I have taken on so many projects over the years that home remodeling has kind of become a passion of mine. So much so that I ended up creating a business out of the whole thing. After finishing several personal remodels and flips, I decided to start my own small home design firm that would tackle mid-sized remodels. I am so proud to say that the business quickly grew and now we are a full on company with employees and everything. This home is our latest project (it is actually my very best friend's house). Because of our personal relationship, I decided to make this project my "idea house" of the year with all of what we consider to be the trendiest home decor ideas 2020.
Home remodeling is something I specialize in, and these pictures highlight a few of the changes that were made to an older 1970s kitchen. By laying oak wood flooring at an angle, we were able to make the narrow kitchen feel broader and more spacious. This kitchen remodel also oak kitchen cabinets, new stainless steel appliances, and a stainless steel farmhouse-style sink. It's a blending of the old with the new if you will. The kitchen island, topped with marble, separates the working area of the room from casual bench and chair seating. One side of the kitchen island also functions as a breakfast bar with enough seating for four people.
We bought this place knowing that we would most likely have to undertake some pretty extensive home remodeling in order to bring it up to our more modern styling preferences. I suppose that some people might consider this to be a more contemporary style, but the vast majority of the home design ideas that I love feature all white spaces with lyme-washed floors and matte black accents. Obviously achieving that look will require some serious work in here since virtually everything is the same "blah" shade of tan or beige. My husband and I have taken on a few small bathroom renovations in the past, but nothing of this size or magnitude.
When my neighbors were mulling over house remodeling ideas for their basement, I jumped at the chance to help them turn their dreary basement into a useable, fun space. After the finishing work was done, we went to work choosing flooring, wall colors, and appropriate seating. This home remodeling turned out to be a thing of beauty with a rough stone layered fireplace at one end of the room and a row of windows on the other. Both add light and warmth to the room. The floors were lined with dark gray marbled tiles, and the in the seating area we added a plush accent rug. Basement remodeling can be a challenge due to poor lighting, and we overcame that obstacle by keeping the wall colors light and adding plenty of statement floor lamps and recessed ceiling lights.
Home remodeling has always been a passion of mine, so it feels completely unreal to have actually made a career out of it! I would say that my speciality is modern house design (like this home that is in my top 5 favorites) that incorporates bold colors in a sea of white. I love the clean and minimalist aesthetic of an all white space with nothing more than shiny chrome accents, especially when paired with very bold artwork. Doing a look like this is actually a very effective way of keeping a kitchen remodel cost low (just purchase basic white cabinets and countertops) while still developing a bold and unforgettable style.
I do some home remodeling on the side, and this picture highlights some of the changes I made to our neighbor's bathroom. I used subway tiles as a backsplash for the recessed tub, and also as a border. We did this to keep home renovation costs down as subway tiles are generally one-quarter the price of other types of tiling. The long, rectangular mirror over the white kitchen vanity adds the illusion of space to the room. The crisscross pattern on the floor was my neighbor's idea, and we painted the ceiling white and walls yellow to keep things airy and bright. To complete the bathroom remodel, I installed a new walk-in shower with glass doors, again using subway tile as a decorative element as well as an inexpensive way to seal the space away from water.