Ohhh, where to begin... Remember this post from last year? If you haven't read it, then here it is in a nutshell. Essentially, my husband and I bought a house in a unique and heavily wooded little pocket of Dallas (think horse stables under the Dallas skyline). Although I felt the house had a lot of potential, I knew it would take a lot of work to turn it into what I had envisioned. So as soon as we moved in last August, we did a handful of remodel projects to satisfy my appetite until we were able to do the mackdaddy remodel that I had envisioned since the day I stepped foot in the door.
Here are a handful of random photos that will give you an idea of the projects we conquered after moving in last year...These are certainly not exciting "before & afters," but they are enough to give you an idea...
Original Front Exterior:
The above photo was taken when we first bought the house...all of the noted items were completed. Here are a few random iphone photos of the house after completing these items...
As you can see, nothing major, just a few lipstick items. Here are a couple more random shots that I snapped at Easter. These give you a better feel for the amount of landscaping we had to do and they also allow you to see the shutters and a partial peek at the flower boxes beneath the current upstairs master bedroom window. Oh, and I know what you're thinking...heck yes those flowers in the flower boxes are fake! No shame in my game!
Ok, moving on... remember these photos from the original blog post on this house?
The above photo is the view from the front door and all of the items noted have been complete (except for the 2014 master suite...I'm getting there, I promise!).
And this is a view of the front doors from the kitchen... these items were also complete and the interior of these front doors were also painted gray.
One of the largest items at the tip top of our "to do's" when we first moved in was to rebuild the stairs. They. were. awful. Here are a couple of photos from when we first moved in... Notice one side of the stairs has an open railing and the other side has a solid wall? I knew I wanted to rip out that wall immediately as that would open the stairs to the front door and family room which is on the other side of the wall... Oh, and what was up with all of those random HVAC vents in the walls?? Ugh, what a mess. We also needed new balusters and newel posts STAT! Here are some construction photos to help you understand...
And I can NOT believe I'm evening showing you the picture below of my house torn to shreds, baby passed out on couch and random mail thrown about..BUT it's the only pic I have in my phone that allows you a peek at the new staircase as well as the shiplap siding that we added to almost the entire downstairs.
Please allow me to reiterate that my house is NEVER that messy. Never. Ugh.
Anyways, we definitely did some other things to the house, but nothing that really constitutes a "before & after." We bought some new furniture, hung drapes, completed Stella's nursery (although she IS about to get her big girl bed, so I'm about to change some things up in there...again, nothing major). Beckham is also about to move to his big boy bed, so I have put together a design for his room as well...hoping to have everything in before the holidays. As soon as I do, I'll share pics!
Ok, so on to the whole point of this post...although we were able to do some remodeling when we moved in last year, we actually bought this house with the "big picture" in mind. The big picture included the following in order of priority:
1. MASTER SUITE: Rip out the downstairs guest bedroom and adjoining odd storage garage and add a Master Suite (free-standing tub included, duh.)
2. OUTDOOR CABANA: Rip out the sunroom that looks out onto the back yard and replace with and outdoor living room, fireplace, etc. Who uses a sunroom these days anyways?? I was at a loss for what to do with it!
3. POOL: Add a straight-line pool just steps away from the outdoor cabana (this was something we figured we'd never end up doing, but we sure thought it was a good idea!)
Ok, so you know how I said the above list was in order of priority? Well, guess what went in 2 weeks ago? You guessed it, the pool. But don't worry, the more important Master Suite (specifically that free-standing tub) as well as the Outdoor Cabana, commences this week. Construction hasn't even started and I'm already over it.....Over. It.
So! I thought I'd share the floor plan that I put together to guide the Architect in the general direction that I wanted to go...
But first, let me share with you a couple of photos of the backyard that I took when we bought the house. Yes, our backyard looks tiny...and while it is on the smaller side, it was certainly large enough to accommodate the pool and a dog run.
Here is what we're working with, people...
So that random storage garage (which has bugged the heck out of me for exactly 1 year and 6 days) will now be the Master Bathroom. The set of french doors immediately to the left of it will be replaced with two sets of french doors and that space will become the new Master Bedroom (it is currently the guest bedroom).
Do you see those two sets of french doors at the back of the photo? Behind the tree? All of that wall will be torn out and will become the Cabana.
And the pool...well, it's basically a long rectangle situated smack dab in the middle of the yard. I am MOST excited about the view of the pool from the Master Suite...and the freestanding tub. Have I mentioned the freestanding tub??
Ok, here is my layout...
Close up of Master:
Oops! I just noticed I'm missing a sink in the bathroom. Oh well, you get the picture.
So here is my general inspiration for the following areas....
Master Bedroom: Leaning towards this color scheme as it has been carried through the rest of the house as well... These walls will be shiplapped, too.
Master Bath: The first photo is pretty close to the general layout of the space...But do you see the window above the makeup vanity? I'm holding out for an oval window instead of a rectangular...we shall see...
I am 100% committed to chrome wall mounted plumbing fixtures, shiplapped walls and that fabulous, decorative marble splash. Obsessed.
Speaking of obsessed...I snapped a pic of this marble while I was out selecting for a client's kitchen last month. It-is-the-one.
Cabana Inspiration: this is one of my favorites as far as the overall feel...
Pool: I have been VERY specific about the pool design, and I have thought long and hard about the details, so I'm really hoping we will be able to bring the vision to life.
Although we will certainly not have nearly this much yard around our pool, we do intened to install synthetic grass to ensure the fresh, green look all year-long. And because we are doing the grass right up to the coping which borders the pool, we were afraid that real grass would become problematic in regards to littering the pool water, etc.
I was also very specific about the fountains in the pool. We opted for 6 fountains, 3 on each side, which will come out from the coping. The idea is to have them look something like the fountains in this photo, although they will likely be a little more structured.
Here is a snap shot of the pool currently...
The dimensions of thw water are 31'L x 12'w. I really wanted 3 steps on both ends as the end closer to the Cabana starts to get shade earlier than the end down by the Master Bath...this allows us an option to lounge in or out of the sun.
The depth goes from 3' to 4.5' and back to 3'.
You've probably noticed the proximity from the house to the pool. Like I said earlier, our yard is small, but we were able to get 7' from house to water, so I'm hoping it won't end up feeling like the house is on top of the pool.
I'll be sure to keep you all updated on the progress of it all! Thanks for taking the time to read my long-winded post! Happy Monday!!