Updating a 1970 s contemporary house
Whether you’re knocking down walls, gutting your kitchen, or just throwing on a few coats of paint, there’s inspiration to be found among completed projects.Check out our gallery of inspiring before and after home renovation projects: 1.When Sarah Brown began her house hunt, she found that—much to her dismay—many of the homes had suffered such fates.“We looked at many houses that had already been ‘flipped’ poorly,” she says, “all the original details removed, hard wood ripped up and replaced with laminate, basically, all the charm gone.” Luckily, after a few wrong turns, Sarah stumbled upon a true gem—a midcentury home that was still relatively intact.Check out all the photos, plus Sarah’s design notes and sources after the jump!—“My inspiration was really bringing a lot of the house back to its original state while modernizing certain aspects, like the kitchen,” Sarah writes.
The end result is at once strikingly contemporary, but still in harmony with the home’s formal elements and architecture.The remodel opened up the feel of the deck and greatly improved the appearance with new tiles as well. After removing old carpet and shortening the length of bannisters, these stairs look much more modern and inviting. Another great stair renovation, this one from Prudent Projects replaced unsafe OSB stairs with newly painted MDF stairs and beadboard backing. It’s Great To Be Home brightened up a dark 1960’s ranch den with new paint, floors, and a dramatically different fireplace. A dreary front porch becomes bright and beautiful with new furniture and outdoor accounts. A single rod and shelf made it difficult to organize this small closet. A facelifted fireplace, new dark wood flooring, updated furniture, and a lovely window treatment make this a cozy destination. Pixelimpress‘s fireplace remodel is a simple job that packs a lot of punch.But a shelving renovation made it super functional, adding multiple shelf layers and hanging rods. Petit Elefant‘s master bathroom went from dated and cramped to wide open and beautiful. A new mantel, mosaic glass, and dark black paint look really sleek. Roof updates, an extended second floor, and pop out windows add charming updates to this Cape Cod home. This master bath didn’t look like it needed any huge updates, but the after photo looks so amazing, we’re glad Angie took on the challenge anyway.A new jacuzzi bath, counter, and glass shower make this bathroom look much more modern. Gorgeous custom cabinets and mirrors surrounding the sinks add a romantic touch to the room, and a new steam shower is much more sleek and functional than the huge bathtub they used to have. Little Dog Vintage‘s old covered porch was an eyesore with chicken wire windows and a dark, dank look.This covered porch remodel made it a beautiful spot to catch some sun and read a book, with slate tile floors, bright wood paneling, and tasteful paint. This dining room remodel from Ashley Winn Design turned a decidedly old and boring room into a vibrant, useful space.
Buying a new home is a great choice for homeowners who need to make a change, but for some, it’s just as easy to simply renovate.