Monday, March 18, 2013

Plans and Ideas

Here are some sketches of what my ideas are for the new house.  Let me know if you have any ideas... I've been a crazy "pinner" these days too.

Fingers crossed all of this happens before we move in :)

The existing dining room will become the new living room.  For one, we don't need a dining room that big, and for two, because I HAVE to have my kitchen and living room next to each other.  I really wanted an open concept, like in one room, but after we demo some walls, I think this will be open enough.

From the kitchen, looking in to the old dining room/ our new living room. Cabinet is getting moved to other side, that little wall is getting removed.  Opening up a half wall down the hallway.  This will open up the living room to the kitchen.
Here's an idea of what the half wall with the column will look like:

In the kitchen I want to open up the space between the kitchen and the great room, which is currently an office.  But it will become my new dining room.  My ideas for that are to add interior windows just above eye level so you can't see in the room, but you can see through to the great room.  Either like this:
Or like this:

Here's a pic of the window in the wall if you look to the right of this pic. With the same wainscoting below.

But definitely adding some wainscoting.  The pic above shows a little more of the opening in to the new living room.

This will be the new opening from the hallway to the living room on your left (coming from the kitchen).  See pic above.

The kitchen cabinets will get an addition from the corner (wine rack cabinet) in order to move the refrigerator closer to the window so the fridge isn't right in front of the island.  The fridge will get enclosed with wood panels and the upper cabinets moved directly above fridge.  Cabinets will get a tall crown molding and painted white.  Also adding some pendant lights or a chandelier or a pot rack above island.  Island will be painted a slate gray.  New tile floors (pattern of 16", 12", and rectangles).  Walls will be a brown/gray.  New granite countertops.

Crown molding on cabinets will look like this (found a better pic thanks to Kelly!):

Floor tile will look like this:

Kitchen paint color will be this:

All doors will be stained really dark and trim will get painted white and new trim added to tops like this picture below, the door knobs will get spray painted oil rubbed bronze.

The great room project will happen after we move in.  But here are some ideas for that.

The hallway in the middle leads to the kitchen.  I want to open up the room between the great room and kitchen (now currently an office) by adding some interior windows.  It will be our new dining room some day.

I'm not totally sure what to do with the fireplace (I'm not a fan of all the brick).

One idea is to make it more symmetrical by adding a wall to the big open space to make the opening smaller.  I don't like all the brick so I want to cover the front with wood or drywall and add some trim.  The beams in the great room will be stained darker. 

Here are some pictures of fireplaces I like:

That's all the thinking I can do for now until we are moved in... I have a lot of trim to paint (white) and doors to stain (dark almost black).  All new light fixtures throughout the house and new ceiling fans.  Whew we have our work cut out for us!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

"Before" pictures

We bought a "fixer upper"!  Well, we haven't officially closed yet... coming soon...April 15.  Then life is going to be crazy for a few months because we have lots of projects!  Here is a tour of our "totally 80's" craftsman bungalow BEFORE pictures.  There are lots of changes coming.
Front of house.
 You enter from the front door in to the great room.  Through the patio doors is a deck with a view of the golf course.
 Great room looking at the front door.
Great room looking at closets and hallway into dining room.
Great room fireplace.
 Great room fireplace and back doors.

Sawyer in the new house with the fireplace (gas).
Hallway in to bedroom area
 Master Bedroom
 Master Bath
 Master Bath
 Master Bath
 Master Bedroom going in to closet
Walk-in closet in Master Bedroom

  Bedroom #2
 Bedroom #2
 Bedroom #2
 Bedroom #3
Bedroom #3
 Kids bathroom
 Kids bathroom
 Kids bathroom
 Kids bathroom (mint green tub!)
 Kids bathroom (mint green sink and counter and toilet)
Kids bathroom ("beautiful" light fixtures).

Okay back to the other side of the house... if you go through this hallway:
 it brings you to this hallway... 
...which takes you to the 'dining room'.

Which is adjacent to the kitchen...

You can see the dining room through that center opening.
Other side of Kitchen
 Kitchen looking down the hall to the Great Room.
Kitchen window looking in to pool room
 The indoor pool.  The top of the roof opens up and all the doors are sliding with screens.
Pool room.
 Back of the house
 Back of the house looking at pool room
Back of the house looking at master bedroom.

Stay tuned for the "During" and "After" pictures...