Jess and Nathan, the founders of
See By Design, took on quite the project when they decided to give this 1960s ranch-style home in Red Hook, NY a total facelift. Though it was quite the undertaking and took the couple a year to complete, the results speak for themselves. Futurism mixes with vintage touches to create a space that’s very “now.” I can’t say that I have seen a more forward-thinking bathroom outside of a showroom. While the entire makeover is a glowing success, it’s that particular room’s burning pink walls that I won’t soon forget. Enjoy! — Garrett
The two took the kitchen's original doors and used them for the bathroom's vanity. In order to make the ceiling appear higher, they eliminated all of the top cabinetry.
The cabinetry is from IKEA and the countertop is custom-made of Douglas fir. When the upper cabinetry was removed, it was clear that major repairs would have to be done to the wall, so these wood panels went up over the damaged areas. The pine, chevron floor covers the kitchen's original linoleum.
The rich color of the fridge and oven were specifically chosen so they'd appear to float in the kitchen's sea of white.
The kitchen was the darkest room in the home, so the divider (upper right) between the living room and kitchen was widened to bring in more light.
The updated living room.
An old broom closet was re-imagined as a guest bath.
Inspired by artist James Turrell, Nathan and Jess created the paint by mixing three different fluorescent colors from a local art supply store. The goal is simple: to surprise and jolt their unsuspecting guests.
To compensate for the loss in storage, this large pantry was installed.
These walls dividing the living and dining rooms were opened up in order to help the entire space flow more smoothly.
What was originally some horse-fencing for their back deck eventually became the couple's dining table. Lighting by IKEA.
A new paint job in high-gloss Rust-Oleum gave this old dresser a new life with Jess and Nathan. The abstract wall sculptures are actually deconstructed, antique picture frames that the two created themselves.
The bedroom required the least amount of work.
That being said, a fresh paint job and new plaster make the space look entirely brand new.
The neighboring bedroom's closet made this guest bath feel cramped and uninviting, so it was removed entirely.
The small window was added above the pocket door to allow more light into the otherwise shady bathroom. A double vanity replaced the neighboring bedroom's intruding closet.
Here's where the kitchen's cabinet doors were put to use. Again, horse-fencing wood was used for the countertop. Jess and Nathan devised this giant mirror by using 12x12 mirror tiles surrounded by a custom-made frame. The toilet was moved and hidden.