Hey there, it has been a while and I am excited to share more on the blog with our latest flip home. I’m Deb Williamson with Inspiring Interiors. I started Inspiring Interiors over six years ago because I saw a need for interior design in our rural community. It didn’t take many visits with homeowners to find out what people were looking for in our area. They wanted to advise on current color schemes, home trends, and what products and materials to use in their homes. I expanded Inspiring Interiors to offer not only design advice but a great selection of home products including semi-custom cabinetry, countertops, tile, furnishings, flooring, light fixtures, window treatments, and more. I strive to deliver products and services unique to the area that help my clients achieve their goals.
Picking the Right House
I have been wanting to do a flip home for several years but I was looking for something specific. I wanted a home that was structurally sound, located in a great location, and hadn’t been updated. After about three years of searching for the right home, I finally found what I was looking for on Knollwood Drive. My reason for attempting a flip home in our area was to demonstrate the possibilities of what a major renovation can do to an existing home. Oftentimes, homeowners get hung up on the flaws in their homes and ignore the potential. That’s where I come in! I help clients realize the potential of their homes and how to achieve their goals.
In the Friday Flip project, we started by taking a look at the flow of the home. The Knollwood home had a nice floor plan with a couple of outdated features that were easy to correct. The main floor footprint included a living room, dining room, kitchen, laundry, three bedrooms, and one bath. The wall dividing the living room and dining room was not consistent with today’s open concept living, so that was the first thing to go. Once that wall was gone our space felt instantly larger, however, we were left with an outdated staircase in the middle of the living space. Wanting to avoid the expense of relocating the staircase, I decided to design a unique, custom staircase that would serve as a focal point rather than an eyesore. With the help of several local contractors, we were able to bring the staircase design to life.
Another traffic flow issue for this home was the location of the entrance from the garage. Originally, the entry door came into the living room, very close to the front door creating a bottleneck without an area to drop off items coming in from the garage. We remedied this by removing the existing entrance from the garage and relocating it to the laundry room that we converted into a mudroom by adding a coat closet, pantry, and locker area. Now, the new homeowners have a spacious mudroom to enter the home and drop their shoes, coats, and bags. Our next focus was function. Having a master bedroom and two additional bedrooms on one floor is a desirable feature for many growing families. However, only having one bathroom for all three bedrooms is less than ideal. We needed to incorporate a master bathroom. By converting an existing closet into a master bathroom, we were able to provide the new homeowners with a master suite complete with a spacious walk-in tile shower and double vanity.
Gallery Kitchen Upgraded with a light and bright farmhouse look
Our final area of focus was aesthetics. We updated the look of the entire home by adding new flooring, cabinetry, countertops, tile showers and backsplashes, interior panel doors, trim, windows, exterior doors, lighting, and plumbing fixtures.
There are so many design elements to talk about its hard to focus on just a few of them. However, Inspiring Interiors designs and sells cabinetry and countertops which really set the tone for any remodel. I started off the design with a dark-stained oak for the interior doors and base cabinets. I selected those specifics with a family of five in mind as I had already met the new homeowners. Dark stained oak is durable and easy to maintain. For the wall cabinetry, I selected white painted maple for a sharp contrast from the bases creating a tuxedo effect. I chose Cambria’s Colton countertops for its durability, functionality, and superior design. For the finishing touch, I incorporated a fun pattern tile backsplash that reflects the modern look of this home and vibrant family living there.
Another area of functional improvement was reconfiguring the basement. We added a fourth bedroom with a large walk-in closet, roughed in a lower-level bathroom, and cosmetically updated the family/game room area. The living space in the home essentially doubled with the updates to the basement.
The Friday Flip was a great success. I was able to showcase my products and design abilities on a complete home makeover and sold the home in the beginning stages of the remodel.