Google+ House Revivals: Beachy Guest Bedroom Before, Now, and After Concept

Monday, January 24, 2011

Beachy Guest Bedroom Before, Now, and After Concept

Most of the demolition on our beach house renovation has been finished, and we have a bit of a lull in work until the house is raised to a higher elevation in a couple of weeks. (The raising, itself, was delayed by a couple of months, but that's a story for another year...).   So, it seemed like a good time to share some of the concepts we are working on for the different spaces, and some "before and during" pictures.

 On the left is a concept of how the finished guest room could look, 
and the picture on the right shows how it actually looks right now.  
The image on the left was created in GIMP (a free program, very 
similar to Adobe PhotoShop), using images of actual products.

One of the bedrooms on the east wing of the beach house, has been on my mind.  It started out as a garage when the house was built, then later DIYers converted the space to a bedroom.  At the same time, an adjoining workshop was converted to a "master suite".  This DIY remodel might have added value to the house, but for two reasons -- poor design, and shoddy workmanship.

This picture was taken standing in the garage conversion, looking into the 
"master suite" that was converted from a workshop.  See the utility sink 
on the left and the breaker panels on the far wall?  Yikes!  This master 
suite will ultimately be converted into a large bedroom with a loft, and a small den.

The space planning of the conversion was truly appalling.  You had to walk through a child's room to get to the master suite -- which still contained it's original utility sink,  I might add!

Here are some pictures and concepts we have been working on for the first bedroom:

Before~ the space was full of debris, old appliances, lumber, you name it.  The lavender walls were full of holes, wiring was stapled to the wall and painted over -- or just sticking out, uncapped.  Mold was growing on the wall above the door, and under the vinyl wallpaper.  The threshold of the vinyl door was cracked, and the ceiling was scarred from where an oddly placed closet had been removed.

Now~ the debris, lumber, and old appliances have been removed, and the lower drywall has been removed to prepare the space to be raised.  I still need to remove the rest of the wallpaper, and attack the mold (again).  After the house is raised, new drywall and firetape will be intalled, and the ceiling will be patched.  A new closet will go in just to the right of where the dog is standing in this picture (your right, not the dog's).

After~ Seriously, I will be happy when the space is a clean, dry, mold-free, rat poo free, exposed wire free box, but the ultimate goal is to create a warm, comfortable and welcoming space for our guests.

Built-in cabinets flanking new french doors create a focal point for the space, board and batten paneling reinforce the "beachy" feel, while drawing the eye toward the focal point.  Additionally, because this room is very long and not very wide, adding the built-ins will help to correct the room proportions.  The bed I've shown is from PB, but ultimately, I have an inherited mahogany four-poster that would be used (just didn't have a photo of the piece to use in this image).

This image was created from the "during" photo, above, using GIMP.  
A products list can be found at the bottom of this post.

In case you were wondering what the space looks like from the outside, here is a before and after concept  of the exterior.   This side of the house has a view of the bay, which is very charming, and it is a bit protected from the strong ocean breezes we can get on the other side of the house, so it will be a lovely place for guests to come in the morning with their coffee.

The image on the right was created using Google SketchUp.  

What do you think?  I love being able to conceptualize how a finished space will look -- after a little paint, sweat, and tears.

Do you like the direction we are taking with this renovation?  Are you interested in seeing space plans or the before and after?  Let me know in a comment, and be sure to click on "follow" in my side bar, so you don't miss out on the rest of the renovation as it progresses!

You can read more about this beach house project here.

Have a wonderful week! 

product credits:  painting "Fishing Boats On Beach", Driftwood Mirror from All Driftwood Furniture, basket from Adirondack Pack Baskets, Cordova Glazed Lamp in Chartreuse from Clayton Gray Home,  Dresser from Restoration Hardware, Bed and Bedding from Pottery Barn, drapery panels and built-ins Peter's Gotcha Covered, ottoman from Bombarock.

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  1. So far so good to me! I can't wait till you finish!

  2. Wow what wonderful ideas you have for your beach house. I can't wait to see more of the job as you go along, that is why I am now a follower.

