Renovation in Accokeek, MD
At the beginning of February I was working on updating images and verbiage on Houzz, when I was notified of a new client inquiry. We soon connected through email to set up a meeting, to get a better idea of the large renovation project at hand. A couple of weeks later we met at the site situated about 30 minutes from Old Town, across the Potomac River and down Indian Head Highway. This was a new route, new scenery.
Just a few minutes from approaching the job site, I felt as though I was driving through the back roads of Mississippi. Low, swampy waters and lush greenery, narrow roads, and low visibility with the winding hills. The land around our project is part of the Accokeek Foundation, started nearly 60 years ago, to protect the land from new development, and to preserve the view across from Mount Vernon situated across the Potomac River. The picture below shows the view looking out the front of the home - it just doesn't get much better than that.
Our first meeting went really well, as I realized immediately these clients were going to be very pleasant to work with, and appreciative of the input for the many decisions the project would demand over the next 8 months. Out of the 300+ pictures I took on my Canon that day, I'll show a few of the before pictures that are going to be so dramatically different when we are done. The Kitchen cabinets and flooring have been completely ripped out and awaiting for the new cabinets and oak flooring that will be sanded down and stained to match the current surrounding floors. The small existing island will be replaced with a large 5' x 7' island featuring reclaimed railroad cross tie boards to give a unique, unfinished butcher block surface look that brings a rustic accent to the project, that will help set the tone for the Living Room design as well.
Baseball player Jon Lester's Atlanta home designed by the talented Barbara Westbrook, features an earthly palette and served as major inspiration in the design and finishes for the Accokeek, MD redo. I loved the warmth, but also wanted to achieve a timeless palette of rich colors, brass accents, and a mixture of older objects as well! Gorgeous Visual Comfort brass pendants will be installed over the new island.
Below is the opposite view from the Kitchen, not showing the Breakfast Area in between, but the large Living Room area that is in much need of a lot of updates. So this is where it gets fun for me! The wood floors in the Living Room are made of Hickory, much different from the Red Oak in the Kitchen. Over the past few weeks, we have been testing samples of the best stain to bring these two woods together and as seamless as possible. The upper portion of the fireplace will be removed partially, as well as the large dentil crown molding and second tier molding below. The objectives for this space is to carry over an updated refreshing design with larger scale items to compete with a large room and large architectural features. The door to the left will also be updated, along with fresh paint on the walls and mantle, crown molding, and over head fixture.
The client has an existing oriental rug with creams and toned down reds, that we will be using as the foundation of the design for this room! With our pallet in mind, in regards to the rug and the rest of the house, I was able to start gathering design ideas for paint, lighting, and furnishings. This will be one of the largest Living Room's I have ever designed, taking into account the square footage and also the height of the space.
I loved this inspiration photo above for a generalization of the design style, as a similar oriental rug is featured on the floor with surrounding neutral tones and classic elements. The antique buffet in the background was a great reminder to present an antique piece or two to bring in a classic, rustic appeal while also introducing a few modern elements in lighting, side tables, and accessories.
Above is an image of the Jack and Jill Bathroom Upstairs separating the two girls' rooms. This room was one of the most fun to design with the client's love for contrast and proposed wishes for hexagonal black and white floor tile. We toyed with the idea to install an accent wall covering behind the mirrors above the vanity, but opted to keep the space a little simpler and classic for longevity. The girls are still very young, and we wanted this to be a space that was transitional through the years.
The concept board above is almost an exact replica of what our final product will portray. Large 30" round iron mirrors were purchased to go above each sink with polished silver plumbing fixtures and cabinetry hardware. Visual Comfort Single Bath Sconces in Bronze were installed on the far left and right, as well as one centered in the middle for the correct amount needed in the space.
We have started the design for the Master Bedroom as well, using a few existing pieces, but purchasing a new large area rug to coordinate with our new paint colors and future drapery panels. The picture below is from my first site visit. Since then, the wall color has been updated, hardwood floors has been ripped out and replaced with new, the hearth for the fireplace has been updated to a nice neutral stone, and soon the brick will be painted with an exposed wood mantle installed above. Don't worry, we aren't keeping the fan either, in all its glory! We plan to update that and the double doors leading out to their balcony.
After we arrive back from Mississippi next week, I'll be taking an updated site visit to see all the progress since May! I'll be sure to take more progress pictures with more of the before pictures to portray all the work that has been accomplished in such a short amount of time!
Sidenote: Between Houston and I moving into a new home, travels, and our projects, I have fallen embarrassingly behind on blog posts! We have a few exciting projects, as well as news regarding the business, that we look forward to sharing in the next few weeks!