MAKING IT HOME “4”

RESIDENTIAL RENOVATION

By Chet Yarbrough

Making it Home-4

Billy Baldwin, “the dean of indigenous decorators”, is alleged to have said, “Be faithful to your own taste because nothing you really like is ever out of style”.

It is helpful to have a designer involved when renovating a house; however, what a home owner should be looking for is professional feedback about house modifications that meet an owner’s life style and interest.  The purpose of renovation is to make a generic house a personal home.

An office, a library, an outdoor cooking area, room for an exercise bike, and an outbuilding steam/shower are changes made to this house to meet an owner’s life style and interest. The original layout of the house allows for those changes without foundation modifications; no concrete foundation work is required.

4th BEDROOM BEFORE RENOVATION

Creating an office means turning one of four bedrooms into an “L” shaped space with an added window for natural light to the right of a desk.  The “L” shape is created by reducing a full bathroom to a ½ bathroom and adding a door to the ½ bathroom from the office.  The door to the office is to the right of the black linen closet in the 1/2 bathroom.

1/2 BATH AFTER RENOVATION
4TH BEDROOM CHANGE TO OFFICE
LIBRARY BEFORE RENOVATION

A library is created from a room off the entry foyer of the house.  The fireplace is re-done, a window is added for more natural light, book shelves are added, and entry to the space is widened.

 

LIBRARY AFTER RENOVATION
SPACE TO LEFT OF SINK CUT OUT FOR GAS RANGE & OVEN

An outdoor grill and bar is modified for an outdoor gas range.  This is particularly valuable when cooking in the heat of summer; i.e. instead of heat generation indoors, heat is dispersed outdoors.  The counter top is re-tiled to match tile work done in the house with an umbrella holder for shade in the summer.

 

MASTER BATH TUB BEFORE REPLACEMENT

The master bathroom is enlarged to accommodate a larger tub

MASTER BATH TUB AFTER RENOVATION

(with bigger windows for added natural light), a walk-in shower is created (with a glass partition for outside light) and space is created for an exercise bike.

 

Enlarging the master bath eliminates a closet but space for a larger master closet is created by borrowing space from the 4thbedroom that was changed to an office.

MASTER CLOSET AFTER RENOVATION

Finally, an outbuilding, previously used to house exotic birds, is converted to a steam room and shower.  The big advantage of an outside steam room is elimination of steam in the master bedroom when using the steamer.

STEAM/SHOWER OUTBUILDING AFTER RENOVATION

All of these changes/additions are within the framework of the original house.  The renovation modernizes the house’s appearance and is meant to meet a home owner’s life style and interests; i.e. making it home.  [contact-form-7 id=”1710″ title=”Contact form 1″]

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