Everyone loves a good before and after transformation, and we’re no exception. This two-phase home renovation updated all but two rooms of the first floor of this house.
From the outside, this typical New England home may not look impressive, but inside the painted cedar shake and bright red door is a beautiful and expansive first floor transformation featuring a colorful palette in the main living spaces and a soothing a restful scheme in the master suite. The two-phase project renovated the whole first floor (less two rooms) transforming not only the home of a Weston, MA couple, but also transforming their lives inside that home.
Phase one of this project was motivated by the need for an elevator in the home, and it focused on the main living area of the house: the family room, kitchen, and mudroom. These areas were designed to create a family gathering space for a growing extended family while keeping the home handicap accessible for the husband who was in a wheelchair. Special consideration was given to where and how the wheel chair would fit in the family room, to the height of the dining table so the arms of the wheelchair would fit underneath, and to the thickness of rugs for ease of moving from space to space.
The main goal of the design of this space was to provide as much seating as possible. In the kitchen/family room open concept space, we provided a comfortable sectional, cocktail table with removable ottomans for additional seating when the whole crew was there to visit, a game table for family and friend gatherings, a hidden desk inside the built-ins, so the wife could be with the family while still online checking email, and able to quickly hide the mess when she wanted to tuck it all away, a kitchen table with extendable leaves, and island seating for the grandchildren.
By moving the entrance to the kitchen, we were able to create a beautiful flow while still allowing the client to have a full mudroom with storage and room for an elevator from the basement to eliminate the need for the husband to use a long ramp from the driveway. This change also transformed the exterior of the house by removing the long ramp.
However, just a short-time later – just over a year from our final installation, the husband passed away. After the funeral was complete, the wife realized that she needed to renovate her master bedroom suite to make the space feel like her own and help her to move on. The furniture in the bedroom was a wedding present from an aunt and uncle and never really felt like her style, but she had lived with it for 40 years. In transitioning into a new life on her own, it felt like the right time to fill the space with pieces that she loved because it was finally time to do something for herself.
We began the planning process quickly and started the renovation late winter/early spring of 2017. The master bedroom was turned into a restful oasis with calm and soothing colors. Our palette for this space was taupe and cream with a pop of glitz in metallic finishes such as the statement making chandelier. The master bathroom and master closet carry that palette throughout with warm and bright tile and countertops, rich taupe walls and beautiful brushed nickel finishes.
In considering the floor plan, we changed the hallway in the master suite and moved a wall to make room for a large walk-in closet, create a proportional sized bathroom, and enhance the flow of the space coming from the foyer, through the study and entering the master bedroom.
The office that was once the husband’s workspace is now the home of the wife’s computer. Creamy built-ins, gorgeous wallpaper, comfortable and stylish upholstery and a beautiful desk make a wonderful place for her to work.
The biggest transformation in the space is turning the floor plan completely around and having the desk face out of the large picture window so the wife can take advantage of the beautiful scenery rather than having it to her back.
The final piece of this phase was to transform the powder room off the kitchen which was not touched during the phase one renovations. We carried in the same colorful palette to provide continuity featuring a beautiful backsplash and show stopping navy grasscloth wallpaper. Something interesting to note is that the penny tile used in the powder room is the same exact stone as in the kitchen, but with the change in shape and in sheen, the tile feels entirely different but flows well from room to room.
For more photos of this beautiful transformation, check out our portfolio page.
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