Tour our new home before renovations
I can’t believe it’s been 2 weeks since we sold our home of 10 years!
It seems like yesterday when I first pitched the idea of selling our home in our quiet cul-de-sac to move a little closer to our Pleasanton downtown area.
With our daughter away at college it seemed the perfect timing to downsize and mix things up. I’ve always loved the close proximity to Main St. that my friend has enjoyed living near so as soon as I discovered a home was going on the market in the same neighborhood… I knew we had to act fast. Once we listed our home, it sold in just 2 days. If that wasn’t amazing enough… the home I wanted went on the market a week later. The real estate gods were on our side. ;)
Our new home is 20 years old and cozy at 1904 sq foot.. It has 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths. It’s never been renovated nor updated so we knew we would have quite a bit to do. As of today, our 5th day of owning the home, we have completely torn apart the entire interior. All of the kitchen, bathrooms, laundry and garage are empty. All appliances, cabinets, rugs, linoleum and baseboards have been removed to prepare for the next month when our contracting team can come in and begin to make this new home ‘ours’. So exciting!
To help complete this project we are fortunate to be working with many incredible companies and talented people. My kitchen designer, Yvonne King came highly recommended from friends. She has so many creative ideas.. I swear we think alike on almost everything. George Denton of Denton Custom Woodworks is building my kitchen and laundry room cabinets, Benjamin Moore is helping with the interior paint, Pravada Floors – my hardwood, All Natural Stone has become my complete marble and tile resource (thanks so much to Kathy Cipponeri for all her time and help) and Lamps Plus is providing almost all the indoor and outdoor lighting. Phew! It takes a village as they say. ;)
I’ll fill you in on more as each stage begins.
I can hardly wait!
Living Room and Dining Room
Upon entering the front door you will find a large circular staircase with the Living Room on the right and Dining Room on the left.
We plan to change out the left window in the DR to accommodate a new set of French Doors to match the right side. I love matching doors in spaces this small. This will allow more of an indoor/outdoor feel. We plan to fill the outdoor space with a small cozy seating area + water feature.
(The left side of the house)
Family Room and Kitchen
The large 6 ft slider in the kitchen/FR space will be switched to the same 5 ft set of French Doors as the dining room.
This allows us to extend the kitchen cabinets over a little more to the right, increasing storage and countertop space for the kitchen. I don’t plan to have a table in the middle either.. I find it takes away from the space so much.
The angled wall in the kitchen will be removed and the fireplace and mantel will be changed out entirely. The existing fireplace was a tiny 24″. Too small. A 36″ fireplace will properly fill the space.. along with a larger mantle.
The left media built-in will also be removed and changed to a larger piece.
We are adding an island in the middle of the kitchen and that left angled wall that houses the double ovens and pantry will be removed. This entire room will be completely revamped. (all soffits removed as well)
Upstairs Master Bedroom
Master Bathroom –
Master bedroom will have wallpaper added on the wall behind the bed and everything will change in the bathroom. We were told there was a previous leak with the plumbing. :/ As a precaution, the bathroom will be taken down to the bare bones to see exactly what we are dealing with. The tub will be removed to allow for a larger shower space,,.
All cabinetry will be removed and replaced with a self standing vanity from Restoration Hardware.
Master Closet –
Working to make this walk-in closet a functional space with large glass Ikea Cabinets. So excited to make this large space pretty.
Front Guest Bedroom –
Updating this room with new paint and flooring.
Jack and Jill Bath –
Switching to a 1 sink vanity and removing wall between shower space and vanity to allow for a more open and airy feel. Another leak was discovered in this bathroom so once again we will be removing everything including the sub-floor to make sure all plumbing is handled properly and any existing problems cared for.
Below is a small 2nd bedroom that will become a work space for Jeff.
Backyard & Garden Space –
LOTS of changes coming to the garden and backyard spaces.
The patio cover and shed have been removed already.
(not built to code and rotting)
I am faced with yet another high fence and retaining wall like our last home… What are the odds?
We would love for this space to look as elegant as possible with a formal garden filled with greenery, boxwood and flowers.
This plan will also include a cozy courtyard feel with a brick/paver patio, updated retaining wall, large water feature, built-in firepit and BBQ as well as a large comfy seating space or two. Loads of cafe draping lights goes without saying.
(I may have to complete the backyard in stages…)
As of now, all concrete has been removed (concrete was poured to the edge of the doorways and wasn’t to code) and we plan to replace most of the space with brick or pavers.. We’ve added several french drains to help with drainage from the yards surrounding ours and bring in tons of color with flowers and greenery.
You can follow along on my journey here or on Instagram (+ IG Stories) and Facebook.
Change is exciting and we couldn’t be more than ready…
Who knew that moving within the same town could be such an adventure?!