Friday, May 27, 2011

explora[tion] - dining room

Although not the most exciting photos, the second room on our tour is an essential part of the renovation. By creating an arched opening in the wall between the dining room and kitchen, we truly opened up the whole house. We debated between a squared-off opening or an arch that would mimic the existing one between the living/dining. We knew this could fail miserably, but because we were working in a 3-dimensional modeling program (Revit), we were able to model each scheme relatively quickly, taking camera views from both the kitchen and dining room to see which opening would work best. In the end, we obviously chose the similar arch to the existing, and we are happy with that decision, even though it took the construction crew about 8 times to get the curve right!

Even though there doesn't appear to be much change to the space, I find this next photo to be quite dramatic! You will notice that we switched out the ceiling fan for our IKEA Boja pendant lamp, the 'popcorn' ceiling is now smooth, we have central heat/air and so no need for the window units anymore, and the windows have been restored, so no more blinds to cover them up (since we rarely never lower those roman shades)! And the fresh coat of paint helps as well! You may also notice the doorbell on the left wall, one of the many charming details that we loved about the house. Unfortunately, it only works about 20% of the time.

One more thing about that previous picture, this is the view that you see as you come out of the bathroom, and I love that you don't see any of the neighbor's windows as you are wearing your bath towel! 

And here it is, your peek into the kitchen, the next and probably most dramatic stop on our tour!

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