When we first move to Carmel in 1997, we are in the middle of the dot-com boom. Real Estate is selling fast and many of the elderly homes are demolished and replaced with brand new, quaint homes.
Later when the boom has turned to bust, more and more buyers are content to purchase a home and remodel it to get what they want.
For 15 years, we enjoy our 1948 post-war bungalow, making cosmetic changes over the years, but are reluctant to remodel our cottage only to have the next owners tear it down.
Still, I have a dream of removing a pesky wall and opening the cottage up a little. When we are in Carmel this January, I start the process by interviewing several architects and builders and chosing to remodel with Abbey Baker Design Build .http://www.abbeybaker.com/ It is a happy choice. With Abbey at the helm as project manager, I have been able to remodel from Kansas City.
Abbey calls daily and sends me photos so I can blog about this for us. No detail is too small for her to notice and she searches for materials that keep me in budget. Her husband, Gabriel, saves the day by finding my tiles for the baths and kitchen.
We pay our cottage a visit last week to see the progress and this is what we see
This is the original patio
Which we recently transformed to this
Oh, oh. We seem to be going backward. The large window in the guest bath is gone and the bathroom tiles sit on site.
The kitchen windows over the sink are being lowered so that I can see out of them and enjoy my garden views!
The front which looks like this in 1997
Now shows the kitchen addition of a whopping 25 sq.ft. This brings our square footage up to about 950 sq. ft.
The original kitchen
Dolls up nicely
But this pesky wall holding the washer and dryer ( and the house up)
Only provides tantalizing views of the living room
I love this little dining space we create
But love this more.
The wall is out
The kitchen bumps out.
The living room goes from this
Warm and charming but still that wall to the right cramps my style.
No more. And when we find out how pretty the roof line is, we insulate and panel the ceiling.
The rarely used front entry goes from this
And now this
The second bedroom
has been an office and now is a guest room.
Guests will want to wait until the walls go back up and we choose the shade of green paint
And the new bedding ( Pottery Barn).
The Master bedroom
Is very cute and is the only room not undergoing much change.
It is empty and staging green colors.
The guest bath is so small I can only get this shot while standing in the tub.
I kind of like this open feeling.
It will get a pretty little chandelier
and fresh linens
The master bath goes from this
Again a new vanity
The kitchen cabinets sit in the garage.
With the help of Liz Lufrano, we catch a sale at Home Depot and buy them for half price.
We pick a paint color
and gather materials to see how they look against each other.
What we can not see is probably the best part. New plumbing, new wiring to replace the “knob and tube”, insulation ( there was none), and instant hot water.
But the floor furnace remains. Checked and clean it continues to heat our space efficiently.
We even find our “new” dining room table at the Cannery Row Antique Mall. It is a bargain- even when we add on the $35.00 parking ticket we get while we are shopping.
and celebrate by lunching in the house.
I can hardly wait to show you more when it is finished.