Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Master Renovation

A good friend's mom recently asked me to help her fix her house....her whole house! Luckily, her husband is a contractor and is completely down with doing the work! While the fun stuff (furniture, fabrics, accessories) will come later, here is an image of my proposed idea for structural changes to the back half of her house!

Currently she has a really long an narrow room adjacent to the master that acts as a study and music room. I am proposing two different ideas, both of which will make the spaces more functional and will add value to the house!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Master Bathroom Renovation

A few months ago, a co-worker at the YMCA asked me if I had time to help her renovate her master bathroom. I decided that I would make time because I LOVE doing these types of small projects... you get great results in a short amount of time!

When I went to take a look at the space, all I kept thinking was "this house is gorgeous, what in the world needs to be re-done?!" Then we got to the master bathroom....

Since buying the house, Susan and her husband have slowly moved from room to room updating and customizing the spaces...leaving their bathroom as the last project to undertake. The 80's maroon and green floral wallpaper is not exactly what you want to see first thing in the morning...
We decided the wallpaper was the first thing that had to go. After re-surfacing the walls, we put wainscot around the room and painted the space above the wainscot a calming blue color to keep within the contemporary country theme of the rest of the house.

Over the tub, we added a new light fixture and ceiling medallion to bring your eyes into that area and to create mood lighting for bath time! We also replaced the fixtures and the window treatments.

We kept the tile, tub, and toilet, but had to draw the line at the shower. This plastic pop-up thing was very outdated and had to go. We took the shower out and replaced it with a gorgeous floor to ceiling tile with glass mosaic accent that tie in the new bronze fixtures throughout the space. We extended the front of the shower, adding about 6 inches of interior space, and added a custom glass facade.

The most dramatic part of this renovation was the vanity because it's the first thing you see when you walk in the door, and because everything about it is brand spanking new. We replaced the vanity with a solid construction double vanity that has a ton of storage, a wainscot detail on the doors, and granite countertops. We chose bronze fixtures to add some contrast to the lighter surrounding colors and tie in the dark brown in the granite.
Vanity Before
Vanity After