Home Makeover: Mod­ern Flare

Small space made per­fect down to the de­tails

The Sentinel-Record - HER - Hot Springs - - Front Page - Story by Beth Bright, pho­tog­ra­phy by Richard Ras­mussen

Hav­ing worked in all as­pects of the business and trav­eled the world can make de­sign­ing the per­fect space an eye-open­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. But when the de­signer is their own client, the at­ten­tion to de­tail is am­pli­fied.

“De­sign­ing and re­mod­el­ing a home is my pas­sion,” said de­signer Greg Ainsworth. “This project is for my­self — my tough­est client be­cause I'm so par­tic­u­lar with ev­ery de­tail.”

When Greg found a cabin on the lake, what most peo­ple would have thought to “tear it down and re­build” but he wanted to “bring it back to its glory.”

“It was a one bed, one bath, 689-square-foot cabin built in 1955 for about $16,000, with solid ma­hogany floor jousts,” he said. “It was in bad shape and grown up with brush and trees lean­ing on the house.”

After mov­ing the laun­dry from un­der the house to a closet up­stairs, he started work mov­ing the sink to a van­ity right out­side the bath­room into an ex­ist­ing closet. The shower was ex­panded to make it full size.

He also plans to add a wall and make another bed­room with a wall of glass fac­ing the beau­ti­ful view of the lake, he said.

“I went with gray tones and a bright orange for the color scheme, with mod­ern flare,” he said. “This with all the beams works very well to­gether.”

And re­cy­cling takes on a whole new mean­ing for him as he said he loves bring­ing in old pieces to give them new life.

“I use old pieces of fur­ni­ture and fix­tures to give them new life,” he said. “I paint them bright col­ors and pol­ish the hard­ware and they look great.”

Greg said he has great peo­ple that he can de­pend on for his projects with Peter's Floor­ing and Paint as his goto for tile.

“They have an amaz­ing se­lec­tion of tile that com­pares to a large city and great cus­tomer ser­vice,” he said.

When Greg came to Brooks and Nan Clem of Peter's Floor­ing and Paint, Nan said he had great ideas.

“He chose a fab­u­lous, gray gloss tile for the walls and ac­cented with an orange dream glass,” she said. “And the Botany Bay Peb­ble shower floor pro­vides both an or­ganic and spa-like feel.”

Nan said that Peter's Floor­ing and Paint pro­vided Greg with all the ma­te­ri­als he needed to make his bath­room “both con­tem­po­rary and unique, and that they strive to help ev­ery­one that walks through the doors achieve the look they want.

“If we don't have what you're look­ing for, we will find it for you,” she said.

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