Many of you guys have been following my blog for awhile now and have already seen the before pictures of the upstairs living area, but I'll share them again, as it's always a nice reminder of how outdated our house was when we first moved in.This is the living room in May of 2010 when we first moved in..to wall carpet, outdated light fixtures, dark wood trim, and windows so old that you could feel the wind in your hair when you stood next to them. There was a wall between the kitchen and dining room that made the room almost too tiny to use.We've all been taught that it's what's on the inside that counts; but when it comes to your home, the outside is certainly just as important.A drab exterior can make you cringe every time you approach the front door, while a handsome, thoughtfully designed one can turn the experience into a true pleasure.They can even put big projects, like adding on a new porch, within reach.
For more photos and information: Lauren’s blog and her Portfolio."They have done a wonderful job at preserving the character and dialing back on some of the horrible upgrades that had happened over the decades, like this unfortunate '70s kitchen," Karen Vidal of Design Vidal says."The cabinets were literally falling apart and the tile floor was broken.Lauren redesigned the staircase and replaced the wall-to-wall white carpeting and tile floors, among other things: The wall dividing the living room and kitchen was opened up, and a beautiful new fireplace now anchors the room: The barstools look so much better in the new kitchen, don’t they? She says, “It’s not a big house at all, so we’ve employed some major organization and storage techniques to make it work for us, mainly in the form of built-ins, closet systems, and converting under-utilized spaces spaces into practical ones.”It’s just amazing how much bigger the living room looks now without the wall that used to separate it from the kitchen: How fabulous is the long windowseat in the upstairs loft space? The house has 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and about 2,400 square feet.The listing says, “Impeccable, bright contemporary with dramatic lines, soaring ceilings, and newer systems. Every detail addressed with full remodel from top to bottom.”“Exquisite details include a wooded cabana, wide plank white oak floors, reclaimed wood kitchen island, new flagstone patio, custom iron stair railings, wood plank ceiling in dining room, and a master bedroom courtyard with outdoor shower.”Lauren says she may miss her outdoor shower most of all!It has recently been valued at £700,000 to £725,000 In 2005, the couple moved in, excited about starting work, but during the first week in their new home, they found a leaking roof, rusty boiler and a wiring system that was non-compliant with the regulations, which hampered the start of all redecoration projects.