This is a contemporary home that was built in 1978. It was built and cared for by the original owners that bought quality products at the time that are still very functional, but are dated.
The home is in a neighborhood that is at the margins of the city with many live oaks throughout with drooping Spanish moss. It is a very quiet neighborhood with at least 1-2 acres separating each home.
The home is divided at the entrance into two sections. The section on the right is composed of a half bathroom adjacent to the entrance, a sunken living room, a small closet, an office and the master bedroom and bathroom. The section on the left is composed of the dining room, kitchen, laundry room, garage, 2 guest bedrooms, a guest bathroom, and a Florida room that is in front the kitchen.
The entire rear façade is made of sliding glass doors that looks onto the pooled back yard and the adjacent prairie. This gives the feeling of outside living which we absolutely love. The master bedroom, sunken living room, entrance, Florida room, and a guest bedroom look towards the backyard.
The master bedroom as well as the sunken living room share an angled sloped roof supported by wood beam trusses and end on row of windows on the highest portion of the largest wall in the house. (See pics).
The master bedroom is very spacious and has a fireplace that shares a wall and is next to the fireplace in the sunken living room. This wall is otherwise a 3 ft thick hollow wall that communicates with the attic.
The master closet is a walk in that ends with an opening that communicates with the air conditioner unit and a small water heater at the end of the closet. I really do not like this arrangement. It would be nice to put these units in another location and have a larger and more appealing walk-in closet.
The master bathroom is very open with two shower heads and windows that give the feeling of showering outside. There is a small walled garden outside of the glassed doors that line the master bathroom (see pic). This bathroom is very dated and lined with ugly tiles. A thing it is missing is a tub where I could take lay down and take a bath from time to time. The other problem is the toilet is in an awkward position inside the bathroom and needs to be repositioned. (See pics and imagine it being used…)
There is a double sink bathroom vanity connecting the master bathroom with the closet and master bedroom. This doesn’t go with the architecture of the home. I also do not like this arrangement very well.
The master bathroom has sliding doors that look towards a small open covered patio, that is an extension of the roof, and towards the prarie.
Both fireplaces, in the master bedroom as well as in the sunken living room are very dated. There is also a cabinet in the sunken living room that needs to go!
Opening the office towards the sunken living room may also be an option if feasible.
We need to update all of the bathrooms.
Possibly hard wood floors in the office, sunken living room as well as the master bedroom.
The tiles all need to be replaced.
The kitchen needs to have all of the cabinets painted and the backsplash replaced.
The laundry room needs to be re-done.
What do you want to achieve?
In order of importance:
1. Remodel and update all of the bathrooms, the master bedroom, walk in closet, master and both fireplaces. Re-do the laundry room.
2. Repaint and update the cabinets and replace the backsplash.
3. Possibly put some wooden floors in the sunken living room, master bedroom, and office.
The master bedroom will need to continue to have a spacious feeling and connection with the outside.
Enlarge and increase functionality of the walk in master closet.
Reposition the heater and air conditioner units that are located in the fundus of the master closet.
Incorporate the master bathroom with the bathroom double sink vanity and toilet in a more functional manner. Add a tub in the master bathroom.
What are your expectations/preferences/style?
Expectations: #1 : We’re moving in less than 1 year: So update the above in the most economic, but sellable way. THE DESIGN THAT WILL BRING THE MOST BANG FOR MY MONEY WILL WIN!! Creativity, fresh ideas, realistic, something that is NOT GOING TO BREAK THE BANK.
Preferences: Stay truthful to the design of the house and surroundings and at the same time something original and new. Again: THE DESIGN THAT WILL BRING THE MOST BANG FOR MY MONEY WILL WIN!!
Style: Contemporary, also antrhopologie (the store) design concept. Where old meets new contemporary design is our style.
These concepts will eventually be executed.
The winning designer (if in tune with our likes) can continue helping us with the remodeling of the rest of the home. That person does not have to be on site, but available if necessary. We have no issues with international communication if it comes to that.
What should designers absolutely know and consider in their design?
WE WANT TO SELL THE HOUSE IN LESS THAN 1 YEAR. We want to be able to beautify the house and sell it with hopefully with a return in our investment.
The wall that separates the master bedroom and sunken living room is a 3 ft thick hollow wall that communicates with the attic and has two fireplaces next to each other that look into their corresponding rooms. Although these fireplaces will be rarely used, we would like to keep them but absolutely do not like the designs around them. We can also use the hollow wall to our advantage (i.e. taking down a part/all of the wall to add a space…
The spaces should remain open and give a sense of privacy from the rest of the house.
The design should be truthful to the surroundings and style of the home.
Nothing that will break the bank. We want a return in our investment.
The most creative design that offers the most bang for our money will win!! Affordability (of course), comfortable living space, practical.
I can share a dropbox folder with additional pictures of the home to whoever considers would benefit from this.