A Full Home Remodel: The Beginning
A full home remodel journey. This multi-part story is about a full home remodel of a client I began working with in November of 2020. This client was referred to me from a previous client, and needed help with the remodel and design of his home in Sorrento, Florida.
When he purchased the home, the overall aesthetic was the dark, heavy, and included the ornate detail of when it was built in 2007. The client was ready for something new, that fitted his style and personality. Being in the construction industry himself, he enlisted my help in creating a design that is to be sophisticated, luxurious, yet comfortable. His goal is to create a home that is welcoming, allows for social gatherings, and incorporates the use of luxurious materials and finishes.
Upon meeting the client for the first time, I toured the home and discussed his plans and goals. He had already begun some demo work, and installed new white Turkish travertine and wood flooring throughout most of the home. It was at that point he realized just how much detail this project will require, and the overwhelm quickly set in for him. The next step? Get the help of an interior designer (that’s where I came into the picture).
Where It Started
Below, I’m sharing some BEFORE photos of the home when it was purchased by the client. Notice the use of materials and colors. The home reads very yellow/gold, with dark wood, and heavy elements. The overall vibe was too ornate for the client. So the challenge began to develop a new look that appeals to him. A classic look, somewhat masculine, but with traditional details. The plan is to use lighter and brighter colors, in a neutral palette, incorporating complimenting accent colors, using quality materials and adding unique, bold details.
The living room above shows the original flooring, paint, and interior architectural details. The plan is to update, lighten, and add new architectural details to bring this formal living area up to date. Our plan is to rip out the existing flooring, ceiling detail, and fireplace detail. We will then re-design the fireplace wall and incorporate a cast concrete floor to ceiling fireplace. Giving the room a more grande feel and dramatic focal point.
The master has a multi-level tray ceiling detail and crown molding. Plans for this space, along with the master bath include creating a sanctuary for relaxation. The plan to lighten and brighten the home will flow throughout using a neutral backdrop, and use of bold materials such as quartzite counters, elements of stained wood on walls and built-ins, all new doors with a lacquer finish in a Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze, and a faux finish on the upper tray ceiling with a metallic finish to add texture and depth.
The view into kitchen from family room above, and view from garage entry into family room below. This particular room was met with challenges and big decisions. Though it does provide a walk in pantry, ample cabinet space and a large peninsula island with seating, there were other areas that presented some not so desirable designs. Angled walls, a tiny island, and the flow of traffic through the kitchen were awkward. We did kick the idea around to repaint the cabinets, do a new counter top and backsplash, and swap out the lighting.
However, as the discussion grew, so did the plans for the kitchen. So…it was decided to blow this room up, knock down walls, move plumbing and electric, and pour new concrete. Now the plan is for all new custom cabinets and a 10′ island. The new design will be up to date, far more functional, and of course it will include a new luxury appliance package. I cannot wait to see how this space turns out! Actually, I’m really excited about the whole house….it’s going to be amazing.
Here is one of 3 baths that have been gutted and are getting re-designed. The room is very heavy and dark. So what’s a designer to do other than kick it up a notch? All new tile, custom cabinets, quartzite counters, and other interior details will give these spaces a whole new life of their own. The client agreed to go with wallcovering in the 2 extra baths……To be honest, I really, really wanted the leaping cheetah’s print in the pool bath above, but I could not convince him of that. So we’ve agreed on a vinyl, faux grasscloth in one, and a somewhat wild print in the other. It’s still going to look amazing….the new tile for flooring and walls, and lighting….cannot wait!
The main entry is getting a whole new look as well. The new white travertine and wood flooring combination is amazing. The main flooring below and throughout is the white travertine. At this point, we’re still deciding on the new entry doors….so stay tuned.
Dining area off the kitchen. This area when complete will offer additional seating next to the new island counter seating.
So this shot from the original photo above shows a little bit of progress in the living room. This room is evolving as we change the finishes and create a new cast concrete fireplace design and ceiling.
What To Expect
A full home remodel is a lot of work. It can also surprise you with unknowns and other challenges. Not to mention, the huge inconvenience for the client who’s living in the home during the process. As his kitchen has disappeared, he now does a lot of take-out and eating out, or grilling. I’ll also add he’s living out of a secondary bedroom too, until we complete the master suite.
Follow the story about this whole home renovation, to see how it progresses. I have so many elements to the overall plan that I’m anxious to see them installed, and hopefully with a very happy client in the end.