Welcome to our gallery featuring Michele and Greg’s beautiful home remodel project by 2e Architects.
When Michele and Greg approached 2e Architects with their home remodel they were initially hesitant to take on such a daunting project.
Instead of readily agreeing, as they normally would have, they asked what the owners wanted from the aesthetically challenging house.
They had a dream of southern charm, elegant interiors and porches everywhere. This was enough to convince them to take on the project.
The view from the back of the house was astounding and one of the main goals of the designers was to open up the kitchen – which runs along the back of the house – so that view could be accessible.
Much of the interior was dated, and the exterior was a bit of a design nightmare, but with the addition of the porches that the owners wanted so badly and and fresh look on the exteriors did wonders to bring the design to fruition.
Working with contractors, Batton and Son, and kitchen designers, Rackl Christopher, they managed to completely transform the home to take advantage of the charm it contained and offer up stunning views of the surrounding landscape from multiple vantage points.
We have structured this gallery to function as a before and after of each room, with after-photography by Vince Lupo of Direction One.
We hope that you enjoy this peek at a fabulous home remodel!
Here is a before photo of the front exterior of the house. As you can see this is quite the combinations of styles – with a brick facade, red tile roof, and modern windows. There seems to be a lot of blank, open space on the walls for such a large house with a gorgeous view surrounding it.
A before shot from the other side of the house. You can clearly see the unique chimney from this side. There are more windows on here but it also better shows that the style of the exterior seems out of place on a two story structure like this.
The new and improved exterior! The squared off front entrance and the gorgeous added porch really add to the true style of the home. A new roof and a fresh coat of paint really revitalizes the exterior of this home. New windows complete this remodeled exterior.
Here is an image of the back of the house with the huge back balcony that takes advantage of the view offered in the backyard. The stone patio and swimming pool with water feature completes the look of the back redesign.
The foyer of the original design feels open though very dark despite the large arched window above the door. Natural wood accents and white walls complement the marble floors. There is a dated feel to the design of the entryway that could definitely use a fresh look.
Open and airy, the addition of more windows and the removal of the steeply arched ceiling helps make the space feel larger, even though the balcony was added above the door. Wood floors make the home feel warmer and more welcoming. Little details – like the woodwork under and along the sides of the stairs – add to the overall design.
When compared to the white walls, these stairs seem dark and heavy, cutting into the bare walls without any preamble. The wood of the stairs is gorgeous so maintaining it was a goal of the designers. That, of course, did not mean that they couldn’t give these lovely stairs a facelift.
Much better! They kept the natural wood of the stairs for the top of each step and freshened up the stairway with a coat of creamy white paint, allowing the wood color to pop against the white. Staining the banisters a dark offsets the bright colors of the room but also acts as a visual focus to bring the eyes up to the second floor.
Here is the before living room complete with small windows, small fireplace, and brick mantle. The wood floor is nice in this room but could use a bit of brightening up. A recessed ceiling casts a shadow on the ceiling of the room, making it appear darker than it actually is and giving the room a more enclosed feeling.
Here is the living room after! Coffered ceilings and white trim brighten up the space, as does the addition of more windows. Bold red walls bring color and life to the room while the broad arches define the room as a separate space while still leaving it open to the rest of the home. The fireplace has been expanded and given a proper mantle.
The front parlor with grand piano and a view of the foyer in the back ground. They matched the newly installed wood floor to the already present ones to allow that whole house to flow.
The dining room opens to the living room and hallway. It carries the red and gold color scheme of the house well while incorporating antiques and fabric seen in the other rooms. This chandelier is quite stunning with its amber beads, crystals, and small red shades.
With light cabinets, speckled counter tops, and one window, this kitchen was at odds with the rest of the house design. Black and stainless steel appliances make this room feel more modern than what has been seen in the rest of the home but they do not help to brighten up the room at all.
Now this is a much more functional design that lends itself to entertaining. The breakfast nook in the corner is filled with windows that let in plenty of the light and allow a great view of the landscape, a must for the owner of the house. Dark cabinets balance the bright colors of the walls while keeping the room open and offering expansive counter space.
The master bathroom was one of the only rooms to boast a stunning view, but alas, the space was not very well utilized and the windows, while large, still didn’t let much light into the room. The color choices also don’t lend themselves to reflecting much light either.
Pale gray walls, white trim and paneling, and a vaulted ceiling give this room the open feeling that it desperately needed. Black accents ground the space so that the pale colors don’t become overwhelming. Crystal laden wall sconces and a chandelier bring a touch of class to the space.
The old vanity area was stuck in its own little room, making the space dark and cramped if more that one person wanted to use it. The pink counter tops, wallpaper, and light fixture really dates this space.
Dual vanities, one on either side of the partial wall, utilize the bathroom space well. Here you can also see the glass-walled walk-in shower that follows the simple black and white design of the room with shite subway tiling and a black tile floor. In the background you can see the walk-in closet attached to the bathroom.
Here is a better view of the walk-in closet, with a matching chandelier to the one in the main bath area. Tall shoe racks frame the window and a small bench offers a place to sit.
Rocking chairs on the side front porch of the house. We hope that you have enjoyed this absolutely stellar remodel by 2e Architects!
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