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Vision in the mess

June 12, 2013

This house was next door to our old house that we lived in a few years ago. I love this house. It sat vacant for a while and my husband’s mission was to find a great family who had vision for it, and that would also be fun neighbors. Well we found them. The McCallie’s had vision for the house that most people passed up because there was way too much work to be done. This house is in the Castle Heights neighborhood. This is the same neighborhood that was featured on our show on HGTV.

It started off as a flat roof, one story home way back in the day. When the McCallies found it, the second and third stories were added on but there were lots of loose ends that needed to be completed. The outside needed some TLC and the inside needed an update. The before color of this house was a dark green with black trim. It was a bit dark and heavy and needed to be lightened up. Heather chose this great gray that really made the house come alive.


The kitchen needed to be completely gutted and reconfigured. The McCallies never freaked out on the jobsite, even when their kitchen looked like this.


Heather was very confident in her design choices and she made the job easy on me simply because she knew exactly what she wanted. Here is the after of her kitchen. The floors are so great and I liked that she didn’t go with a traditional cabinet color. This kitchen has a style all its own!


Their master bathroom layout wasn’t practical and the finish out was far from finished, so they decided to gut this as well!


Heather wanted a blend of two different colored marble floors, white trim, and a white freestanding tub. I love the finish out. It is simple and elegant.


The sky’s the limit when it comes to what can be done with any space. The McCallies saw an opportunity to breathe vision and life into a space that was left messy and undone. We were honored to be a part of it!

You have to train your mind to think beyond what is seen and see the full potential for every space. Sketching a layout on paper is the easiest way to capture vision. Don’t limit your spaces, rather own them and maximize their full potential. 


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