Reveal: Before and After 1953 Central Austin Bungalow

After many months, we are finally finished with this renovation! We took our sweet time with it since midway through the project the owner decided not to rent or sell it upon completion, but to move her family into it while they renovate another, much larger home for the next 9 months. They are set to move in within the next couple of weeks.

To say that this house has changed is quite an understatement. It has completely transformed, and, I hope, taken on the "modern charm" I was aiming to impart with all of the selections. The owner granted me full control over the selections (but still with a conservative budget... it'll eventually be a rental, after all!), so it was a pleasure to have the freedom to execute my vision from the beginning. I wanted it to be fresh, bright and modern, yet still charming, made possible by adding a few vintage details that tie into the preserved items, such as the original windows.

BEFORE:

Before: Dark and closed off- the kitchen was behind those walls.

It can only go up from here...

And AFTER!

We removed the pantry and moved the water heater to the garage to open up the space. The range with a downdraft was moved to the peninsula to create more counter space. A 33" wide and counter depth refrigerator fits perfectly into the bright cabinetry!

Removing the upper cabinets that flanked the window and adding the custom walnut shelving makes the kitchen appear larger and more open, while still providing lots of storage for dishes, etc. There's also a niche for a microwave oven at eye level in the cabinetry to the left that allows for even more counter space. The tile is a Terra Nuova brushed marble linear mosaic that feels organic, fresh and warm and was only $10/square foot. Countertops are honed black granite, which will be extremely durable and easy to maintain.

We added the single panel glass door to let in even more natural light. The flooring feels both vintage and modern, exactly the combination we were going for.

The bathroom renovation is also complete. You probably can't tell from the "Before" photo, but there was a 20 lb tortoise living on a straw bed under the vanity! We took the bathroom down to the studs, so everything in there is all new and fresh, while the basic footprint remained the same.

Before: No big deal, nothing to look at... Just a very large turtle with its heating pad living under here...

Before: No big deal, nothing to look at... Just a very large turtle with its heating pad living under here...

AFTER:

We used Kemper cabinets in the color "Storm" and Ceasarstone "Lyra" engineered quartz for the countertop, which  mimics carrera marble but is much more durable. The Ogee tile was off-the-shelf from a big box retailer and used around the shower surround and back wall to make the space more continuous and feel larger. The same floor tile from the kitchen was used in the bathroom.

Sleek faucets match the sconces and mirror for a clean, modern look. The marble-like countertop, gray stained Shaker style cabinets, and soft shape of the Ogee wall tile lend the space its charm.

Sleek faucets match the sconces and mirror for a clean, modern look. The marble-like countertop, gray stained Shaker style cabinets, and soft shape of the Ogee wall tile lend the space its charm.

Thanks for reading! I wish my client the best of luck as she and her family moves in... Did I mention she and her husband have 4 children and that this is just over 1000 square feet and a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom house? Their time here will surely be a lesson in living minimally.  I'm secretly looking forward to seeing how my choices handle the wear and tear ahead! :-)