I’m not going to lie – when we were viewing the house for the very first time I had figured out all of the things I would need to change to be happy living there. The details weren’t fully developed at that time but fell into place shortly after our offer was accepted and we brought our contractor into the space to help us create an estimate that would hopefully fall into our budget. We knew we would have to remodel the house in two phases. The first phase would take care of all the interior needs (and most of the wants) while we live nearby in comfort and then the second phase could happen after we have moved in and save up our remodel funds to turn the carport into a 2 or 3 car garage, create a new driveway, front patio, and backyard fireplace. Because that’s a while out (maybe a year – more or less depending on many factors) the current focus is on the interior design.
I like to change up the design a bit in each house we live in – but our overall mid century modern style and furnishings remain consistent. I consider those elements the sweet frosting for a cake that I like to bake a bit differently each time.
Here are some photos of the inside of the house. Weird three sided island in kitchen, huge and ridiculous jetted bathtub (taking 2/3 of the master bath), French Country style cabinet doors, low ceiling emphasized by the cooktop hood, hall bathroom with mismatched finishes, oversized vanity and a chipped bathtub. The positive things that we are able to work with are the kitchen appliances and the split floor plan.
1990’s master bathroom redone in 2013!
what a silly shape for an island.
Note that this hall bath is small and this sink sticks out in front of the 24″ wide door opening!
The other side of the silly island with hood that makes the 8′ ceiling look even lower
We are at it again… 1955 project home in a fab neighborhood!
Anyone who knows me – even just a little bit – knows that I ALWAYS have a project in the works. Friends and family couldn’t believe that we picked up and left our beautiful magazine featured home in “that place” and moved to a house in Phoenix that had already been remodeled. They said that didn’t sound like us… and they were right. We love our little Phx abode but knew it was a stepping stone to get us to this gorgeous desert paradise. The goal had been to take our time, really look everywhere that appealed to us, and make sure we were finally going to buy a home for our family in an area that we truly loved and was centrally located within walking distance to great shops, bars, restaurants, hiking trails, and bike paths. Every house we had bought in the past was far enough away from friends and activities that it was pain in the you-know-what. We have always had to get in our car and drive a time-consuming distance to get where we wanted and needed to be (other than the cute stepping stone Phx house which is also in an awesome location). So that gets me to to the point of this first post. We found a home, closed on it two weeks ago, and have already gotten a decent amount of demo accomplished. This place has a ton of potential. Its in a fabulous neighborhood and was built in 1955 – mid century is my specialty. Now that bad part… it has a had a series of sad remodels (one as recent as 2013) where the finishes and design look like they were done in the mid 90’s. We were hoping for something that was turnkey and gorgeous but that’s really hard to find when you are an architect with a very specific aesthetic in mind. Good thing I love designing and have a husband who’s game for a total redo as long as we don’t have to live in the mess!