THE UGLY DUCKING
THE UGLY DUCKLING
This was one of the most difficult homes I have ever attempted to design for. The exterior had zero curb appeal and the interior had no flow and the floor plan was at best confusing. Ultimately, the thing that allowed me to get my mind around a design scheme was first knowing the whole front of the house had to change. I knew I wanted to embrace the original Craftsman style of the home so I decided to add two new gables and a front porch- This brought dimension and style to the home. In regards to the interior it was a start over so first things first- Move the kitchen! All the way from one side of the house to the other…but that meant getting Clint on board. Yikes!
No complaints from me! I'm all about the vault and this time I didn't even have to ask for it. I loved the fact that it allowed me to make a statement with a floor-to-ceiling custom fireplace. In every home we renovate I like to have multiple design features that make the home unique and add value. Adding the second story allowed me to zero-in on the staircase. I wanted do something different and decided on a floating steel staircase that really would become the unexpected statement piece in the home.
Once the stairway was in, the design ideas were flowing. I wanted to give the home a Modern Craftsman feel with a handful of Scandinavian touches throughout. From the natural wood floors to the one of kind super white dolomite, this Ugly Duckling was truly becoming a Swan! The beautiful transom window over the plant ledge brought light and life into the master bedroom and the covered front porch invited all to experience the beauty and warmth of this now serene North End home.
As the new staircase began to take shape, I had a design vision of sleek matte black metal railings that carried through from the front of the home, to the staircase, and then across the back deck. Consistency is very important in design and as many railings that we’d need in the View Home, this was no time to not be consistent!