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A few of you might have seen some sneak peaks on my Instagram account of a little something we’ve been working on downstairs – the renovation of our in-law unit. I realized I never shared anything about that, so here is a little post to put you all in the know
This in-law unit sits at the bottom of our house. The main (front) part of our house was built in 1920, and in 1965 the owner added to the back of the house – which became the new kitchen/dining area upstairs and an in-law unit on the floor below that. When we bought the house having this space was like a dream come true – with family and friends coming to visit from Europe year-round, we didn’t have to worry about were to have them. The in-law unit has not been updated since it was built, aside a the fresh coat of paint before the previous owners put the house on the market. It is pretty much one big room with a kitchenette on one wall, and a bathroom next to that.
Most of these pictures are from the time when the house was on the market so it’s all staged. The two bathroom pictures are from when we started the renovation work.
The linoleum flooring was put right on top of the cement so it is always freezing cold to walk on. It is stained beyond repair, and no matter how much we clean it it always looks dirty. And the bathroom, well, I like pink, friends, but I guess sinks and toilets is where I draw a line 😀 But I love that space, it is open, has a nice brick wall/fireplace and with the right changes it’s going to look amazing, I just know it! So there we are, about to change it all and freshen it all up We are going for fresh, cosy/iniviting and as functional as possible – we want to use the space as a little studio when we don’t have guest arounds too.
white/wood/brass – will be our go to. I just can’t get enough of that combo. The house has nice brass fixture throughout the house that are original from the 60s. How love how much charm they bring to the house, so I am trying to #bringbackthebrass 😉
less is more – We also decided to have the kitchenette be as minimal as possible because we don’t need that much cabinet space down there, so we’re only doing bottom cabinets with some open shelving. We are also doing doing a stove/hood because we don’t really have the need for that at this point – but the layout will allow for adding one in the future if we want to. But hey, since we spending less on appliance I thought our fridge just HAD to be a Smeg fridge 😉
make it cosy – we are adding wood paneling on the kitchen wall to add a little cottage feel/more texture. We’ll add a small dining table for tea time and hanging out time. I can also see myself using this space to paint or for the girls to do homework/espace as they get bigger.
NO MORE LINOLEUM: Baby be GONE! Instead, setting up click hardwood floor that we are setting up ourselves.
Creating a good floor plan with defined areas: As I mentioned before, we are trying to make the room as multifunctional as possible, without overcrowding the room. So I am working on finding a layout that seamlessly breaks up the room into different areas. We are putting a canopy bed in there – crossing our fingers we don’t regret it. Hubby is afraid it will make the room look smaller, but I like the idea of the canopy helping separate the sleeping area of the room with the hanging out/kitchenette part.
More natural light: I know the pictures up there look pretty bright, but well you know, the magic of photography…. Whenever we can do it financially, we want to change the windows so they go down to the ceiling to bring in as much light as possible because it can get pretty dark down there being on the lower floor. We are also change the two door of the door so have a window panel at the top for some extra light.
Make the fireplace functional again: the fireplace cannot be used as is anymore, unfortunately, but we are thinking about adding an insert in it so that our guest can feel all warm and cosy downstairs.
Bathroom: We are pretty much gutting it out and starting from scratch – although not changing the layout of anything- so I’ll write a separate post for that because I have so much to share and show you!