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Posted by on Jul 14, 2017 | 1 comment

Removing Ornamental Columns in a 1920s Bungalow

Removing Ornamental Columns in a 1920s Bungalow

Ever since we moved into our current home – a 1920s bungalow – we’ve been underwhelmed with the two white columns between the living and dining rooms. We wanted to open up the space and we wanted the general style in the home to be more in keeping with a vintage bungalow style. After determining that the columns were not load-bearing, we watched a few YouTube videos, and over the course of an hour, took them out. Here’s how it went: Matt borrowed the neighbor’s saw and (yes, he’s not wearing safety glasses as he should be), he sawed through the middle of the column. They’re made of nice mitered wood pieces, but are hollow in the middle. He then wiggled the column until it broke free. My daughter Nadja put the four separate broken pieces on the front porch. We later put them on the curb for someone to hopefully take to use as garden decor or some other upcycled project. As the column split away, it left...

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Posted by on Jun 26, 2015 | 0 comments

Dawn and Tim’s Living Room Expansion: The Reveal

Dawn and Tim’s Living Room Expansion: The Reveal

The last time we checked in with Tim and Dawn, they were in the process of moving a wall to make their living room more spacious. Today we’re back to show you the stunning after photos. The whole project started when Tim and Dawn wanted to make room for the perfect Red Barn Mercantile sectional. They also wanted to update the style of the room. Dawn organized her interior design ideas on a Pinterest board and consulted with Kay Sidahmed (at left below) from Oikasa, an interior designer and frequent contributor to DIY Del Ray, to help her realize her vision. Having spent so much time on the beach in Long Island as a child, Dawn’s design tastes lean toward whites, pale blues, sandy brown, shimmery silver, with a lot of natural fabric and texture. Standing in her living room with the diffuse light pouring in, you feel like you’re in a beach cottage. Kay offered several color choices to try on the walls. They were trying to find the perfect grey,...

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Posted by on Jun 11, 2015 | 0 comments

Dawn and Tim’s DIY Living Room Expansion

Dawn and Tim’s DIY Living Room Expansion

What do you do when the furniture you really want won’t work in your living room? You do what Dawn and Tim did – you “simply” move a wall. “It all started with getting a new couch,” says Dawn. “We moved into our new house and the space screamed for large sectional. Upon finding the perfect slip-covered sofa from Red Barn Mercantile,  we realized it nearly bumped up against the hallway and entrance wall.” I drew a crude (not to scale) sketch of the front entrance, stairs, and living room to help visualize what they did. You can see the dotted line, which is the original living room wall, with a hallway to the side. The stairs go up to their Vacation Rental by Owner (VRBO) rental. The plan was to tear down the wall and move it 2 feet right next to the stairs as the hallway was wasted space. They determined that the wall was not load bearing, so they were good to go. Here is the original...

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Posted by on Sep 8, 2014 | 2 comments

Dawn and Tim’s Port City Rental

Dawn and Tim’s Port City Rental

A few weeks ago, we shared the first in a series of posts about Tim and Dawn’s outdoor living space renovation. Things are moving along with the project and we’ll be back once there’s more to report. In the meantime, let’s take a look at the inside of their house, specifically the second floor apartment which they rent out through Vacation Rental By Owner (VRBO). The house is actually divided into two 2-bedroom units with a shared entryway. When they bought the house, they originally planned to convert it into a single family house and even had local contractor Mary Denby stop by to provide an estimate. The conversion was going to cost more than they were ready to spend, so they decided to keep the house as-is for now and gradually make improvements such as renovating the outside and finishing the basement. Dawn took advantage of a break between tenants and gave me a tour of the bright and sunny apartment last week. The rental apartment has a...

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Posted by on Sep 3, 2014 | 5 comments

Angela’s Restored and Restyled Colonial Part 2

Angela’s Restored and Restyled Colonial Part 2

Last week we shared the before pictures (plus a sneak preview) of a restored and restyled 1933 home in the Rosemont neighborhood of Alexandria. Today we’re back to show the after photos of the renovated house where Angela, her husband Dov and their kids Jack and Zoe live. Angela and Dov bought the fixer in 2013. They wanted a home that they could restore and apply their own design aesthetic. It was also important for them to be within walking distance to Del Ray and Old Town and have easy access to a playground and outdoor areas for their children. The house they bought couldn’t be more perfect for them. Here’s a before picture to remind you of what the house looked like when they bought it — pretty much a blank slate with decorative moldings, wood floors, lots of natural light and a clean layout. And here are the after photos — bright and modern with original architectural elements highlighted. The floors were not in good condition, so...

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