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Family-Friendly Home Tour

On this remodeling tour, see how one couple updates an old house for their young family. Transformations include new cabinetry, replacement windows and doors, a fireplace facelift, and added storage.

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When it comes to charming home, it's hard to beat the look and feel of a craftsman-style bungalow. Hi, I'm Pamela Porter and I love old homes. And now this one needed a little work. The architecture gave my husband and I a great canvas to start with. And so we began our 8-month remodelling project to trace from a 1923 house into a family-friendly home, which basically means the kids and the dog have full reign of the place. Let me share with you our dramatic before-and-after makeover. Loaded in chipping green and yellow paints sporting 1950's modeling, the front door did anything that make a grand first impression. We set out to create curved appeal by giving the front porch a new face taking steps to retain the integrity of the home's original style. This craftsman-style door complete with art glass makes a big impact. The unfortunate 1980's edition outbox just had to go. It was too small and material such as brick and stucco didn't match the original ones. On top of that, deck railings obstructed views of the park-like backyard. So it was off with the room down to the cement slab it set on. We rebuilt a larger room sporting a shed roof, then we dormered out a new space on the second floor for a master sleep. Now join me inside for some more before-and-after transformations. The old family room was bland with dated cabinetry in a pickled finish. The 20-year-old gas fireplace didn't always work, and the mantle looked minute in scale with the overall room. The new larger family room better suites our lifestyle. We spend more time in this room than any other. So we wanted it to be comfortable and visually pleasing. Because oak is typical a craftsman's style, we wanted to incorporate it, but we didn't want things to get too dark and heavy. So we mixed oak floors and trim work with pearl white cabinetry. I'd spotted some vintage penny tiles in an entry of a 1920's apartment building and search everywhere for this reproduction once. I like the modeled tone on tone coloring and how it blends with the cabinets in a Colorado red stone we selected as a heart. With cabinet that span wall to wall, we really needed a unique mantle to service a focal point, something with visual way and a lot of presence. So we reclaimed this 1908 beam from a dairy barn in Eastern Iowa. To make cabinets more functional and hardworking, I always order them roll out trays. One in the family room in just applications is this breakfast area. It's one of my favorite places to play games and have a snack with the kids. But it wasn't always this delightful. Before we remodel, the space wouldn't accommodate a window seat or a table and there was no separation with the kitchen. Now there is plenty of room for a deep window seat and a breakfast table. And a partial wall helps defined a space, yet keep it somewhat open to the kitchen. In one side of the window seat is a coat closet with partitions to organize both parent and kid gear down lower so they can reach it. Drawers under the window seat hold paper and plastic where dog gear and seasonal items such as mittens and hats, because many dog doesn't like to be left out. We incorporated a dog panel just next to the window seat. Old in the 1980's the kitchens sported more of those pickled cabinets. The lighting was poor [unk]. and the whole space just felt like it didn't belong in the house. One thing we did love about the old kitchen was the large center island. So we installed a new one of similar size. We opened up the doorways and incorporated partial walls with columns, then we upgraded the appliances and positioned them into working zones: Food prep, cooking, cleaning, storage, and serving and entertaining. An apron sink in white subway tile exemplify vintage charm as do the windows. Though they look original to the home, the windows are actually new. But with the custom grill work and a stent finish; both modeled after the home's original windows. Constructive of cabinets, this large unit serves as pantry and dishware's storage. The pearl finish and unfitted design make it seemed more like a piece of furniture. We outfitted cabinets with stored savvy options such as this [unk] board dishware system. That's the extent of the remodel downstairs. Now let's add upstairs and take a look the transformations up there. With no flat ceiling only the kids could stand up straight in this awkward space, but the room span [unk] to the house and it faced the backyards so it had a lot of potential if we could only dormer it out. And that's just what we did. And in doing so, we gained enough room for a new master bedroom, a bathroom, and a walking closet. A partial wall with transom windows separates the bedroom from a closet. The windows are art glass casement windows, actually made for exterior use. But we use them inside. Cabinetry spans both walls and the closet allowing for a double hanging rods on one side and various drawers, doors, and shelves on the other. In the bathroom, we retrofitted a sink into an old sideboard we found at the salvage shop. The double-medicine cabinet keeps his and hers items separate. Efficient use of space let us incorporate everything we wanted into the master bath, including a spa tub and a separate shower. Another reproduction from early 1900 style, this marble basketweave tile was too charming to pass up. And pocket doors make the most of limited space, the last scene of our tour. Thanks for joining me and don't forget to look for more inspiring projects in Better Homes and Gardens Before & After Magazine.