The before of this particular project was sad and tired but there was definitely some potential. The worst house on a nice street.
I imagined the house as a cute white cottage with character and charm.. or at least as much character and charm as the budget would allow.
The first step was adding balance to the front elevation. Windows were what was going to take this house from drab to fab, so we went big, symmetrical and detailed.
I chose dutch lap siding versus the standard vinyl. This small detail made a huge difference and added a ton of character that regular vinyl siding would have never achieved.
The house now makes a beautiful and balanced first impression. As the garden grows to soften the exterior it will further add to the cottage charm.
My dad built a nice deck off the back door with a built in planter, and cleaned up the yard, to keep maintenance to a minimum and a somewhat blank slate for potential buyers.
What was once a screen room/mudroom closed off from the house was taken back to the studs and changed to become an integral part of the house as the large main foyer/mudroom. A vinyl tile that looks like slate was used on the floor for durability and contrast. The marine style fixture adds to the cottage charm.
What was once a huge pantry is now the main floor laundry and there’s still enough room for additional storage as well.
The windows have added so much to the interior as well. It is so much lighter in here than it started. Wood built ins add a nice custom touch to an otherwise unused space.
Open concept views from kitchen to dining area- dining area to kitchen.
The proposed television focal wall. Sconces on dimmers to create a cozy feeling and eliminate the need for lamps which take up much needed space.
Bedrooms feel so much bigger with new windows and walls and ceilings painted the same colour, acting as a blank slate for potential buyers.
And last but not least the bathroom. We took everything back to the studs and wanted to create the illusion of more space so kept everything white to help the shower surround, floating vanity and toilet blend into the walls. Again a nice blank slate.