The couple began by filling four dumpsters with the trash left by the previous owner and, once the space was cleared, found two small bedrooms, an enclosed kitchen, a combination living and dining room as well as a tiny maid’s bedroom with its own bathroom near the garage. “It took about six months to finish the house,” Chris says. “We did a full interior remodel and selective exterior projects.”
“We stole some space from the garage and eliminated the hallway to create a master suite,” Chris says. Though they renovated and redesigned most of the house, Chris and Christine focused on maintaining its original character. They opted not to separate the living and dining rooms and kept the original fireplace and brick walls.
The kitchen was completely remodeled to take on a modern feel. The floors, cabinets, dishwasher, island and window were all gutted and replaced. “There used to be a tiny window, so we enlarged it to give the room more light,” Chris says. The white lacquer cabinets with chrome finger tabs hide most of their kitchen supplies, giving the room the minimalist look Chris prefers.
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