Stunning Architectural Features That Make a Big Difference!

Greetings as we near the end of this long Memorial Day Weekend. We had gorgeous weather the entire time until today. It wasn’t the worst, but it was gray all day long.

This is only a quick update tonight.


I am almost finished with my tile experiments and will be reporting about that for Wednesday’s post.


After all my bellyaching about how the lead carpenter had gone on vacation, Eugene, who’s an expert carpenter in his own right, stepped up to the plate and made some substantial changes.


The evidence


I never imagined my bedroom would look like this. Eugene did sweep it all up before he left on Friday.

Now for the results of Eugene’s expert carpentry.

FINALLY! The front door area has been addressed, and I have to say it has exceeded all expectations. Unfortunately, I still don’t have a light, so these are not the best images.


entry wainscoting moulding trim
Entry wainscoting. Yes, there will be a baseboard. The feeling one gets when entering is already an entirely different experience. Here, we can see how important it is that the artwork straight ahead coordinates with the new Chinoiserie panels flanking the fireplace. There will be an update about this soon.


Kitchen no tile entry door overdoor moulding

From the kitchen, a view we didn’t have a year ago. Remember when the wall dividing the two went to the opening? But, now, there are more upgrades. And really, this was only a few hours of work for Eugene.

In addition to the wainscoting and panels is a new overdoor panel. This was done to give the front door more presence. We did the same over the bathroom door.

However, the main feature is, of course, the front door.


First, let’s look at how it was.


hideous old front door

In addition to the plain 1970s slab door, the wonky door casing and the hideous dry wall encroaching on it are also noticeable.


old door new moulding
If you look at the baseboard, you can see better that the drywall is fully behind the door casing. And that door! Every time I use it, I feel like I’m in a new home! It’s amazing what a bit of moulding can do to transform interiors.

However, this isn’t all.


staircase with hidden doors being built

Another FINALLY! Eugene and I came up with a plan for the under-stairs doors. He isn’t using the pivot hinges, which would’ve been better because there are some limitations with these hidden hinges. They are the same Soss hinges used in the bathroom, only larger.


under the stairs hidden doors
The doors have not been installed, which will take a few hours. My only concern is whether the baseboard will interfere with the doors’ opening. If so, the ends will need to be chamfered.


Sorry, but the purple panel on the right is dead space.


That’s the way it has to be. Fortunately, there is an abundance of storage space with my unit.

There is also a new chair rail and trim under the overhang. There will be a piece of wainscoting next to the door.

He also put paneling on the little door by the stairs and overdoor there.

That’s all there is for today.

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11 Responses

  1. Huge relief about the tile!! BUT, oh, no, I worry about your floors, are those new floors or will be refinished at the end (sorry, if I should know this by now)? I think they should have covered the floors, there is thick paper for that that’s very durable and protective for scratches and such.

  2. My eye started to twitch when I thought of the exhaustive managing and waiting that this renovation of yours entails! It is truly turning out to be amazing, thank goodness. The end result is within imagination now!!

  3. It’s all going to be gorgeous. Why oh why don’t these guys cover the floors! This upsets me because this happened with my own renovation. It’s just common sense. I had so many dings in my gorgeous new floors. Ugh. Anyway, love everything you are doing and glad you ripped out that tile.

  4. Good morning,
    It’s amazing what some nice trim can do for a plain door. I had most of my plain hollow core doors replaced in my house. Due to my budget, I had to keep a door that leads up to my attic. Adding trim to it would make it look like my new doors. I may have to do that! Thanks for the inspiration.

  5. Love the door Laurel! And your downstairs suite is looking good. I can now see in my mind’s eye how your design will look when completed. Especially the mural and the painted doors. 👍👍👍

  6. Wow the FEELING you have created is really beautiful! It’s still in progress and yet the energy and love everyone is putting into the space through their unique skills and contributions is palatable even in snapshots. You and your crew are creating a space that feels loved and confidently welcoming. Just goes to show what you put in comes out. Art!

  7. Oh Laurel, the moldings are just making your place wonderful or as I should say, more wonderful!!! I know you are getting ready to get to the finish line. It will be worth it. You will soon forget all the problems, it’s kind of like labor!!😉. Martha

  8. Laurel,
    Thank you for sharing all your experiences with us, both good and bad. It is priceless for us homeowners who are working on our own projects. I am familiar with the crackle type tile you are using and for me I am staying away from it due to the need for it to be sealed. Also, it does not fit the style or look I am going for in my guest bath. There are many types and finishes for tile so it really pays to do your research. I’m not sure that I would have been as gracious as you were in dealing with Philip. My tendency would have been to ask my GC for someone else, but that’s just me.

  9. Looking great! How exciting!

    Last week I neglected to mention that your discussion on the kitchen tile debacle has likely saved me big-time. Due to a disintegrated pipe under my kitchen sink, the entire kitchen will be undergoing an unanticipated (and financially unplanned-for) transformation. I am sick (have yet to move into ‘this is an opportunity’ posture), as I learned what poor homeowners coverage I have, and an even worse adjuster. In any case, tile is one of the many choices/decisions I have to make. I had NO idea about the porousness of tile, possible ill-effects of grout, etc. THANK YOU LAUREL for sharing your challenging experience. Handling it with a good amount of grace and aplomb under the circumstances, was a reminder to me to begin to think of alternatives to totally losing-it, should the setting dictate.

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