Ranch Renovation in Dunwoody

Ranch Renovation in Dunwoody

It’s week three of quarantine and we are all hanging in there.  My house looks like a tornado ripped through, my kids are still eating more than I ever thought was possible, and if I step on one more lego….  Anyway, I digress!  Funnily enough, writing this blog is a wonderful distraction and I hope it serves to do the same for you as you read.

Before all this started, I enjoyed taking photos of some great houses.  One of the things that motivated me to get this thing off the ground was trying to figure out how people make the most out of the space they have.  The house we are featuring today has maximized its space beyond belief.   The Jeon family did a kitchen renovation a few years ago and the house in the before photos is almost unrecognizable now.  With 4 children, they need all the space that they can get, and they definitely achieved that with the work that they have had done.  They extended the kitchen into the garage and then built another garage on the side of the house.  I didn’t take a photo of the exterior of the house but, for reference, they live in a ranch style house and it is shocking how much bigger the interior of the house is with this renovation.  Below are 3 photos of the kitchen as it was originally, and a photo of the dining room which was knocked through to the old garage to become the new kitchen:

And this is what it looks like now, with enough space for a bar stool (chair) for each child!

Wanda designed the whole thing with her contractor knowing that they wanted plenty of counter space, good flow to the room, and a farm sink.  She also added an extra dishwasher which, in my humble opinion, is genius!  This is especially true right now, when we are stuck in our homes all day… the number of dirty dishes!  Crazy!  Here are some more photos of the amazing space they created:

The Jeon’s renovation made such a difference to the communal space in their home, and it looks phenomenal!  As with so many of our other featured renovations, Wanda said that she was glad to be involved in every step of the process as there is no detail that is insignificant.  Even little things like where a light switch should go, where on the wall you want the thermostat to be positioned, or which way you want a door to open, are all things that may seem insignificant at the time but will bug you for years to come if they are installed in the wrong way.

Jeon’s, thank you SO much for letting me into your house pre-lock down, I’m so thankful we managed to fit it in.  

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!

Kitchen Renovation in Mill Glen

Kitchen Renovation in Mill Glen

Have you ever walked into someone’s house and thought “this is like something out of a magazine,” and then head home to dream of how you might make yours look similarly breathtaking? The first time that happened to me here in Dunwoody was with the Libby’s house.  I went in for a play date for our boys and left wanting to knock down walls, add new fixtures and basically redo our whole kitchen.  Needless to say I promptly decided that living vicariously through her would have to suffice.

The Libby’s house feels like you are walking into an HGTV recently renovated home.  Thankfully our awesome 3 year olds were happily entertained while we held our littles and talked all things house and home.  Casey casually shared about the work they had done and dropped in that she had designed every inch of her kitchen from start to finish. I mean, way to make a first impression!  Some people just have an eye for these things and Casey sure is one of those gals. She and her husband Tim have done a lot of the work on their home themselves and Casey now works as an interior designer.

Here are the before photos of their kitchen:  

And now take a look at what it looks like after their hard work and notice Casey’s eye for detail and practicality within the beauty:

The Libby’s added so much space to their kitchen with this renovation.  Their ultimate goal was for it to feel more open with a modern farmhouse feel.  The blending of metal and wood achieved Casey’s  combined vintage and modern/industrial look.  They commented that they really wanted to pick out exactly how they wanted it so they hand selected the wood for the beam and the hood so that it would give the room a cohesive feel.  Personally, the wood and the kitchen sink are my two fave features – I think I would actually want to do the dishes facing a bay window like theirs!

I asked Casey what her must-haves were when she started planning her kitchen and she said, her pot filler (a splurge!) and the large peninsular in order to spread out everything.  As with most families, she added that the kitchen is the new living room.  It is where they spend most of their time whether with kids, or entertaining guests, so it needs to be spacious and a place that you want to be.  The Libby’s biggest challenge in bringing it to life was towards the end and completing the punch list.  As contractors take on other projects it is hard to get the final bits and pieces completed.

Casey’s advice to anyone doing a renovation is: don’t live in the house while completing the renovation if you can help it.  You have to make a million decisions during the process, so just remember that you can’t make that many decisions and have them all be perfect.  It’s ok to make mistakes!

Casey believes that with the right planning and coordinating everyone can have a beautiful and unique home without breaking the bank.  She considers her personal style to be modern farmhouse, but truly appreciates all designs.  She loves to transform spaces into beautiful, cozy areas that make you feel like you’re home.  It is rewarding for her to freshen up older spaces, and she enjoys shopping for pieces to fill a home whether they be vintage or modern. For Casey’s contact information click here to view the directory.