The Twyfords replaced the large window in the original room with double doors and put in three-quarter-inch hardwoods with a cherry look. Pictured: living area after.
of the home, then removed excess paint from the bricks with a sponge. “It looked as if it had been painted, but the paint had worn away a little over time, kind of a Thomas Kinkade look,” Bill said. They also replaced the shingle old roof with a green metal one. Metal roofs tend to be more expensive than shingles, but they add benefits and value including longev- ity, energy efficiency, and, in some cases, reduced insurance premiums. Bill and Will made one more major change to the exterior of the cabin: They added a 700-square-foot deck. “The view is just beautiful, and we knew we had to add that deck so that the future owners could take full advantage of it,” Bill said. Previ- ously, the property had a small deck off to the side. Now, the deck wraps around the entire house and boasts a second level with an entrance to the master bedroom. According to Remodeling Maga- zine, adding a deck to a home will net you about 80 percent return on investment (ROI) when you sell. In locations like the mountains, the re- turns can be much higher because buyers make a home purchase specifically to enjoy being outside in those outdoor living spaces. Inside, the changes were no less sub- stantial. “When we bought the house, the downstairs was one bedroom, one bath- room, a kitchen, and a living room. When you walked in, the place took you right back to the year it was built, 1961,” said Bill. Everything outdated, from the red shag rug in the living room (see opposite page) to the avocado appliances (upper right) to the startling rock accent wall, had to be replaced (see opposite page). “We put in hardwood floors, covered up the rock, and built out the fireplace mantle around the fireplace,” Bill said. They also remodeled the kitchen, install- ing a counter-depth refrigerator, remov- ing the café doors to improve the flow of the property, and installing a recessed
Upstairs during construction when the beams were first revealed.
Living area before
Upstairs bathroom after
Upstairs vanity area after
The decision to leave the washing areas exposed to the rest of the bedroom was a bit unusual, but it worked. The move not only allowed the Twyfords to install a real closet at the top of the stairs, but also created a spacious feeling in a very confined area. Recessed lighting and fans completed the look.
By rearranging the kitchen and brightening up the color palette, the investors were able to make the space feel larger even though they made the kitchen four feet shorter when they installed the counter tops and cupboards around the new refrigerator.
Note: they moved the furnace located at the back of the original kitchen to the attic, and replaced the old model with a more modern, horizontal unit.
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