Budget Friendly Renovation Ideas

Budget friendly renovation ideas serve a work with what you have purpose in the home improving the outdated with the updated game.

Today’s 6-10 blog post bookends the Home Improvement Ideas on a Budget companion post.

Here we go.

Budget Friendly Renovation Ideas

6.  Make the Decorative Call to Replace Outdated Window Treatments

(or elect not to use window treatments at all)

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Period Architecture

There’s no substitute for the beauty of natural light, but privacy concerns may trump this option.

If going with window treatments consider blinds, shutters, shades and even architectural salvage pieces.

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House Beautiful – Heidi Caillier Design

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Working or stationary, a pair of vintage shutters used as a complementing accent in your window treatment application take the finished look to new heights.

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The house we owned before the one we presently live in was a garden district charmer complete with interior French doors, original cast iron farmhouse kitchen sink with drain board, and casement windows.

The previous homeowners bleached the screened interior window frames that surrounded the casement windows above the kitchen sink.

We removed the screen and left them in place as the sole window treatment, hitting a work with what you have budget friendly renovation ideas home run.

Mahogany wood windows in the home of Michael and Ally Banks were bleached in keeping with a Belgian influenced result.

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I found this piece at Hobby Lobby, and the price is budget friendly renovation ideas right.

Embossed Medallion Metal Wall Decor

Stand out and be noticed unique is what we’re going for here, so the idea is to use the embossed medallion (36 ½” wide) as an inside mount valance.

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Dressing up a window frame with pediments, decorative corbels or architectural pieces is another decorative option that will help to achieve a custom look.

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7.  Shed New Light On The Situation

New lighting fixtures instantly update and turn on the visual wow factor.

white-tongue-and-groove-trim-on-island Heidi Caillier Design 

Pendant lights will be hanging around and on-trend for awhile.

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Alyssa Colagiacomo Interiors

I’m a huge fan of a lamp(s) on kitchen countertops.

LKM Design Bedford, NH Farmhouse Kitchen

LKM Design

A well placed lamp easily becomes a focal point of both function and fashion.

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Wireless LED puck lights mounted under cabinets are my first choice of affordable accent lighting.

Puck lights cast a lovely light at night- an all grown up night light.

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This is the original image I worked off of for this post, so Number 8 refers to furr-down.

8A. Places In The Home #1 Rule of Kitchen Remodels: Furr Down Be Gone!

Furr Down

A box-out at the ceiling typically 12″ high and 14″ deep.  Often used for AC duct work.  Kitchen cabinets are installed up to it creating a step effect.  Also called a soffit or bulkhead.

I am no fan of the furr down.

Removing an ornamental furr down takes years off the life of an outdated kitchen.

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Crown molding added to the tops of upper cabinets gives a finished top edge and ups the decorative ante.

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8B. New Sink + New Faucet = Hello, Current and Fresh Update

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Number 8 in this photo reflects the kitchen sink and faucet dilemma.

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Love, love, love the details and accents of this spectacular service kitchen by Jill Frey Kitchen Design.

Perfectly positioned accent lighting, statement flooring, gorgeous choice of countertop materials, excellent choice of window treatment, and a focal point sink prove the contrast engages the eye point.

Kraus KHU103-32 Undermount 32 inch 2-Bowl Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink

Swiss Madison Ceramic Farmhouse Kitchen Sink with Apron

Swiss Madison Delice 30″ x 18″ Ceramic Farmhouse Kitchen Sink w/Apron

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Lyndhurst 2-Handle Bridge Kitchen Faucet with Side Sprayer in Matte Gold

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9.  Update Switches, Plugs and Plates

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Small changes make safe and stylish improvements and brings things into the 21st century.

10.  Countertop Solutions

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In real estate it’s all about location, location, location.

In renovating it’s all about enhance, enhance, enhance.

Manufacturers pay very close attention to the design and decor needs and wants of the buying and renovating public, and the kitchen design industry has made huge strides in bringing to the retail marketplace affordable alternatives to expensive kitchen countertop materials.

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Rust-Oleum Countertop Transformations

If the existing countertops are free of stains, marks, scratches and the like,  workable with your color palette, and not overly antiquated, you may be in business.

