A whole-house remodel is a long, slow process with many months between the “before” and the finished product, and our current project is no exception. But finally, our English Country house “after” is in our sights!
The house as we found it had an English Tudor exterior, painted purple with a bright yellow door, and an interior with a good layout but a few issues (e.g., a dining room niche that was curiously off-center and a kitchen full of angles in an inefficient, confusing layout). Along with the more serious issues was a general lack of identity – the Keeping Room had a vaulted ceiling with attractive Tudor style-appropriate half-timbered trim but also unattractive half-round windows that bore no resemblance to the style. Mantels and bookcases were also disjointed in their style, appearing almost as if they’d been borrowed from another jobsite.
Since the original construction of the house had begun just before the real estate crash of 2008 and it went on the market unfinished and “as is”, it seems the house had a quality beginning but a less desirable finish. The next fourteen years saw no real improvement. Read along for a glimpse of some of the main changes we’re making to the main floor that will open up the space and impart a clean, classic English look!