1966 Dream Home!!
By ahfloori88029674, Apr 25 2016 02:17PM
About 9 months ago we started an entire home remodel project on a 1966 original home!! This has probably been one of the most exciting and extensive remodels that we have done, because we have made this house brand new, you wouldn't even recognize it as the same house anymore. I am going to share the design process of this home as well as the journey from beginning to end with LOTS and LOTS of pictures.
My first blog post on this home is going to share with you all of the before pictures from our initial walk thru of the home. These first few photos show the exterior of the home. As you can see it has the generic stone for the 60's, large glass windows, siding, old very inefficient windows, a low pitched roof, etc. The exterior was kind of plain and didn't have any real wow factor to draw people in, that is definitely something that we changed with the final remodel.
When we went inside it was like walking into a time capsule, it was such a cool house!! Not something we wanted to keep the same, it definitely needed to be remodeled, but it was so cool to see all of the original fixtures and finishes.
This is what you first saw when you walked in the home. It was a split level home, which meant we walked in on the "middle level" and you could either go down to the basement or up to the "main level". You can see the unique iron railings and a slight cathedral ceiling with beams.
The living room on the main level of the home was fairly large. It also had huge glass windows on both sides that made it feel even more open. You can see the slight vault on the ceiling in this picture, as well as the large stone fireplace. This home had 2 large stone wood burning fireplaces. The floor in this room had already been removed before we got to it, so here it is just subfloor that you are seeing. Some of my FAVORITE things that were in this house were the light fixtures!! You can see a really cool brass and crystal chandelier in this photo, it hung in the area that would have been used as a dining area off of the living room. On the far side of the picture you will notice some cool brass retro cone light fixtures.
Here we are standing in the living room looking at the front door/ split level landing. You can see the floating steps leading down to the basement and the expansive draperies that were used to cover the large windows accross the front of the house. You can see the theme of gold and green being used extensively.
From the living room we move on to the kitchen. This next photo shows the small hallway seperating the kitchen from the living room. This closet would have been utilized as the pantry for the kitchen. The home was not an open floor plan, but due to the large windows in the living room it did feel more open than it was. Side Note: You can't see it in this photo, but this house did have an intercom system, on the oposite wall in this hallway that you can't see, was the main speaker and intercom, you don't see many of those in houses anymore.
So here we are in the kitfchen. After being in that living room that was so bright with the large windows, this kitchen felt so small and cramped. Between the dark linoleum floor, dark cabinets, dark bottom paneling on the walls, and dark burgandy patterned wallpaper, it felt like you were in a cave. You can see the view of the kitchen cabinets and then the back wall of the kitchen where a breakfast table would have been. There was a door here leading out to the left side of the house with a sidewalk that wrapped around to the back and also to the back door of the garage. This kitchen was extremely outdated and would not have been functional or aesthetically pleasing so it was one of the first things on our list to renovate.
This is standing in the kitchen doorway leading to the living room and you can see the large windows accross the back of the house with the deck. This house is right on the water and has incredible views.
From the living room we can go the opposite direction instead of going to the kitchen we can head to the bedrooms. There were 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms on the main level. This is a view looking down the hallway to the bedrooms. Here you can see that the floor hasn't been removed and we had existing 2-1/4" oak hardwood floors.
Our first stop is this amazing BLUE bathroom!!! This thing is incredible, blue toilet, a massive blue tub, with the coordinating blue door panels and sink. This bathroom was funny.
The bedrooms were pretty much just 2 standard size bedrooms, nothing special about them, they had the hardwood floors in both of them and the master had the on-suite.
In the on-suite bathroom the home stuck with the blue hue, but went with more of a mint green/ blue color for the toilet, sink tub, tile, and everything. It was a whole lot of the same color.
Just like the kitchen, these rooms were extremely dated and were at the top of the list to get renovated.
We will now head downstairs and take a look at the basement.
The basement had another 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom, along with ample storage space, a bar, and a living room.
The first photo shows the living area. It was being utilized for storage at the time of our walk thru. The ceiling down here was considerably lower than upstairs, so we only had so much headroom to work with, you can see in the top left portion of this picture there was a drop ceiling that made it feel closed in, but like upstairs we had a large bank of windows to bring in a lot of light to make the space feel larger. In this living area there was the second stone fireplace.
From the living room you head down a hallway to the bedrooms and bathroom. The floor in the basement was a tile floor. The tile extended throughout the living area, bathroom, and bedrooms.
The bedrooms had the same low ceiling as the living area and in some places had a dropped ceiling, where duct work and plumbing had been ran.
The bathroom in the basement was no where near as dated looking as the upstairs bathroom because it wasn't a bunch of crazy colors, but it still needed to be replaced and the fixtures/ finishes need to be updated.
This home was going to be a huge project, but we couldn't wait to get started! We had so many ideas going about what we wanted to do and change on the house and we just needed to get started sketching ideas and picking samples.
This is the view for the home and it was a great inspiration for the project!!
Thank you for stopping by our blog!!!
Be sure to check back sooon for the next post on the design process for this renovation. We will be sharing the products that we selected throughout the process as well as sharing the sketches and how we got to the end product.
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