How to paint laminate countertops instructions from DIY Network HERE

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DAICH SpreadStone Mineral Select Countertop Refinishing Kit

Countertops are the utilitarian workhorse of kitchen, and as such should be crafted from quality materials coupled with a quality look.

If a quality, style and affordability tops the list, consider replacing existing outdated and worn laminate with new laminate in new and improved pattern selections.

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Laminate is back on the radar as an affordable and visually pleasing countertop and backsplash option.

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Bonus Suggestions

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Wall sconce lighting is a versatile choice for ambient lighting in foyers, kitchens and bathrooms.

Changing vanity cabinet hardware takes years off a tired look.

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One Kings Lane – Photo by Tiffany Haynes

Color makes a big splash in small spaces.

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Make a big and bold statement by painting trim or wainscotting in a fabulous color and wallpapering the walls and/or ceiling.

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Domino – Photo by Ungano+Agriodimasy

Replace existing vent covers with decorative resin wall or ceiling vent covers.

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Fireplace built-ins come in as one of the top remodeling projects I love to tackle.

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Again color, texture, and pattern come into play.

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It’s amazing what you can do with a gallon of paint, new cabinet hardware and a roll(s) of gorgeous wallpaper.

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Works in the kitchen, too!

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Painting the built-ins and the bricks is a budget friendly step in the right direction.

For the DIY decorista project pros, covering over the bricks with tile or texture project may fit the bill.

Budget friendly?

Perhaps not, but in terms of resale and style at home value it can be a justified expense.

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Picture lights mounted at the center point at the top of each unit creates a stunning library effect, and wallpapering the back wall of the unit or painting in a fabulous designer color brings forth the decorative oomph in updated fashion.

Plenty of wall space to fill?

I love this DIY library wall project from Kristin Cadwallader of Bliss at Home as featured by Better Homes & Gardens with all the how to instructions.

Click on the above link to check it out.

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“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
—Theodore Roosevelt

Teddy’s words hammer and nail the sentiment of this budget friendly renovation ideas post.

Home improve what you can, with what you have, when you can.

For Rent: Rental Refresh Upgrades

Today’s blog post is brought to you by the letter R for rental refresh upgrades.

The conversation of late between mama and papa Places In The Home and our son heading up to the Great White North to begin his career has revolved around rental property viewings, interiors, exteriors, accents (eh?) and scads of all things house that make a home (rented or owned) furnishings.

This is the time of year when thoughts of apartments, condos, townhomes and single-family houses for rent and rental refresh upgrades begin to take center stage in the minds of college bound students, career starting college grads and newlywed couples.

According to recent real estate and business reports, millennials trend more toward renting than buying.

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The genius of internet listings, video viewings, real estate apps and Skype proves an essential tool in locating a property.

With a few clicks, well placed phone calls and virtual tours, our son has successfully rented a two story Victorian-era style home.

Now comes the fun part- the rental refresh upgrades.

He and his fiancee are currently in putting a stylish spin on his new abode mode.  This is not our son’s first time at the rental rodeo.

He knows all too well renting comes with caveats, and property management firms have rules and code restrictions that must be adhered to.

Addressing the aforementioned right off the bat clearly defines the can and cannots.

Fortunately, the home owner is on board with the updates and rental refresh upgrades our son wants to do to the property.

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Fresh paint  rules the rental refresh upgrade playbook.

I ran across this quote yesterday and it really hit home.

“Color is the least expensive thing to put in a house.”

—Ruthie Sommers

Color often gives the biggest return on your interior decorating investment.

Paint is an instant update and covers a multitude of previous tenant color choice sins and the scuffs, streaks and uh-ohs made when moving out.

As a housewarming gift, his fiancee’s father is painting the entire interior and key exterior areas of the house.

Going with a neutral color palette allows more breathing room in regards to accents and furnishings.

Landlords and property managers love neutral palettes, and come closer to approving the request for painting with this color choice.

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My inbox is experiencing a high volume of before, during and after pictures.

It’s exciting to be in the loop, share in the progress and to be asked to be a part of the process .

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Does it makes sense and cent$ to make updates and improvements to a rental property?

Absolutely!

Focus less on the fact your new residence is a rental and more on the fact that your new residence is where you call home.

