Thanks for joining in an ongoing series on remodeling a home. Let me quickly catch you up on Boulder Colorado Home Remodel project. It started with my clients searching for an investment property. We found a solid townhouse boasting active solar (leased), a three bedroom (all up) layout with an attached two car garage.
The property was dated, but had a solid design. Allyson brought in an architect and made the decision to move some walls. This adds to the costs of a project however changing a layout can have a major impact. The new design moved the bathroom from a central location to the edge of the home near the back door.
The new layout
The new layout allows light to move more freely inside the home. There are large windows on the East, West and Northern exposures. The kitchen has moved from an interior landlocked location to the center of the home.
Guests can now dine in sight of their chef and the kitchen is open and airy. Tying all the main floor spaces together is a contemporary tile floor that Alyson installed herself. By finding a great deal at Home Depot and then doing the work on her own, she has been able to save funds for use in another part of the project.
Great Remodeling Ideas
One of Allyson’s great ideas is using a block of wood in the corners when doing trim. It eliminates the need for a miter saw and the technical know-how of installing trim. Instead, she is able to quickly cut and install lengths of trim, the add the corner piece. Once painted, it looks fantastic, as if it always belonged.
Another idea revolved around the master shower. Alyson actually reduced the interior size of the bathroom. Why? Originally the shower was very short. By moving the wall a little into the bathroom proper, she was able to create a normal height shower – something that is really useable.
Savings on Boulder Remodel
The doors inside the home are solid wood doors purchased at one of Boulder’s Recycling centers. The cost savings is nice but even better, once repainted, the doors will add a solid feeling to the home. Gone are the inexpensive hollow core doors. Now the new property will boast real doors, great for privacy as well as adding a sense of permanence and solid construction to the home.
Stage of Remodel
Currently the new drywall has been added, construction reviews accomplished with the city (always pull permits on your work) and many of the kitchen cabinets have been hung. Upstairs, the new secondary bathroom is mostly completed and the master bathroom has had a shower installed. The wood floors were also installed upstairs. The dark staid property the owners purchased is transforming into a bright high end home. Come back to see more progress.
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