23 amazing home makeovers
This 1930s house in Oakland, CA, for instance, called for a creative preservation rather than a full-on remodel. “The patina and wear patterns are things we love about this house,” says owner Jeremy Kidson.
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So she knocked down a few walls (including those surrounding the former dining room, above) of her Oakland Craftsman-style home to create a more spacious feeling.
As part of the kitchen makeover, cabinets were replaced using the same footprint; the countertops and walls were resurfaced, appliances updated, and plumbing revamped. See what they did next.
The kitchen cabinet doors were removed: “If a door’s closed,” says homeowner Jamie, “I have a tendency to forget things are there.”
To maintain the integrity of the house, the owners had the walls repaired with plaster, not drywall.
The first thing she did was climb to the attic to make sure she could raise the ceiling. And indeed, she could.
For contrast, the wooden floors are stained in a custom mix of ebony and dark walnut shades; the high-gloss polyurethane top coat reflects even more light.
Designer Julie Hart sparks the interiors with colorful accent pillows, throws, and pottery that she coordinates with a rotating collection of art.
From the downstairs office and family room, glass doors led to an outdoor patio and beautiful gardens.
A glazed breezeway and sliding glass doors opened onto shady decks that abutted the hillside of granite boulders and meandering pathways.
The renovation reduced the house's total square footage from 3,700 to 2,997 ― an eco-friendly move.
The reality, however, was a charmless room with a dated fireplace covered in brick and hand-painted drywall.
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That was until artist Michael Shemchuk drove by. Now the house is a colorful, contemporary gem, with a stunning dining room where the driveway used to be.