When we told our contractor that we could take our time getting the house remodeled I think we were under the impression that it could take 2 months… but we are going on three and likely almost four before we are going to be done and ready to move in. Each time we go to the house to look at progress or just to enjoy the pool in the backyard and let the doggies run around we get more and more antsy to get there permanently. As for the most recent progress, cabinets are in (living room cabs need to be modified – they don’t match my design height) and the countertops get installed this Thursday. Once those countertops are in, everything else can begin (floor tile, wall tile, trim, electrical work, final plumbing, etc etc.). So yay…. can’t wait until Thursday!!!

Our new hall bath looks so good but is so small that we made a last minute decision to make the door a barn door style so we don’t have to pinch the space any more with a swing style. Yep, I had to go buy another door and sell the new 24″ prehung door on craigslist yesterday but overall I think its a great decision. Oh, and look how nice the new skylights are in the kitchen and greatroom areas.




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.

Adventures in Home Design and Construction – Another project in the works!

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!