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Rachel C – Whole House Remodel

This 1970’s home, approx. 3,500 sq’ in total, was totally transformed into a modern yet practical family home. The entryway, with a new mahogany front door, leads into a massive den with fireplace. All the wood paneling was sprayed with satin finish enamel, and the built-ins and beams restained in a deep ‘mission oak’ satin finish. Finally, new 9W recessed LED lights and a new remote control fan were added. The pink carpet was replaced with ‘Natural Acacia’ solid core hardwoods and note the stunning refinished hutch.

The large kitchen needed more natural light, so we removed the far tall cabinets and repositioned on the left wall with new tumbled marble backsplash (3×6 subway) with a new center mosaic design. The original door opening was closed off and we created a new doorway in the center which allowed plenty of daylight to stream in from the dining room window. New undercabinet lights were also added. Of course, all the cabinets were restained and new hinges & pulls added. We ran a new gas line and installed a stainless steel GE Profile gas cooktop, plus a new stainless extractor hood.

The master bathroom was, of course, totally gutted back to the studs. The original sunken tub was removed and the floor raised to accommodate the new pedestal tub. Note, we took out the original side windows over the tub and installed a 4′ x 4′ sash window to enjoy the view of the back yard. The vanities were, in fact, moved to another location (originally one of the closets) in order to widen the general bathroom space. New solid oak cabinets and drawers were installed and sprayed white oil based semigloss, with “Giallo Ornamental” 3cm custom granite counters and undermount porcelain sinks. We added totally new custom walk-in shower with glass reaching up to the ceiling. The tile is 18×18 ‘Platillo Ivory’ with glass mosaic accents. The floor is porcelain tile which gives the impression of handscraped hardwoods. The tub is cast iron and weights about 500lb. The powder room was completely gutted, and a new Victorian style vanity installed with a new toilet. The floor is ‘Tuscan Storm’ travertine.

The breakfast nook area featured an interesting ‘wagon wheel’ effect ceiling fairly typical in some 70’s homes. We refinished it in the same dark oak satin and retextured the walls. The hutch was sprayed with a country-style light jade satin finish. The sunroom had a low ceiling buy we raised the whole ceiling line up to the roof joist level and moved various electrical and HVAC lines to clean it up. New cool-white recessed LED lights were added for a dramatic new living space. We removed all the paneling and installed new sheetrock/texture for a warmer ambiance. The dining room was then simplified by removing wall mirrors, paneling, drapes, faux leaf wallpaper etc. All the popcorn ceiling texture was removed and retextured (the whole house). Finally, new matching hardwoods and baseboards were installed.

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