Lora’s kitchen and family room remodel before

Lora and her husband Adam started a huge kitchen and family room remodel back in September. Their situation is pretty cool. They bought the house Lora grew up in from her parents a few years ago. It’s this amazing house on Upper Queen Anne, just a short couple of blocks walk from all of the great shops and restaurants on Queen Anne Avenue North.

Her parents purchased one of those tiny postage stamp houses. It looks like it was a WWII post-war house, but it was actually built in 1907! I think the photo below of the house was taken in the 70’s.

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Lora’s Before-Before

Lora’s dad is a carpenter and he went TO TOWN on this house adding a huge addition. Here’s what he turned it into. He added a whole huge section to the side of the house, probably tripling its square footage. He added an upstairs and a ginormous basement. So amazing!

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After outside of the house today

Lora and Adam are doing their remodel in the absolutely right way. They hired an architect to help with the design of removing a major supporting wall, changing windows around, and then also for redesigning a back deck.

Lora asked me to help look over her architecture plans (I actually did have some pretty major changes to their designs!), and to help with the decor. This project is still going on, but I couldn’t wait to start telling the story. It’s going to be such an amazing after story!

So here are all of her Before photos. I can’t wait to show you the After’s!

The opening here will get a lot wider. The wall is coming down, but it’s a retaining wall, so that’s why they needed an architect.

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Before kitchen

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Wahoo! Yellow Linoleum!

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Before kitchen showing peninsula

The two windows in the below picture will be resized.

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Before showing other side of the peninsula

The wall with the fridge is coming down and the fridge and pantry will move to where the door opening is.

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Peninsula looking the other way

The below photo shows the pantry wall that’s coming down. This doorway won’t be here anymore.

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One of the windows getting resized

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Tiny window over the sink that will get changed out

This picture below shows the wall that divides the kitchen and family room. It’s coming down to open up the area and an island will go in.

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Big retaining wall that will be removed

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Another shot of wall being removed

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Wall dividing the kitchen and family room

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Retaining wall at the end of this hallway that will get removed

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This door will get opened up

So those are all of their Before’s! This is such a fun project and it’s getting VERY close to being done. I can’t wait to show the finished work!

Fireplace Design

This is going to be another one of those posts like the laundry room and the mudroom where I design it WAY before it will ever materialize into reality. So I apologize in advanced.

As I have posted before, I took a SketchUp class and am really enjoying designing in 3D. After the mudroom is finished, [it’s ALMOST there!!!!], we will tackle the fireplace.

Here’s how it looks now.

Here is the new design. I did not include the windows in the round living room in this 3D rendering because it is a very time-consuming process. I will add those at a later date. 🙂

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Rendering of new fireplace design.

We want to incorporate black-painted steel like we have on our staircase. That’s what we are using for the material of the mantel.

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This is a photo of the black-painted steel from the staircase. We will match this with the fireplace mantel material.

These are the tiles we’ve picked out.

WHITE OAK 3D HONED:

Marble fireplace tile – White Oak 3D Honed 

Fireplace box surround tile – White Oak Marble

Let me know what you think of the design!

West Seattle Remodel Using SketchUp

I decided to use SketchUp in Katie’s kitchen remodel. As you might recall, Katie asked for a moodboard for her living room, then her dishwasher leaked, revealing a whole huge mess, and she asked me to do her kitchen remodel. Here’s a sneak peek of Katie’s kitchen progress.

She’s tearing down the kitchen wall into her living room and putting in new flooring and redesigning the living room fireplace wall, as well. She was smart and decided to just fix all of the things that bug her at once! So the kitchen remodel has morphed into a living room remodel as well.

When I got all of the measurements of Katie’s kitchen and living room, I was able to draw out walls and then turn the room into a 3D layout using this software I am learning.

We were able to take out the wall on the right shown in this Before photo below.

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Katie’s kitchen, we took out the wall to the right of little baby Joss

This photo below shows the same kitchen wall from the living room.

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Here’s my drawing of her remodeled kitchen.

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Katie’s kitchen drawn up in 3D

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Katie’s kitchen rendered

Below is what we started with in the living room. The fireplace was an awkward, curved blob taking up a lot of real estate. Katie and her contractor laid out a basic design for her new fireplace and storage needs. I put it into SketchUp for visualization.

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Katie’s living room before

We made the wall a little wider but a lot thinner, then added a built-in bookshelf. So I put this into SketchUp for my homework assignment and here is how the design turned out.

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Katie’s “After” living room 3D drawing

Then my software has a plugin where I can render my drawing to give it lighting, shading and photo-realistic edges on the furnishings.

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Katie’s living room 3D rendering

This was my first practice at rendering scenes. There is a lot of fine-tuning needed still. For example, where the floor and wall meet in the living room scenes, there is light coming through. Also these drawings aren’t exactly what Katie is going with. I had to change furniture items and finishes to look good for the photo rendering process.

HERE ARE THE AFTER PHOTOS

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2 Sneak Peeks: Katie’s Remodel & Our Mudroom Progress

This has been a super busy month, both on the home front AND with clients! We are very close to to reveal some awesome Before & After’s! So in the meantime, I thought I would give you a little teaser as to what we have been working on.

