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“I had the chance to do the kind of renovation I always wanted to do but never could afford.”
Light, Cedar and Moss; Bath Filler and Shower Wand, Homary; Towel, Lena Corwin; Sink, Kast; Bath Mat, Wonderful Things.
Pendant, Wayfair; Baskets, The Container Store; Washer and Dryer, LG.
The third bedroom’s wall wasn’t properly made (it was barely holding onto the ceiling) so my contractor said we’d have to rebuild it. But when we ripped it down, I walked in and said, “Don’t touch it.” I didn’t want a third bedroom. I know, I know: That’s not good for resale. But I’m not buying this house to sell it. I’m buying the house to live in. I reimagined the space as a laundry closet, complete with inexpensive wicker lamps from Wayfair, with another small cupboard to hold my vacuum and all my linens.
Save: Demo, But Don’t Rebuild
Save: Try Before You Buy Bespoke
The whole point of a design-build is to make the house work for you. If I can’t see my stuff, I completely forget about it, which is why I have wall wood hooks in the entryway to hold the hats and jackets I wear all the time, and a basket with flashlights and other wildfire emergency gear. I wanted a spot where I could sit and put my shoes on and throw my backpack, so we added a built-in bench, which I mocked up first with plywood and cardboard to get a sense of the measurements. I’m short and it’s made just for my height.