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Real-Home Remodel: Born-Again Bungalow

A neglected 1910 bungalow was brought back to life following a restoration of the main level and an upper-level master suite addition. Take the tour to see how homeowners were able to maximize space and style in this now-stunning small home.


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    • Charming Bungalow

      This 1910 charmer was given a second chance to shine following a major remodel. The better bungalow received a loftlike master suite addition, and the main-level rooms were revived with a New Orleans cottage feel. Here, the enhanced exterior boasts a new gallery porch that welcomes visitors, offers a comfy spot to relax, and adds curb appeal. A whimsical gabled dormer and French doors with shutters give this small home a big personality.

    • Diligent Dormer

      A new shed dormer on the back of the house complements the roof and the architectural details on the home's exterior. The dormer expands the home's usable space and adds ventilation, light, and character to the master bath and dressing area. Awning windows were used for the dormer instead of typical casement windows -- awning windows allow more light to fill the room.

    • Pretty, Practical Porch

      Before the remodel, the old home didn't have air-conditioning, so this part of the home was used as a sleeping porch on hot summer nights. Now enclosed, the air-conditioned porch makes for a perfect breakfast room with views of the backyard. The antique country French table and furnishings lend character to the room.

    • Classy Kitchen

      During the remodel, it was discovered that termites had infested much of the home. After being completely gutted, the termite-infested kitchen was rebuilt from scratch. The new and improved kitchen features a more functional floor plan, slate-tile flooring, two-tone cabinetry, and a tumbled-marble backsplash for a comfy, French Quarter cafe look and feel.

    • Radiant Range and Hood

      Here, a new range and a chimney-style hood fit perfectly between the original brick chimney and reconstructed cabinetry.

    • Low-Cost Luxury

      The focal point in the restored dining room is an exquisite chandelier. After searching for almost five years, the homeowner found the detailed, delicate light fixture for only $300. Also in the room are custom-made window treatments that match the pillows on the daybed. These curtains were made by the homeowner's mother, as were all of the window treatments in the home.

    • Fine Fireplace

      Aside from the master suite addition, few changes were made to the original floor plan of the home. Main-level rooms were simply restored to resemble an upgraded version of the original space. Here, the old fireplace was restored with travertine and tumbled marble for the surround and an antique piece of wood for the mantel.

    • Better Bath

      The updated main-level bathroom boasts period-appropriate touches, such as a pedestal sink, hexagonal floor tiles, and beaded-board wainscoting.

    • Out in the Open

      The only major change to the main level's floor plan was the creation of this open study and home office. One of the main-level bedrooms was converted into an open study to accommodate a wide staircase that would lead to the new master suite addition.

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      Sitting Area

      Here, a small loftlike sitting area next to the master suite overlooks the study below. The wrought-iron railing, made from salvaged materials, was designed by the homeowner and brings big New Orleans style to the tiny Texas home.

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      Attractive Addition

      The homeowners transformed the existing attic space and added 800 square feet to create a spacious and stunning master suite. The addition features a bedroom, bath, and dressing area. The added space blends effortlessly with the rest of the home thanks to the use of salvaged materials and New Orleans cottage style.

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      Let There Be Light

      French doors and two side windows bring a wealth of natural light into the master suite's reading corner. Distressed wood beams run across the ceiling, adding flair and a focal point for the room.

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      Stunning Salvage Finds

      As you've seen in many of the rooms, salvage materials played a major role in this home's remodel. The doors to the master bathroom came from an antiques store, and the rich-looking flooring that leads into the bath is actually pine subflooring that has been sanded, stained, and finished.

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      Bright Bathroom

      The new master bathroom was created with the addition of a shed dormer. A large mirror -- combined with an abundance of natural light from the awning windows -- keeps the small space light and airy, making it feel roomy. The wood double vanity adds cottage flair.

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      Before and After: Home Exteriors

      Maximize curb appeal with an exterior makeover. See how these 24 facades went from ordinary to unforgettable.
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