Updated Spec Home: An Introduction

We are starting a new series featuring a Updated Spec Home that also happens to be my mother and sister’s home. Initially they looked for an older ranch home with lots of character, but were unable to find one that did not require major renovation. So when a home came on the market in a neighborhood that they were very interested in, they jumped on it.

The home had lots of curb appeal and a good open concept floor plan; however, it was what you could expect to find in any relatively new subdivision – a builder’s spec house. Once we updated the finishes (and the Master Bath renovated), this house become a custom home that the previous owners would be hard pressed to recognize!

We left no interior finish untouched! We started with a clean, neutral color for the walls – my favorite Sherwin Williams’ Accessible Beige SW7036. You have heard me mention this color before – I even have varying shades of it in my own home. It is a warm beige with a gray undertone that provides the perfect backdrop for any color scheme. Love of wallpaper runs in our family so we added it to both of the Bathrooms.

There were no less than 4 different types of flooring in the house – hardwood, laminate, linoleum and carpeting. I cannot stress enough that consistent flooring helps make a home flow better and feel more expansive. We replaced all of the flooring with a hand scraped, wide plank engineered hardwood in a medium wood tone. Dark wood floors are gorgeous, but show everything! A medium wood tone still has depth, but is more forgiving.

We updated every light fixture in the house. While we splurged on the Breakfast Room chandelier which is a focal point in the open concept layout, we were able to find some deals for other spaces. Do not underestimate the impact of updated lighting in a room!

We replaced the mismatched, budget blinds with soft shades. Comparable to Hunter Douglas’ Silhouette shades, these shades give the illusion of a sheer and wood blind when open and a fabric shade when closed. They truly add a layer of “softness” to your rooms.

All of these updates allowed for a seamless and cohesive flow from room to room. Once we got the basics taken care of, we needed inspiration for our color scheme. The homeowners found  inspiration from a piece of artwork they found in a wonderful boutique home accessories store – Robin’s Nest Interiors! We used the colors in the artwork – grays, mints and corals – for our vibrant and fresh color scheme.

To say working with family members is a challenge would be an understatement. This was truly a labor of love for my two favorite clients. I look forward to sharing their gorgeous home with you!

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