All things house that make a home come together to make the out of your own pocket rental refresh upgrades worth it for the sake of your comfort, convenience and personal style touch.

Rental Refresh Upgrades

So worth it rental refresh upgrades good to go as in take it with you when you go ideas range from a programmable thermostat, stylish mirrors in bathrooms, accent rugs, light switch and wall plates, cabinet knobs and pulls, new shower head(s) and focal point light fixtures to exterior walkway lighting, planter boxes and a decorative mailbox.

Renting or buying, it really is amazing how a sense of personal style, displaying objects of individual interest and decorating with accents that capture and convey your personality makes a house a home.

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I’ll leave it there for today’s post and pick it back up with more pictures and suggestions for rental refresh upgrades.

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Spring Curb Appeal Enthusiasm

Rainy April afternoons create spring curb appeal enthusiasm.

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Into every April garden and flower bed a little or a lot of rain will fall, but it’s those April showers and Spring Black Friday sales that bring us one stepping stone closer to May flowers.

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Updates, changes, additions and refreshes to the exterior of your home don’t have to break the bank.

That’s what summer vacations are for!

Gallon shrubs, flower bed mulch and another honking big blooming hydrangea is at the top of my spring curb appeal enthusiasm gotta have it list.

Thank you, Home Depot!

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Better Homes and Gardens offers their readers an informative how to mulch guide here.

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From the curb to the front door, color on parade is both a preached and practiced way to instantly pump up the spring curb appeal enthusiasm.

sudbury-design-group-landscapeSudbury Design Group Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers

Bright and bold, coastal cool, summer primary color combinations or classic château chic with the emphasis on elegance ~  color makes a most effective statement.

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Mary, Mary, quite contrary, in what direction will your curb appeal garden path go?

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A simple change such as the addition of new house numbers, exterior lighting, bedding shrubs or decorative fencing can produce big results and compliments.

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 copper-lanternsBetter Homes & Gardens

A gallon of pure black hi-gloss enamel exterior/interior paint never met an exterior door, set of shutters, window mullions, front porch rocker or garage door it didn’t love to cover in dramatic hi-gloss beauty.

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Here’s to the soaking showers of April, blooming flowers of May and the decorative and affordable curb appeal ideas that create spring curb appeal enthusiasm.

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Fresh Greens: Home Lawn and Garden

Lush and lovely landscapes and the home lawn and garden ornaments that adorn them possess a unique beauty all their own.

Louisiana springs and summers pack a powerful knockout punch when it comes to heat and humidity, but as oppressive as the days and evenings can be, the trade off lies within the lush and lovely lawns and thriving gardens of the region.

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A quick glance out the dining room window at the freshly mowed lawn and manicured flower beds enticed me to pick up the camera and conduct an impromptu home, lawn and garden tour.

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I finally indulged a love of hydrangeas and purchased a five gallon blue hydrangea as an early Mother’s Day gift for my Mother.

As I was walking the front and side yard in search of the perfect spot to plant it, I couldn’t help but notice how green and good things were looking on the lush and lovely front.

I grabbed the camera and snapped a few lawn and garden shots to share with you all.

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Late last week one of our neighbors surprised us with a gift basket blooming in LSU colors.

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I have no earthly idea what the formal name of this plant is.

We have affectionately assigned the name Mama Bea to it, after the lady who for over thirty years was nanny, housekeeper, confident, life adviser, bull s*!t recognizer, self-appointed horticulturist, best friend and highly revered adopted family member.

Mama Bea’s yard was full of this plant. My mother, who is famous for needing just a taste of, bite of, bit of, and a little of most everything she comes into contact with, decided she had to have a little clipping of this plant.

Mama Bea obliged the request, and Mama D  got to clipping.

She brought the clipping home and promptly stuck it in the ground, water it and basically forgot about it.

This stuff is like Kudzu- it spreads everywhere!

It is super low maintenance, covers a multitude of landscaping sins and makes great flower arrangement filler.

Mama Bea has been gone for twenty-one years, but she lives on in our memories and, well, you know.

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My family is big into horse racing.

