RESIDENTIAL RE-MODEL … Hard Work ... but do the ends justify the means!

7th April 2018

BRINGING A 1950s ORIGINAL RIGHT UP-TO-SPEED

On occasion we are asked to re-model slightly older properties, homes that are located in Vacation Rental Areas that have seen quite a number of tourism years ... homes that still boast Pink Flamingo Artwork and Emerald Green Carpets, (you know what we mean!).

We have recently had the opportunity to re-model a much older property in Downtown Orlando.

This home was in a stunning location, it was largely original … but time had taken it’s toll. So the location was great but the home was functionally obsolete, the kitchen was tiny and sat in a small room which was blocked off from the rest of the home. The house had two small bathrooms with original hardware and plumbing … these needed to be ripped out.

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ORIGINAL PICTURES BEFORE RENOVATION

The house did however have a strange extension with a multi-level ceiling, one part being wood panel with another taller area hosting an office-type dropped ceiling. This extension was separated from the main body of the home by one of the original outside walls.

GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR SQ FT!

After several visits to the home and a number of penciled sketches, we employed the services of an architect to bring our ideas to life.

HERE’S THE ORIGINAL HOME BEFORE DEMOLITION ...

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AND HERE ARE THE PLANS FOR THE RENOVATION

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You can see from the plans that we added a third Jack n’ Jill bathroom that services the third bedroom and also has access for the new lounge area that had been created at the back of the home.

We knocked down an original outside supporting wall to break into that awkward original extension. By knocking down the exterior wall, this opened up the whole home. We decided to house the new kitchen between the original family room and the new large lounge area. This has given the home such an open floor-plan, it feels huge, modern and contemporary.

HERE’S THE START OF A SERIES OF PICTURES SHOWING THE FINISHED RESULTS ...

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This was the original lounge area

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Original lounge and nook

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Original lounge looking onto the street

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Nook into Kitchen

Here’s a list of the items that had to be addressed in order to Renovate this home:

  *New Roof

  *Completely Re-Wire the Home

  *Rip-out Existing Bathrooms

  *Add an Additional Bathroom

  *Rip-out Existing Kitchen

  *Add New Kitchen

  *Rip-out Existing Flooring

  *Add New Tiled Floor throughout Home

  *New A/C

  *Demolishing Existing Outside Wall to Create New Areas for Kitchen and New Lounge

  *Convert part of the Existing Garage to Create a new Laundry Room

  *Introduce Can Lighting in Kitchen Area

  *Introduce Ceiling Fans with Lights in Living Areas and Bedrooms

  *Introduce New Exterior Doors and Windows

  *Introduce New Interior Doors

  *Introduce New Walk-in Showers in Existing Bathrooms along with New Sinks and Toilets

  *Build-out Two New Fire-Places in Family and Lounge Areas

  *Introduce Glass Tile in Kitchen and Porcelain Tile on Fireplaces

  *Introduce Faux Antique Glass Window in Kitchen

  *Extensively Prep and Decorate Home’s Exterior and Interior

  *Introduce Crown Molding, Trim and Skirting Boards

  *Introduce Custom Window Treatments

  *Delivery Dovetail Interiors Furniture Package


HERE ARE A FEW PICTURES OF THE HOME MID-REFURBISHMENT ...

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New Kitchen onto Faux Antique Window

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New Kitchen into Newly Created Lounge

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Lounge back into Kitchen

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New Master 1

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New Kitchen onto Street

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Newly Created Lounge

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New Lounge Area

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New Master 2

CONCLUSION

This type of project is not to be taken lightly, it’s not exactly the same as the Property Shows that we see on TV. This renovation was months in the making, dealing with Architects, Planners and General Contractors “can be very Stressfull!” Hopefully you will agree that the home is now ultra-functional and shows just beautifully. “We are all very proud of just how great it worked out” … it’s in the heart of a very desirable area which is something that is not easy to achieve with a new build.

At the end of the day … “It’s been Hard Work and “Yes, The Ends do Justify the Means!”

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