The Pittsburg Residence video reveals are here! We split this gorgeous project into a two-part reveal so we could ensure we shared every detail!
The Pittsburg Residence is a midcentury rancher that got an interior and exterior facelift using warm woods and moody contrast. Modern organic design paired with nods to its midcentury roots create a luxury home relevant to today’s aesthetic and functional desires. The Pittsburg Residence is one of our largest renovations, coming in just under 4,000 square feet. There was a long list of goals for the project, including substantial changes to the floor plan to better utilize the square footage of the home and an exciting challenge of vaulting the ceiling.
You would never guess that we could fit such a large, luxury kitchen into this home based on the before photos! A few strategic adjustments to the floor plan allowed us to fit an efficient L-shaped layout and an island for entertaining!
The new vaulted ceilings were planked with cedar which was a beautiful way to warm up the charcoal cabinetry and grey tile floors. The overall palette has such depth, yet still feels bright with the warm white wall color.
Offset from the kitchen is the dining room, which looks out to a newly landscaped backyard. The windows to the East continue the full length of the dining room, kitchen, and living room. It also includes a large accordion door that opens the majority of the spaces to the outside. The natural light achieved from this interior-exterior connection was highly desired and truly brings the space to life.
The mudroom off the kitchen flows perfectly with it’s continuation of tile, cabinetry, and hardware details. Lots of storage and functionality were achieved with a galley layout; the walnut bench with storage on one side, and the sink, washer, and dryer, on the other side.
The main guest bathroom near the mudroom and kitchen uses similar elements, like the backsplash tile for a cohesive look. The little bathroom packs a punch with a black quartz floating vanity and a walnut shelf below (not shown). Little details like the walnut backplate on the light fixture add a special touch and bring the whole space together.
One of my FAVORITE parts of this project was designing the fireplace. Specifically, working out the details of a material like plaster. Watching the art of matching colors and perfecting the variation and texture was fascinating and nerve wracking all at once! The end result turned out perfect and I love the soft, organic touch it brings to the space.
The asymmetrical design of the fireplace with the floating bench on one side and shelves on the other, all create balance in the end. I love how well the walnut and plaster play together and can’t imagine a more beautiful combination.
The original primary suite was a chopped up layout that hampered efficiency and natural light. More changes to the floor plan and incorporating the space of an unused adjacent bedroom allowed us to design a primary suite worth a double take!
The bathroom itself was able to remain within the footprint of the original bathroom. Eliminating all of the extra walls and rearranging placement of the vanities completely changed how the space could function. Custom walnut vanities flank each side of the doorway, leading your eye to a stunning wet room focal point. A white freestanding tub brings high contrast to the black tile and fixtures, and an organic patterned mosaic floor tile softens the difference between the two elements.
The new walk in closet boasts symmetry, storage, and natural light. Room for a bench and the layout space along the back built-in are features of any dream closet! The wood flooring continues into the bedroom and checks off the box of a natural element needed in every space.
This project was a big one and well worth the wait! Exterior changes and landscaping were a bonus at the end to watch this home take its final shape. So I’ll leave you with one last photo as a snippet of the collaborative effort of this project!
Make sure to check out the before images as well as the progress. You can watch part one and part two of the video reveal as well! It’s always fun to see that transformation! As always, if you like what you see and have a project of your own that you would like to discuss, we’d love to hear from you! Check out our services and let’s chat!
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Today we are sharing our final job site video at the Pittsburg Residence before the big reveal! Previously, we’ve given you a behind the scenes look at selecting a paint color and choosing tile and flooring. Today’s video covers one of my favorite parts of the construction process — cabinet and counter installation!
This home is nearly done! We are so excited to pull the final details together. Stay tuned for the final reveal…coming soon!
I know so many of you have likely followed this project’s progress over on Instagram for the past 6+ months! Week by week I have shared little glimpses on our stories about the updates that happened. But now, it’s time to put them all together so you can see the evolution of this project all at once! In case you want to peek at the before photos first, you can find the blog post here.
There were many cosmetic updates needed ranging from removing wallpaper, window treatments, thick squishy carpet, and outdated plumbing and lighting. Everything was removed down to the studs so we could update as well as make those critical changes to the floor plan.
It’s not uncommon for us to design new electrical plans to provide more lighting or better serve a renovated floor plan. Beyond electrical work, this home also had plumbing and HVAC updates. A large amount of mechanical changes were made to better heat and cool the house. For this reason, it felt like a long process before walls could get insulation and closed back up.
One of the goals for the project included raising the ceiling in the main areas to create a spacious environment. Along with this, enhancing natural light from the existing windows and adding more light through the use of skylights. We would also achieve this by removing the central wall between the kitchen and living room allowing the light to filter through the main space.
We worked “behind the walls” for so long on functional issues (HVAC, etc.) that it felt like a huge step to get things drywalled and painted! Subfloors were then evened out, main finishes were installed (engineered wood and new brick fireplace), and bathrooms were waterproofed.
Aesthetically, the goal was to honor the home’s midcentury roots while using a timeless, natural palette that felt elevated yet comfortable. We used A LOT of tile in this home, so it was extra important to use finishes that felt warm and earthy.
It was really exciting to incorporate cedar throughout the main space! It tied in beautifully with the white oak engineered floors, and warmed up the room so much!
We had a few plans for bringing some contrast in, such as the black framed Andersen windows and the black brick fireplace. I was THRILLED when the clients were willing to take the leap into a several other moody focal points! Time and time again, I’ve learned that stepping outside of your comfort zone brings the best results. They always end up to be my favorite spaces. So without further ado, I bring you…black tile walls, and black cabinets.
