So sometimes I like to do things backwards (read: life is too hectic to think far enough in advance to allow me to do things in the proper order). So today, by popular demand, I’m sharing some pictures of the house from before the demolition. Yeah, I know, the “before” pictures should really precede the demolition and construction pictures, but that’s just not how it happened here.
So, in no particular order, here are some of the photos from the real estate listing. It’s worth noting that the house was in perfectly liveable condition, and it’s only because of our aesthetic priorities, our interest in energy efficiency, and a desire to create a space better suited to our family needs that we are gutting the house and building the interior from scratch.
Starting at the property’s front door, above is the entry hall or foyer, which in many respects is quite beautiful. But since it’s definitely not my style, we’re saying goodbye to the dark wood and will see it replaced with simple painted plastered walls, modern casework (cabinetry), and a special surprise for the staircase. The living room, below, will receive a similar treatment, with painted plaster walls, removal of the wooden fireplace enclosure, and its replacement with a stone fireplace similar to that in our previous apartment.
You can just catch a glimpse of the kitchen through the casework on the right hand side of the dining room in this photo. It was long and narrow, running along the shorter edge of this dining room and extending into a breakfast/sun room (below). Our plan is to combine the old kitchen with this dining room to make a larger, open, and expansive kitchen. Part of me actually thinks this might be the most significant transformation of the whole renovation, but we’re doing so much all over the house that it’s really hard to know. We’ll lose the fireplace as we convert this space to a kitchen, but never fear, there are about four others! (Did I mention that we looked into turning this fireplace into a pizza oven? Sadly, the price for such a reconfiguration was mind-boggling and our dreams of a real, live pizza oven in our kitchen have disappeared into thin air…)
Funny how it’s so clear that the breakfast room was a recent addition and that it differs so dramatically in style from the rest of the house. It’s even styled very contemporarily, with a contemporary pendant lighting fixture, glass table, and Bertoia chairs.
And then there’s the upstairs; the pictures that follow are the master bedroom, the master bathroom, and one of the kids’ bedrooms.
And that bump out behind the bed in the last picture? That’s the fireplace you see in the third, cleaned-up demolition photo (from a slightly skewed angle). Hard to believe, isn’t it?
Remember these photos, folks. When we have a finished home to show you, I know you’ll be stunned by the difference (as will I!). The exterior will be similar (minus the shutters and with the addition of new, energy efficient European windows). But inside… well that’s a different story. It will be a 5 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom modern sanctuary with full office, play loft, gym, wine cellar, and dedicated laundry palace (for my beloved partner, who considers laundry a true art form). From a stylistic point of view, the plan is for a Scandinavian modern home with bold geometric accents. I don’t want to give too much away for now, but brace yourselves, it’s going to be amazing. And a heck of a lot different than what you see in the photos above!