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Before and After Makeovers

Do you enjoy viewing Interior Designers’ Before and After Makeover photos? I love to study them. Enjoy some of the following Before and After Makeovers.

It’s been a while. A professional blogger I am not. I am too interested and busy in helping my clients renovate/or build their new kitchens, baths and homes. How there is time to blog twice a week and keep up with all the fun projects I am involved in is a mystery to me. However, as the New Year begins, I do want to reflect on some of the transformations that have happened and have yet to be documented.

Many projects are smaller and do not justify the cost of a professional photo shoot. And my photography skills are limited to the iPhone. But the results are thrilling for both my clients and me.  Enjoy some of the following Before and After Makeovers.

West Seattle Bathroom

This West Seattle Bathroom was entirely sweet but overdue for a refreshing update.

Before and After Makeover-Before

BEFORE

A new pedestal sink, glass tub surround, tile and custom niches make this an attractive and more functional bathroom. An Antique Mirror becomes the focal point of this charming bathroom.

BATHROOM-AFTER

BATHROOM-AFTER

Shower Surround and Tile

Shower Surround and Tile

The unique niche design took advantage of some space from an adjoining closet.

Unique Niche

Unique Niche

 

 

Blue Ridge Powder Room

The next photo shows an auxiliary powder room off the kitchen and laundry area that might have been considered creative at one time. It needed to be gutted and redesigned to become current with the style of the home. A funky mirror and teeny sink was replaced.

Before and After Makeover-Powder Room

Before and After Powder Room

With an expansive mirror and marble counter with an under mounted sink, the tiny space is much prettier and useful.

 

AFTER-Powder Room

AFTER-Powder Room

Wedgewood Kitchen Renovation

Recently this kitchen in North East Seattle was updated with new cabinets, finishes, tile and a larger more functional island design. This picture was taken the day of the demo.

Before and After Kitchen

Before and After Kitchen

Here is another photo of the range wall before the redesign.

BEFORE-Range Wall

BEFORE-Range Wall

Look at the magnificent transformation the finishes, color scheme, lighting and backsplash tile contribute to this gorgeous kitchen.

New Appliance Layout

New Appliance Layout

Removing the wall ovens and replacing with an Advantium under counter Speed Oven allows more counter space next to the new Wolf range. Additional lighting enhances the sparkle of the slendid update.

View of Island

View of Island

 

Admiral Condo

Still a work in progress as we choose the artwork and accessories for this condo renovation, the Dekton counter tops and backsplash make a sophisticated statement. New white glossy uppers with dark wood-grain lower cabinets, stainless appliances and new lighting complete this now svelte kitchen.

 

Before and After Makeover -Dekton

Before and After Dekton

 

Before and After Makeover-Prep and Sink

Before and After Makeover-Prep and Sink

 

 

In the same condo we converted the tub to a shower only with new tile and a frameless glass enclosure. New custom vanity and all new surfaces and lighting create an elegant minimalist ambience.

 

Before and After Makeover-Shower

Before and After Makeover-Shower

Shower with Niche

Shower with Niche

New Vanity and Shower

New Vanity and Shower

 

 

Blue Ridge Family Room

We redesigned the fireplace surround. Removing the wood enclosure and pushing the wall back about a foot widens the fireplace wall. Now the design for the custom shelves to accommodate the new larger TV blends smoothly. New furnishings, color scheme and and a large area rug make a dramatic change.

 

Before and After Makeover-Family Room

New Family Room

 

West Seattle Mid-Century Kitchen

This kitchen was painted dark. Enlarging the window and improving the lighting provided the option to choose darker cabinets and still brighten the kitchen. The custom walnut cabinets keep the interior true to its Mid Century roots.

Window Wall Expansion- Before and After Makeover

Window Wall Expansion-Before and After Makeover

This picture is taken in the evening during the dark winter at the holiday season so one can see it is truly exquisite night or day.

New Window Wall at Evening

New Window Wall at Evening

 

Not all of my happy makeovers are represented here, but I hope you enjoyed some of the stellar transformations!  Seeing Before and After Makeovers are always interesting to me. Please feel free to comment or share some of yours! Are you ready for your Makeover?
View my next post to see a terrific Before and After Makeover of a Master Bathroom.
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Sky-Lighting Updates Spectacular Master Bathroom Renovation

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Sky-Lighting with Cove Molding

Dramatic results are immediately apparent in this North Tacoma Master Bathroom Renovation. Originally designed creatively for the time, the homeowners knew that it was time to update and refurbish. The aged colors of mauve and burgundy quite simply did not work well anymore. Despite the once trendy glass block, the shower was small, dark, and confining.

Initial Consultation

Visiting the space, I suggested installing custom cove molding around the perimeter with up-lighting. I termed the feature “Sky-Lighting” that would amplify the interesting ceiling structure. It has created an ambience that is especially avant garde at dusk and at evening. It has created the unique distinctiveness in this Master Bathroom Renovation.

Style

One of the major decisions was whether to keep the original bath tub. One option would be to eliminate the step up and redesign the surround. The choice to install a beautiful new freestanding tub makes a big statement in stylish design. The Master Bath renovation included enlarging the shower. The new spacious footprint and new frameless glass enclosure allows the light of the skylight to “bathe” the user in the rays of the sun most of the day. In addition to the Rain Shower, a handheld shower wand allows for easy cleaning.