When Dave the Builder and I first starting dating, we would occasionally ride up to Shreveport to Louisiana Downs or down to New Orleans to the Fair Grounds to take in the races for the weekend.

The finely manicured grounds and jockey statues known to racetracks have long piqued my interest.

Dave retained this piece of info and surprised me one Christmas with this jockey statue.

Ever since our son was a toddler he has shook the jockey’s extended hand and said, howdy do.

The name stuck, and howdy do has been greeting guests to our home for years.

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Copper with a hint of verdigris is a natural process in progress.

Where some see it as an eyesore, others see it as an eye catcher.

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Learning to see the beauty in items marked by age, patina and perfect imperfections is a plus in the hunt and find of antiques.

I can only win that argument so many times before I must wave the white flag of surrender.

Believe me, after this picture was snapped, uploaded and viewed, I am now “paintfully” aware a trip to Sherwin-Williams for a gallon of Tricorn Black is in my sooner than later future.

The ironwork on the courtyard wall is showing signs of chippy neglect and the shutters have dulled.

On the subject of shutters, I gave these the once-over and concluded I still like the look of this faux shutter treatment.

Behind the shutters is one of the original dining room windows.

When we knocked down the wall between the dining room and kitchen, the two single windows had to go in order to make way for the new cabinets.

Dave boarded up the windows and fastened shutters to newly constructed frames.

We dressed up the look with dummy scroll shutter dogs for no other reason other than I really like the look of shutter dogs.

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The decision has been made to take down the lantern and put it through a series of re- rewire, repaint and repair.

Dave the Builder, my dad, our son and our neighbor all have something in common.

All four of these men have experienced painful forehead to lantern contact.

Notice the broken glass panel?

That was the result of our son’s run-in with the lantern.

The other two missing glass panels met an untimely demise compliments of my dad and Dave the Builder.

Curb appeal shouldn’t have to be painful, so down it comes.

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New panes.

New paint.

New home.

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Updated Look:

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We decided to go with a LED recessed ceiling light fixture, and we could not be more pleased with the performance of and look created by the Halo 4 in. White Integrated LED Recessed Ceiling Light Fixture.

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We are going to be busy bees around here over the next few weeks.

Speaking of bees, stay tuned for the next post.

You’ll see what I mean.

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The Master Bathroom Remodel Project Is Officially Completed

Change.

Change is good, but it also has the ability to drive me bonkers.

Paint color that is one shade in the can and a totally different shade on the wall also has the ability to drive me completely bats%*! crazy.

It is this kind of particular color bump in the road that brings about the decision to change a paint color.

If it doesn’t look right you do it over.

It makes the client is happy and that’s what matters.

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The master bathroom remodel project is officially completed

Before images and info post is here.

What Dave the Builder lacks in the professional photographer department he more than makes up for in the professional builder/remodeling department.

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The new color on the freshly repainted and completed walls is not translating well in the photos.

See what appears to be three completely different paint colors in the image below?

SW renwick beigeSherwin-Williams Renwick Beige SW 2805

The wall between the tub and shower is the closest to the true color, Sherwin-Williams Renwick Beige.

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From demo to prep

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to master bathroom remodel project completed success.

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Making things pretty and new creates a mess, but it is so worth it!

This was about the time in the master bathroom remodel project where a bit of design and decorating persuasion came into play.

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Two vanities, two sinks, two faucets, two lights- you’ve got to go with two mirrors.

And two mirrors it is!

I purposely removed the color field out of the image below to emphasize a point to the client.

We both loved the result and selected it to print and frame.

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Great space for a master bathroom walk in closet and extra linens storage.

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The client requested the stained louvered doors leading into the master bedroom remain.

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I requested the louvered doors leading into the walk in closet be painted to match the trim.

A win-win situation.

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The inspiration and the idea for the design direction we will be going in for the master closet.

Fabulous!

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Another project completed.

Attention To Detail: Bathroom Window Treatment Ideas

Finishing touches are the best friend of a big reveal.  Fashion, interiors, meals- it’s all about the presentation and the attention to detail.  The master bathroom remodel project is now in the detail phase, namely, bathroom window treatment ideas.  My better half is not happy with the results of the final paint application, the hardware install is not quite there, and my fixation with the cloudy mirrors who could benefit greatly from a meeting with vinegar and newspaper is driving me nuts.  The “it’s perfect!” point is coming into view and that’s what matters.

