Haaapppyyyy Thursday everyone!! I am so happy to be kicking off Season 2 of Bargain Mansions with our beautiful cottage house! Ahhhh….one of my favorite homes from the season. Its sweet charm is what originally attracted me to it. I know I’m not supposed to pick favorites but come on, this home exhibits so much elegance and has such a quaint, cottage feel! I just want to cozy up with a book and hot tea on the porch! 🙂
Before, this home didn’t have much curb appeal. Seriously where is the front door?!?! Dad and I decided to center the front door and turn the original entrance into a remote controlled screened-in porch. YEP! You read that correctly, a remote controlled screened-in porch! What other option was there! (same one here!) Once these were brought to my attention, I knew I had the perfect spot for them! Another thing we knew we had to fix was the landscaping. As you can see from this photo, when we bought the house, the landscaping was non-existent. I wanted to add as much greenery as possible to give this home a country feel in the big city. I can’t wait to hear what you guys think in the comments below! 🙂
If you know me, you’d know that I’m ALWAYS cold.. even in the summer!! Of course, I’m always looking out for people who are cold like me, so I left my Mer Sea Wrap behind and we installed Infratech Heaters on the porch! What’s nice about them is they aren’t super big and clunky. They blend right in and put off sooo much heat!!
Moving on to the interior! Luckily, the home was already demoed, but I still had some changes I wanted to make. My top priority was to make the kitchen seem larger, so I decided to vault the ceilings and add an amaaaazzzinnngg focal point…a beautiful 6X 8 ft. commercial grade window that runs from counter to ceiling. This is one of my favorite features of this home and I love that it brings in a TON of natural light, highlighting the beautiful tile and state of the art cabinetry. We also added mullions for extra character and to help make the space feel homey! In the mornings, I wanted the sunlight to feel like a little slice of heaven pouring in through this picturesque window. I’d say we accomplished that 🙂 For the cabinets, my team and I chose the light gray cruised wood from Kitchen Cabinet Kings because it has a lot of texture and dimension along with a fantastic finish. We chose Daltile quartzite countertops and laid it all along the countertops and all the way up the backsplash. I love this feature because the lines of the quartzite made the space feel much longer and leaner than it really is. This kitchen has a rich and natural feeling that I absolutely love and I hope the future home owners love it as much as I do!
Another one of my favorite parts about this kitchen is the Schutte Lumber Beams. We built the beams to emphasize how high the ceiling is and to also give a center point for the Kichler light fixture. We went with two chandeliers that have 8 lights each, but also added can lighting so when you’re in this kitchen morning, noon, or night, it’s nice and bright. 🙂
Daltile Countertops: White Macaubas | Light: Kichler | Kitchen Faucet: Kohler | Sink: Kohler | Paint trim: Benjamin Moore | Paint: Sherwin Williams | Cabinets: Kitchen Cabinet Kings | Window: Pella | Chairs: Wahoo Designs | Flower Arrangement: Branches and Twigs | Appliances: Ferguson | Countertop Fabrication: Rocktops | Cabinet Pulls: Locks and Pulls | Artwork: Blue Gallery
Containers: Container Store
The first time my son saw this bathroom, he was confused as to why we put a toilet on the wall AND on the ground. As you can imagine, I thought that was pretty hysterical! One of my favorite things about this bathroom is the wall-mount faucet. I think that it adds such a fun modern touch!
In order to maximize our space, we turned the old one-car garage into a cozy living room. Of course, we knew any potential buyer would still need a garage, so we added a new two-car garage onto the back of the house!
Lighting: Kichler | Coffee Table: Gabby | Blonde Console Table: Gabby | Window Treatment: Weave Gotcha Covered | Pillows: Weave Gotcha Covered | Worry Beads: Fredericks and Mae | Wallpaper: Thibaut | Throw Blankets: Growing Day’s Inventory (coming soon!)
What started as a choppy, cramped home is now a quaint, Dutch Tudor Cottage that is perfect for today’s family. After removing several walls, converting the existing garage into an extra living space, and adding a free-standing two car garage, we have made the home feel spacious, airy, and so much more functional than it was before! I am so happy with the way our cottage home turned out!
Thank you so much for stopping by the blog! This home turned out STUNNING and I’m so happy I was able to share it with you all :). Check back on Sunday to see the beds and baths.