The Whitney-Wells family have lived in their home for eleven years. What they love about their home is the connection their community has to the outdoors and old farmland. On top of that, they live in Sherwood, Oregon which has been listed as one of the best places to raise a family by Money Magazine for the past few years. When I met with Tina to photograph the BEFORE photos of their entire house remodel I learned another thing…they really do their homework.
Though they love their community there are elements of their home that they are not so fond of. Their home is the way it was when they bought it eleven years ago and much of the flooring shows signs of a lot of activity. This is where their homework skills kicked in.
The homeowners knew what they wanted: a mom and pop designer/contractor company that was as local as possible. They wanted a company that has been in business for at least 20 years and they didn’t want a ton of subcontractors…oh, and they wanted the contractor to known their subcontractors and have developed a relationship with them over time (as opposed to being handed a list of subcontractors to choose from). If you think about it, in this day and age that is one tall order.
They searched the internet and found a few contractors that made their first cut. We at Hardline Design and Construction are honored to be part of that selected group and were invited to make a bid on the job. In the meantime, the homeowners contacted the Better Business Bureau and checked with the Construction Contractors Board (CCB).
I asked Mrs. Wells what she was the most excited about when it came to her whole house remodel and without a second thought she said, “EVERYTHING!” And then added, “The whole house isn’t functional but the master bath and the built-in entertainment center will be big changes.”
Below are a some before and after images of their home.
After: This welcoming new door with has a vintage look because of the use of strap-hinges. Beautiful, new leaded glass side lights were added to both sides of the new door.
Before: A simple door with simple, single pane sidelights – This has a very nice look but the Whitney-Wells family wanted more.
Before: The original oak flooring was worn with two decades of foot traffic.
After: Inside the entryway
The entryway is a very high traffic area. The original wood floors were replaced with slate so now this all-weather floor is durable and tough to out last a house with growing kids.
Before: The original downstairs bathroom
After: The new downstairs bathroom has a gorgeous sink and vanity. It also has lots of old world charm.
Before: The original family room in need of storage space. This photo was taken before the built-in entertainment center was added.
After: This room looks completely new and yet the sofas and chair are the same. The clients wanted a custom-built entertainment center with ample storage. Now there is room for games, movies, family photos and the t.v. Old carpeting was removed and an engineered flooring installed.
Before: The original kitchen’s floor and counters.
Before: The right side of the kitchen. A work area was still included in the renovated kitchen.
After: In the kitchen, the clients chose to keep their original cabinets while renovating the floors, countertops and backsplash.
After: What a difference new countertops can make!
Before: Because of space needs, the doors of the master bedroom closet were removed to make way for the bed. This photo shows the original frame for the closet.
After: Originally the headboard sat partially in the master bedroom closet. Now it looks like a wall has always been there and this also opened up a little bit more floor space for a nightstand.
Before: The master bathroom ‘s double sinks were once where the shower is now.
Before: This bathtub was replaced by a vanity and sink.
After: A beautiful, walk-in shower was added to the master bathroom. It has a new oiled bronze finished, hand-held shower head and a bench for sitting.
After: A new window, shaving mirror and towel hook for the master bathroom.
Before: The original mantel was simple and did not have much room for items to be placed on top.
After: The home owners selected this beautiful marble mantel for their living room. This grand style feels right at home.
The newly remodeled dining room and living both have engineered flooring and a fresh coat of paint.
Before: This is the original family upstairs bathroom.
After: The original linoleum floor has been replaced with tile and a sliding glass shower door added. Also, new pedestal sinks have replace the worn bathroom vanity. There are new medicine cabinets, plumbing fixtures and accessories.
The Whitney – Wells home marries well the ideas of function and flow with design and beauty. Thank you to the homeowners for allowing Hardline Design and Construction to be part of the process. Enjoy!