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With her realtor hat on, Dawn started searching for a fixer-upper that met Brenda and Rebecca's criteria. It didn't take long to locate this 1940's bungalow in Reynoldstown, a neighborhood just north of I-20 and one of the "top 3" choices based on their work/play criteria. And here is what they ended up with! Front porches are ALWAYS part of our plan (with homeowner acceptance of course) when the house will accommodate one. Extending the 6 foot deep porch to 8 feet was the only footprint expansion on this home.
One exciting feature of this home was the potential to open up the area between the kitchen and living room. We immediately saw this as a large open space. Nothing that a new beam and some window location changes couldn't solve. What a beautiful open space for modern living! Kitchen, dining (both bar and table seating) and living all achieved by removing a load-bearing wall. Care was taken to hide the structural beam in the ceiling for a seamless, un-renovated look.
This large kitchen space was just waiting to be designed to fit modern lifestyles.  There is new door planned to a huge deck, to the left of the sink window! New wood floors to match the rest of the house are in-store as well... Ikea cabinets and counters with a custom tiled back splash add just enough punch and stayed within a moderate budget. There is LOADS of storage in this kitchen as you will see from some the following shots.
The living/dining room is just behind this wall planned for demolition. The chrome dining room light fixture hangs just beyond the breakfast bar indicating the planned location for a nicely sized dining table. A dry bar area was installed to the left of the fridge with glass cabinet doors to add interest. Removing the wall really improved the light and flow in this efficient home.
New code compliant stairs leading to the upper floor master suite were planned in the existing stairwell off the kitchen and the new rear entry. The new stairs worked out great. We included a new window in the stairwell, replacing the old door. The new pantry to the right of the fridge and deep storage above create space for even the most gadget oriented cooks.
Anticipated to be one of the worst areas of the house, there had been obvious leaks from the bathroom above that impacted the structure in this area of the house. Look at it now! All new everything (dual flush toilet as well). Like in the kitchen, we used laminate counters with a mosaic tile backsplash to add an upscale look for a budget price. The floor and shower surround are tile.
This bedroom, located on the rear of the house, will stay much the same.  The only addition being a new door in place of the rear window the will lead to the new deck. In addition to the new door, we also added picture molding to create a smart, clean look to the lower bedrooms.
The right wall of the stairwell was very thick to accommodate old plumbing. Plans were to reframe it and install new plumbing, adding much-needed width to the stairs. We were thrilled to discover just what we expected, the ability to install modern plumbing and open the stairwell. The doors at the top are between the 2 upstairs bedrooms and house a new laundry area.
We were all surprised to see this much space upstairs. A new rear dormer will add light and space to this master suite and of course a new bath is in the works. The space and light increase from the addition of the new dormer is amazing. This is truly a master retreat with room for a sitting area and king bed. The homeowners (like us!) are not fans of wall-to-wall carpet so opted for wood floors even on the upper level.
The new bath will have a large shower, double vanity and beautiful new finishes. See! This is everyone’s favorite transformation. From a space planning perspective, there was a HUGE plumbing chase behind the wall with the light switch (left). By shrinking it, we gained the room needed for a large shower and a double vanity. There is a shower bench behind the wall to the left of the shower door.
We used timeless subway tiles for the walls of the shower and added a broken marble floor and marble mosaic accent strip to bring all the elements of the bath together. These lovely cabinets are factory built with furniture legs added for a custom look. The carrera marble top was a remnant from our fabulous stone fabricator so came in at a reasonable price. Matching medicine cabinets and modern light fixtures complete the bath.
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