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!

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?