Sarah and Scott’s Farmhouse Reno: Part 1
Sarah and Scott, and their two young sons, live in a beautiful Del Ray farmhouse with an inviting wrap-around porch and a big yard. Sarah gave us a tour of her home, telling us about their exciting plans for remodeling and updating their kitchen and upstairs master bedroom, which we will return to view in the months to come. They love their home, but with two growing boys, they want to reconfigure some of the rooms to make better use of the space, as well as add some square footage to the kitchen and second floor.
Their roof is a rich red in color, which is why the second floor in this photo has a pink tint from the reflected light.
Sarah showed us the cool 3-D graphic rendering that their architect, Laura Campbell, gave them that shows the addition they’ll put on the second floor in the back. Sarah highly recommends working with Laura. “She is highly detailed,” she says, “and thinks about things from functional and aesthetic perspectives.”
They plan to add a built-in desk nook to the kitchen area, a kitchen island, a large family room with bay windows, a mudroom, and a renovated bathroom on the first floor.
The kitchen will be extended off to the opposite side. This is to the left when you’re facing the front of the home.
The current kitchen will bump out into the addition, a change you can see from Sarah’s expression that she’s definitely excited for.
This is the back of the home as it looks now with its welcoming outdoor lounge seating. They plan to add a bluestone patio in the backyard. The goal is to make the back entrance more usable and probably the primary entrance, since they park on the side street.
Back inside, we started our tour in the kitchen where most of the change will occur. Here is the view from the front door down a narrow hallway into the kitchen.
On the opposite end of the kitchen, Sarah and Scott turned what may have been a dining area into a kids play room. We wrote about her initial design of this space in a post awhile back.
They’ll keep the hardwoods throughout the home.
These are the sliding glass doors that lead out onto the deck.
The formal dining room with its warm colors, over-sized pendant lamp, and rustic farmhouse table runs the length of the kitchen on the other side. “I love our dining room because of all the natural light,” says Sarah. “We spend a lot of time at the table for meals, kids coloring, play-doh play, painting, and reading.”
The dining room leads into the front living room — stylish yet casual — like the rest of Sarah and Scott’s home.
Sarah is contemplating what to do with the exposed radiators. The original owners painted them silver, but Sarah wants to change their look altogether, either covering them entirely, or on top, leaving the bottom exposed but a different color.
Upstairs they’ll turn the guest room into a walk-in closet and hallway leading to the new master addition. The master bedroom will have a cathedral ceiling and natural wood exposed collar ties. Then, they’ll move the laundry from their current unfinished basement to the new master bathroom. There will also be a small balcony off the master bedroom.
This mural hanging over their master bed is from when Scott and his parents were traveling through China in 2001. It will become a focal point in the renovation; they’re moving it to the addition in a customized space with lighting to really highlight the piece.
The other two rooms belong to their two young boys. This one has an elephant theme…
Airplanes are the theme in the other boy’s room. Sarah gets all of her fantastic wall decals from Blik.
She’s decorated the upstairs bathroom with accessories from West Elm.
If all goes well with permitting, construction is scheduled to begin in October. We’re so excited to see the transformation of Sarah and Scott’s home. Once they complete the work, we’ll share the after photos here!