Our house remodel happened way before I ever had a blog but, since several friends were curious about how the house looked like beforehand I decided to post the photos and videos I had, which is not much. In hindsight I wish I did a better job documenting the transformation of our 1970s Frank Lloyd Wright-ish home to our “Zen-Craftsman” style. It took 3+ frustrating years for us to visualize what our remodeled home would look like. I wanted an element of the craftsman style but, somehow it had to seamlessly tie in with the existing design, architecture and angles of the house. With the help of our cabinet maker, Richard Shaw, everything came together and now we’re so glad we endured the stressful remodel process. I mostly only have photos and videos of the great room however the remodel affected the entire house since we replaced our baseboard heaters with a heat pump and installed all new duct work (something I wouldn’t necessarily recommend today.) And, to improve the efficiency of our great room, and to accommodate recessed lights, we lowered the entire ceiling 6 inches and added much needed insulation. I won’t go into all the details but, here are some photos and videos.
I included a few videos, one taken shortly after moving into the house where the new fireplace was still incomplete, and the HGTV audition video of my interior designer friend, Trisa Chomica, which happens to feature the design elements of our great room and Nora’s bathroom. I had a goal of finishing this house remodel post by the end of 2011. It’s December 29th…nothing like waiting until the last minute!!! LOL
Nora dancing in our new great room…check out her chubby cheeks and sweet voice at the end! (1 minute):
Trisa Chomica and her HGTV audition video, featuring our house (5 minutes):