There are plenty of instances when we smash some living spaces before we reassemble them, and truth be told, they had it coming. It was just a matter of time, and time has ravaged these homes. No tears. Nothing to preserve. There's too much to do. You look at what's possible, make sure your tetanus shots are up to date, and get to work.
And then there are some truly beautiful homes in need of a few updates. It's gratifying to work on these, but a different mindset is required. It's the difference between "brace yourself for impact" and "let's not screw this up, shall we?" Going back and forth from the former to the latter in the same day takes a little getting used to.
Below are two examples of beautiful homes in need of a light touch to make them just right for their respective owners.
First, a bathroom in need of a tub-to-shower conversion. Rip out the tub, replace the tile, new plumbing fixtures, glass shower enclosure, and couple other minor items. No big deal, right? Except that the existing bathroom was pretty nice before we arrived. Nothing defective, nothing that would make you shudder in horror, and it was obvious to us that the bathroom had been well-designed and well-constructed with good quality materials.
Still, it did not fit the needs of the current family, and now it does.
By the way, a message to whomever laid the original tile: it took us many hours of hard labor to remove it because you were trained on the Hoover Dam or something else designed to last forever. Expert craftsmanship is a serious pain to redo, and we admired your work, in a way. We hope you would approve of the result.
Next up is a century-plus old farmhouse that had been well-maintained and tastefully modernized over the years. The original details were thoughtfully preserved and a small handful of updates were requested by a family that appreciated the classic good looks of this old home.
In this case, the master bedroom needed new wood floors, a more functional walk-in closet, new lighting, paint, and a better hold on the proportions of the large space with the vaulted ceiling.
This old farmhouse is in good hands with the current owners, and we expect it will be well-lived in for many years to come. There is something enduring and endearing about this home, and we were glad to be a small part of it.