Rescuing a DIY Gone Wild

Remodel, Residential

Rescuing a DIY Gone Wild

Rescuing a DIY Gone Wild

Working with designs from David Moulton AIA, the majority of this Sea Ranch home was transformed from a haphazard “DIY Gone Wild” jumble into a bright, sophisticated and livable home.

The entry, at mid-level between kitchen and living room, has new 5-inch wide hickory plank floors, new lighting and a spectacular turquoise-painted barn door that conceals the existing, awkwardly located closets. The hickory floors are now carried throughout the home, eliminating dust-infected carpet, concrete tile and oak floors that had accumulated over earlier haphazard remodels.

Downstairs on the kitchen level, previously dominated by rough-hewn ceiling timbers that gave the room a decidedly “Ratskeller” look, we installed a sophisticated new kitchen with cherry and gloss-white cabinets from Ikea, organic white Caesarstone countertops, a cherry butcher-block bar counter and new stainless steel appliances and backsplash. The view to the ocean has been opened with a generous new picture window and all the existing trim has been replaced with clear-finished vertical-grain Douglas Fir. These improvements, along with several coats of bright white paint on the walls and ceiling timbers, have truly made this kitchen/dining room the place to be.

Together, and much to the owner’s delight, Empire Contracting and David Moulton AIA have collaborated in this Sea Ranch remodel to successfully rescue this home and provide its owners with a truly spectacular Sea Ranch living experience.

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