sanding the painted floors and updating the electrical.

I do love the little hallway that leads to the bedrooms and bath!

But the bathroom got a major facelift, after we took out the pink tile and replaced it with glossy white wainscoting and a gleaming cararra marble floor.

Cararra marble ovals on bathroom floor
Do you like the first floor?  Well we did even more to the second floor!  Check it out here.  And like us on Facebook to see all of our updates!!

Dining Room Chandelier - Wayfair Stanton Chandelier
Kitchen Island Light - Restoration Hardware Trolley Light
Kitchen Shelf Brackets - Design2Create
Living Room Sconces - Pottery Barn
Pantry Door Vinyl Decal - OZA Vinyl Graphics on Etsy
Bathroom Sconce - Wayfair Savoy House
Wall Color - Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk (Favorite Jeans in Bathroom)
Small Bedroom - polka dot rug IKEA, bed linens Target Pillowforte

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  1. As usual amazing. If the home didn't have so many atairs, we would of made an offer before leaving the door...but who is to say..that one of your future redos will not bring in one from us.

    1. Thanks so much! I get lots of requests for a one floor home - hopefully I'll find one that will fit the bill one of these days.

  2. You do such beautiful work! I love receiving your posts and watching you transform a house into a home.

    1. Thanks Kimberley, for following along! We will be starting our next project soon - lots more transformation to come :-)

  3. Beautiful - top to bottom!
    Can you tell me the exterior colors, including the fabulously cheery front door?

    1. Thanks so much Krystn! The front door is a Ben Moore color called Sunflower Fields (don't you love that?). Unfortunately, I don't have a color name for the body of the house. It was already painted that color and we did a custom color match. Sorry!

  4. I love everything you did with this place Laurel! And that light fixture is so unique! Gonna have to check it out.

  5. What did you use the flooring in the upstairs bathroom...I love it!!!

    1. Oh I'm so sorry Sherry, but I can't remember the name. I bought it from Paul G White in Portland!

  6. This is beautiful! My husband and I recently bought a 1920's bungalow in Mass and are exploring our options on updates and an addition and this gives me hope it'll all work out and look beautiful in the end.

  7. I'm doing the same in Milwaukee. So many great ideas here. I'm thinkin' "Go Bold!"


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