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From Dark to Light – Construction Photos of a Cottage Home Remodel

Farrah Residence:  Construction progress photographs.  From left to right:  existing kitchen before remodel; earlier stages of construction showing new beam at longer span opening; new kitchen in construction with mosaic tile backsplash and fresh coat of paint on the walls.

The clients approached us after seeing their friend’s remodel plus addition project we worked on completed successfully and having witnessed the entire process from design through to completion.  The couple had a general sense of what they wanted to do with their house  but was open to ideas that we might have, which would be explored and uncovered through our unique and time tested process.  Their main request was that they wanted a home that was beautiful inside to match the charming exterior lemon yellow siding and cottage style detailing.  There was some work involved to transform the dated dark wood paneling and dark heavy beams with low ceilings that had some presence but felt overbearing.

We knew from our first site visit what not to do–that is to demolish and throw out the ceiling beams.  We were going to keep them and transform the beams entirely by making it something else.  Below is a picture of how the ceiling beams were updated along with the ceiling design being transformed into something else entirely.


Family Room Ceiling Beam Construction Progress Photographs.  From left to right:  existing ceiling beam before remodel; earlier stages of construction with existing ceiling beam; freshly painted new wrapped ceiling beam with existing T&G wood ceiling.

We were asked by some of our facebook page followers whether the wrapped ceiling beam was going to remain tan and white.  The picture below shows the ceiling beam before it was painted white.

 If you see the “On the Boards” page from our website, there’s a sketch rendering showing how this space was envisioned during design.  As you can see, the color scheme was altered but the overall strategy of opening up the kitchen into the family room and repurposing the existing beams remain.  It takes some practice, well actually years of training to be able to visualize the end result of the spaces envisioned in design.  It also takes patience and some faith to be able to sustain the initial design intent and execute those ideas into reality successfully.  All the clients go through some fear or doubt at some stage during construction, but once the finishes start coming together the excitement kicks in.  It’s the stage that makes everyone happy and anxious to finish so they can enjoy the newly created space.  The day we photographed the wrapped beams, we were told by the clients that they LOVED the beams.  We knew they would.  We just had to wait until they could see for themselves.

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Dow Residence Finishes Show Character

Our last update on this cottage home was when framing took place.  During framing, there’s much excitement but also some nervousness from the homeowner’s perspective.  It must be the difficulty in trying to visualize the finished space when you’re looking at stud wall and concrete footings.  But not these homeowners.  They were relaxed and always in a positive mindset, seemingly enjoying the design and construction process.   And their positive outlook has paid off in a big way as you can see in the following photos showing the latest stages of construction.

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The choices they made for finishes and colors or even furniture pieces that are being converted to vanities are making their home a one of a kind special place.

Clients typically ask during the design process whether they should renovate in consideration for resale value or do what they want to do.  We recommend that you  highly customize the design to cater to your needs and goals.  It’s best not to worry about pleasing the future prospective buyer and you will be able to find a buyer with similar taste with yours.

The happy homeowners took this advice to heart and renovated this home by infusing both their personalities in every space and detail.


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Newton Residence Featured on Houzz

One of our favorite projects, Newton Residence is featured in Houzz.  To date, this photo is in 1174 ideabooks.  Perhaps the reason why this bathroom appeals to so many is a trick we use on our projects with restricted budgets.  We use an interesting material, say tile for this room, and mix it up with an inexpensive off the shelf double sink.  Combined, the room still feels modern, simple, and elegant but in a very relaxed, Southern Californian style.

For more on this bathroom and to read the Houzz article featuring the Newton Residence, click on the image below:

Newton Residence Bathroom


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