Split Level Homes Have Potential
… to be amazing!
This house came to us by word of mouth, actually, through one of our friends. The house was her parent’s: the place she grew up and called home. As one of 6 children, our friend shared memories of her joyful, busy, and boisterous childhood. The walls of their house told it’s story; and during the pre-purchase walkthrough we witnessed it for ourselves. Mrs. R apologized profusely for the mess. There were boxes of kids crafts and games throughout the home. Each carpet stain seemed to tell a story: precious moments. Despite the fact that this house needed a good amount of work and updating, to me, it wasn’t so much about the house as it was about home. Home is where your family is, where memories are made and this home was beautiful.
After making them a cash offer, allowing us to buy their home as-is, they didn’t know where to go next. Uriah is licensed Broker, so he showed them several houses until, at last, they found it. Closing on the date of their choice made the transition extremely smooth and now this family is happily settled and making new memories in their new place. We still keep in touch today.
The Work Begins
Almost immediately, we decided to remove walls.
… to the engineer’s specifications, of course.
Demo day is always fun
In an attempt to create functional spaces, we installed these built-in’s just inside the entry.
Living / Kitchen / Dining
Opening the rooms to each other, removing divisions of space, result in a larger feel. The base molding got a nice upgrade in this room as we went with the 8 inch option. Is anybody else in love with that honey comb entry light? It gives me all the feels.
We re-worked the stair treads so they come straight out rather than turning, as you see here:
The order of images below resembles the existing layout with the dining room on the left, kitchen on the right and a wall dividing the two spaces. Of course, that wall came down, too.
We did everything in our power to maximize the functionality of this tiny kitchen: upgrading to drawers where ever possible, including a trash bin drawer. Unfortunately there wasn’t any room for a pantry or pantry cabinet. (we paid for that later – big mistake) To compensate, we installed additional cabinetry on the back end of the island.
We mixed metals in the design of this kitchen, incorporating matte black and antique brass into both light fixtures and the clean-lined modern cabinet hardware. Sparkling white quartz with a waterfall island edge was a major splurge in this amazing kitchen reno. I think I’m still drooling over it. You?
The Master suite had a face lift, too!
In keeping with the mixed metal theme, antique brass mirrors mixed with these matte black sconces pair nicely with the grey niche tile in the master shower and dark grey slate tile on the floor.
Don’t mind the lack of decorative pillows, someone else decided they liked them and took them home … rude.
For this hall bath, the vanity and toilet swapped places and we turned the vanity against the adjacent wall. This made the space feel bigger.
The lower level of this split held another living room, office, laundry, and bathroom. The versatility of this downstairs space was endless.
Oh hey, what’s up Bessy.
Please excuse my bad handwriting – I’m working on it.
Let me just tell you about this bathroom. It was small to begin with, but it just kept getting smaller and smaller! In order to properly water proof and bring the basement square footage up to code, we had to frame so far away from the exterior wall, there was hardly enough room for the toilet! Thankfully, it all worked out.
One of my favorite things about this bathroom, design wise, is the vanity. It was a custom made by a local woodworker and the wood is from a tobacco barn right here in North Carolina! Additionally, I love how financially practical the materials are in here. Subway tile is one of the cheapest tiles you can find, penny tile was only used on the floor and niche, and the mirror, light, and vessel sink are from Wayfair!
Time to move to the outside! Let’s see what changes occurred on the exterior of the Modern Split.
Last but not least, the front!
The Modern Split was a massive project, but we were grateful to have had opportunity to take it on and hope it honored the family we bought it from. The renovation lasted 6 long months, but it was worth it to produce this beautiful home for our local real estate market.
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