Episode 15 - The Giraffe House March 24, 2017 Chip and I fell in love with this house immediately and knew we wanted to renovate and flip this home. The character it had made it well worth the overhaul. The only trick to this one was that we didn’t have a client for it. We kind of happened upon it and we both loved it so much that we knew we wanted to put our stamp on it. The house already had a cottage feel to it, so our goal was to update it by adding modern touches without removing that cottage vibe we loved so much. LIVING Objective: Preserve character of the space while updating it into a useful living space. To add another fun element to the living room, I decided to reface the fireplace with this form of vertical shiplap and stucco. This stucco is actually painted to look like concrete. The concrete look combined with the white shiplap brings a coolness to an otherwise very warm space. This herringbone rug pattern in the flooring was one of my favorite features of this house. I love the way it broke up the wood pattern, but still felt like a continuation of the space. Plus it added a unique interest to the room that we hadn't done before. This room already had the most beautiful natural light. All it really needed was a fresh paint color, new trim, the flooring restored and a new light fixture. This arch is one of the reasons I fell in love with the house to begin with. I like the details that combine both new and old to show off the home’s original character. To preserve this arch, there was never a chance of us completely opening up this space to the dining room. KITCHEN + DINING Objective: Open up the room to the rest of the home. This was maybe the most unique space in this whole house. Previously the living and dining rooms were two separate spaces, but by bringing down a wall, building this peninsula island, framing the entry with wood beams, and using two different flooring materials, we were able to conserve the feeling of two different rooms without closing them off. I love the tile we decided to go with in the kitchen. The hexagonal pattern isn’t something we’ve done a lot, but I like that it’s different than the hardwoods throughout most of the home. The natural shiplap ceiling in here is a match with the shiplap ceiling in the upstairs office. I love features like this that carry throughout the entire home and make it feel cohesive. To give this kitchen something unique, I decided to skip using a classic backsplash and go with painted brick pavers floor to ceiling. I love the texture. I liked that these pendants in the dining room give this area something fresh and interesting without distracting from its simplicity. We found these french doors in the shed and found that they’re actually original to the house! Naturally I couldn’t wait to get them inside. They were perfect as pantry doors. Our friends at Anderson glass did this mirrored glass inside the door to replace the original. MASTER SUITE Objective: Add modern details that make this space cozy but light. The simplicity of this room is my favorite part. Using the existing windows as the focal point of this master bedroom really makes the space. This floating shelf across the top of the headboard is something fun and unique that isn’t distracting from the simple character of the room. I wish I had such a perfect spot in my own room to show off my plants! This bathroom is dreamy. I love that the stone in here matches the stone on the exterior of the home, and the beam matches perfectly to the the beams in the kitchen. It feels very modern-cottage and the natural light in here is perfect. We don’t use vessel sinks a lot, but I loved the idea of using one in this space with this custom vanity. It has plenty of towel storage, but doesn’t take up a lot of unnecessary bathroom square footage. OFFICE Objective: Turn this into a useful, creative space rather than storage. We added a built in daybed up here to give it versatility. It can easily be used as a guest bedroom with this added detail. Looking back, it’s hard to believe such a beautiful space was once used for storage. This room upstairs was the perfect spot to add a home office to this little house. If I lived here, this would be where I spent all my time. Honestly it was hard to let this house go! The house sold within 3 days after we were finished with it. Congratulations to the new family. We hope they make memories here for years to come!