Today we’re sharing our first post from our new series, How WE Make Coming Home the Best Part of Our Day: A Look Inside Our Agents’ Homes.
To start us off, here are the before and afters of Kim’s home outside of Willard, Missouri, along with her families’ goals for the home, and transformation success stories! Psst! This home will be available for sale soon! CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS KITCHEN?!?!
For the past several years we have worked to renovate our dated two-story cedar home into a fresh, modern contemporary retreat. Initially, the home had many problems making it an undesirable home for many buyers. However, we saw past the outdated style and utilized trusted resources to help turn our home into a place we are very proud to call home. One of the biggest selling points to our family was the 5 acre lot on Little Sac River. The river has been a refreshing oasis in the heat of summer, where we’ve spent time catching crawdads and splashing around in the crisp water.
The Biggest transformations…
1.) Bringing the outside in. The backyard, located high above the river has a gorgeous view of the valley below. We decided to place large sliding glass doors all along the south side of the living and dining room to invite the outdoors in. We rarely use any lights during the day with so much natural light flooding the rooms. With the larger amount of glass, we now view spectacular sunrises and gorgeous snowy landscapes.
2.) Open Layout. The home already had a great layout and by simply decreasing the size of the wall between the kitchen and living room we have an open concept plan where no one is ever left out of the fun.
3.) Master Suite. From the moment I walked in the master bedroom, I loved the view from up in the trees. The bedroom was a simple fix, new floors, paint and some style. The master bath however, was one of the projects I spent years thinking about. We started with a decent-sized space but an awkward layout. We decided to bump the bathroom out into the unfinished attic space. I was very apprehensive the cost to do so, would not be recouped by the small amount of space we gained. However, we were able to tuck the toilet back behind in a closet and we added additional closet space, making a hers and his closet. My favorite features in the master bath, the freestanding tub, double trough sink, and of course the penny tile that curves up wall. Oh yes, and the curbless shower!
4.) Exterior clean up and update. Last summer we finally tackled the exterior of our home. Again, this was one of those decisions we put a considerable amount of thought into. We started out with a new roof, choosing a light grey, dimensional shingle. We added metal over the porch roof. We then had the cedar siding repaired. We finished the siding with a new coat of solid wood stain. The paint counter employees got to know me pretty well, as I think I had about 6-8 samples made. It wasn’t easy, but we created a custom color and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out!
Post and Photography by: Kimberly Kuhn