RENOVATION REVEAL (The Story) JAN 2016 - Have you ever looked at a 70's ranch style home & thought, "that house has great bones, but it sure has some ugly parts that I can't live with". This was the thought process that brought Al & Richard to consider renovating a home in Springdale, Arkansas.
The home was originally built by Al's grandparents in 1979, a Cargill truck driver & Director of the school lunch program for Springdale public schools. It was the 2nd home on the street & the addition at the time was surrounded by vineyards after you passed Patrick's Burger joint heading north. A typical ranch style home, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths with 2 car garage. It was filled with the typical finishes of its era, from canary yellow kitchen counters with avocado green appliances & plumbing fixtures to green shag carpet throughout the spacious rooms and wooden spindled dividers. Pecan finished cabinets graced the kitchen & baths as well as every door in the home and wooden built-in bookcases were stained to match. The garage was a dark space of paneled walls with only a single light while the large walk-in closets had no lights in them.
Many family memories were made in the moderately sized kitchen with no microwave or around the multicolored wood burning brick fireplace and as time evolved, the trees planted by Al & his grandfather have now grown to tower above the home. A garden plot grew in the back yard in the 90's when his parents retired from the ranch in Oklahoma and moved to the home to help take care of ailing grandparents. Over time the home filled up with family heirlooms & whatnots that passed on as family members passed. The lemon/lime kitchen changed into chicken wallpaper, and Astroturf style kitchen carpet was replaced with tile. Eventually the shag carpet was replaced with lighter colors & the trim on the house was updated to teal greens with shutters.
In 2015, when the decision was made to develop the home into a more up-to-date place to live, the concept was one of "Less Is More". Clean, simple, timeless finishes that carried the home from the 70's & 80's look, to a more current feel with a touch of 50's modern throwback. Choosing one light color to use inside & out to paint the brick and interior walls, then one color for cabinets and exterior trim made a very cohesive feel. The use of metal & stained cedar, which is also the color of the new privacy fence added texture on the façade and continuity. Lighting was added on the exterior as well as throughout the interior of the home. Recessed-Can lighting added to rooms after the popcorn stipple ceiling was scraped away, creating a feeling that the original 8 feet height seems much higher without obstruction in the open areas. Repainting of existing solid wood cabinets was a great cost savings compared to replacement and gave a complete update to the space.
The "Less Is More" approach was applied to everything from the landscape and lighting, to the closets. Re-surfaced counters throughout and hard surface flooring was installed throughout the home with the exception of the bedrooms that now have commercial grade carpet. And now today, you will find the feel of a modern home here, where family traditions continue to be made.