BEDROOMS

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Photos before construction.

 MASTER BEDROOM (SOUTH-WEST VIEW)

MASTER BEDROOM (SOUTH-WEST VIEW)

 MASTER BEDROOM (NORTH-EAST VIEW)

MASTER BEDROOM (NORTH-EAST VIEW)

 MEDIUM BEDROOM (NORT-WEST VIEW)

MEDIUM BEDROOM (NORT-WEST VIEW)

 MEDIUM BEDROOM (EAST VIEW)

MEDIUM BEDROOM (EAST VIEW)

 SMALL BEDROOM/OFFICE (NORTH-EAST VIEW)

SMALL BEDROOM/OFFICE (NORTH-EAST VIEW)

 SMALL BEDROOM/OFFICE (WEST VIEW)

SMALL BEDROOM/OFFICE (WEST VIEW)

LIVING AND DINING SPACES

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Photos before and during construction.

 LIVING ROOM (SOUTH VIEW)

LIVING ROOM (SOUTH VIEW)

 LIVING ROOM (NORTH VIEW)

LIVING ROOM (NORTH VIEW)

 DINING ROOM WITH VIEW OF EXISTING 32 INCH WIDE DOORWAY TO KITCHEN

DINING ROOM WITH VIEW OF EXISTING 32 INCH WIDE DOORWAY TO KITCHEN

 DINING ROOM WITH VIEW OF WALL TO BE OPENED UP TO KITCHEN

DINING ROOM WITH VIEW OF WALL TO BE OPENED UP TO KITCHEN

 LIVING ROOM (NORTH WALL):  LOOSE PAINT SCRAPED IN PREPARATION FOR SPACKLING AND PAINTING.  MANY OTHER WALLS WERE SIMILAR TO THIS.

LIVING ROOM (NORTH WALL):  LOOSE PAINT SCRAPED IN PREPARATION FOR SPACKLING AND PAINTING.  MANY OTHER WALLS WERE SIMILAR TO THIS.

 REFINISHED AND NEW (AT KITCHEN) OAK WOOD FLOORING IN SPECIAL WALNUT

REFINISHED AND NEW (AT KITCHEN) OAK WOOD FLOORING IN SPECIAL WALNUT

 A WARMER AND COOLER PAINT SAMPLE OF GRAY GO UP, BUT BOTH ARE TOO DARK AND THE SEARCH WILL CONTINUE

A WARMER AND COOLER PAINT SAMPLE OF GRAY GO UP, BUT BOTH ARE TOO DARK AND THE SEARCH WILL CONTINUE

CHECKING IN

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It's been several months since my last post.  Being very hands-on with this project while simultaneously working on other projects that came in, it was just impossible to document the progress in real time.  The next several posts will be retroactive.

If you're curious- construction is complete.  The fun stuff like furniture and accessories are finally coming together.

CONSTRUCTION HAS BEGUN

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THE BATHROOM GUTTED

THE KITCHEN OPENING ENLARGED.  CABINETS, APPLIANCES AND FLOORING REMOVED.

KITCHEN: ANOTHER WHITE ONE

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KITCHEN SELECTIONS

Well... I thought I was done with designing another white kitchen, and a shaker door style moreover.  But this small kitchen really does call for light and bright cabinets.  The color is "Canvas" which is an warm off-white.  Rather than add an accent color at the island cabinets, I chose a complimentary panel style which has just a bit more detail than the simple shaker.

A CLOSER LOOK AT THE KITCHEN LAYOUT

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The biggest impact to the kitchen layout is the enlarged 8 ft wide opening.  The kitchen now directly connects to the adjacent dining room.  The enlarged opening also mirrors the opposite wall opening that connects the dining room to the living room.  A 6 ft wide center island now houses the cooking appliances.  I even managed to fit in an island overhang where 3 stools will be placed.  It was a tight fit and the absolute minimum aisle clearances, but I was determined to make it work.  The sink, dishwasher, refrigerator and remaining cabinet locations remain virtually the same.  Oak 2-1/4" t&g wood flooring will be installed to match the rest of the flooring in the house.  I considered relocating the side window to be centered on the island, but it is already centered on the roof ridge from the exterior and I thought that to be the more important alignment.

THE ORIGINAL KITCHEN

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Kitchen Work:

  • enlarge opening from dining room to kitchen
  • remove wallpaper and chandelier
  • remove popcorn ceiling
  • remove: stove, hood, refrigerator, dishwasher, sink and faucet
  • install new: oven, cooktop, hood, refrigerator, dishwasher, sink and faucet
  • remove vinyl flooring and install 2-1/4” t&g oak flooring

  • remove and install new baseboard and trim

  • remove and install new cabinets and countertop

  • remove and install 2 new windows

  • install new light fixtures 

  • install new backsplash

SNEAK PEEK AT FURNITURE SELECTIONS

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  DINING ROOM TABLE - WEST ELM, ARC BASE PEDESTAL, 60" DIA     I'll share a quick story about the table.  I first saw it online in November.  In December when I was ready to buy, it disappeared from the website.  I called customer service and was told that it was no longer available- indefinitely.  Not wanting to give up, I visited my local West Elm and the store manager checked the entire nationwide inventory system.  He found one left that was located in Tampa, FL.  I was ecstatic and immediately placed the order.  Fast forward to December 27th- UPS has reported that the table was damaged in transit and is being sent back to Tampa.  As of now, I do not know the condition of the table.  If I can't have my table, heads are going to roll!  