Function and Comfort

Storage was of paramount importance. Recessed mirrored medicine cabinets replaced the wall mirror to contain all the toiletries. All of the finishes and plumbing fixtures were updated. Polished chrome faucets and quartz counter tops are easy to maintain. A new floating vanity with a custom made drawer to store the hair dryer with an electrical outlet inside is a convenient enhancement. A built in bench allows seating within the shower.

Color Scheme

New tile floors and shower walls in neutral greys will make changing the color scheme easy with towels and accessories. See the before and after photos of this Master Bathroom Renovation here.

BEFORE-Vanity

BEFORE-Vanity

 

BEFORE-Tub

BEFORE-Tub

 

BEFORE-Shower

BEFORE-Shower

 

Master Bathroom Renovation

Master Bathroom Renovation

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Rebuilding Together Seattle Project

Yesterday the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) Puget Sound Chapter and Rebuilding Together Seattle gave an appreciative homeowner a much needed renovation.

Rebuilding Together Seattle RTS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides free home repairs to low income homeowners (particularly those who are elderly, disabled, or families with children), so they can live in warmth, safety, and independence.

Yesterday with the coordination of many NKBA volunteers and donations we gave a home a new life. The entire kitchen was gutted and rebuilt with stock cabinetry and new appliances. The outside was painted and the yard was readied for new landscaping. All in a day!

Rebuilding Together Seattle Exterior Before Photo

Rebuilding Together Seattle Exterior Before Photo

From sourcing donated materials, equipment, labor and carpenters to organizing 80+ volunteers, it’s a huge job that commences in one beautiful day of organized chaos.

“Once plans are in place, it’s amazing what we can get done in one day, and the difference in someone’s life we can make,” explains Roshele Allison, CMKBD of NW Home Designers. Many thanks for chairing this massive effort!

Before the day started, plans were drawn in detail for a new kitchen layout using stock off the shelf cabinets.

Rebuilding Together Seattle Kitchen Elevation

Rebuilding Together Seattle Kitchen Elevation

Appliances were donated and delivered. A large refuse container and port-a-potties lined the curb. So many details were necessary to pull off this one day TV-like make over.

Rebuilding Together Seattle Rendering by NKBA Puget Sound

Kitchen Rendering by NKBA Puget Sound

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Rebuilding Together Seattle Rendering by NKBA Puget Sound

Rendering by NKBA Puget Sound

Rebuilding Together Seattle Kitchen Before

Kitchen Before

 

 

Rebuilding Together Seattle Kitchen Before

Kitchen Before

 

Rebuilding Together Seattle Kitchen Almost Complete

Kitchen Almost Complete

Rebuilding Together Seattle in Progress

1PM Work in Progress

Rebuilding Together Seattle Putting on the Finishing Touches

A few more finishing touches

Rebuilding Together Seattle Back Yard

Backyard is ready for new plantings

Rebuilding Together Seattle Putting on the Finishing Touches

One last High! Window Frame

Thanks NKBA Puget Sound Chapter for the opportunity to participate in such a worthwhile endeavor. So proud to be a part of such a talented and energetic group of colleagues!

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Maximizing a Tiny Bathroom Renovation

Does size matter? That depends, right? Want to see a tiny bathroom transformed into an efficient, luxurious huge-feeling experience with no change in the footprint? ….Well, if not huuuge then at least a lot bigger? Just this week, I was able to take pictures of a small bathroom renovation just completed. The before photos show just how much a renovation was needed. Knotty pine paneling and as older style tub enclosure dated the small bathroom. Not to mention the pretty pink fixtures. The homeowner presented me with a few of his ideas and his three objectives:

    1. Classy
    2. Uncluttered
    3. Make tiny look huge!

I’ll try to capture the essence of the renovation with Before Photos and After Photos:

Before Renovation

BEFORE Renovation

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AFTER View with new tile, shower enclosure, sink, mirror and bidet

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Unfortunately my photography skills are amateur at best. And bathrooms are so difficult to capture! But maximizing this tiny bathroom and making it more spacious is exactly what we achieved.

before-sink

BEFORE Sink and Vanity


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Electric Mirror and New Undermount Sink


before-no-shelves

BEFORE without Shelves


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New custom shelving added


before-niche

BEFORE “Niche”


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Newly Designed Niches


bidet

Wall Mounted Space Saving Bidet


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Another view of the shower, niches, new enclosure, floating seat, and vanity

We removed the rarely used (pink!) tub. Installing a wall mounted space-saving bidet is convenient to clean! And the vanity was wall mounted as well to maximize space. A floating seat in the shower provides convenience and comfort. The larger format tile is installed floor to ceiling which creates a visual feeling of a much larger room. All 3 objectives accomplished for a very happy homeowner who was very involved in all of the decisions! 1. Classy: Use of sophisticated timeless materials with clean lines. Monochromatic color scheme. 2. Uncluttered: We haven’t accessorized yet but with the new shelving, all of the grooming items have a place. Borrowing some space from an adjacent hallway closet allowed for roll out shelves which will store smaller items behind a mirrored bi-fold door. There are open slots for towels above. 3. Making bathrooms “bigger” is my business! I can help maximize your tiny bathroom… without moving a wall!