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My Complete Before and After Home Renovation Tour

My Dream Home Transformation

It’s always fun to see before and after pictures from home renovation projects! I’m thrilled to show you the transformation process of our house. I hope you will find inspiration from our complete home remodel.

From dark and dated to elegant, bright and, new. We transformed an early 1990’s home into timeless coastal classic- Hampton’s inspired.  Our house is situated on a private golf course on Bainbridge Island, a Pacific Northwest island off of Seattle.

I will give you a tour of our remodel room by room.

My Design Goal For The Remodel

My design goal for our new home was to go with Hampton’s style. You know, the classic and sophisticated designs that meet a coastal casual beach vibe. Elegant but cozy.

We didn’t hire an interior designer because I had a clear vision of how I wanted the house to look and feel and we wanted to inject our own personal style without any outside influences.  Throughout the process we learned so much. Read more here. 

Our Back Story

We bought a house in a very competitive market. We saw the house and the next day, we made an offer and, it closed two weeks later. Before we knew it, we were moving!

The shingled-sided house spoke to me. It had good bones and we were confident that we could transform the house into our dream home. You can also check out to see my home tour here for design tips and ideas.

Before and After – The backside of the home

My Home Tour Gal Pal

Before And After – The front of the home

Designing The Main Front Door Entrance

curved roof line

We we decided to change the look and feel of the covered entrance of our house, I wanted to go BOLD.  It’s fascinating how much the addition of a portico can transform a home exterior.

A portico is a covered entrance to a house; often the roof is supported by columns—  it can be very simple and small or grand and fancy depending on your needs and desires.

In the original design drawings the overhang had a slight speed bump/bend. I wanted the curve to be more dramatic, so we changed it to what you see in the photo.

We also altered the roof line over my office and over the garage so the roof had a slight curve.

Hey, it’s all about the curves right? Read more about ways to throw some curves into your home design. 

The Front Door- Before and After

We removed the window above the door frame (the transom and replaced the front door with a very tall and wide door. We added stylish glass panels on each side of the door . The leaded glass curved design play off of the curved entry.

The Heart Of The Home

The heart of our home is the main living space just past the front entry facing the golf course. The open space is inviting and comfortable.

Open Concept Living Space- Favorite Area In The House

My favorite room in the house is the open concept living space which incorporates the kitchen, bar, dining room, and living room all in one.

This space functions as both a formal dining and living room, it’s the ultimate entertaining space. The coffered molded ceilings and soft blue/gray walls unify the area since it stretches across the entire area.

The curved sofa in the living room helps define the cozy seating that surrounds the TV and fireplace.

The large inviting kitchen, bar, and butler’s pantry with soft white/gray quartzite countertops anchor one end of the home. The living area anchors the other, as the formal dining room table, and linen chairs float in between along with the french doors that open to the circular patio.

When you enter through the front door you are greeted with big windows and french doors that open to our large rounded patio. Beyond the patio is the private golf course. We have plenty of trees and plants that provide privacy.

Before And After- The Open Concept Space

Pre- remodel

The Staircase In The Entryway

Panelling Wall Coastal

The entryway contains a staircase that leads to the upstairs bedrooms and living area.  At the top of the stairs the old railing led into a solid half wall.

We removed the old railing and half wall and replaced it with a curved traditional railing.

The stair railing and balusters are similar to the 20th century design attributed from Early-American homes that still have an enduring beauty .

The newel posts & baluster spindles make a strong statement that compliments the timeless wainscoting from floor to ceiling.

As for the stair runner on both sets of stairs, I went with a herringbone stair runners for both stairways in our house. The zigzag pattern hides wear and tear and any dirt or dog hair.

It’s so nice to have two sets of stairs. One in the front of the house and one in the back.

The Laundry Room

The laundry room design was tricky because the garage is just off our laundry and a small mudroom. The laundry room is a high-traffic area, so I wanted to add some fun elements to create a comfortable space.

I went with a ceramic tile that resembles hand-painted cement tile. A European warn look and feel.

We have dogs, so this floor needs to be easy to clean as a high-traffic area. My husband was very skeptical when he saw the tile, but, in the end, we all love the pop of the fun floor design.

The laundry room leads right into our ample kitchen space. With that in mind, I used the same color cabinetry that is on our kitchen island and bar, so the room transition felt purposeful but seamless.

To keep the room clean and clutter-free, we built a gorgeous cabinet with an open-air screen where we can hang clothes in the open air without sharing our laundry with the world. Hahaha. Nobody needs to see my bras and panties hanging. Really!!

Powder Room Remodel

As you can see from the picture, the power room (picture below)  was very dated and not very interesting. We had to lost 3 feet of the space in the bathroom so we could build out our bar on the other side of the wall.

The bathroom had ample space to work with.

