5 Home Renovations to Brighten Your Home

Bright Room

Bright Room

Nicer weather is upon us, and with that it’s a good time to consider home updates to bring out the lighter, fresher side of your home.  Here are some ways to open your home to a brighter look, all budgets considered.

 

Using Glass to Your Advantage

Glass is an obvious choice for bringing more light into the home. New, bigger or reconfigured windows can have an immediate impact on not just lighting, but also the efficiency of your home. Besides adding windows, you may also want to consider adding skylights to capture that precious, direct sunlight. Super-efficient Tubular Daylighting Devices (TDDs) can help you harvest the most natural light possible to cut down on artificial lighting. Last but not least, interior and exterior French doors can improve the flow of natural light from space to space and connect you to the outside.

Choose Reflective Surfaces
Reflective surfaces are perfect for amplifying your lighting. For example, marmoleum or wood flooring echoes your ceiling lights, and strategically-placed mirrors are a natural counterpoint to windows. [Read more…]

Phinney Ridge Refurbished

Bright Room

This young couple had the foresight to know that some relatively minor changes to their attic would create a whole new look. With a little work, a dark, dull, unrefined space seamlessly changed to a vibrant, well-lit, charming master bedroom and future nursery.

To arrive at that point, the Phinney Ridge clients first demoed the low, lath and plaster ceiling and exposed the existing brick chimney. Then, Model Remodel came in to adjust the ceiling structure. It was not an easy task, as the ceiling sloped more than 2 inches over 8 feet. Then the crew installed tongue and groove ceiling boards, instead of the more ordinary drywall. They refinished the old, damaged fir flooring and installed some challenging trim around the doorways. They built in closet storage, changed out lighting, and replaced a window. The homeowners provided the finished look with light grey paint. All these touches worked together to preserve the character of the craftsman home.

In the future nursery- currently an office- the clients removed the dark paneling and ripped out the old, red carpet. The crew then drywalled the space and installed fresh, new carpet. They reworked the closet door so it would open from inside the small room, rather than from the main space. One highly deliberate choice was keeping the small, church-like leaded glass window, also to preserve the character of the home.

Now, the room functions well as a cozy office and will be a sweet nursery one day, conveniently adjacent to the main space.

Photo credit: Cindy Apple Photography