I’m totally in love with the doors in this home. We really had to push to get these interior doors because they had a pretty long lead time. But my goodness were they worth the wait! Sometimes standard just won’t do! The front door is another favorite and while it’s GORGEOUS in it’s natural state, we’ll be staining it with a walnut finish. This will match some of the other walnut details we have throughout the home’s cabinetry.
One other little special spot in the home is the small half bathroom right off of the mudroom and kitchen. We went with a grey tile with the slightest green undertone. There are some other fun details happening in this little space and it will certainly pack a punch.
We are starting to finalize the exterior details as well. It was a special surprise to show up for a site visit and see the cedar soffits already installed! I’m loving them! The exterior and landscaping has barely begun though. Thank goodness for this beautiful Spring weather so we can start working on the exterior and landscaping next!
We’re getting so much closer but there’s still a lot to be done! Many spaces I haven’t even shown you (ahem…just wait for the master closet!)! I can hardly wait to bring the last surprises over to the reveal.
Be sure to check back soon for the final reveal!
In case you missed it, a few weeks ago we launched a new video series called “On the Job Site!” In this series, we are sharing snippets about our design process as well as highlighting the dozens of skilled workers that execute our visions each day. In our last video, we talked about our process for selecting a paint color over at the Pittsburg Residence. We are back at the Pittsburg Residence today sharing our process for choosing tile and flooring throughout the home.
We hope you enjoy watching all that goes on before we ever reach the final reveal of our projects, and we hope you learn something along the way, too! Enjoy!
We have some really exciting news around here! It’s the launch of a new video series called “On the Job Site.” We will be sharing snippets about our design process as well as highlight the dozens of skilled workers that execute our visions each day. Our first stop is at the Pittsburg Residence, explaining how we selected the paint color for this home!
You can also hop over to our next video where we share all about choosing tile and flooring for this home. Enjoy!
Sprawling ranchers make for some of my favorite projects, and this one is no exception! Square footage is usually plentiful in these homes but often times they are so compartmentalized, it feels unusable. With strategic changes to the floor plan — opening walls and closing others, a flowing, functional footprint can be achieved. By the end of the project, it’s sometimes hard to remember how the house was ever any other way! If you’ve been following on Instagram, you will have seen the structural and spatial changes we’ve made for this home. It’s now time to give a proper tour of what this house looked like when it was first placed in our hands!
The kitchen was probably the most updated space compared to the rest of the house. White cabinets with a pretty simple door style and those little polished brass knobs are not the worst thing. Even the flooring appeared to be updated! But as a whole, still pretty dated. For the longest time I thought it had wallpaper, until I looked a bit closer one day and realized the walls are all hand painted with the floral motifs! The window treatments throughout the house were very heavy, causing a lot of natural light to be lost.
My biggest issue with the kitchen was how closed off it was to the rest of the home. Families want to be able to cook and entertain and not feel isolated from their company. Thankfully this home was set up perfectly to allow for that with the removal of the main wall, but this would required structural adjustments.
I was pretty excited about this space because it has a large footprint and it was perfectly located between the garage, powder room, and kitchen. You can’t really ask for better than that! We have exciting plans for laundry cabinets on one side, and more of a mudroom set up on the other.
Like the laundry room, this space really just needs cosmetic updates. The footprint is great and it has large windows! But I was very happy to see the paneling come off. It felt like a heavy weight was lifted from the room! The one tricky part about this room is a large opening to the dining room on the wall opposite of the fireplace. It created an interesting circulation path and restricted furniture placement.
After a lot of back and forth, I presented the option of closing in the large opening. There was a second opening on the side wall near the laundry room and kitchen. Since this was going to be a more private family space, it didn’t feel like a loss when we closed up the doorway. In fact, once this was done, it made both the den and the dining room feel so much better!
The dining room and living room were initially separate spaces. The dining room had openings from three entry points on three separate walls, which made it feel more like a large hall. The plan was to remove the wall that separated it from the living room. This would provide a stronger connection to the living room as well as the kitchen.
The living room was a long space that despite a whole wall of windows, felt very boxed in. Even with a standard ceiling height, the ceiling felt low, especially with a tall client! At the end of the living room was a full brick wall with a fireplace. I liked that wall as a focal point, but the scale was all wrong. The height of the fireplace felt strange as well as all of the negative space on the wall. It definitely needed a change!
Again, the entry had the perfect amount of square footage. It was closed off just enough to create a nice feel! The photo below is a great shot, as the wall on the right is now completely gone and behind it is the kitchen. There was also a small opening from the entry into the kitchen which we closed up to better utilize wall space for the new kitchen layout.
The main bathroom off the hall is near all the bedrooms and had a whole lot of funk! I sort of loved this wallpaper! It was pretty damaged though and once we got through the design concept, we realized it just wasn’t going to work out.
All of the bedrooms had a different color of carpet. Every room had a different wallpaper. But each one had coordinated the colors so exact, like this green bedroom! The powder room is actually over by the laundry and kitchen, but was another example of the wallpaper selections matching cabinetry, tile, and more.
The bedroom below is the closest to the master suite. After working through the floor plans, the clients decided to take the leap into a larger master closet. So this bedroom will soon be a gorgeous walk-in closet with plenty of storage!
Last stop in the tour is the master suite! Another day, another carpet. The bedroom is huge and the bathroom is as well! However, the bathroom was very choppy with the existing closets. Adding to this jumble was the vaulted ceiling in the bathroom, but the walls only being a partial height. This creates a lot of visual clutter especially when multiplied by all the walls in this space. This bathroom gets a ton of natural light though, so between that feature and the ceiling height, I was excited to get to work!
This project has been under construction for a few months already and there is progress to share soon. I’m also planning to start sharing more of my design plans and concept work to the blog so you can watch these projects transform! If there is anything you’d like to know about the design process, let us know so we can be sure to include them in upcoming posts!