  3. This is exciting, How do you get these concept images? Is it something the architect did?

  4. Love the colors of greens and pinks in the bedroom, and the sand colored drapes and carpet. totally know what you are doing!

  5. Amanda, this concept is wow! gorgeous ... love the built ins on both sides of the windows ... it is exciting to see they plans as they come up!

  6. I love all of your plans and can't wait to see the final renovation. You are truly talented, Amanda.

  7. That's going to be an amazing space - Love what you have planned!

  8. I think it will be awesome! I really love the idea of a beachy welcoming guest room! Popping by from Talent Tuesday!

  9. Love your ideas! Thanks for linking to 2nd Time Around!

  10. Wow, awesome planning job, it's going to be great when you're finished! Thank you for linking up to Masterpiece Monday. Mary :O)

  11. WOW! I love what you've come up with!! :)

    Is this GIMP program fairly easy to use or do you need a degree to figure it out?

  12. I love your plans. I hope you really use a bedspread like the one in the picture.

  13. Very exciting - love the plans...cant wait to see it done!

  14. Whenever I visit your blog, I always begin dreaming about things I would like to do to our house. My dreams may never come to fruition, but it is fun to think about them!!

  15. Same here Judie. I don't think my hubby would want to know I was looking at your awesome blog. LOL!~Ames

  16. Fabulous ideas to make the best of your space including the shelf units and curtains to frame the door. Love the beding, the colours and pattern is gorgeous.

  17. Wow, Amanda! What a great post! I really enjoyed the photo with all the arrows pointing to problem areas.

  18. I enjoy seeing your progress reports~ Your Google SketchUp exterior drawing looks amazing!

  19. o wow! Love your style Amanda! Very interesting seeing your vision!

  20. Wow, you have a very clear and detailed idea about how you want things to look! I love how you actually put the completed concept in actual drawing just to see how it would look. I should try that next time I decide to decorate. Beats having to guess and then be disappointed when things don't look exactly like I imagined :)

  21. Amanda! This is fascinating. Not only am I interested, I am totally willing to come and stay in the room to test it out as soon as it's finished!

    When my ex-husband and I used to restore century homes we would always call the 'surprises of other DIY'ers' HIDDEN TALENT!

    It looks like you really have your share of it there.

    Love the ham dog! That made me laugh.

    Thanks for a perfect stop today on our little journey through Alphabe-Thursday!

    I enjoy watching all of this happen.

    And don't forget my self-sacrifice on staying in the guest room when it's done. I'm just that kind of friend!


  22. I just love your style and admire your stamina for such a demanding project. I will keep up with your progress.

  23. I can't wait to eventually see the end product!


  24. Oh, that is going to look fabulous when you are done! I love it! :)
    Thanks for linking up!

  25. HI Amanda-

    I love seeing your concept room and would love to know more about the program you used to create it. Everything you have done so far looks amazing.
    Seeing your dog in the photos is so cute - he is a ham for sure. What would we do without our animals.
    My best- Diane

  26. Amanda,
    Thank you for linking to my party! I am following you back and can't wait to dive into your blog more deeply! The favorite place in all of creation.

  27. what a lovely job you completed looks great

  28. Amanda, those concept photos are incredible! It is all going to be so beautiful and I so agree that getting to visualize something like that makes all the difference and helps you stay focused on the goal when everything else seems to be in disarray all around you. It is all so very inspiring and I appreciate you linking it up to the party this week!

  29. Hi Amanda~ These photos are gorgeous-I love what your ideas area and I can't wait to see the finished rooms!! What an incredible project! Thanks for sharing this at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

  30. Wow, Amanda! You've really done your homework with the planning of this project. I think the guest bedroom will be beautiful when it's completed. I can't wait to see the real deal! ;)

    Thanks for linking to the party each week.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  31. LOVE your concept, Amanda. It's going to be a beautiful space! Thank you for sharing with air your laundry Friday!


  32. Amanda, your concept looks like it will turn out great! Can't wait to see the final product!


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