My husband and I and 2 our 2 sons recently moved to Madison, CT from Huntington Beach, CA and just bought a colonial house, with a closing date of March 25. The house needs quite a bit of renovating work, and I need some help pulling it all together. I have a floor plan, a list of priorities, and lots of ideas, but I need recommendations and feedback from someone who has lots of experience and ideas of their own as far as interior design, construction, paint, flooring, etc. I will need a plan/layout in which I can plug in our ideas and play with/change the paint colors, flooring, fabrics, etc. (Maybe I could purchase whatever interior design software you have so I can view your plans - if it’s not too expensive???) My favorite design style is Tuscan/Old World, with lots of warm colors.
I have a lot of renovating that needs done, so I need a very affordable plan. I’m not afraid to do a lot of the work myself (other than electrical, plumbing and construction). I grew up helping my dad with “fixer uppers”, but this mine & my husband’s first home purchase.
Please send me a link to your work, and if you don’t like my price, please let me know what you think is a fair price for these ideas/plans.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Here is a list of our renovations Phase 1-7, in order of priorities:
PHASE 1 – Basement, Painting, Window Seat
1) Basement = Gym, Office, Storage
b. Rip out & replace wall-to-wall carpeting with berber & pad
d. Wrap/insulate copper pipes, stop condensation
e. Replace broken closet door
f. Replace ceiling tiles (covert from 2x4 to 2x2???)
2) 3 Kids Rooms
d. Carpet or Area Rug
3) Master Bedroom
f. Carpet or Area Rug
g. Ceiling tray
i. Faux fireplace
4) Family Room = Fireplace Room
a. Replace/stain/build cherry mantel
b. Build-out/Improve corner shelves, or rip them out???
5) Living Room = Piano Room
a. Bay window seating & built-ins
d. New area rug?
6) Kid’s Bathroom upstairs
a. Stain cabinet dark cherry, add granite counter, sinks & new hardware (or buy new pre-made double sink bathroom cabinet?)
7) ½ Bathroom downstairs
a. Stain cabinet dark cherry, add granite counter, sink & new hardware (or buy new pre-made bathroom cabinet?)
8) Master Bathroom
PHASE 2 - Kitchen
a. Granite counters
b. Stain all cabinets dark cherry
c. New sink, faucet
f. Tile backdrop
g. New stove, hood and backsplash?
h. Knock out wall(s), add arched/column entrance(s), with design elements from front of house, and new island with wine refrigerator, bar stools
i. New light above table
j. New round glass-top table and chairs
l. Add hidden bookshelf/cabinet door to dining room doorway?
m. Ceiling tray, paint ceiling?
PHASE 3 – Entry, 2 Bathrooms, Mudroom
a. Replace floor tile
b. Paint and Wainscoting
c. Stain staircase
d. Add arched/column entrance into kitchen
11) Kid’s Bathroom upstairs
f. New tub/walk-in shower? – Jacuzzi shower
g. Replace floor tile
12) ½ Bathroom downstairs
f. New door to outside with stairs
g. Add new shower
h. Move washer/dryer to garage
i. New tile flooring
j. Add plug for Jacuzzi
13) Garage = Laundry/Mudroom, Work Bench
PHASE 4 – Landscaping Front & Back
14) Landscaping Front – get master plan landscaper
a. Fix front porch stone work
b. Add stair railing?
c. Replace brick walkway?
d. Fix drainage issue in front yard
e. Remove trees
f. Add stone around remaining trees
15) Landscaping Back – get master plan landscaper
b. Benches for Jacuzzi
d. Remove trees, extend grassy area, move bushes (& maybe move big rock?)
PHASE 5 – Master Bath & Closets
16) Master Bathroom
a. Stain sink cabinet dark cherry, add granite counter & new hardware (or buy new pre-made double sink bathroom cabinet?)
b. Stain tub cabinet dark cherry to match sink cabinet
g. New faucets - Jacuzzi
h. New shower – Jacuzzi
i. New tub? - Jacuzzi
k. Replace floor tile
17) Master Closets
a. Add Built-ins
PHASE 6 – Fireplace Room, Murphy Bed
18) Family Room = Fireplace Room
a. Add cherry built-in cabinets on both sides of fireplace
b. Convert wood fireplace to propane
c. Pool table
d. New area rug?
e. New lighting with ceiling tray or feature
19) Convert Dining Room to Guest Room/Office
a. Build Murphy Bed with Closet and drawers
d. New area rug?
PHASE 7 – Enclosed Porch
a. Convert large deck into enclosed sunroom with lots of screened windows, fireplace, fountain, heating, AC, fan, lighting