With just about one week until the Beat-Up Bungalow is complete, I thought I would share a few more renovation photos of progress we’ve made in the last couple of weeks. The previous photos I shared we still had quite a bit of work to do. Since then, we’re laid tile in the kitchen and bathrooms, installed new windows, kitchen cabinets, countertops, lighting, baseboards, appliances, and updated the outside (to see more of the progress photos visit 1,2).
For this house, we really wanted to open everything up. Since this home was originally built in 1929, the space was really closed off, and the layout wasn’t really conducive to today’s standards. Once we reconfigured the layout, it was time to design the inside of the home which we did by looking at a few different things. We want the home to stand out above the rest. We pay close attention to detail and try to add in special touches that excite potential buyers. For this particular home, we could have ripped out the original flooring and laid carpet, but how cool is it to keep the original hardwood (which is REAL wood), and refinish it? It adds so character to the house and makes it look like a million bucks. Plus, I’m not a fan of carpet, so I’d rather put in as little as possible. In the bathroom, we added a cool mosaic tile design on the back wall to add some dimension – again, not totally necessary, but to me, the details make all the difference. As for picking out lighting, countertops, paint, kitchen cabinets, I do a ton of research. I want the home to appeal to as many buyers as possible, so we don’t go too far ‘out there’, but, we want to make sure the home has character and the new homeowners are excited to show off their home. For inspiration I look at Houzz.com, Pinterest, magazines, and read several blogs. Once I find a few things I like, I try to get samples and then take them back to the house to get a feel for what it’ll look like once installed.
For the outside, we painted the shutters and front door, added columns, painted the lion statues (aren’t those fun? not something you see everyday :)), painted the stairs/porch, replaced all the shingles, and added an address plaque.New windows installed, which make a world of difference:Painted the walls Benjamin Moore Harbor Gray (which is my all-time favorite gray color). We also kept the original built-in for charm:New cabinets (still need to install the hardware), countertops, appliances and backsplash (still need to grout): View from hallway: Light, bright and open kitchen. I also love how the cooktop is located in the island:Loving those new pendent lights:Kitchen tile flooring: Up close shot of the countertops: Wood plank sides in the hallway:New drywall and baseboards installed:Remember the tile I picked out in our last progress update? Doesn’t it look so good? It’s always so rewarding to actually see everything you picked out come together: Love this ceramic octagon dot mosiac tile: Well, that’s it for now! I’ll share the final photos in a couple of weeks!