By Chet Yarbrough
Making it Home-2
Is it time to move or renovate? Ugly is a cosmetic judgement but if the bones of a house, its’ room layout, offer what a family can afford, think about what it can be rather than what it is. If a house is located close to work, school, groceries, and entertainment, it meets most desired needs for home ownership. Improvements can be made to an ugly house that has good structure and location.
A wall at the entry to this house is the first thing one sees when opening the front door. The wall makes sense when one recognizes that it blocks a view of the kitchen from the entry. What makes no sense is painting it purple. An equally inept decision is having a bathroom door off the main entry.
On the other hand, room locations of this house show healthy bones with a kitchen that is centrally located and a bathroom that is convenient for visitors.
A relatively inexpensive solution is to paint the wall a more subtle color and move the entry door of the bathroom to the hallway. Note that the wall has down-lights that could turn it into a location for a wall hanging.
Rather than seeing the wall as a problem, it can be made into a thematic asset.
The paint color of the entry is toned down, the wall is squared to provide pantry doors on each side of the separation wall. The pantry provides space for a water fall pump as well as groceries.
The door to the bathroom is no longer off the entry. The floor is changed from tile to hardwood. The trim is painted white to contrast with the dark color of the floor.
A part of what makes this entry change work is that the dining room and living room glass doors (to the right and left of the entry wall) are significantly enlarged to bring the outside inside to fit a thematic outdoor feeling created by the waterfall.
The “faux” beams are painted brown to give contrast to the ceiling. The painted beams compliment the brown wood floor to bring the room together. An accent color is used to paint one of the walls to add drama and to tie the back yard’s rear wall (painted the same accent color) to continue the theme of drawing the outside to the inside of the house. Chair rail is added to give the accent wall more definition.
The living room gets a similar treatment.
The exterior wall of the living room becomes a panoramic door to bring the backyard into the living space. Bright accent colors are continued with earth toned tile to define the living room space. The fireplace opening is enlarged by extending the fire brick into the room. A wine cabinet replaces the 1980s wet bar and a glass enclosed exhibit replaces the cabinet niche to the left of the fireplace.
The bones of the house remain the same but the 20th century look of the house is disappearing; becoming more modern. The kitchen, bedrooms, and bathrooms are the next part of the project, “MAKING IT HOME-3″.