Stop…Hammer Time! (Part 2 of 3)

This is part 2 of 3 of my ongoing series about the remodel on our home in Venice Beach.  In part 1 we covered the condition of the house when we purchased it.  This article will highlight the construction process.   As a Realtor, I can appreciate a home with good bones, but be prepared when you decide to remodel there is a lot that goes into it.  It can be a stressful process, but for us it was definitely worth it and very gratifying at the end.

We did some extensive remodeling on this home – all new floors through out, gutted all bathrooms and the kitchen, pushed back a wall in the living room and tore down the garage to add more footers to support a new master bedroom with an en suite.

Let’s start with the living room.  Bye Bye old rock facade fireplace.  Sometimes it works in living rooms, but in this house it wasn’t the right fit.  We expanded the living room area by pushing back a wall and turning an un-needed full bath downstairs into a powder room.  Also made the entrance from the dining room into the kitchen wider to create a more open floor plan.  We added custom black steel folding doors that completely open out to the back yard.

After the garage was torn down, footers were put in place and as you can see in the picture, the new master suite is in full construction mode.

Check out this video.  Not for the faint of heart!

We completely gutted the 1970’s style kitchen for a much needed facelift.  We couldn’t get the black appliances out of here fast enough.  There was nook area in the kitchen that wasn’t being used to it’s full potential so we decided to add a booth.  Who doesn’t like a booth?  Everyone loves a booth!

By building on top of the garage, we added valuable square footage and an additional bedroom, bathroom and balcony to the floor plan.  We decided to go big with the ceilings to give the master a more “wow” factor.  The master bathroom has a large walk in shower with a bench and of course…a free standing tub!  We also added custom black steel school house windows to compliment the steel patio doors off the dining room.

Again, another complete remodel – both bathrooms – nothing was salvaged.   The washer and dryer used to be in the garage but with some creative planning, we managed to add a washer/dryer to the upstairs guest bathroom behind sliding doors.

The Lesson we learned which you will hear many times over from anyone that has done a remodel is this: Double your budget and double your time frame! No matter what your intentions are going in, this is often times the result, so be prepared.

Next month we will feature Part 3 for the final reveal.  Stay tuned!

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