First, remember Katie’s living room? She wanted to spruce up her living room and reached out to me to do a moodboard and shopping list.

Then, her dishwasher started leaking and they pulled it out and found that it had been leaking for a very long time! They found mold and dry rot everywhere! So she asked me to help her with her kitchen remodel. And then we needed to redo the living room. And then the bathroom needed a new vanity!

Here are some action shots of Katie’s remodel in progress.

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New vanity for Katie’s bathroom

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Part-way through Katie’s kitchen remodel

Then, at home, we have been working on the mudroom.

In typical Harpole fashion, we make a plan to update the mudroom before Thanksgiving, and then we get a crazy idea to make use of the 18′ ceiling and decide to put in a storage attic.

So now the plan is to build out a sturdy ceiling, put in an attic door and have all of that unnecessary height utilized as a storage space. This little “attic” will be short but extremely useful for storing seasonal decor at inside temperatures instead of in the dusty, cold garage.

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Framing in a ceiling to create storage space 

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Here is what the ceiling looked like before – 18 feet tall

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Looking the other way at the roughed-in mudroom

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Mudroom progress

Who wants to make bets on how much we will get done by turkey carving?

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As we reassess all of our projects for the remainder of the year, my biggest priority it to get the main floor done enough for when I host Thanksgiving.

When people sit at our dining room table, half of the guests stare at our mudroom. We have the most ginormous opening to the mudroom. Bryce tells me that the architect who did our house design (Bryce purchased the drawings on line, we didn’t hire an architect to design our house) originally planned this space as the front entry. So it has 18′ ceilings. Eighteen foot ceilings are a bit excessive for a mudroom, but we will just make do.

Here are the before shots.

We have IKEA cabinets in our kitchen and are quite happy with those, so I designed the mudroom with their cabinets.

Below is my 3D layout.

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The open space in the center high cabinet is for a microwave. A microwave in the mudroom, you say? The mudroom is right off the kitchen and I absolutely HATE microwaves. They are big, ugly, and don’t get me started on how unhealthy they are. They destroy food. That’s all I am going to say about that. But we do use it about once every 3 weeks or so, plus for resale value (not that we will ever sell this house), so we need a microwave.

Near the door to the outside, I have designed upper cabinets. Below them I designed a place to hang coats and to sit and take off your shoes. Then below that padded bench is storage for shoes and other things that we take outside, like a container to collect our eggs.

 

 

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Custom built-in “locker” with a padded bench and storage.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, so we are planning on purchasing the cabinetry here very soon. We just have to finish the flooring in that room and install baseboards, then we can start assembling the cabinets. So stay tuned for more mudroom updates here soon!

 

 

 

Halloween Decor Installed

I got a few pieces of Halloween decor up!

To remind you how I got there, I started with 5 steps to getting a Fall decorating plan together. That gave me a plan to shop for Fall decor. Then, and not until I laid all of that groundwork, I went out and bought Halloween decorations.

So here they are! I would love to hear what you think of my Halloween living room! See my Halloween shopping list for where I got the items.

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                                                            Fun Halloween prints

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                                                                    Halloween prints 

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                                                            Got to have a little Yoda.

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                                                     Just a tasteful smidge of Halloween.

 

 

 

 

accomplishments

This a purely therapeutic post, I really hope you don’t mind. With a house with so many projects, it’s very easy to get completely overwhelmed by the weight of what’s left to do. It gets depressing!

So to keep my spirits up, I am writing a post to focus on the positives. Here are some pretty great things we have accomplished.

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Bryce designed a floating staircase for about $9000 in materials and hired labor. A local stair company wanted to charge us $100,000 to design and build it.

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We built a little woodshed while I was pregnant.

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We finished a master closet.

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We started a front deck and had to stop construction because Bryce’s father passed away, then it was Fall and too rainy to work.

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We took on a renovation of a rental, Bryce’s dad’s old duplex.

With how many balls we have up in the air, it is so easy to get overwhelmed by projects undone. I read a great article yesterday (I wish I could find it!) talking about how American culture is so obsessed with before and after. It’s all black and white. The article was about nutrition and finding a slow and steady method that works for you, not an instant fix – “Here’s me before, and now here’s my after!” Reality isn’t like that. It’s a process. This stuff takes a lot of time and a million baby steps forward and a half a million baby steps backwards.

I have to stop, put the project list down, and reflect sometimes on how much we have already accomplished. This is a huge life project and we are working on making a living out of this. Setting up something this grand is a huge endeavor.

Not to mention that through all of this, we are raising a 2 year old, a dog, 6 chickens. Bryce works full time and I am going back to school. Bryce is on a bike racing team and I am training for a triathlon. And in the middle of all of this, Bryce’s father passed away. He graciously left us a duplex in Portland, so we travel down every few weeks and put some hours in on renovating it so we can rent it out and try to make some money to put back into all of these projects.

So thanks for letting me stop and reflect to keep my sanity. This is a big labor of love. This stuff takes time. A LOT OF TIME.