Ready for the Rodeo
Over in St. Paul, Oregon, my lovely niece is updating her 1920’s classic bungalow/cottage. Originally owned by her grandmother, this home has beautiful old bones. As a mother of four living in the town famous for Rodeos, she and her husband love to entertain. An unfortunate drawback to living in an older home, however, is an outdated layout. All of the bathrooms are on the main floor, and all of the bedrooms are upstairs. The solution is not only a remodel, but a full-on addition in the form of a dormer with new windows. Her vaulted ceilings were leaving some unused space that was perfect for adding a small master bathroom and walk-in closet. We added a dormer to accommodate head-height and bring in lots of natural light for their his and hers bathroom. For the bathroom walls, our soft gray from the Winter Subtle collection was the perfect soothing contrast to the cheery yellow in her bedroom. Because this bathroom didn’t exist before, we had to re-rout the plumbing starting in the foundation, working our way through a main floor bathroom, and finally into the upstairs. By creating a master suite upstairs, this frees up the main floor bathroom to be used by guests, just in time for one of her St. Paul Rodeo parties.
The best part about this remodel is that I get to work with my very talented niece. She has an amazing eye for color and design and has worked for Allison Smith Design in the past. This project felt more like a collaboration; bringing her personality and style into the final product made it all the more personal and successful. She and her large family–husband and 4 children between the ages of 3-16–have received a much needed addition to their home that they can enjoy for years to come.