Monday, March 5, 2012

Before and After Remodel

More photos of one of my remodels.  We went back to shoot a second day, I posted the first day's photos of the kitchen, family room, and master bath HERE

Flooring made a huge difference in the feel of these spaces.  It was a big job, we did a sand and finish on site, but it was worth it.  The homeowner is loving her updated home.



She hated the "path" created by the tile floor.  It cuts the space in half and made you feel like all the furniture needed to stay on the carpet.  There was no chandelier over the dining table, I felt adding one would give importance to the dining area.  We added new white linen slips on the chairs, she liked the red velvet, but it needed a fresher look and the slips make the chairs look heftier.


The house has lots of angles and the flooring was run straight at the front door, as the house turns the floor stays laid the same way.  It appears that we angled the floor boards, but they are run the same way in the whole house, with the exception of two enclosed rooms.
We did some updates to two of the smaller bathrooms as well.


Your basic white builder bathroom from the 90's.  Cultured marble counters, slab mirror and dated fixtures.



We refinished the existing cabinets here and added new counter and backsplash.  The finishing was done by Phyllis Palmer of Transformations by Phyllis. The mirror, found by the homeowner, was the inspiration for the finishes in this bathroom.  Love the pillowed limestone tiles on the floor from MCA Systems.  I used limestone in different forms all through this house.  Texture was the story here and limestone provides such nice textural interest.  Sconces are Visual Comfort from Circa Lighting.

Here was that pillowed limestone tile going in.  It added such interest in this small bathroom.
Next is the powder bath/pool bath.

  I know this is a dark before photo!  This was actually a white bathroom. We did new cabinets here at the vanity.  No need for that tall upper to the left of the sink.


More limestone here, but one with a linear grain.  I wanted it to travel up and over the sink.  The mirror and sconces are the star here...mirror made by the carpenter, finished by Transformations, and sconces from Visual Comfort through Circa in Houston. I love those knobs on the doors.  Nice and chunky with a great finish that works with the faucet that is one of my favorites.

Before - Study


Mr. Kitty is ruling the house from his desk. 
This study turned out great with new floors, paint, and a new wood countertop.

We went back for an evening shot of the master bath.  I just had to get an image of some of that pattern on the ceiling!

I'm so happy to have this large remodel project in my portfolio.  Although these jobs are very disruptive, expensive, and lots of trouble, if you love your location and the bones of your house, they are so worth it in the end. The homeowner is so pleased with the results and is very happy here.  It's amazing just how warm and solid the house feels now.

If you need help with your big, amazing remodel, contact me for an initial consultation! And check out my new blog, Designed w/Carla Aston. See you there!

After photos by Miro Dvorscak

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Taylor Greenwalt said...

Carla, it looks beautiful. I love how the dinning room looks now. You did a fabulous job on the whole make over!

Splendid Sass said...

Everything here is just gorgeous! Love the floors and the gray is perfection.
Thank you for sharing.

designchic said...

Wow, Carla it all looks fabulous. Love the bathroom with the quatrefoil mirror and the fabulous limestone!!

Kellie Collis said...

Wonderful transformation! Loved what you did with the master bath. Have a delightful day, Kellie xx said...

Wow. Really, wow. You have such talent, Carla. I love seeing your work. I think I've said before that I always learn something from how you -- whether it's how you put things together, or the finishes you use, it's always something. I simply adore this house. And the last bathroom with the carpenter's mirror and those sconces -- brilliantly beautiful, all of it. The way the backsplash comes up is just gorgeous.

An Urban Cottage said...

That study is AMAZING. That desk! I really love the textiles that have been added throughout the house. They really make the place sing!

Mary Ann Pickett said...

Fabulous job. LOVE the wood floors.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

This is gorgeous and thanks so much for sharing it at my Wow party. You did it all perfectly.

Marivic said...

Congratulations! The floor makes all the difference, and the updates make it look updated, but still warm. Well done! :)

Kifus said...

Ohhh, Carla I love before and afters so much and this is such a great transformation. The living room seems to have doubled in size with the wood flooring. Lovely!

Scribbler said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I have missed seeing you and so many others on FB, but I had to leave it. I enjoyed catching up -- you do great work. The floors in this post are fabulous -- I love the diagonal and the dark color.

Interior Design Musings said...

It's divine. I love the way the hardwoods are laid, so different and fabulous. Makes it feel like they have been there all along. Also, Love the bathroom with the limestone surround and the wall mounted faucets - totally amazing. Great job, as always, my friend! M.

Kellie Collis said...

How lovely! Those hard-wood floors are too beautiful. Have a beautiful weekend, Kellie xx

Anonymous said...

JUST AWSOME PICS:) I really love your much inspiration in every post.
I wish you a lovely sunny weekend.

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Kathysue said...

Another beautifully executed design, congrats on a job very well done! Kathysue

Erin~Just*Grand said...

Everything looks so much better! Love the dining room changes and the first bathroom the most. Is it a no-no to ask if you would share your source for the dining room chandelier? I absolutely love it.

Unknown said...

Hi Erin, the chandelier is the Gramercy from Currey and Co. It's such a great size and finish. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Bonnie said...

I am very impressed! You have the "right stuff" in design. I am sure your clients were very pleased.

Pamela said...

AMAZING updates to that home. You can certainly change a home with just new flooring.


Each room is amazing...those baths! I am speechless! The whole place is an incredible transformation!!!

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