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┬áhouses. 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.


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!


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.


Before kitchen


Wahoo! Yellow Linoleum!


Before kitchen showing peninsula

The two windows in the below picture will be resized.


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.


Peninsula looking the other way

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


One of the windows getting resized


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.


Big retaining wall that will be removed


Another shot of wall being removed


Wall dividing the kitchen and family room


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


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!

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.


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.


Here’s my drawing of her remodeled kitchen.


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.


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.


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.


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.