The homeowners bought their Tampa “houzz” 29 years ago, and it served them well for many of those years. But after raising their two active sons, now grown and doing their own thing, they started to look around and decided it was time for a refresh.
BEFORE: Located in the front corner of the house with only one window, the dining room felt cold, dark, and isolated. To get to this space you had to walk through the living room’s small 4′ opening or the kitchen’s closed, single, swing-door. The main challenge was to create a space with more natural light without adding more windows . In addition to, a dining room that felt connected to the rest of the living spaces.
AFTER: Walls were opened up between the living and family rooms to create an open plan design. In addition, the wall between the living and dining room was enlarged to 8′ and the swing-door to the kitchen was eliminated. These changes created more natural light for the dining room and a connection to the rest of the living spaces. If you’d like to see the rest of this transformation, including the exterior, go to The Santa Barbara House.
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- Refinished the yellowing oak floors. Bringing them back to life with a custom blended warm brown stain, and Bona Natural Oil Matte Finish to give the floors a rich patina.
- Turned up the thermostat and took the chill off with warm, white walls from Sherwin-Williams – Alabaster White Paint.
- Installed a French limestone feature wall with floating candles on custom-made iron holders.
- Lastly, the furnishings:
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