WRITTEN BY: Ann Hunsaker of Sisters Interiors
The opportunity for a carte blanche remodel of a residence is a rare occurrence. The owner of a residence at the Bridgepoint Condominium gave us such an opportunity. His only request was to give him “LOTS OF COLOR.” He then left the building and did not return until the remodel was completed. When he saw it, he simply said, “it’s perfect.”
The splashes of vibrant color in the furnishings and painted feature walls, coupled with the fabulous ocean view, might make you think you are swimming in the Great Barrier Reef. The furniture and decorations are like colorful tropical fish. All of this fabulous color resides on a primarily neutral background. To achieve this, we had to start from scratch.
We opened the front door and began to demolish everything: ceilings, walls, and flooring (including the kitchen and all bathrooms). The most “spectacular” thing we did was to remove a wall in the entryway that separated the kitchen, hallway, and living room.
After the demolition, we began to rebuild. Removing the entry wall created an open floor plan that allowed the introduction of a kitchen peninsula and a second entrance to the kitchen. Now the chef can entertain his guests without leaving the kitchen.
The new kitchen features custom cabinets with soft-closing doors and drawers, full extension drawer glides, and heavy-duty euro hinges. The custom designed pantry includes a floor to ceiling Lazy Susan and tons of accessible shelves. Stainless steel toe kicks on the cabinets protect them from damage.
Beautiful state-of-the-art appliances include: Thermador towers (refrigerator, freezer and wine cooler), built-in 5 burner “down-draft” cooktop, and built-in oven/micro combo, an ice-maker by Sub-Zero, and a Bosch dishwasher. All appliances are built-in with wood panel fronts. LED lighting was installed in custom light valances throughout the kitchen and living room areas.
As you look through the photo gallery, you notice the bead board ceilings and walls throughout the entry, kitchen, living room, hallway. The back wall of the master bedroom also features bead board. We painted all the wood in soft white, with a hint of butter. Light colored natural stone flooring completes the neutral background in all areas but the bedrooms. They have engineered wood flooring.
In the living area, the walls are window glass. Convenient motorized window shades allow easy control of sunlight in the dining/living room windows. Valances keep the shades out of sight until needed. When they are down, they are an opaque white.
New “state-of-the-art” air-conditioning was installed. The new system is so quiet! We updated all the electrical wiring and installed a new breaker box. The condo was wired for audio/video/Wi-Fi, and all the equipment is housed in a central location.
All bathrooms have walk-in showers with brushed nickel fixtures and niches to accommodate toiletries. Bathrooms are tiled with stone mosaics from floor to ceiling. Inset mirrors complete the design.
The laundry room now accommodates a front loading washer/dryer. Its new, easy to open, custom glass “barn style door” adds tons of glamour to the hallway.
The guest bedroom has custom built-in storage cabinets. There is a cabinet with double rods for hanging clothes, a cabinet with shelves for linens, and a chest of drawers in-between. The television sits on top of the chest. Traditional custom plantation shutters in all the bedrooms (ceiling to floor) give a very coastal/cottage design.
Once the foundation was laid, we began adding the color and design features that make this residence extraordinary. We started by painting feature walls in each room to complement our color palette. Our color palette includes turquoise, yellow, orange, lime green, hot pink and coral. In the living area, the sofas and leather chairs were custom upholstered in textiles that create a bright, coastal atmosphere. Decorative accents and artwork selections coordinate with each room’s color palette.
It was a delightful experience to create this stunning residence for our client, and especially gratifying that it fit the bill “perfectly.”