YOUR Old House Remodel Contest | Tyler H.
We bought an old Cape Cod style 2 story house that had never been updated and was heavily lacking maintenance. So we gutted 870 sq ft of the first floor to bring it back up to date. Our goal was to keep East Coast character to match the style of the house while tossing in some Midwest accents into it. So after 3 months of planning and a 137 day outage (all while living in the house), we were able to move into the first floor permanently. The before photos are from the day we took possession of the house. The scope of the work included removing a load bearing wall and 4 non-bearing partitions, revamping the HVAC duct fore a more efficient layout, changing the lighting layout completely and all associated electrical work, building and installing the new kitchen cabinets, all new trim, and new floors. The master bedroom (not shown) was also renovated during this time.
The house originally had no lights in the living room and was almost fully closed off from the kitchen. So we immediately started a plan for removing 15’ of the interior bearing wall that divided the two.
The kitchen had an outdated layout and was also very poorly lit. The hardest part of a kitchen remodel is it displaces one from the most important room in the house. So we erected a temporary kitchen during the planning phase for the outage.
Living room finished. The beadboard backing on the built-ins match the style of the house while the deep brown walnut brings some “Iowa” into the space. The wainscoting and chair rail gives the space a more inviting and luxurious feel.
Kitchen finished, The space is now modernized and Anna is delighted to cook in it and show it off! The 8 foot built-in island turns the workspace to face the living area, further bringing the two spaces together.
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