before and after

before & after: home addition makeover

by Kate Pruitt

It’s hard to imagine a more drastic change for this home addition than the one shown here. It may have taken many months, but Toni’s transformation of this room from a dark, almost windowless storage space to the relaxing haven shown below seems well worth the time. I absolutely love that the window treatments are simple canvas drop cloths, and the mix of muted tones, big plants and an elegant chandelier works wonders for the overall effect. Great job, Toni! — Kate

Time: Year and a half

Cost: $9,700

Basic Steps: This area is an extension from the smallish galley kitchen. I now have four housemates, and it’s nice to have a place for people to stretch out and escape. The beautiful old sofa (from my neighbor’s curbside) was a jumping off point — I didn’t have the budget to reupholster it, so I did a Toga-wrap with painter’s drop cloth. The drapes are also painter’s drop cloths. The mix of mid-century mod chairs around the consignment shop table were chosen (not only because I love them) because the low backs do not distract from the view through the windows.

As part of the escape idea, I  wanted something of a garden-room feel since the windows now open up to the back garden —so an old potting bench (now dog-feeding station) is in place,  and my houseplants are there soaking up beautiful sunshine. I also decided this escape place was the perfect location for my travel, outdoor and garden books, my big map of Utah (I’m still learning my way around this state, and I suspended it from a carved wood textile hanger from Lombok) and my globe.

My advice is to take care to find the right person to help with your construction. There were several contractors I spoke with who were not interested in taking on such a “small” project. Though, to me, it was a “BIG” project. Often, builders are not willing to make adjustments along the way for the homeowner to jump in and do some of the work. Also, take the time to search out satisfactory discounted building materials on Craigslist, salvage shops and everywhere else you can dream of looking. Dream and be resourceful using things you find and open your mind to creatively pulling it together. — Toni

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