New Construction ~ Remodel ~ Restoration ~ Contract Management
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Increasing home prices and a limited inventory forcing you to stay put in your current, not-so-beloved home? Either you can learn to live with it, try a little DIY, or — the surest path to love — call in a local design pro to help you reimagine your space (or lack thereof). Here, we showcase some eye- and space-opening refreshes that have taken several Up North homes we viewed from average to outstanding. (Note: See this week's issue, on newsstands now, for accompanying photos.)
THE CUTE COTTAGE CONDO
Designed by Angela Goodall of Kitchen Choreography, Traverse City
The Client: A recently retired couple who inherited a condominium unit.
The Location: Vantage Point at The Homestead in Glen Arbor.
The Revamp: An ’80s condo with dated architecture, “builder-beige” walls, and restrictive spaces. “This project was a combination of updating the style and just opening it all up,” said Goodall.
Design Goals: The homeowner wanted a cottage-style revamp that would be comfy, not fussy: with overstuffed furniture, floral prints, driftwood, and blue and white tones. “The condo sits way up on a hillside looking out over Lake Michigan, so part of our goal was also to take out the drop ceilings and fluorescent lights and raise up the ceiling so you could enjoy better views from farther back in the home,” said Goodall.
Biggest Challenge: There were several. The kitchen was full of small, compartmentalized spaces that needed to be broken apart. The bath was completely internal, with no windows or natural light. And the ’80s architecture posed a challenge to creating flow.
Favorite Update: “The biggest transformation was the stairway,” Goodall said. “It had a half-wall and a big, chunky honey-oak rail. We took out the half-wall and opened the whole thing up with big white newel posts at the bottom, and white spindles.”
Orchestrating your vision.