Semi-Attached Sybil – Part 1 – Main Living Area Transformation

Part 1 of Debra’s transformation of a fantastic semi-attached with multiple personalities.

A new post from Debra. As usual, I’ll be chiming in occasionally. You can tell it’s me by the italics. By the way, we called this project “Sybil” because this fantastic place sort of has multiple personalities. This post deals with the main living area transformation. You’ll need to stay tuned for the updates to see what we mean. And, by the way, if you haven’t seen the 1976, 2-episode miniseries with Sally Field, you should check it out. –Dan

Hello again! Quick post on a design job I finished (to the degree that any interior is ever actually “finished”) last year. Today we will have a look at the main living/dining area.

Bristol Before
Entry and fireplace before

umm, let’s start with the wall. Hello! Welcome! Try not to walk into the wall. Had to go, obvi. And that … whatever that is on the fireplace? Not pretty. The floors, with the exception of the orange outline, weren’t bad, but walls were coming down and all that marble would be impossible to patch, so they had to go.

Fireplace before

Unfortunately, I didn’t take any photos “during”. But ya’ll know what it was like- piles of debris, dust everywhere, utter chaos. I’m not gonna lie, I don’t hate it.

My friends had some colorful art they planned to use in the space, so we had a good starting point. Walls came down, the fireplace was skinned, the weird bar thing in the middle of the space was removed and then rebuilding began.

I promise I’m going to get better about taking “during” photos… imagine if you will some floor and fireplace sample shots here 😉

Weird bar thing in middle of space

Note something else, behind the weird fireplace thing. See that wall with a “window” in it just behind the disco-ball chandelier? That wall separates the kitchen from the rest of the space. It went away, too, and an eating bar marks the spot where it was, defining the areas and creating really long luxurious sightlines.

Let’s see some pretty “afters”, shall we?

Living after
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Dining on the (NEW!) Deck – A Hildring House Outdoor Adventure from Debra

outdoor sofa
Photo by Amber Shumake Creative

Welcome to my looooong overdue post about the deck. I’m not gonna lie, I thought this deck was overkill …. a lot of $$$ …. would it really add that much to the value of the house …. etc etc.

Luckily, it was Mr WTB’s turn to win and so onward we went with the OTT plan. (Dan here. Notice how when it’s my plan, it’s over the top? Just wait until the post about the new 35 square foot bath in Debra’s Domain!)

Let’s start at the beginning, shall we?

exterior pergola before

This is the listing photo— that pergola was quite wobbly, there was a large ‘step down’ from the house to the patio. Continue reading “Dining on the (NEW!) Deck – A Hildring House Outdoor Adventure from Debra”

The Littlest Bathroom Renovation – Hildring House – part 2

Renovation of the Littlest Bathroom in Hildring House

Hi! Dan here, kibitzing at the beginning of Debra’s post. As you know, (go here for the first inspiration post)  the bath in Debra’s Domain was sorely in need of a re-do. Hence, we continue with the Hildring House littlest bathroom renovation. This is actually the second inspiration post. I may be chiming in (who am I kidding? Of course I’ll be chiming in!) in italics.

Just because it’s tiny doesn’t lessen the work load. For me, every decision feels even MORE important because there is no room for mistakes in 35 square feet!

Decor Pad

I’ve spent some time (okay, LOTS of time) [days and days] looking at vanities. The easy (well, easier) part: size. Unless we moved walls, nothing bigger than 33 inches is going to fit. While I love the look of a console or pedestal sink in small spaces, I actually use this bathroom daily. Continue reading “The Littlest Bathroom Renovation – Hildring House – part 2”

Hildring House Bathroom Renovation: the Beginning

Bathroom Renovation: the Beginning

We are very lucky to have an abundance of bathrooms at Hildring House- one for the grandboys, one for the mister, one for me, and a powder for guests. The powder is pretty – I love it very much:

Powder Bath full view
Photo by Trey Freeze

We talked about it in a prior posts. (Dan kibitzing again – you can find that post here.)  The master has a 1980’s makeover that is in need of an update. But it’s functional and, now that it’s been painted, tolerable. Now, however, in Debra’s Domain at Hildring House, it’s time for a full-on Bathroom Renovation: the Beginning.

The very small (35 square feet!) bath in Debra’s Domain is the next Hildring House project. I know, we never finished the last project..but that’s the way renovations go sometimes. The outdoor reveal will have to wait a while. So for now- onward with Bathroom Renovation: the Beginning.

Dreams and Inspiration

I am still in the planning phase – my hope is that a really good plan will eliminate most of the surprises and speed things along once we get started. So this post is all about the planning process. Let’s start with the dreams: Continue reading “Hildring House Bathroom Renovation: the Beginning”

The First Thing – Entryway Renovation – Hildring House

It’s the first thing you see when you come in the house – as a guest, that is. In this post, Debra talks about the entryway renovation at Hildring House. It has been through several iterations and, I have a feeling, isn’t done yet. But it’s miles better than it was. Here we go:

Inspiration

Let’s start with some entries that I admire:

Decorpad.com

centsationalgirl.com

Domino

At Hildring House, we enter from the back- our garage is in back, and we are lucky enough to have a small entry hall at the garage entrance… Someday I’ll show it to you, but, very much like the front entrance, it has gone through a lot of changes and I’ve not hit on the “perfect” arrangement as of yet. Today, I’m going to show you the many versions of the front entry. Continue reading “The First Thing – Entryway Renovation – Hildring House”

Hildring House – Mastering the Master Bedroom

Hildring House Master Bedroom

I’m pretty sure I did a post way back there somewhere about the sad state of our master bedroom…. and because this is real life (as opposed to HGTV) it is still in a ‘not ready for photos’ state. There has been progress, and I’ll show you some snippets and the “plan.” Keeping in mind that all “plans” are a moving target around here! Dan here – in italics, as usual – “plans” around here change right up until the minute you drive the nail. And sometimes after. But the results usually are so good that I really can’t complain.

Inspiration photos (not Hildring House)

homedesignideas.eu

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