Before + After – Our 10th Flip’s Kitchen

After every renovation there’s always a certain part of the house that’s a little hard to leave behind.

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It was the backyard in the 4th flip, the great room in the 2nd flip, the master bathroom in the 8th flip . . . and then this kitchen in our 10th flip.

kitchen - 10th flip - It's Great to Be Home

The kitchen used to be really isolated from the rest of the house, which felt pretty depressing.  Here’s the tiny little snippet you used to be able to see of it from the living room:10th Flip - Before

That wasn’t going to fly, so we opened up that wall and let the kitchen hang out with the cool kids in the rest of the house.  Here’s that same view now:

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So much better!

Figuring out this kitchen made my head spin at times.  It’s long and narrow, and acts as the only link between the family room and the rest of the house.  And nothing says “enjoy your breakfast” quite like a powder room right next to the breakfast nook.  :)

before and after floor plan

The goals for this kitchen were to brighten it up, modernize the whole space, and make it flow with the rest of the house.  With some serious juggling, I think we accomplished all of that.  In the end, we got rid of the powder room at the end of the kitchen, opened up the wall to the garage conversion (now the game room/family room) as I mentioned above, widened the opening between the kitchen and the formal living room, added a full bath near the front of the house in what used to be kitchen space, and added a laundry room and powder room right off the kitchen.  Whew!

Switching things around and opening up walls may sound like things that cost more money than they’re worth, but I think those changes were worth every penny.  There’s not much use in prettying things up and changing finishes if the basic function of the space just doesn’t work.

Removing the wall between the kitchen and the game room made all the difference in the world, both to the kitchen and the game room.  I remember that Jason and I were driving somewhere in the car when all of a sudden a light bulb went off in my head – we absolutely had to remove that wall.  I don’t know why it didn’t occur to me before!  Seriously, we had looked at that space a dozen times before realizing the wall needed to come out.

Duh.

Anyhoo, the kitchen used to feel cramped and dark, but now it gets tons of light from the huge windows in the game room.  And the game room used to feel exactly like what it was – a garage conversion.  Now the two spaces feel open, and like they were always meant to be this way.

Before:

10th Flip - Before

After:

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See?

So, once we decided to make all of those changes to the floor plan of the house, we had to figure out how to lay out the kitchen.  You might remember that I agonized (to put it mildly) over the floor plan of this kitchen, and you guys helped me figure everything out (more than once!).

Final Kitchen PlanWe decided to use the pantry/double oven/fridge space seen below for a full bathroom (accessed through a fourth bedroom/office at the front of the house), and open up the remainder of the wall so that the kitchen and formal living room feel more open to each other.

10th Flip - Before

We had to find new locations for all of those functions, which was a bit of a brainteaser, but the end result is worth it.

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On the opposite wall, you can see where the majority of the cabinet space, the sink and the stove top used to be:

10th Flip - Before

Here’s that view once the cabinets went in – remember, we scooted the kitchen towards the back of the house (and the game room) and turned what used to be the front of the kitchen into an extra bathroom.

Custom, Modern Kitchen Cabinets

And here’s how that view looks today!

"After" photos of 10th flip - It's Great to Be HomeThis was our first time doing stained kitchen cabinets (although I guess we did do stained lowers here!), and I hope I get a chance to do similar finishes in our next projects.  I’m kind of in love.

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Did this kitchen turn out how you thought it would?

Check out the rest of this renovation here.

Before + After – Our 10th Flip’s Master Bedroom + Bathroom

You might recall that the master bathroom was a source of stress at various times throughout this renovation.  :)

However, now that everything is said and done I can say that all the freaking out and second-guessing was worth it.  Whew!

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Originally, the bathroom was very pink and somewhat cramped.

10th Flip - Before

It also functioned as a guest bathroom since it was accessible through a door in the hallway – probably not the private master bath that most people envision.

10th Flip - Before

(The door to the “master bathroom” on the left in the foreground.)

So, when it came time to re-think the space, we jumped at the opportunity to make the bathroom more private by closing off the door while also expanding the bathroom by taking in a coat closet and part of a hallway off the entryway (see below).

