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before & after: ground floor transformation

This ground floor renovation of a client’s home by architect Marianne Amodio is one of my favorite large-scale Before & After projects of recent months. It reminded me that sometimes taking away some of the layers that have been added to an old home can be the best way to help an interior realize its most beautiful state. I love the focus on all the natural, raw materials, and the all-tile bathroom is the perfect ultramodern complement to the minimalist look. I wish my apartment had such good, solid bones to work with, but I think if I took a hammer to my home, I wouldn’t find anything nearly as pretty as this :) Amazing job, Marianne! — Kate

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See more of Marianne’s ground floor transformation after the jump!

Time: 9 months

Basic Steps: This renovation was realized with the principle of exposing the layers of history evident in the 1927 home. The contrast between old and new is proudly pronounced: Original red brick fireplaces are revealed, their chalk inscriptions from previous owners left behind; old fir beams find new life as stair treads, and vintage fir planks salvaged from the demolition become a crafted herringbone feature wall. The concrete floor is uncovered, contrasted by shiny new tiles. A spectacular cool blue wet room and powder room adjoin a new master bedroom; the headboard is the vintage brick fireplace.

The advice I have for people who are trying to tackle a similar project is to keep their minds open to the elements that their home has to offer. This old home really had a story to tell, and by paying attention to this heritage, rather than discarding it as old or ugly, we were able to bring in a layer of authentic warmth. I would recommend that people attempt to see things with new eyes — that what we may impertinently disregard as ugly or old can actually contain seeds of real interest. Also, execution is key. Taking something old and re-purposing or refurbishing it takes great care, craftsmanship and attention to detail. We had a wonderful, creative contractor in Novell Construction, who were equally as excited as we were about doing something unique. — Marianne

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Britt @ Dreamy Spaces

Very cool seeing the befores and afters! 9 months, that’s not so bad for as much work that was done! I really love the zig zag wood panel walls you did. Super chic!!

Kristy

WOW! That is amazing. I love that they exposed the brick. & the chevron wall is awesome. I love this.

Alix

Absolutely unbelievable! Love the old vanity… I have a dresser from the same set!

lyndsay

good lord. this is totally beautiful and inspiring. we have a basement suite in our house that i want to renovate so badly… these are lovely ideas… ! thanks for sharing!

Ned

What a beautiful makeover. The bathroom is my fave. I have wanted to do this since my first trip to Europe, but have always been dissuaded from removing the bathtub. One question, what did you do with the toilet? I want the pocket door also. BRAVO

ethanollie

what a great master suite in an unconventional location. now i want to see the bedroom! really, really, really great job.

Lynnie

Yes, I, too, wondered what happened to the toilet. What’s the ventilation like throughout?

Love the minimalism.

Lauren • Fizgiggery

Wow! Where to begin?! I love the wet room, especially the frosted glass pane and the built-in storage; love the stair tread that expands into a desk; and I love the ground level expanse of glass doors. Fabulous!

Teresa

I think it is lovely, but the part that stands out the most to me (because I feel an overwhelming need to reveal my design geekery) is that fabric on those chairs. It was used in “Sarah’s House!” (I am obsessed with that particular fabric… and Sarah!) Lord, I REALLY need to stop watching design TV when I can remember fabric from a million years ago. :-)

laura

What is that plant on the credenza? I love it and need it on mine.

Dills

They’re sneaky! They moved the living room furniture around for each shot! Love the transformation :)

Rachael

That bathroom is breathtaking. Love the tile. Always look forward to before and afters on Thursdays :)

Kristan

Wow. Love the exposed brick, the wood panels, and the bathroom tile job. Not a fan of the concrete floor, but I can see why some people would be. Really great job!

Biscuit

What an incredible transformation! I really love how open and bright the space looks in the after photos… oh, and that bathroom is Ah-Mazing!!!

<3

Tania

I’m so in love with this room! The herrinbone wood covered wall is beautiful, modern yet rustic and a nice complement to the exposed brick. I also love the use of the space by the stairwell for a built in desk. Regarding the question about storage, I suspect they probably discovered they could live without many of the belongings which were stored on the built-ins.

Nico

wow wow wow!! Such an inspiring Before & After! Thanks for sharing!

Kristin

Wow and did anyone mention the staircase-to-desk genius? Warm, inviting, cool, modern, all those things without being too extravagant.

mrswoo

I can’t quite get a handle on what’s happening on the floor/

Is it concrete – but what are the marks on it ?

I

Could I second the question about where is all of their stuff? I have a small house, and I think this makeover is amazing and the house is beautiful, but I can’t see how it’s possible to recreate this with no storage?

Kiki

I especially love the LESSON given above!
”I would recommend that people attempt to see things with new eyes — that what we may impertinently disregard as ugly or old can actually contain seeds of real interest. ” A heart-felt YES to that statement.
I too absolutely LOVE the chevron wood-wall… stunning – some other rooms leave me puzzled (bathroom with OPEN SHOWER, or maybe I don’t get it….) – but I think my favourite feature is the integrated desk – stairs… pure genius!
Wonderful – thank you so much for sharing.

Ashley

Wow. All the before pictures look a lot like the basement apartment I’m currently living in. It’s a dungeon for sure. I had no idea of the possibilities – thanks for sharing!

Suz

Talk about a change! Is it a walk out basement? The before pics look so basementy.

Lily from Birch + Bird

What a great transformation! I find it so inspiring to see how others look outside the box for their home renovations…makes me wonder what’s hiding under our ugly laminate floors!

Katherine

…Maybe they just have LESS stuff? Nothing wrong with that, in my opinion.
This is so gorgeous. That bathroom blows my mind!!

Michelle

Truly the best basement reno I have ever seen–it’s very hard to make a basement look like anything other than, well, a basement. This one looks airy, spacious and chic. I will add this to my “one day” dream file for inspiration!

Tami

“The advice I have for people who are trying to tackle a similar project is to keep their minds open to the elements that their home has to offer. This old home really had a story to tell, and by paying attention to this heritage, rather than discarding it as old or ugly, we were able to bring in a layer of authentic warmth.”

Hallelujah, baby! We see too little of this sentiment on this blog.

Jessi

So you call that a ‘wet room’? Awesome!! I so want to do that in my next home.

Fantastic redo. Can’t even tell it’s the same place.

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