A Whole Home Renovation Story
Furnished with family antiques and sturdy basic pieces bought years ago but freshened with new fabrics, Denice’s home proves that in the right hands, everything old can look new again.
Before renovating their late 1960’s ranch style home, Jim and Denice Lee felt like their house was a part of the family and they needed to do right by it. “I could envision this house with a nice patio, a nice laundry, a nice master bath. The way the house was didn’t work. It wasn’t functional. It didn’t make sense, but it had the potential to be functional and make a great deal of sense. I wanted to do that,” recalls Denice.
With children and grandchildren living out of town, Jim and Denice wanted everyone to have their own space and a comfortable place to sleep when they came to visit. The Lee’s wanted to make it possible to live in their own home for as long as possible, so they chose low maintenance finishes that would last a long time, designed their home for aging in place, and improved their home to make it comfortable, beautiful, and user friendly.
When designing their whole home renovation, Denice had a lot of things in her home that she loved and wanted to keep, such as curtains, furnishings, and meaningful antiques and family heirlooms. “I felt I needed to start with paint samples because I was working with my drapes and furniture. I wanted the house to flow from one room to another without being the same color.”
A complete makeover, this home is new again with beautiful hardwood floors, elegant trim and doors, fresh paint, energy efficient lighting, all new quality vinyl windows and siding, extensive concrete patio and porch, and a 700 square foot addition with a new laundry room, office, and master suite. The kitchen even benefited from a mini-makeover with a new tile backsplash and upgraded energy efficient lighting. A little restructuring of the interior walls absorbed a wasted hallway into a bedroom, and opened wide the dining room and entry.
Denice aimed for a light transitional look that allows her to use her antique dining table and other family heirlooms. The cool neutrals on the walls lay a perfect foundation for the dark wood pieces, meaningful accessories, and quiet elegance of her dining chandelier. The Lee house is an up-to-date and comfortable mix of old and new.
Denice’s favorite space in her newly renovated home is her laundry room.
“I love that I’m not banging my hips and I have room to fold laundry. I also love having it located next to my bedroom so I can easily hang my clean laundry again.”
“I love things to look beautiful, but function is still most important to me.”