We added wainscoting and gorgeous grass cloth wall paper to the walls and black and white marble floor for that elegant timeless design.

The Boy’s Bathroom Remodel

The upstairs boys bathroom and guest bath offer a seaside feel by incorporating classic blue and mosaic tiling. The rooms include pops of white with mostly coastal gray blue contract. The décor is simple and sleek

Before And After – The Boy’s Bathroom

The Master Bathroom

The master bath exudes a traditional Hampton feel with white cabinetry and clean lines and lots of white marble. When I originally was planning the master bathroom, I had no idea that I would end up running the marble up the walls.

After we were finished tiling the walk-in shower, we decided to continue with the look of the large marble tiles on the surrounding walls of the bathtub. Luckily, we had the perfect way to make the transition between the marble wall and sheetrock wall. We used the same marble from the wall for the baseboards in the entire bathroom.

One of  favorite part of the master bathroom is again the inlaid marble tiled rug. This provides an ideal walkway out of the shower and bathtub so we don’t slip. The small pieces of tile in grout has a nice texture on your feet.

The Guest Room Remodel

This room used to be a bedroom with a large walk in closet. When we added the great room, the closet became the bathroom and hallway space.

Before – The Master Bath

The Master Bedroom Remodel

When we bought the house, the master bedroom was fine but odd. The bed was designed to look at the built in closet, which doesn’t work. That had to go!

When we striped the walls down to the studs we moved the room around. The space was still awkward to work since we couldn’t add more room to the suite.

Originally, we wanted to have a balcony built off the master but we found out that the house didn’t have the support we needed to make it work and it would have been extremely expensive to build it the way it would be safe. I was heart broken as that was one of the design features I really wanted to have.

The master bedroom is still a work in progress. I am in the process of adding some key decorating elements to the room including artwork and furniture but it is getting there.

The master space as simple and comfortable with a chaise lounge (we rarely use) and white linen drapes. I use linen window coverings in both the master bath and bedroom.

See more about my secret source to custom drapes here. 

After -The Master Bedroom

The White Kitchen With Custom Marble Backsplash

The Kitchen Remodel

When we bought the house the kitchen was a skinny galley design. We decided to open up the entire space from the kitchen to the living room area.

The reason so many people love a white kitchen is because the white color scheme invites the opportunity to add almost any color into the mix.

We painted all of our cabinetry in the main kitchen, butlers pantry, extended living room area all white (Benjamin Moore White Dove) with the exception of the bar and kitchen island which we painted the gorgeous blue gray color. Rubbed bronze pulls from Restoration Hardware had enough black in the color as opposed to brown.

I love how the kitchen turned out. White and bright with gorgeous marble tile.

Before And After – The Traditional Kitchen

The Butlers Pantry Off The Kitchen

Ktichen Before Remodel
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White Kitchen
Tile Backsplash


The Great Room Addition

The great room addition was one of the most expensive parts of our remodel but so worth it!

The space prior to the remodel was a typical unfinished attic as shown in the picture below.

We raised the beam to make for a roomy open air space that could be enjoyed by the entire family.

The room has tall vaulted ceilings with storage and ample room for teenage sleepovers, football parties and yoga .

Before And After- The Great Room- Family Room

Boys Bedroom Makeover

This bedroom was so fun to decorate because it was for my special guy. I asked Alex what he wanted his “big boy room” to be like and he helped me pick out the black sphere chandelier. I went from there to finish the design.

We installed wood paneling on one wall behind the bed to add texture and more of a coastal vibe.

Lighting fixture and shelving are made from black metal. I have added new bedside lamps since this picture was taken. More design tips on my home tour post here. 

Home Exterior Renovation-Hardscape

Patio Renovation

The exterior of the house carries the same Coastal theme with a dark grey stain and white trim. Read more here on timeless coastal paint colors.   

Before and After- Doors- Windows-Patio Hardscape

The large curved patio design right outside the pair of french doors, is one of the favorite parts of our home.

This entertaining space is ideal for a large group of people to gather and watch the golfers pass by.

Home Exterior- Cedar Shingles

Cedar Shingles
Rounded- Stone- Patio

Instead of replacing the shingles, we did damage control and fixed the dry rot.

First impressions are everything! The color you paint your house will make the first impression someone has of your home. You’ll want to freshen-up and update the look of your home? A nice paint job will improve your curb appeal

So how do you choose the best exterior paint color for your home? We have you “covered” if you follow the simple guide below. There are seven (7) essential things to consider when choosing an exterior paint color. 

We used a solid stain on our cedar shingles. The only issue is that solid color acts like paint and can peel it not appropriately applied.

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  1. Absolutely stunning. Every single element. How wonderful it must be to come home to that and surround yourselves in true classic beauty.

  2. chris Bear says:

    you did an amazing job- your home is beautiful !

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