10th Flip - Before

I never would have thought of expanding into this space – it was my mom’s idea – and it made all the difference for this little bathroom!  You can see these changes reflected on the floor plans below:

before and after floor plan

During the demolition and re-framing phases it all looked a little like this:

demo, framing & plumbing

I was really concerned about the master bathroom feeling dark, since it doesn’t have any windows to let in natural light.  Because of that, I made sure to include two recessed LED lights (one in the shower and one in the main part of the bathroom) and sconces with two bulbs each.  All of that light bouncing off the white walls, mirrors and glossy subway tile make for one happy and bright bathroom.

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And here’s a straight-on view of the double vanity.  The drawers have tons of storage, and I think the rope on the captain’s mirrors plays nicely with the wood tones of the vanity.

master bathroom

Just through the doorway is the master bedroom!

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You can really see in the master bedroom how we stuck with a palette of whites and rich browns and black throughout the house – all of the fixtures are black or oil-rubbed bronze, the window frames are bronze (almost black, really), and all of the hardware, door levers and hinges are black.  Those little details make me happy.

Do you see the plethora of doors that used to lead into the master bedroom?  It had direct access to two bathrooms – so strange!

10th Flip - Before

The master bedroom itself is really a testament to what a little freshening up can do.  We painted, swapped out the windows and light fixture, and restained the floor to take the room from this…

10th Flip - Before

…to this!

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I hope you’ll agree that it’s changed for the better.  :)

Pssst!  Hi!  If you’re just joining us from Centsational Girl, welcome!  If you’d like to catch up on the rest of this renovation just click here.  And for you regular readers, I contributed to a post for my blog buddy, Centsational Girl – you can check it out here.

Before + After – Our 10th Flip’s Office + Attached Bathroom

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Last week you got a little glimpse of the office / 4th bedroom that we added to the flip – are you ready to see the full enchilada?

Pardon me, I have TexMex on the brain.

But back to the office – remember how the flip had 3 living areas when we bought it?  That just seemed crazy, so we switched things up and converted the formal dining room into an office, and turned the formal living room into the new dining room.  Here’s how it looked originally:

10th Flip - Before

And the entrance to the office is through the 5-lite glass door – I love that door and saved it during demo, it was originally an exterior door located to the right of the fireplace:

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Inside, the office is light and bright, and would be an excellent guest room with the addition of a roman shade or frosted film on the glass door.

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Before + After – Our 10th Flip’s Dining + Living Rooms

Now that you’ve seen the outside, want to scope out the inside of the flip?

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One of the great things about ranch homes is that they typically lend themselves to today’s modern, open-concept floor plans.  Most of the rooms line up with each other, so tweaks like widening doorways and taking down walls are pretty much all you need to bring these vintage homes into this century.

before and after floor plan

You can see in the floor plans above how we switched up the layout of this house just by changing a few walls.  First, we decided that having 3 living areas in this house was a bit redundant, so we turned the formal living room (with the bay window) into the formal dining room, and simply added a wall to turn what was originally the formal dining room into a 4th bedroom/office.  Then, we widened the doorway between the dining room and living room, as well as the doorway between the living room and kitchen.  Now, the floor plan is open and bright, and makes more sense for the size of the home.

Here’s how the front portion of the house looked when we bought it:

10th Flip - Before

And here’s that same view today:

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Isn’t it crazy how you can add a few 2x4s and drywall and, voila!  You have a new room!

demo, framing & plumbing

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Before + After – Our 10th Flip’s Exterior

You guys, the flip is finished.  Wahoo!

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Do you remember where we started last fall?

10th Flip - Before

I remember when we first saw this house – my first thought was, “Oh good, there’s nothing super offensive about it.  But dang, that brick is ugly and I wish we could change that bay window into something more modern.”

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Bam.  Wish granted.

Painting the brick a creamy white instantly freshened up the whole look.  And I love the contrast of the dark window frames against the brick – to me, it looks modern without feeling cold.

Our original vision was to create a boxed bay window (with right angles instead of the more curved look), but that wasn’t possible because of the way the window was framed.  However, with some serious finagling with the window opening our installer was able to switch out the six window panels that looked busy and dated with 3, larger window panels that look sleek and modern.  I’m a happy girl.

Changes to the Exterior

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