When This Old House Becomes This New Teardown
Irwin Weiner ASID - We're in the process of selling our house in Bucks County, PA after 8 wonderful years of living there. We took a modest 1900 farmhouse and took a year to gut the original core house and refashion it into a more spacious, updated space. The house has since been published in shelter magazines, and we've made wonderful memories there. It will be sad to move on, but we love Bucks County and will look for something else in the area.
But this time, our inclination is to look for a complete teardown. It's more expensive to remodel and renovate This Old House than it is to build from scratch, and many homeowners haven't figured that out yet. It's costly in daily lifestyle to live in the midst of remodeling - not to mention the mess everywhere - but it's oftentimes better to look for a great lot on a choice piece of land and a hovel that you can simply tear down and start over with. That's basically what the couple in today's featured video did: they left the outer facade, but blew away the rest of the house and made it fit their vision.
Think of the practicalities of eliminating an old-fashioned living room, focusing on adding more open space in a great room adjacent to dining and kitchen areas. Think of a brand-new master bedroom suite, with spacious walk-in closets and spa-like en suite bathrooms. You can recycle old materials into your new design, go greener and energy-efficient with your building materials, appliances, and heating and cooling systems. You're not hemmed in by the old, and you can run amok for $170/square foot of finished space - or more - yes, you can spend much more, but control yourself, and save room in your budget to hire a good interior designer!
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Featured Project: DIY Painted Headboard
Now is the perfect time to think about freshening up your interior space. With a splash of color here and a new piece of furniture there, it's easy to redecorate. Here's a quick, budget-conscious DIY design idea to help get you started.
Paint Your Own Headboard
Chances are if you if you purchased your bed frame as part of a bedroom set, the headboard is already included. If you don't want to put forth the extra cash, especially after paying for a pricey mattress, no problem! Painted headboards are a great way to add a pop of color to your bedroom.
Step 1: Measure the width of the head of your bed and mark it with blue painter's tape from floor to ceiling. Now, choose your color based on your desired color scheme. You obviously don't want it to be the same shade as your walls, but it should complement that color.
Step 2: Once you have your color, paint the wall, staying within the blue painters tape. Once the paint dries, if you choose to do so, you can detail with paint or with some removable wall decals from a company like Blik. For as little as $40, Blik makes easily removable wall decals in fun shapes like bookshelves, chandeliers, birds, etc. If this sounds like too much work, don't worry and leave your wall a solid color.
Step 3: Simply position your bed up against the painted wall, prop up some decorative Euro pillows in coordinating colors and patterns, and you have yourself a headboard. You might want to take this opportunity to invest in a new comforter or duvet in fun, light, spring colors. You'd be surprised at what a little bit of paint and some new bedding can do for your space!
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