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Posted by on Dec 22, 2015 | 5 comments

Renovating a Vintage 1940s Home, Part 2

Renovating a Vintage 1940s Home, Part 2

Earlier this year, we took you on a tour of a vintage 1940s home that had barely been touched since it was built 70+ years ago. Now, several months later, this diamond in the rough has received a complete makeover and we’re back to share its stunning new look, the work of local contractors Mary Denby of MHD Builds and Kyle Blaylock of Blaylock Design and Build. If you remember from part 1, the outside of the house was hidden from view by overgrown shrubs and ivy. Now with those shrubs gone, the vintage architecture is on display — and the fresh exterior paint, bright red door and new stone walkway complete the curb appeal. Inside, the plan was to restore many of the home’s original features, overhaul the HVAC and electrical, modernize the bathrooms and kitchen, and put an addition onto the back creating a large open concept living room and second-floor master suite. Here was the inside when Mary gave me a tour in February. And now,...

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Posted by on Dec 15, 2015 | 2 comments

Charles and Brandy’s Warwick Rowhouse Remodel

Charles and Brandy’s Warwick Rowhouse Remodel

At first glance, Charles and Brandy’s kitchen seems like it doesn’t need much work — white cabinets, wood floors, built-in shelving, clear sight lines to the living room. Sounds pretty good, right? But upon closer look, you realize there are deeper issues that need to be addressed to make this a more functional space for their family. Here are the before shots of this 1950s Warwick Village rowhouse and a peek at what’s planned in the weeks to come. First on their wish list is more counter space. Right now, I’d guess there’s about 24 inches on either side of the sink and when you add a coffee maker, knife block or any other kitchen equipment, prep space starts to disappear. To remedy this, they plan to move the stove to a new peninsula between the kitchen and living room, creating a full wall of counter space along the front wall. More important, replacing the stove is actually a safety issue. It’s been months since they’ve been able to...

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Posted by on Nov 17, 2015 | 1 comment

A Dated Del Ray Kitchen’s DIY Makeover

A Dated Del Ray Kitchen’s DIY Makeover

When Christina and Christopher bought their 1930s Del Ray home last year, it came with many charming features including wood floors, original moldings and arched entryways. But it also came with something not-so-charming, a dated kitchen. Before we show how they worked their DIY magic, here are the photos from the 2014 MLS at the time they bought the house: Pondering renovation options, Christina remembered reading our post that showed how Angela’s family renovated their equally dated kitchen. She liked how Angela kept the original footprint of her kitchen and maintained the size and character of her home. Christina and Christopher also considered putting an addition onto the back of the house, but in the end, they decided they would save money, do much of the work themselves and keep the kitchen the same size, just with a more modern aesthetic. Six long weeks later, and with the help of a few subcontractors (tile, drywall and floors), the kitchen was done. All the cabinets, the butcher block counters, the...

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Posted by on Oct 1, 2015 | 4 comments

Christina and Brad’s Del Ray Rowhouse Remodel, Part 3

Christina and Brad’s Del Ray Rowhouse Remodel, Part 3

A few weeks ago, we shared the stunning after photos of Christina and Brad’s rowhouse kitchen remodel. The kitchen, however, is only part of this story. Instead of renovating just their kitchen, they used this opportunity to get all their home renovations done in one fell swoop. Today, we’re back to show you how they transformed their second floor bathroom and basement. Here was the second floor bathroom when we first toured the house earlier this year. It was ready for a complete gut job. During demolition of the kitchen (right below the bathroom), they received the unsettling news from their contractor that the bathroom’s floor joists weren’t completely holding up the second floor. Their contractor, MW Construction, immediately rectified the situation to ensure the new bathroom wouldn’t come crashing through to their fabulous new kitchen. And here is the brand new bathroom. We absolutely LOVE the choice of classic floor and bath tile and the crisp and clean white and black color palette. All tile comes from The...

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Posted by on Sep 9, 2015 | 0 comments

Tim and Dawn’s DIY Outdoor Living Space: Part 2

Tim and Dawn’s DIY Outdoor Living Space: Part 2

In our last post about Tim and Dawn’s outdoor space, we showed you the before pics and plans to completely overhaul their corner Rosemont lot. We’re back today to give you a look at their progress of turning a neglected yard into an attractive and functional space for their active family. After building a small deck landing, Tim sought the city’s approval. He was proud to learn that the city code administration not only approved the small deck landing he built, but they told him that the quality of the work was as good as a licensed contractor. Here’s what the home looked like before Tim built the deck. And here is the completed project. Tim still plans to place LED lights on the steps, another side rail up the stairs, and a bench for the kids to sit on when taking on and off their muddy or wet shoes. To give the appearance of a beach boardwalk, Tim bought 500 sq. ft. of stone pavers. You may remember...

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