Home renovation

A complete renovation of the house, floor by floor

A touch of color The owner’s existing mid-century table set an elegant tone for the dining room. Instead of glass globes, Proud House designer Megan Daughtry swapped in for a pair of Eos feather pendants by Umage. “We replaced all of his chairs with tactile upholstered velor options,” says the designer. “One of the things we wanted was to bring some color into the room, and she had wooden chairs to match the table – it all looked really dark.” The antelope pattern rug is made by FLOR carpet tiles, so if one of the 19.7″ x 19.7″ tiles gets stained, it can easily be replaced. | Photograph by JC Buck

THE PROJECT: Anyone who’s ever tried to buy a completely remodeled home in Boulder knows it can be tougher than a free solo on one of the Flatirons. It’s a problem that Kim Hullett, a leading real estate agent for PorchLight Group Boulder, often faces, and one that leads to another recurring challenge: helping clients imagine how a remodel can indeed create magic in Tight and less than ideal floor plans in Boulder. So the innovative real estate agent decided to use his own home as the centerpiece to illustrate what a redesign can do, bringing in the design team at Proud House Studio & Co. and Keith Donahue of Cumberland Construction.

Built in 1999, the home she shares with her husband is “in a great location but had a choppy layout and dated finishes,” says Hullett. Not wanting to bite off more than they could chew, Hullett and her husband decided to upgrade one floor at a time, camping in the basement for each layer.

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A Real Living Room “We added a lovely pebbled wool rug for texture and warmth, and to anchor the seating area,” Daughtry says of the main living area. Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams’ plaster cocktail table echoes the architectural minimalism of a painting customers found in Aspen. “I call this style between mid-century and Bauhaus,” the designer says of the look. Painting left: Blue Abstract by Blair Vaughn-Gruler of Walker Fine Art. Right architectural painting: Sharon Feder of Michael Warren Contemporary.

THE SPECIFIC: With three kids in college, the Hulletts could finally pluck their now empty nest any way they wanted. “The style of the architecture was Victorian, so one of the goals was to undo the gingerbread house in general,” says designer Megan Daughtry, owner and lead designer of Proud House Studio & Co. Modernize moldings and keeping the serene color palette, including painting all the walls Benjamin Moore Silver Satin (a greyish white), emphasized the art, much of which was curated by Kim with the assistance from Kate Meyers of Kate discovers art (full disclosure: Meyers is the editor of this magazine).

“One of the biggest things we did was make the kitchen twice the size of the original layout – it’s now 365 square feet and it was 150 before,” says Daughtry. “It was separated from the living room by a 42-inch bar-height wall that really interrupted the flow and prevented the kitchen from expanding.” They also replaced a series of narrow windows on the east wall with a 12ft by 8ft sliding door to create the ultimate entertaining area. “Before, we didn’t have full integration between our backyard and kitchen and living space for meaningful indoor/outdoor living,” says Hullett. “Now we do.”

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A more airy kitchen Because the previous kitchen layout was downright “weird” – including an island with a hob facing the wrong way and a sink against one wall – they “really thought about what was possible, looking at all adjacent spaces and enlarging the kitchen”. Daughterry says. They even removed a window to make the space more fluid. “There was a high window, and I think they were like, ‘Oh, we have to keep it.’ Why? You could barely see outside and you were staring at the neighbour’s fence,” Daughtry recalled.

THE STRONG POINTS: To be as eco-friendly as possible, the couple opted to keep the existing floors – formerly a dark espresso stain – and have them sanded and stained in a custom gray-brown blend by CJ of Woodwise. “It’s so much greener to recover wood floors! Daughtry said. Throughout, the designer has employed a subtle touch of sparkle for a note of contemporary elegance.

“When Kim described her style, both interiors and fashion, she said to me, ‘I’m a woman who wears jeans everyday and a nice white shirt, but I like a little sparkle, like a pair of diamond earrings.’ She asked us to help her create a home that captures her essence: classic, fun and easygoing, with a bit of sparkle.

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WFH office Art takes pride of place – and is a major source of inspiration – in Hullett’s home office. “She personally started collecting art when she was 25, so her whole life she enjoyed it,” says Daughtry. A powdery pink imbues the room with cozy warmth. “Her brand colors are pink, white and cream, so she had an ongoing theme,” the designer explains. The modern campaign office is by Jonathan Adler. Painting by Michael Dowling.

STAGE TWO: The owners have once again moved into the basement while the second floor is reconfigured with a new owner’s suite. The spa-like bathroom will be complete with a sauna and tub, and they’re taking over a kid’s room so they can get the glamorous walk-in closet everyone dreams of, says Daughtry.

Hullett says living at home during a renovation works for her, but it’s not for everyone: “If your tolerance for noise and organized chaos is low, I highly recommend moving to a short-term rental . However, since we no longer have children at home, it was great to be on site as it makes it easier to collaborate with our design team on last minute decisions, and the money we save on the rent goes into more luxurious choices. for our lighting, appliances and cabinets.

The result? “Now we use every square inch of our house to the fullest,” she says.

DESIGN DETAILS
INTERIOR DESIGN Proud House Studio & Co. | @proudhousestudio CONSTRUCTOR Cumberland Construction LLC | 303.545.5589 ART Kate finds art | @katefindsart