The Lake House Renovation: Kids’ Bedroom, Day 14

Posted 23 September 2018 at 8:51 PM | Comments (0)

Original floors sanded and sealed.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kids' Bedroom, Renovation Day 14

The Lake House Renovation: Kids’ Bedroom, Day 13

Posted 19 September 2018 at 8:03 PM | Comments (0)

I’m truly going to miss these darker floors, which [we think] had been covered with wall-to-wall carpeting for years. We decided to go with a lighter wood tone to balance out all the dark brick in the living room and the soon-to-be darker kitchen cabinetry. Here’s midway through sanding.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kids' Bedroom, Renovation Day 13

The Lake House Renovation: Kids’ Bedroom, Day 12

Posted 3 September 2018 at 8:21 PM | Comments (0)

The boys and I went back and forth, back and forth on their room color. We always figured it would be a shade of beige, but we couldn’t make a decision about which shade of beige. Sandy beige? Gray beige?

Then, a couple of days ago I came across Diverse Beige in my Sherwin-Williams fan deck, and it looked pretty perfect. It’s like a light cocoa color. These pictures don’t do it justice. In person, you’d want to lick it.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kids' Bedroom, Renovation Day 12

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kids' Bedroom, Renovation Day 12

You know, I always thought we’d go more 1950’s retro with our color scheme: maybe some turquoise, chartreuse, or pink. Now, as things unfold, it seems we’re going for more of a Pacific Northwest color scheme. I like it.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kids' Bedroom, Renovation Day 12

The Lake House Renovation: Kids’ Bedroom, Day 11

Posted 19 August 2018 at 10:07 PM | Comments (0)

More ceiling work.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kids' Bedroom, Renovation Day 11

The Lake House Renovation: Kids’ Bedroom, Day 10

Posted 22 July 2018 at 11:59 PM | Comments (0)

Still debating what their room color should be. Wallpaper is still on the table (for one wall) as well.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kids' Bedroom, Renovation Day 10

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kids' Bedroom, Renovation Day 10

The Lake House Renovation: Kids’ Bedroom, Day 9

Posted 10 July 2018 at 11:38 PM | Comments (0)

I still have no idea what color to paint their room. One child says beige, while the other child’s answer to everything is blue.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kids' Bedroom, Renovation Day 9

The Lake House Renovation: Kids’ Bedroom, Day 8

Posted 3 July 2018 at 10:56 PM | Comments (0)

Drywall progress in here, too.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kids' Bedroom, Renovation Day 8

The Lake House Renovation: Kids’ Bedroom, Day 7

Posted 29 June 2018 at 8:50 PM | Comments (0)

Plywood walls are going back up while the ceiling is brand new.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kids' Bedroom, Renovation Day 7

The Lake House Renovation: Kids’ Bedroom, Day 6

Posted 7 June 2018 at 9:57 PM | Comments (0)

Batt insulation also went up in the kids’ room.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kids' Bedroom, Renovation Day 6

The Lake House Renovation: Kids’ Bedroom, Day 5

Posted 5 February 2017 at 10:05 PM | Comments (0)

We’re moving along slowly, but this has to be the most exciting bit of progress made so far. Remember how Matt the mason was cutting into our brick facade? It was to make way for this beautiful new window.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kids' Bedroom, Renovation Day 5

Let’s compare to the original, shall we? Here is a photo I took of the house just after we bought it. The kids’ bedroom window was high and horizontal—very characteristic of ranch houses. We knew we had to enlarge the window to comply with egress codes, but I didn’t want to stray too far from the 1950’s ranch aesthetic.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kids' Bedroom, Renovation Day 5

I did a ton of research. (I now know more about the architecture of ranch homes than I ever cared to know.) While it would have been more authentic to keep the window horizontal, it would have cost more money to make the window wider, since it would have required structural changes. So we could only enlarge downward.

Disappointed that we couldn’t keep the horizontal format, I went full steam ahead with an alternate detail that is characteristic of ranch houses—the casement window in the center with the horizontal grid lines on either side. It allowed me to keep some horizontal emphasis even though I couldn’t keep it all.

Then, Matt the mason used the original bricks to lay the sill.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kids' Bedroom, Renovation Day 5

Doesn’t it look great?

The window is from the Andersen 100 series in a color called Terratone. It complies with egress codes, adds more character, and looks smashing against the brick. This felt like a huge step forward in our renovation. Drywall next.