Three Home Renovation Inspirations for 2023

2023-01-13 16:30:27 By : Mr. Andy Leon

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Three Home Renovation Inspirations for 2023

Maybe you’ve been dreaming of a kitchen or bathroom upgrade. Maybe you need more room but don’t want to move (not with those interest rates, anyway!). You’re not alone: For the past few years, local homeowners have been enhancing their spaces at record rates. Ready to join the renovation revolution? Make a resolution to get inspired by these smart home makeovers.

Garage remodel of a 1958 Lincoln, Mass. home / Photo by Nat Rea

A midcentury outbuilding gets transformed into guest quarters and a yoga studio.

What do you do when you need more space, but you don’t want to disrupt your home’s existing floor plan? For the new owners of this 1958 Lincoln residence designed by noted modernist architects Henry Hoover and Walter Hill, the solution was to transform the garage. “It made sense to convert the adjacent garage, which had a workshop in the rear, and build a separate carport further away from the house,” says Colin Flavin, whose firm, Flavin Architects, drafted the renovation plans. At 769 square feet, the revamped garage accommodates a bedroom, a bathroom, and a large open space for a yoga studio, lounge, and work area. While the garage’s unfinished interior was in rough shape, it had a beautiful structural wood ceiling made of thick Douglas fir that the architects opted to preserve. The original plywood trusses were replaced with steel beams, Flavin says, noting that the element aligns with the midcentury-design approach of Hoover and Hill.

Just say ahhh: Two washrooms become one Zen-like retreat.

With separate his-and-hers bathrooms, the primary suite in this Kingston home presented a unique situation that could make an enticing arrangement for some couples. But Lawless Design’s Hannah Oravec says her clients thought the separate bathrooms were unnecessary, preferring instead to have a large closet and one expanded bathroom. With that in mind, Oravec set about transforming the “hers” bathroom into an ample walk-in closet, while an existing closet was combined with “his” bathroom to create one generously sized washroom. “The homeowners really wanted a spa-like bathroom,” Oravec says. “A space that was calm and Zen, light and bright. There is great natural daylight in the home and an amazing landscape outside, so there was also a focus in the renovated bathroom on bringing the outside in.”

An enhanced layout and mod aesthetics prime the heart of this home for its next century.

When Jodi Swartz of KitchenVisions first saw this 1924 house in Belmont, she says it was practically abandoned. Though it had good bones and a striking stucco façade, “Inside it was a wreck, dark, and everything was just so old.” The new homeowners hired her to renovate the bathrooms and carve out a mudroom, along with a bath for their dog. “They were going to keep the kitchen as is for a while,” Swartz says. “But it was cobbled together, and there was no rhyme or reason to the design whatsoever.” Eventually, Swartz and contractor Nathan Dishington of Jensen Hus crafted a renovation plan for the kitchen and presented it to the homeowners. “We wanted to show them how great it could be,” she notes. Indeed, their clients embraced the concept, which called for bumping out the front wall 4 feet; creating vaulted, cathedral-style ceilings; and closing off a non-essential back door to create a walk-in pantry. The rest is history.

The renovated kitchen of a 1924 house in Belmont. / Photo by Michael Patrick Lefebvre

Photo by Michael Patrick Lefebvre

Photo by Michael Patrick Lefebvre

Photo by Michael Patrick Lefebvre

First published in the print edition of the January 2023 issue as “Goodbye 2022… Hello Reno!”

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