I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it over and over…there is nothing like visiting my clients after they “unlocked new doors” in a new home, and seeing how they made their home unique to them. I am always blown away by the talent and skill my clients have – many of the remodels are DIY, and it is always so inspiring to me!
For example, this lovely young couple happens to be not just past clients of mine, but friends as well, and Phil and Whittney have worked hard this past year on their new home on Oakwood. Phil and Whittney were married over a year ago, and they have already torn apart their kitchen and living room and made it into any young couple’s dream.
Just call them Chip and Joanna, because they basically remodeled this house by themselves!! The first step they did was open up the kitchen, dining room, and living room. These three rooms were all separated by partial walls, and the new open-floor plan makes the home feel so much more spacious and cozy – all at the same time! They added a support beam since the wall they tore out was a load-bearing wall.
Phil and Whittney designed their new kitchen on the Menards’ site. They were able to add an island where the kitchen wall used to be and they fell in love with the black counter tops that were displayed on the Menards’ site. The two of them put in vinyl plank flooring over the entire main floor in a color called Grey Oak, painted the walls a light gray, and Phil topped it off with new trim around the windows, doors, and baseboards – totally giving the entire space a fresh look. In the living room, Phil hung Shiplap on the large wall facing the street – it might be one of my favorite features of their remodel. He did a wonderful job! Meanwhile, Whittney did some furniture shopping – their sofas are from Ashley Furniture and their GORGEOUS chairs are from Floral Design in Morton. Oh, and the amazing wood coffee table in the middle? Phil made that himself. It is stunning. The two of them found someone that sold Cedar planks, and Phil put on a clear coat and added legs.
Phil and Whittney are living proof that you can do a remodel on a budget. They had so much fun tackling this project together, along with some help from both sets of parents. They purchased stair treads to go on the stairway leading to the front door, and then stained them to match the vinyl plank flooring. One of the many ways they got creative with the project, was when they found out they had leftover stair treads – they made shelves to put on each side of the window in the kitchen!! So neat! The two of them just recently tiled the entryway floor, and their last project to tackle is the stair railing. I can’t wait to see how they get creative with it!
I wish these two many wonderful years in their home on Oakwood. I am honored to have helped them find their little corner of the world, and even more honored and humbled to see them loving every second of life here. Phil and Whittney have so much talent, and I am so thankful to call them my friends! Blessings always, you two!