Last month we shared some updates about our Habitat for Humanity house project renovation planning and some details on the overall budget (you can read all about it here). We are nearing completion on all the contractor renovations, so I thought we'd share an update on the house with you. Also, I thought it would be fun to show you a few inspiration images throughout this post to try give you some idea of what we're planning to do. I don't want to spoil all the surprises—but a few inspiration images never hurt, right?
One thing I love about the above two images (linked in the credits below) are the simple, pared down color schemes. Elsie and I LOVE color, to say the least, but in this home we don't want to go overboard as we don't know the future family's preferences, and we don't want to leave them with a rainbow bright house they don't love. So, we're looking to create spaces that feel open, clean, and feel interesting but not overdone.
I truly love the layout of the kitchen in our project house. It's not a huge space, but the layout is great. I like how much counter space there is and with the addition of a few bar stools (or chairs) it can do double duty as seating/eating area! I know we'll be looking to add some storage options in this kitchen as we move forward so the future family will have space for pantry items, dishes, cups, cookware, etc. Storage in small spaces can make a world of difference in keeping everything feeling organized and uncluttered.
One update you haven't seen before is the new white tile backsplash! Wahoo! I love tile backsplashes as they are SO easy to clean, wish I had one in my house. 🙂 You can't really see it in these photos, but the peeling linoleum has also all been removed from the floor, the broken counter top removed and updated (though not completed), and we started painting the cabinets. We still have some wallpaper to remove, walls to paint, floors to polish, light fixtures to update, and storage solutions planned for this space. It's a long way from being done, but it's shaping up nicely.
Next let's talk about the bathroom. Wanna take a walk down memory lane with me?A little dingy, no? The linoleum was in three pieces and coming apart, the window had moisture damage, the shower was… well, you can see for yourself (which I think contributed to the moisture damage in the window). Overall the space felt dirty and wasn't being utilized to its full potential. It's certainly not the smallest bathroom I've ever been in, but it felt crowded and cluttered. This is the only bathroom in the house, so we want it to feel clean and as spacious as possible.
Here's a few sneak peeks at the bathroom updates so far. Lots of white subway tile on the walls. But we're doing something just a little unique with the bathroom floor tile. The room will be mostly white when we're done, but with a few pops of black to add a little contrast. I love a lot of white in a bathroom, makes it feel so fresh.
Not a ton has changed in the bedrooms yet. Mainly we've just rip up carpet and cleaned up the floors some, although they still need some work. You can also see the wallpaper border has been removed. We are prepping for painting already. 🙂
Remember the surprise we encountered in the laundry room? If not, click here. Last time we updated you, this is what the laundry room floor looked like. We had to basically remove the entire floor because of rot, then new subfloor needed to be installed along with some updates to the foundation in that part of the house (it's an add-on room to the original house).
At the moment we are thinking about light fixtures. Should we update them, donate & replace, turn a blind eye, keep talking about them but never really do anything… so many options. Just kidding. Basically it's a choice between updating what we already have or replacing them. We'll likely do a combination of both. We will for sure be perusing our local Habitat for Humanity Restore in the next couple of weeks in case they have any good ones that fit our space. Have you ever shopped at a Restore? It's a pretty rad place plus it (obviously) benefits HFH, so that's pretty awesome too.
Just FYI we are working on creating some kind of landing page for our HFHS project. We want to make sure you guys will have easy access to all the posts we do about this project as well as links to help you learn more about Habitat for Humanity. Also, one reader had requested we share a layout of the house so you will have a better idea of the spaces as we move forward with these posts. Great idea! You guys are too smart! We are working on that as well.
Thanks for letting us share a small update with you! xo. Emma + The ABM Team
Credits // Author: Emma Chapman, Photography: Emma Chapman and Sarah Rhodes. Inspiration Image Sources: Blue Door Room, Black and White Room, Mint Chair Kitchen, Pegboard. *Habitat homes are sold to qualifying families at a reduced price with a zero-interest loan. Mortgage payments then go into a revolving fund that allows Habitat to build additional homes for families in need. To learn more about Habitat for Humanity or to make a donation, visit habitat.org