Category Archives: Remodeling

13. Renovation Completed; the Garage

Technically, this was not part of the renovation, but the neighbors Eucalyptus tree fell on our garage one day for no particular reason. As a result, the garage was totally rebuilt while we were working on the floor plans for the house with our architect. It did not destroy the structure, but it did damage…
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12. Renovation Completed; the Back Yard

The back yard has a lushness that the front yard lacks.  However, it also requires water. The landscaping, walkway, and distant patio were all completed about ten years ago. We added the fountain in the distance with this renovation.  We also installed a remote control to the fountain so that we can shut it off…
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11. Renovation Completed; the Front Yard.

The front yard landscape was not technically completed as part of the renovation project.  However, it was completed with this project in mind.  About four years ago we decided to remove our front lawn. As it turns out, it has been perfect for the last several drought years. Low maintenance plants, a pea gravel undefined…
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10. Renovation Completed: the Mud Porch

The mud porch / service porch was the first room that I was willing to lose when we first purchased our home fifteen years ago.  At that time, we had the idea of expanding the kitchen into the mud porch to create an open kitchen / family room. I am glad that we decided to…
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9. Renovation Completed; The Half Bath

Prior to our renovation we had a lonely sole toilet in a closet off of the mudroom. When we rearranged and removed walls we were able to create a half bath with access off of the hallway. It has become ‘my room’ for morning preparation and makeup.  It is a small room, thirty inches wide,…
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8. Renovation Completed; Bathrooms

We were able to carve a bathroom and a half bathroom from the original bathroom and a ‘water closet’.  Typical of these older homes, there had been a toilet in a closet off of the mudroom.  A large utility sink sat in the mudroom, so it was a half bath in essence.  By opening walls…
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7. Renovation Completed; Master Bedroom and Sitting Room

There had been two bedrooms located at the end of the hallway.  When we first moved into the house 15 years ago we opened the back walls and installed French doors.   With this renovation we wanted to create a master bedroom with an area to lounge. We removed the wall separating the two rooms…
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6. Renovation is Completed: The Guest Room

This had been a bedroom with two windows facing the side yard.  The only way to reach this side yard was via the backyard. It had been a neglected and forgotten space. This room was seldom used, except by overnight guests. We removed the hallway wall in the interior, and most of the exterior wall…
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5. Renovation is completed: Moving Walls

The trouble with charming homes built in the 1920’s is that the layout of the floor plan is not conducive to the lifestyle of a 21st Century family. Back then, visitors were received in the formal living room and most of the entertaining was in the dining room.  The kitchen, the service porch, the bedrooms…
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4. Completion of the Renovation; the Kitchen

The major portion of our renovation was the kitchen.  The floor plan of the kitchen remained the same as it had been before our project, however we made better use of the space and updated the room.  The house was built in 1926 and retained its original cabinetry!  In the 1960's some updates had been…
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3. Completion of the Renovation; the Dining Room

What a difference it makes to widen an entry! The dining room is lined with paned windows and is adjoined to the living room by double French doors. It is a gorgeous room, and the perfect setting for a dinner party. But the poor thing was divided from the kitchen by a solid swinging door,…
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2. Completion of the Renovation, the Living Room

The living room was the one room in the entire house that was not touched during the renovation. When we bought the house we fell in love with all of the paned windows, the fireplace, the high ceilings and the hardwood floors. The room had been painted a blue-grey and we had a single sofa…
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1. The Final Product; the Home Renovation is Finished

Done!  It has taken one year, however, we have finally arrived at the end of the project.  We began demolition on our home October 1, 2014 and we just concluded with an open house to celebrate. It is now one year and three weeks later. The home is modest; three bedrooms, one and a half…
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Our Home Renovation: The Finished Guest Room

Look at these beautiful French doors that we installed for the guest room. We also installed curtains to protect our beautiful dark floors in the summertime. The room gives us a lot of options now that we can open it up, but it's frustrating to get everything organized. We still have some big items in…
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Our Home Renovation: The Finished Dining Room

Our dining room is almost finished. I love the chandelier we picked, but you have to use candles with it. That's fine until you're about three quarters of the way through a meal and hot wax drips down on your guests. Yikes! We're going to replace that with a real chandelier. Next issue: paint! After…
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Our Home Renovation: The Finished Mud Porch

This is our new mud porch. You can see that we've reconfigured it a little bit. We have a new Carrara counter. We also created room for a stacker-style washer and dryer. We're going to put a cabinet over that for our modem and relevant electronics. We also added a French door and reused our…
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Our Home Renovation: The Finished Bathroom

This is our half bath, and there's still some things I need to work out about it. The contractor hung the light above the statement mirror too low, which makes the mirror seems mushed. We didn't end up connecting the half bath and the full bath, so I created a niche instead. I'm still not…
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Our Home Renovation: The Finished Living Room

Our living room is done! Well, almost. There's no furniture in it yet because we still need to choose a paint color for the walls. Mary, our colorist, helped us identify colors that match the original tile around the fireplace from 1927. The first time she was here, she helped me choose a beautiful matching…
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Our Home Renovation: We Are Done!

Finis! The contractors came for the final day last week, and the cleaning crew came to vacuum and scrub every surface covered in construction dust. We finally are able to shower in our own home again, and Jimmy and I have separate bathrooms! Naturally, there will be a punch list of items to tweak, and…
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