Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Rock Residence Major Remodel

  Shelly, a warrior & breast cancer survivor,  did a “happy dance”  when her loving husband  Bill,   a successful general contractor, recently decided to surprise her with a dreamy remodel to their suburban Thousand Oaks home. My client Shelly is full of passion and celebrates with each and every day that passes,  I simply adore her. Unsure how to make this reno all gel,  Bill and Shelly asked if I could assist them. We have worked together in the past on several redesigns.

This renovation will include everything redone,  and I mean everything!!  “Including the kitchen sink” lol

Just to give you an idea of what I’m talking about,   Bill completely emptied out their home and tucked away Shelly’s favorite antique pieces.  They temporally moved to their beach home during this extravaganza.

This gnarly reno will include the following amenities:  complete exterior re stucco, tile roof,  back-lit raised ceilings,  interior modeled plaster finish, recessed lighting, gourmet kitchen,  sliding pocket doors throughout, oversized sliding glass doors,  skylights, floors replaced with hardwood.

Although this home had good bones, Bill removed several of the existing walls and opening up the entire space. He created a large dramatic room. The space will include foyer, family room, kitchen, breakfast nook with banquette, formal dining area.

First look - foyer

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Rendering of formal dining room . . .


To the back of the photo formal dining space with charming corner windows,  and custom corner built in.

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  View looking into space when you walk through the front door.

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Kitchen island under construction,  family room to the right.

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Scrumptious kitchen island to include a handy writing desk at one end, elevated counter, range with hood above. To help emphasize all of this beauty,  the island surface will be luxurious Calcutta marble with OG bullnose edges.  (And to be honest, After I pulled my open jaw off the floor – I thought makes me wish I had a stylish island with Calcutta  marble!)


View of the kitchen:  sink location will be in front of the bay window.

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Custom built furniture style kitchen cabinets – so great looking!


Seen to the back of this photo,  installed oversized glass sliding doors in family room. These doors will really stretch  the space visually and will give a full view of their lovely backyard.

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Outside view of new glass sliding doors.

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  The family room will have a sexy lounge feeling.  My clients chose to use their existing Ethan Allen sectional and have it reupholstered. The space will house a large plasma television and custom-built credenza below that will hold media equipment,  books and some display items.  I will bring in their existing  furniture and accessory pieces. I enjoy working with clients’ heirloom pieces and incorporating them into the design concept.


Notice the three windows in the preliminary drawing, they are the same windows in the image below,  just to give you a feel for the perspective.

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  To the back of this photo, under the two corner windows,  a custom built banquette with storage underneath and a round table. Shelly and I are currently working on textile selection for banquette.  While my client doesn’t mind neutral tones she loves spicy vibrant colors,  she says they make her happy :-)

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Closer look at the corner where custom banquette and breakfast nook will be located. This location is sooooo peeeerfect right next to the fireplace,  it will be so cozy! I feel a fireplace should be a focal point in a space, but the existing one was just an eyesore. I chose to cover up the old brick with backer board for a more updated look. More on the fireplace later.

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  I will create a sultry seating area for Bill and Shelly’s friends,  with an antique round wooden table and cushions in a gray textured fabric.


I have successfully used the larger plank size hardwood with my other redesigns and it really adds warmth to a space. Seen below are two proposed samples.

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Gorgeous six inch wide plank hardwood flooring.

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Lastly,  Sample of proposed ceiling crown molding to be installed throughout.

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Pretty awesome, huh?

If you’d like to read more about this reno. I’m verrryy excited to share it with you all,  there is still lots more to tell. Stick around for round two of this post,  and thanks for listening.


For design inquiries, write to Laurie at me-n-you@verizon.net


  1. Wow, what an huge project...wish I was getting one of those done in my old house...it needs a re-do...hope on over to Mel's Designs..'n Harmony blog to see my year in review...you're off to a good start! Mel

  2. Hi Laurie, I hope you had a wonderful holiday. I know this remodel will be fabulous with you in charge. I can't wait to see the finished home.
    Have a wonderful 2012.

  3. So exciting to finally see what I've been hearing about all this time. I know it's going to look AMAZING!!


  4. Laurie I am so happy to find you again!! What an amazing renovation and I adore the story behind it!

    Happy New Years & All the best in 2012!

    I hope you will enter my Giveaway From Serena & Lily!

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  5. Laurie
    Looks like her dream passion in life is taking a turn for the best.
    I am excited to see what you will do with the outcome in its designs.

    Its so fun when it is a empty shell, leaving space to customize it :)

    Happy New Year!

  6. Hi Laurie, Love this! Looking forward to your next installment! Thank you for stopping by. Left you a response regarding 'The Rabbit.'


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