Full Interior Remodel – Before and After Photos
Shortly after the homeowners purchased this mid-century modern home, it underwent a full interior makeover, on a modest-budget. See what they did. They graciously shared their before and after pictures with us and with their permission, we happily share them with you. Here’s what they had to say.
We had more curb than curb appeal. The island, overgrown with cactus plants and a 5-story palm tree, got a welcoming flagstone walkway with decorative stone border and multi-colored crepe myrtle trees. We removed the wall at the front of the house which opened a space for a beautiful flowering yesterday-today-and tomorrow tree, camellias, azaleas, gardenias and a lavender-flowering ground cover. The overgrown ivy to the side (not-shown) was replaced with double delight roses, lavender-budding myoporum, hibiscus and silver birch. The existing driveway of pavers was clean, durable and attractive – a real plus and a money saver. Fresh paint and low voltage lighting put the finishing touch on the front exterior.
The Kitchen was gutted. Wallpaper, plumbing fixtures, cabinetry, countertops, back splash replaced. An extended peninsula added counter top and storage space. The sliding glass doors were replaced with a large window, in the interest of security. New ceramic tile flooring helped open the space.
The circa-1950 globular light fixtures came down in favor of contemporary LED lighting. The 1970s cabinetry was completely replaced and the height of the lower cabinets was increased. Several new door fronts have glass and there is under-cabinet lighting throughout. The pantry interior was reconfigured and new cabinetry on the East wall was installed. This provided storage for crystal, silver, fine china, and picnic items. It also gave us extended buffet-options for family and holiday dinners. We replaced all the appliances and quartz was chosen for the new counter tops which was installed throughout.
The Master Bathroom was gutted and the space reconfigured. The window beside the toilet was removed, the toilet relocated, and above-counter cabinets with mirrored doors provided more storage and a more spacious feeling.
The bathtub was replaced with an oversized glass enclosed, decoratively tiled shower stall. We were cautioned against giving up a bathtub but decided it was the right decision for us. The door to the exterior was replaced with a window. Large, light ceramic tile replaced the aged and yellowed linoleum flooring.
We used the old, cramped shower stall as the new space for the toilet area. The door to the hallway, which we felt was inappropriate for a Master Bathroom, was removed. Almost every interior door in the house was replaced.
The extra bedroom, which we didn’t need, was adjacent to the Master Bedroom. One of the changes we most like, was dividing that room, converting half the space into a ‘man-cave’ and the other half into a spacious, custom-built walk-in closet. By eliminating the wall-to-wall closet with sliding mirrored glass doors, and creating a door to both the man-cave and the walk-in, we successfully connected it all as if it had been original to the master suite. If one day another owner prefers another bedroom over an office and walk-in closet, this can easily be reversed. Extra security measures were put in place for the French doors we had installed for direct access from our bedroom to the rose garden, fire pit, outdoor water feature, and spa. The room is light and bright and from our bed we can see out to our orchard. (There will be homemade apricot pie, pomegranates, freshly-squeezed morning orange juice and Santa Rosa plums.)
Throughout the entire house, baseboard and crown moldings were installed, and acoustical (“cottage-cheese”) ceilings were replaced with smooth ceilings and recessed lighting was added. Fresh paint and carpeting gave a final refreshed feel to the master as well as throughout the house.
The budget didn’t allow for extensive changes in the Guest Bathroom but we’re very pleased with the newer look we achieved on a near-dime. Fresh paint and hardware, new counter top and sink and fabulous glass back splash (replicated in the shower stall), new window, doors and flooring, made this bathroom feel young again. We’re glad we increased the height of the countertops, it makes things easier.
What had been an old and worn shower stall seemed re-born with large ceramic tile with glass insets, up-to-date plumbing fixtures and a modern glass entry. By adding white and teal color (which repeats and is complemented in the adjacent guest bedroom and home office) it picked up the overall look and feel. Not pictured is the new ceiling light fixture, toilet, towel bars, and ceramic tile flooring.
We preserved the mid-century beamed ceiling in the Living Room, but painted it to open up the space, and we did the same for the sliding doors to the exterior. We wrapped the brick wall with drywall, installed a stack stone motif and mantle for the fireplace and added light sconces. Fresh paint and carpeting completed the facelift for this room.
In the Family Room, we did the same as in the Living Room, wrapping the fireplace wall, adding a stack stone motif with mantle and changing the flooring from ceramic tile to carpeting. Fresh paint throughout, including the sliders and wood beamed ceiling, with new lighting, put final touches to modernize this room. Our neighbors came to our open house, thanked us, and took ideas for their own mid-century homes. We loved that.