We are so pleased to share before and after photos of our multi-family renovation project in Northern Orange County. The property was an older building with a very traditional design inside. After our initial site visit we couldn’t wait to get started on the design and bring new life to this property … after all, it’s what we do best! Scroll on down to see the dramatic before and after shots!
As we mentioned, the interior of the building was very traditional as is pretty common in the renovations that we take on. We are fortunate to work with clients that typically have a budget number in mind ahead of time. So it’s then our job to evaluate a space like this and tell them what elements we can work with and what needs to go. Luckily in this case, we knew we could work with the architectural elements but the furniture and light fixtures definitely needed to be replaced.
A fresh coat of paint instantly brightened the room and made everything feel airier. Our main inspiration for the property came from an image of a capiz shell pendant that we found in a magazine. This capiz shell pendant was the perfect design element to help marry the Mediterranean style building and the new contemporary design together. We added a pair of metal sconces in a bronze finish to add a touch of sparkle and bring in a more modern feel. We replaced the orange-toned wood floors to a wood with depth and character. By changing the flooring out to a darker wood, we anchored the space and provided a greater contrast between the flooring and the walls. Carmel colored leather and blue hues helped to warm the space and make it an inviting place for residents to relax.
Leasing Office Before
The Leasing Office had dated carpet and very dark furniture that made the room feel dark and tired. Again, we knew we needed to replace the furniture and run the new wood floor from the Clubroom throughout the Leasing area for a sense of cohesion.
Leasing Office After
By stripping the window treatments and painting the walls and ceiling a brighter white, we allowed for more light to enter the space. Colorful art prints were brought in to add a big punch of color and to give the eye a nice focal point to rest on.
The restroom at the property lacked visual interest because the tones of the floor, walls and counter were so similar to one another. Restrooms are always a good indicator of what shape the rest of a property is in so we feel you should never skimp on the design in a restroom or potential residents may go elsewhere!
We replaced the beige wall tiles with modern white subway tiles that run vertically up the wall. The prettiest blue accent band runs around the restroom to tie in the blue that we designed in the other spaces. We replaced the single built-in mirror with two beautifully framed mirrors for a very polished look.
The property had a large business center that had lots of storage space that went unused and dark accent walls. Our goal here was to brighten the spaces up to encourage residents to enjoy the space.
The Business Center turned in to an updated iLounge where people can come and work on their laptops or use the stationary computer stations if a desktop computer and printer is needed. The moveable side tables and ottomans allow for more flexibility in a space where people may be working collaboratively. For the carpet tile, we used one of our favorites from Shaw. The green color feels youthful and in a way, like grass… subconsciously bringing the outdoors in, which is so important when your eyes are focused on a screen for hours on end!
The kitchen space felt very small with upper cabinets, lots of accessories and the dark painted walls. In order to make the kitchen feel larger and more functional, we decided to eliminate the upper cabinets altogether.
We replaced the busy light fixtures with beautiful modern fixtures from Tom Dixon. By removing the upper cabinets, the light fixtures had a clean backdrop to really be seen and stand out. Since we neutralized the kitchen space, we used green dining chairs and a beautiful patterned fabric for the upholstery on the counter stools for visual interest.
Game Room Before
The existing Game Room had very dark carpet, dark traditional furniture (as you can see, the pool table has very curved legs) and felt lifeless… not what you want for a Game Room!
Game Room After
We love the way this Game Room renovation turned out! We wanted to have a big wall graphic that was quirky and playful. Our office has a bunch of dog lovers so we came up with the idea of creating a custom wall graphic of a French Bull Dog. The face of the Frenchie gives so much character to the room and helps to tie in the black elements found in the light fixtures and bar tables and seating. In order to balance out such a bold graphic on one wall, we inset strips of raspberry colored chevron wallcovering on the opposite wall. Leaving this wall all white would have felt like something was missing. The two strips of wallcovering help to balance out the room and move the eye around the room. The dated carpet was replaced with new wood floors that had both light and dark woods so that it would lend itself to the other woods in the room. Lastly, we had all new contemporary game tables made for the room. This room is exactly how we wanted it to turn out - playful, bright and fun! We could spend all day hanging here, playing pool and staring at the Frenchie!