#Provincetownproject, Wasted Space

     Wow!  4 weeks into my Provincetown Renovation and we are in the home stretch!  Almost everything has practically went off without a hitch and as we speak the floors are being prepared for stain!   Last week we finalized our paint color selections and there is nothing familiar about this house anymore, it's fresh and timeless in all the right places!

     And onto the happiest of surprises...2 weeks ago, our contractor removed a wall and section of drywall and we found a nice little void that was approximately 2.5 ft x 5 ft!  Part of it, 2 sides, also backed up to 2 of the wood burning fireplaces in the house.  Lots of exposed brick and the rest is just insulation and studs.  I hate wasted space, so imagine how fast our wheels were turning...we got plans, big plans for a small space (that make sense?)!!   I LOVE surprises, so stay tuned!

     My decor inventory is being stockpiled and I'm gearing up for the first half of our install next week!

 Kitchen Demo...no more cabinets!

Kitchen Demo...no more cabinets!

 A peek at our "wasted space"!

A peek at our "wasted space"!

 Family room, wet bar gone, and wall removed that formerly housed a desk in the kitchen!

Family room, wet bar gone, and wall removed that formerly housed a desk in the kitchen!

 Made plans for some new walls, future new office and butlers pantry!

Made plans for some new walls, future new office and butlers pantry!

- Rachel Patteson

#Provincetownproject, Because the floor plan ain't working

    Here we are, 2nd week into my newest renovation and things are moving fast!  I even think my client has been really surprised!  Contractors are showing up when they say, and things are moving right along.  Only 1 unexpected plumbing surprise, don't you love those?  But needless to say, it's all coming together!

    Let me catch you up to speed with the planning process that we spent the first 3 months doing, and what we were dealing with.  A very large home with a great footprint, but a lot of wasted space in today's society.  House had a small kitchen, small dining, small pantry, decent size family room and a HUGE formal living room!  But of course that's just not how families use their home today.  We all want the huge kitchen with a large eat in, which opens to a family room , creating the Great Room!!  And personally, I'd rather have a large dining room, even for just those handful of times when we all want to gather around that large table with family and friends (probably more of what we should all be doing, and yes, I'm making a mental note of more family things I'd love to implement at home).  And if I'm entertaining more, I gotta have that Butler's Pantry!!  Yes, it's a trend, and a convenient one at that...we all need that pass through with extra storage for hosting and serving in the dining room...and if you don't have one, then no, you have no idea what you're missing!  This is where my real estate background comes into play, I see the wants and needs all the time, the trends, and if you go to sell your home, I know what your future buyers will expect!  However to achieve this, we need to borrow from Peter to pay Paul...the giant formal living room just doesn't get used...and my client was totally fine with it going away :)  Lastly on her wishlist, was a dedicated home office, centrally located near the kitchen and the rest of the house.  She had space on the other side of the home, but almost too much space, and currently her budget didn't involve that side of the home getting renovated (really interesting home, was the model/ spec home for the builder back in the 80's...it contained their sales office, which typically today is the garage in the home, and when it is sold they convert it back into a garage....but not this builder, they left the sales office intact, and added on a garage in the back of the home...really interesting and added a lot more square footage).

     Some before pictures to share so you get an idea of what I'm talking about...

 Foyer with a view into the formal living room.

Foyer with a view into the formal living room.

 Foyer looking down the hallway that connects to the kitchen.

Foyer looking down the hallway that connects to the kitchen.

 Family room, just off to the right of the foyer (featuring a swanky 80's wet bar, lol!) and an awesome all brick wood burning fireplace.

Family room, just off to the right of the foyer (featuring a swanky 80's wet bar, lol!) and an awesome all brick wood burning fireplace.

 Family room with a small pass through into the kitchen and another shot of that crazy wetbar, looks like it was Halloween when I took these :)

Family room with a small pass through into the kitchen and another shot of that crazy wetbar, looks like it was Halloween when I took these :)

 View from the kitchen into the small dining room.

View from the kitchen into the small dining room.

 Giant formal living room, which passes into dining room... essentially one long room 

Giant formal living room, which passes into dining room... essentially one long room 

 Downstairs powder room.

Downstairs powder room.

Hang around, more to come!

- Rachel Patteson

New Year, New Renovation #Provincetownproject

Day 1....

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     It's here!  Day 1 of my newest renovation, and Day 1 of Christian Ray Interior's first blog post!  I'm not really a writer, but there is just so much to share that goes into a renovation of this scale!  I could never possibly convey with my Instagram or Facebook accounts the "story" I wish to tell, so here it is, my process... 

    The property is located in South Charlotte, it's a traditional 2 story home that was built in 1985! And lucky for me most of the home has all of it's original features :)  My client is not a new client, but a repeat client.  You see, she hired me last spring to renovate the second story of her home and now here we are tackling the first floor!  The home had really pretty kitchen cabinetry and lots of millwork and moldings, but it was all just so dark!  The home was also painted by the previous homeowner and featured...cream trim, cream walls, cream doors and all the trim was done in a high gloss paint...yep it looks slippery 24/7!  To each his own, but my client was eager to change it all....no more cream paint everywhere, no more pop corn ceilings, no more dark kitchen cabinetry and no more dark paneling!!

    And that's where I come in...we've been scheming since September, well longer for me actually, since I spent a lot of time in the house last spring and summer I've been thinking to myself all along what I would do to the downstairs if I could only get me hands on it :)  First up, plans for a full kitchen remodel!  Yes!!!!  My favorite!  We've made about 85% of our selections for this space and I can totally see this finished product in my mind.  

    Sharing some of the "Before" kitchen photos with you! 

Stay tuned!

 - Rachel Patteson