Hi friends!* Long lost blogger is back for a new year with a new project! I’ve hinted on Instagram about this fun job, but I am super excited to formally announce the start of the Oliver Project!
This renovation is a little different than the last two in a few key ways. First of all, we’re not living in it while we renovate! (I can’t even begin to tell you how much that excites me.) Also, it’s not our house! I am doing this project with my mom, for my mom. Her and my dad bought this house around the corner from us (awe, yay!) and have asked me to help them with the design. I am really excited to do a project that isn’t my own home, for once!
Now, a little background on the Oliver House…
The home was built in 1957 and my parents bought it from the original owners. That means NOTHING in the house changed in (hold on, need to do some math…) 61 years! I’m all good with some midcentury touches here and there but laminate counter tops, green shag carpet, dark wood wall paneling and yellow linoleum flooring are very much NOT my jam. We joke that this house is the ugliest one on the street, but for real, it actually is.
The home is a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom one-story ranch. It’s approximately 3,000sq.ft – which is fairly large for it all being on one floor! The house also sits on an acre of perfectly flat land, which is an amazing find in this area. (My son is particularly excited about all the open space. We played in the snow at our last site visit and he just ran around yelling for 10 minutes! Yay for the good nap that followed!)
And now some details about the Oliver Project…
When completed, the house will be 4 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom (I think, we keep changing the number of bathrooms!) We are incorporating the existing garage into living space, something I’ve never done before so I’m really excited to see how it happens. There will also be an addition off the master bedroom, fairly large in size (approx 30’x15′). Also, every single interior wall is being taken down in order to rearrange the rooms. How crazy is that?!
The biggest challenge with this house is, by far, the roof. It’s a low slope (4/12 pitch) which on a one story home, makes the whole thing seem very heavy and low. Creating vertical space, and in some places the illusion of it, will be our main focus through every design decision. The roof will be replaced in some places, but on the whole it is remaining so we will incorporate lots of design elements (read: tricks, haha) to heighten the interior space.
Finally, the house is essentially divided into two main living spaces. Since it’s a one story home, the bedrooms are on the same level as the common areas, so keeping a natural separation is important. The kitchen, living and dining rooms are all open to one another (yay!) but there are other common areas attached to them like the office, pantries (yes, plural) walk-in mini bar (ohh fun!), mudroom, etc. It was important to keep in mind how these rooms would flow together, but with a natural breaking point for the more private areas like the bedrooms, master suite, laundry room and hall bath.
And that, my friends, is a quick overview of my upcoming project! My parents closed on the house in late August and after getting drawings, permits, etc. demo started two days before Christmas! So we are moving full-steam ahead! Check my Instagram stories for project updates. And check back here next week for some awesome project inspiration posts. I have so many fun ideas for this house, I just can’t stand it!
Have a good week, everyone! It’s good to be back 🙂
*Disclaimer: I know the photos in this post are whoaaaa ugly, sorry about that! But that’s how ‘before’ pictures work and I really wanted you all to get a sense of the space (and, err, what we’re dealing with here…haha)!