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This master bathroom remodel project for hire is more construction remodel than interior design and decorating based.  We went with 60% of the client’s choices and the client went with 40% of ours.  That is 100, isn’t it?  Cost and in-stock availability remain the biggest considerations behind construction and design.  Some projects present the need for custom fixtures and special materials orders, and then there are the projects where the materials are just a convenient trip to the local lumber yard, building supply, paint and home improvement store away.  This one falls into the latter.

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While I’m waiting for paint to dry and fixtures to fix, I’m working on the  finishing details.  I’ve been consulted to design the window treatment for the single window in the master bathroom.  The window itself is fixed and the glass is textured for privacy.  The client wants a working treatment, and what the client wants…

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I want to stay as true to the aesthetic and period of the house as possible, but I also want the ease of operation and look a modern treatment offers.  We both agreed and narrowed it down to a roman in either jute or textured fabric.  A custom tier curtain is also in the running.

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I fell in love with this new but made to look old distressed piece and immediately had it or something very similar to it in mind to use as a cornice treatment.

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Do you prefer curtains, blinds, shades, shutters or no window treatment at all for a bathroom window?

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Project Master Bathroom Remodel

When our team completes a project success is measured by the satisfaction seal of approval from the client.   If the client immediately hires you for another project it’s a pretty good indicator of job well done.

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We celebrated this master bathroom remodel and the upcoming project hire with a Places In The Home remodel dance. Part safety dance, part remodel celebration boogie.

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The presentation board for the master bathroom remodel captures the design and decor element the client requested.

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Good bones and an even better layout, structurally speaking, removed the need to move walls and reroute plumbing. The focus was all about aesthetic updates complete with new fixtures and materials.  We can certainly do that!

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The first to go was the fiberglass shower and bath inserts.  Mosaic tiles were used for the shower floor.

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The intent here is twofold- texture and palette variation of blended neutrals.

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We constructed the layers of the shower pan using a vinyl membrane and concrete (technical jargon for we built a custom shower pan).

Here’s a preview of the shower progress.

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We selected 12″ x 12″  ceramic tile for the flooring, bath and shower walls and shower floor.

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Moving onward and upward!

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Kitchen Window Treatment Options

Staring out the kitchen window in the morning is one of my more practiced rituals.

I’ve stared out this same kitchen window at one time or another for practically my entire life.

Well, the same view at least.

When Dave the Builder and I tackled the kitchen renovation we replaced the 40+ year old existing single pane windows with ThermaStar by Pella®  replacement windows.

The next move was to consider kitchen window treatment options.

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A  window treatment does not always consist of fabric, sheers, shutters, slats or shades.

Yes, you read that right.

A window treatment placing the focal spotlight on the window(s) above the kitchen sink can be the window and frame itself.

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I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard the statement, “we paid a fortune for these windows and I just hate to cover them up.”  

If privacy is not an issue, resist traditional temptation to cover them up and let the sunshine in!  

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Dave the Builder and I have had many fights conversations about this exact topic of design.  

Design, fit, form and function always factor in ahead of decorative consideration.   

Take a look at exhibit A in the image below (one taken before the repaint project and one after).  

In the windows of the world of existing construction, a decision to work with what you have is not out of the norm.  

No way was I on board for enlarging the width or height for a new window unit.  Too much sugar for a decorative dime!  

We removed six(6) small side shelves from the existing wall cabinets on either side of the window.  

Dave suggested we install new panels matching the cabinet doors to cover up demo blemishes and follow through with the look.

 He also suggested the window was in need of a window treatment.  I suggested he needed to rethink his suggestion.  

A decorative compromise was reached and up went the blind.

Fast forward to the ugly leftover shown above.

Dave redeemed himself  with his suggestion to use the corbels I had ordered for another install as decorative framing.

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Kitchen window treatment options o’plenty to consider that cover the pane area without covering decorative frames range from inside mount shades and blinds,

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a window within a window treatment such as hanging a framed piece of leaded or stained glass within the window, or

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  side mounted shutters that open and close.

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Options are a beautiful thing.