Whole House Makeover in Mill Glen

Whole House Makeover in Mill Glen

Well friends, we are almost through week one of our new normal and if, like me, you are struggling to keep a clean house, your kids are eating you out of house and home, and you are desperate for a few minutes of peace to get a grip on your house, then you might appreciate looking at a beautiful, clean kitchen and enjoying from afar.  So for a few minutes today, as you enjoy your glass of wine and do a virtual cheers with your friends that you survived another day, take a little minute to step out of reality and enjoy dream world over here!

Last week’s kitchen was an amazing example of reconfiguring of space, but this week’s shows that you don’t always need to remove walls to give your kitchen a new look.  The Burns’ family live up the street from us and they did a complete overhaul of their house before they moved in.  It made a stunning difference.  Steven and I always joke about my love of white… seriously if I could live in a house that is all white I would.  I’ll never let him live down the day we were registering for our wedding and he told me that I was boring as I kept choosing white things, but as the years have passed he too has grown to see how nice white can be!  Before I have even seen the Burns’ house I had heard from another neighbor that they had brightened the whole place up, so I was sure I would love it!  Their house shows just what a difference making a space lighter with some white update can make.  Take a look at how their kitchen looked before:

And here it is after, so much lighter and it appears much bigger too:

Sarah shared that the house they moved from had very little counter space so their vision was to maximize the space they had using the current footprint.  They desperately wanted functional counter space, a large oven for entertaining, and for the room to feel clean and fresh.  Their kitchen must haves included a place where they can eat breakfast, do art, sit and hang out.  A pantry was also a must as their previous house didn’t have one.  I’d say they did a pretty amazing job of meeting all these desires and it looks phenomenal!  I love the double glass doors into the sunroom too!

The hardest part for her in bringing it all to life was choosing the lights, door handles, and kitchen finishes.  The floor color was also something Sarah said she agonized over for months, and it turned out great.

Seeing as we could all use extra distraction this week, I figured I would go ahead and show you the other updates that the Burns’ did while they were renovating their house – they did what we all wish we could do and took care of it all at once!  Very smart!  Here are the before and after of their half bath:

Check out how they changed the look of their living room.  New floors, just a touch of paint and lightening up the room with their choice of furniture, paint color, and drapes, make it seem like a totally different room:

How they managed to think through all these updates and changes all at once and have them all look amazing, is beyond me!  I’m hoping that you, dear readers, can gain some serious inspiration from this house!

Our goal here is to eventually provide you with a directory of people who you can call on to help you with your house.  The Burns really like their plumber, so over the next few weeks if life gets turned upside down even more with a blocked toilet from toys being dropped in or, heaven forbid, too much toilet paper, now you know who to call… Tim Chen is an Atlanta area plumber and small business owner who has been doing mostly residential plumbing service work in metro Atlanta area since 1998.  He specializes in emergency services like water heater, water line and sewer line repair and replacement. Tim also does bathroom renovations with beautiful tile work.  Click here for his information on our directory.  The Burns’ have been happy with his work and hope that you will be too.

Here is the master bath renovation to round us out for the evening, and then, unfortunately, you have to go back to reality: children, kids, and school… good luck!  Thank you for letting us into your gorgeous home friends!

Bathroom Renovation in the Branches

Bathroom Renovation in the Branches

There’s nothing quite like calling your friend to say “Hey can I please come use your bathroom… for my website?” But you’d better believe that I did, and thankfully Mary Stewart was happy to let me come admire their latest renovation on their new home.

When you think about adding value to a home, an updated bathroom should certainly be on the list of must dos. I like to think about it from the perspective that a bathroom is an importance place in your house. It’s where you start and finish your day, so it may as well be a place that you enjoy being.

Not only is this blog about providing contacts and resources to our neighborhoods, but it is also about showing you how people have made the most of the space that they have to fit their needs. Mary Stewart’s bathroom was a great example of this: they needed to create a full bathroom on the main level of the house for her dad who has limited mobility. Thankfully for them they already had a room that could be used as a bedroom and they were able to do a relatively simple change to the half bath to make it a full bathroom. Here is the before picture:

BEFORE: Half Bath, Main Level

The door on the right was actually a closet that they took out in order to add an accessible shower and larger vanity. Look what they ended up with:

It looks so much bigger with the closet taken out. Of course, not all of us have an extra closet in the bathroom, but maybe you do and this might give you an idea. If not, then take a look at the finishes and dream!

Some advice from your neighbors after doing this renovation was to research and pick colors before you hire the contractor so that decisions are not needing to be made in a rush. Thanks for letting us into your bathroom friend!