Two years ago, I was able to design my first office.
If you didn’t see my post on that office, you can see it here.
Well, two years later in the same building, another company hired me to design their office and whew, did I have my work cut out for me.
I had the first walkthrough at the beginning of February. Here is what I walked into. Fluorescent lighting, lime green, tan…eek!
They needed individual offices in this big open room so the painters tape on the carpet is where we were planning to build individual offices.
Other side of the room
My first thought was that the space felt stark and uninviting so my goal was to add character and warmth. I pulled inspiration from my other office..high contrast, clean, industrial and wood elements. The tough thing about this space as opposed to the other office was that this office has zero natural light where as the other office had tons of natural light. Trying to make this space feel inviting was quite the task.
First things first, remove carpet.
My initial vision was to sand, stain and seal the concrete for a clean, industrial look. Similar to this:
Unfortunately, once the carpet was removed we found that the concrete was not in great condition. Uneven, crumbling in certain places and not able to be sanded down. On top of those issues, the building is old with no elevator so the concrete guys had no way of getting their 1000 pound equipment in the room. Had to change plans so I decided to go with painted concrete.
Moving forward from there was office build out.
I decided to add windows on the ends of the build out to make it feel more open for the people working in the offices. If they can’t have natural light they can at least have a window. 🙂
After the office build out, the lime green cinderblock columns got wrapped in wood and stained a rich walnut brown. I knew the first time I saw the space that the columns needed to be wrapped in wood to add character.
3 out of the 4 offices have a column.
This wall was saying goodbye to the dry erase boards.
After ripping them off, we found that the drywall was in terrible shape and not salvageable.
So fresh and so clean clean.
Another area to figure out was this odd “kitchen” area. They wanted to keep the kitchen so my thought was to remove the upper cabinet, add more lower cabinets and add a backsplash to make it feel more like a real kitchen.
Backsplash. Now it feels like a real kitchen area as opposed to the weird situation that was happening before.
After all of that was finished, floating laptop bars and lighting were installed. Goodbye fluorescent lighting! In the photo below, the laptop bars aren’t finished yet, but this was the day that my vision was finally coming together. I used the same pendants that I used in the other office and I love the statement they make.
Oh, and here’s the finished painted concrete floors! Love how they turned out.
The lighting over the offices. Matte black tracks with bare bulb pendants.Love how it turned out!
A couple of other areas in the office:
Individual Office- BEFORE
Fresh paint, carpet and added wood elements.
Conference Room- BEFORE
Fresh paint, new light and wood accent wall.
Hallway- BEFORE (well, after prep work)
AFTER (pre art hanging, but you get the gist) Freshened up with paint and lighting!
Artist Interview area- BEFORE
That’s a wrap!
I am having professional photos taken of this space so I will share soon 🙂
We completed another great tour and survived our first winter in our new (old) house!
Now that cold, dead winter is behind us and we are staring at the face of warm, lively Spring we have been itching to get started on some exterior updates! I would describe the exterior of our house as a very basic, old,1970’s brick ranch with baby blue trim and brass house numbers…such a great combination, right? I have been patient long enough, the time has come to start shining this diamond(in the rough) up.
Here is a picture of the front of the house the first day we saw it:
And the back:
List of exterior updates:
1- Remove hedge of bushes along the brick wall
2- Remove tree on far left side of the house, paneling where garage door used to be, install/brick in a window & install new front door!
Home Depot shopping for the window and front door.
Paneling wall before:
Window in and ready for brick.
In the picture below, the tree is gone, the new front door is in and the window is in. These three updates, though nothing too major, got us super excited for the future look and feel of the house!
She’s a brick….HOUSSEEEE! Ha. The size of the brick matches the rest of the house perfectly, but the color and grout do not since the house is getting painted. We are hoping that it will look like the window was always there once everything is painted!
Front door before:
Front door after:
Soooo much better 🙂
3- Remove old shutters and pressure wash house to get it ready for PAINT!!! I have been waiting for this step since the day I first laid eyes on the house. I have always loved painted brick homes and knew that as soon as weather/time/money permitted, it would be painted…and what color other than my favorite, white! Note: a new roof will definitely be in our future, but for now it’s all about the paint!
Shutters are gone and the house is ready for paint!!! This old house is getting a complete makeover starting today!!! The painting is underway and I am beyond excited to see it completely transform!
Here are a couple more photos of the exterior. Right side of the house:
Just a cute picture of Stephen enjoying the backyard 🙂
I am hoping that the next picture I share of the exterior of our home, will be a beautiful, bright, airy painted white brick home with new gutters, an updated light fixture, new house numbers and fresh landscaping! I cannot wait!
Say goodbye to the 1970s and hello to modern day!
Hope you all had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Things have been moving forward with our house and the topic of discussion today is…FLOORS! As you saw in my last post, we removed the carpet and are having hardwoods installed in the living/dining/hallway. We quickly realized why everyone told us that a house is more expensive than you think…
Once the carpet was removed, we found that the sub floor was particle board. I didn’t have a clue if that was a good thing or a bad thing because I don’t know anything about subfloors, but our flooring guys quickly informed us of the problem with particle board. Back in the 70’s and 80’s when houses were being built, a lot of contractors opted for the most inexpensive products when building a house, so now, 30 years later we are finding that some of the work that was done on houses built in those years have some shoddy things going on. Basically, particle board will rot and crumble away over time so you need a solid sub floor like plywood in order for hardwoods to be installed! Our subfloor had to be ripped out and re-installed with a plywood sub floor before a single piece of hardwood could be laid! At least we know that our floors are going to be as solid as possible!
While all of the flooring mayhem was going on at our house, we were packing up our apartment! That was hard! Hard because its the place weve lived the longest. Hard because it was physically exhausting! Hard because your life and home that you made so many memories in is gone! Thankfully we are all moved out now and we can just move forward trying to make our new house feel like home!
Our dark, empty apartment. The last picture I took of it 😦
Now, for some flooring progress photos:
We had some pretty awesome curb appeal going on with scrap wood and other junk in our driveway and a toilet on our front porch! Reallll classy 🙂
New subfloor installed..yay!
This was the last picture I took before we left town for 2 weeks!!
Because I have been out of town for the entire hardwood installation process (insert scream here..ha), I have been going crazy wanting to see just a little peek of what they look like! Thankfully, our realtor went by the house and sent us a few photos! AHHH! Beautiful white oak 5″ hardwoods! Cannot wait to see those puppies finished!
I am beyond excited to get home and start putting furniture in and making this place feel like our home!
The agenda for next week:
Monday-move all furniture in and start unpacking/organizing
Tuesday-new light fixtures going in, new outlets and switches being installed and cable/internet set up
Wednesday-try to relax for a minute before we leave town again Thursday morning!!!
Next week is going to be the week when it really starts turning into our home! Cant wait to share it with you guys!!