Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Progress at the Job Site

Construction is under way on one of my remodel projects.  While many people dread this aspect of a job, I love it.  I really enjoy seeing everything we've planned get pulled together and start to come to life.  At this point, you can really see how making material selections, laying out tile work, lighting, electrical, etc. is so important to do before you start.  I've spent many hours on the design of this large remodel and my time spent up front is paying off.

This was a 1990's contemporary.  It had a very good floor plan, but the chunky, bullnosed style was dated.  It had some unique details like that stepped sheetrock design (which was everywhere!) at the ceiling that made the space seem very horizontal and oppressive.  The 12" x 12" slate (too little and too busy for the wide open space in this house) has been busted out. The dark oak kitchen cabinets and heavy, plain style just had to go. 

The homeowner wanted a traditional style with a light warm color scheme.  She likes beautiful wood mouldings and travertine floors.  A simplified, rectangular island shape and new cooktop location on the end wall of the kitchen, helps the bring the layout up to date and give the kitchen a nice focal point.

It's so nice to see those dark cabinets out and the stepped sheetrock gone.  The space already seems so much brighter and more uplifting.

New crown moulding going in where the sheetrock steps once were.

Travertine floor has begun.  

The larger tile is so much more appropriate for the size of the rooms.  Laying tile on the diagonal opens up the room and the tile appears even larger than it would run straight.

Before - Master tub deck with steps.  It's really very difficult to get into a tub with steps up to it.  It's much easier to sit down on the edge of a tub and swing your legs over to get in.  Even if you step into the tub, at least you're not climbing over the steps or stepping down into the tub from the deck.  I suppose it's to make the tub look grand????

New tub deck without the steps!  We will have some beautiful tile work to come.

Before - The living room fireplace.  Rather lackluster and there are those steps at the ceiling again.

I think it looks better already!

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Anonymous said...

yes!!! get rid of the stepped ceiling!! just ghastly...
the kitchen is going to be so much nicer..love the layout and the travertine tiles instead of just straight up and down...I installed some tiles for my mom in the that style though I just call it diamond pattern..what do I know..?!! :)
the new bath is going to be wonderful as well..glad to see the steps go too..
so what colors are the cabinets in the kitchen and bath??.. is that going to be a big surprise when you show the finished home??.. am waiting with bated breath..
so exciting ..

Kellie Collis said...

It IS looking good! I can't wait to see how the kitchen turns out. Have a lovely day, Kellie xx

Splendid Sass said...

WHOA...Carla! Some job you have here.
Can't wait to see the finished work!

Luciane at HomeBunch.com said...

Wow! Really great post and amazing changes! i can't wait to see the rest of this project. I'm excited!

Have a great day!


Luciane at HomeBunch.com

Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. said...

Carla, I cannot wait to see what you do with this. How fun. It's dated for sure, but you can tell a great house to work with. How exciting that you are working with clients that want to make these kind of changes and realize that it needs it. We both know that is not always the case. I have never seen anyone step out the sheet rock like that in lieu of molding. It looks so contemporary , yet everything else was pretty traditional. No accounting for taste. It's going to be fun watching this progress. Mona

quintessence said...

Loving all your improvements already!! Can't wait to see the next phase!

My Notting Hill said...

Fun to see all the behind scenes work. So much to do to get it right. Interesting reminder how passing in-trends looks so dated so soon.

You had mentioned the disability bar grip. I didn't ask them where it came from but I have to say the woman at the store was really nice (Anthony|Wolfe in Atlanta). I'm guessing if you called they would most likely give the source. It had a really great finish too.

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