SoMoToHo Library Transformation in Progress

Those of you who followed the transformation of the mid-century modern may recall how Debra and I love dedicating some space to books and reading – a library, a spot to relax without electronic distraction (e-books excepted, of course). In the SoMoToHo, we knew immediately which space that would be.

2014-10-19 22.01.00This room is to the right, immediately as you enter the house, sunken about 6″ below the foundation grade (why, I have absolutely no idea). In another configuration, it might have been an office – you know, if they had separated it with nice french doors and built in some bookcases or a credenza. As it is, there is no separation. The original intended purpose of the room was a mystery until Debra was able to find some old listing photos that showed it furnished as a dining room. Continue reading “SoMoToHo Library Transformation in Progress”

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A Word about the Library

As I mentioned in the last post, we had three living areas in the mid-century ranch. The smallest of the three we decided to use as a library. Here is a before shot: 6844 Brants 004Not terrible, really. Dated wallpaper not exactly to our taste, dated paneling not exactly to our taste, the ubiquitous late ’70s brass fireplace doors, those vertical blinds that I’ve never really liked and never really work as intended, and ho-hum carpet. But shelves! Lots of shelves for books. Continue reading “A Word about the Library”

The Heart of the Home – Part 2

The kitchen is where you live. Change the kitchen and you change the entire feel – the entire living experience – of the home.

Here is another view of the skeleton of our mid-century ranch kitchen reconfiguration and remodel:

6844 brants 020The window/pass-through to the family room has been expanded, the cabinets on the left side of the picture have been extended about 30″ and the space for the sink has shifted out of the corner. Standing at the sink, you will be looking into the family room, toward a fireplace and the TV.

Let’s take a look at some finish choices. Continue reading “The Heart of the Home – Part 2”