DINING ROOM TABLE - WEST ELM, ARC BASE PEDESTAL, 60" DIA

 

I'll share a quick story about the table.  I first saw it online in November.  In December when I was ready to buy, it disappeared from the website.  I called customer service and was told that it was no longer available- indefinitely.  Not wanting to give up, I visited my local West Elm and the store manager checked the entire nationwide inventory system.  He found one left that was located in Tampa, FL.  I was ecstatic and immediately placed the order.  Fast forward to December 27th- UPS has reported that the table was damaged in transit and is being sent back to Tampa.  As of now, I do not know the condition of the table.  If I can't have my table, heads are going to roll!  

  LIVING ROOM SOFA - WEST ELM, YORK, UPHOLSTERED IN "SHADOW" VELVET     I ordered the tapered legs (photo not available), not the cone legs as shown. West Elm's Heath sofa was my first choice, it's similar, but was narrower arms.  I just didn't have the width in the living room to accommodate the Heath 41" deep sofa.  I'm going to try to camouflage the wide arms as best as I can with some throw pillows.  I can't wait to see how the velvet turns out when it's delivered.    

LIVING ROOM SOFA - WEST ELM, YORK, UPHOLSTERED IN "SHADOW" VELVET

 

I ordered the tapered legs (photo not available), not the cone legs as shown. West Elm's Heath sofa was my first choice, it's similar, but was narrower arms.  I just didn't have the width in the living room to accommodate the Heath 41" deep sofa.  I'm going to try to camouflage the wide arms as best as I can with some throw pillows.  I can't wait to see how the velvet turns out when it's delivered.    

A CLOSER LOOK AT THE BATH LAYOUT

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The decision to relocate the plumbing to the opposite wall was a no brainer for me.  This allows for a wider vanity.  There are not many options for layout of fixtures in this small 9 ft x 5 ft bath, so I've kept to a typical bathroom layout.  And since it is the only bathroom for now, a tub is a logical choice rather than a shower.  I've chosen to go with a single sink at the vanity instead of a double.  A double sink would've reduced the countertop area and vanity storage.  Everything is a trade-off in a small space.

MEMORIES OF GRANDMA'S BATHROOM?

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THE EXISTING BATHROOM.  EVERYTHING WILL GO!

Bathroom Work:

  • remove all four wall finishes to expose wall studs
  • remove tile flooring and concrete subfloor to expose floor joists
  • repair sagging floor joist beneath floor
  • relocate plumbing to opposite wall
  • seal up half of window height with concrete block and install new hopper window
  • install cement board at shower walls and wonder board at remaining walls
  • Install plywood and cement board subfloor
  • install new tub, toilet, vanity, sink, faucets, accessories and light fixtures
  • install new wall and floor tiles

THE SCOPE OF WORK

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Scope of Work

  • gut/renovate kitchen
  • gut/renovate bathroom
  • enclose small rear porch
  • patch and paint interior walls and ceilings
  • refinish wood floors
  • furniture/lighting/window coverings
  • replace all windows
  • new central air conditioning & heating
  • paint exterior walls
  • install screen at front porch
  • minor landscaping
  • replace roof shingles

GETTING DOWN TO BUSINESS

In this section I'll be documenting home renovations as well as other design related topics.  I have the opportunity for my first local project here in Savannah (my own home).

Let's get started...

Bungalow Renovation: The Overview

The house was built in 1940 and is a single story 1,340 square foot bungalow.  The exterior wall construction is concrete block.  The roof material is asphalt shingles and is approximately 20 years old.  There is currently no central a/c and an old (heat) furnace below the hallway floor that has not been operational for over 10 years.  The electrical service has been upgraded to a 200 amp panel.  The house is located on the north side of the street and is situated on a 60-foot wide x 120-foot deep lot (we'll talk more about the yard at a later date).  The living room, dining room and kitchen are located at the front of the house and are south facing.  Three bedrooms and one bathroom are located at the rear of the house.  There is an unfinished attic above which can only be accessed by a pull-down stair in the hallway.  There is a crawl space below with about a 2 foot clear height.  The original features of the house include: kitchen cabinets & sink, bathroom tiles & tub, fireplace, built-in bookshelf, front door and windows, doors and windows trim, dining room wainscot, baseboards and crown moldings.  There is oak flooring throughout that is also original (with the exception of the kitchen and bath) which appears to be in decent condition.

FLOOR PLAN PROVIDED BY CHATHAM COUNTY

FLOOR PLAN DRAFTED FROM SITE MEASUREMENTS