2019 Master Design Awards: Whole House Less Than $300,000
authors Kyle Clapham
Jackson & LeRoy
Salt Lake City, Utah
Designer: AMB Design
Project name: The Little House
Project location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Square footage: 1,800
Project cost: $290,000
Despite the signs of age and degradation, an inspired designer recognized the classic character of the little home. Its exterior needed minor and routine updates, although the brick repair proved to be a challenge because vents had to be removed. The original construction did not have framing on the exterior walls, moreover, which made fitting and securing the replacement bricks difficult.
Eliminating unnecessary hallways and doors opened up more space for the living area, bedrooms and bathroom. Floor-to-ceiling dark walnut in the front entry creates a warm, bold welcome, and the rich blue-gray color seen throughout the house shows that even a dark color can make a small space feel larger. The limestone fireplace surround has a brass inset that ties into the living room.
Photos: Joshua Caldwell Photography
Santa Barbara, Calif.
Designer: Honeycomb Home Design
Project name: A Tract Home Transformation
Project location: San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Square footage: 1,635
Project cost: $219,849
There was a night-and-day change between the original house and the final product over the course of this project. What was a worn and ramshackle house is now a warm, inviting, and comfortable family home the clients are proud of. Using creative yet inexpensive elements, the project team took a simple home and made it something exceptional.
Removing interior walls, salvaging structural beams, and adding new doors and windows opened the space and filled it with natural light. Fanciful wallpaper, unique lighting fixtures, and accent walls with pops of color add interest and touches of whimsy to a simple, understated elegance that exudes from first glance.
Carpet: CCA Global Partners
Water heater: Navien
Paint/stain: Benjamin Moore
Kitchen cabinetry: ICD
Sinks: Articstone Kingston Brass
Bath cabinetry: IKEA
Shower faucet: Delta
Sink faucet: Delta
Photos: Marcel Alain Photography
Unique Home Construction
Project name: Orcas
Project location: Seattle, Wash.
Square footage before: 600
Square footage after: 1,540
Project cost: $130,000
This unique European-style remodel is complete with elegant designer colors and features and includes: a great room with modern new kitchen with stainless steel appliances; a custom outdoor deck and fire pit; a spacious and private yard with room for a garden; brand-new bathrooms, new electrical wiring, new plumbing, new windows and new flooring.
Doors: A1 Door
Tile: Statements Tile
Lighting: The Home Depot
Windows: American Craftsman
Photos: Derrick Louie