The other day, before I left Kitsap Kitchen and Bath, my last official appointment was with a lovely young couple that purchased the home my late husband and I built almost thirty years ago. Here is a drawing of the lovely 5,000 square foot home.
I wonder how other people feel when they go into a home that you designed, or built or bought and then sold and moved on. It was lovely that they were such a nice young couple and loved the house. It was hard, as over the years, the former owners had made significant changes to the interior and exterior that were very different from my initial vision. The new owners were trying to repair all the things that were left unattended for several years. My heart went out to them, as so many things need work.
Thirty years later my taste has certainly changed with color choices and was glad even back then, other than a pick tub & toilet in the master (now yucky) I had stayed with classic and beautiful choices.
This is the original exterior, but it is now light yellow with black trim, and the arches over the entry and the garage doors are now just a rectangle. The architect was from California and good friend, but the arches and trim had to be repainted every year, as the V in the middle of the arch, opened the grain of the wood, so water got in the wood. The lovely arch over the fireplace in the living room is gone and the antique Sheraton fireplace surround has disappeared that was above the master bedroom fireplace. The trees are grown and beautiful! There is a lot more landscaping that hides the front of the house a bit.
This a photo from the living room looking into the dining room. I had those two Captain’s chairs on the right for several years, but tired of them (still tired of them) and sold them ages ago. The columns are telling of the time it was designed and built, but classic lines are still lovely. The new owners have had the floor refinished with exception of the entry where the last owner put black marble over the wood. (yuck) and the lighter color on the floor is much more up to date. I don’t have any photos of the kitchen, but it was a dream to work in, alone or with a party of people.
I would love to be the one redesigning their bathroom, but they did not contact me personally, so in the proper ethical and business since it is totally up to them. But it does need to be updated, so I am glad they are taking it on. I think it would be a very challenging, but overall fun project and would really add to the house.
How many of you have ventured back into a home you loved and what did you think about the changes? Maybe as a design professional, it is harder for me to accept and love change? How about you?