It was a classic love-it-or-list-it situation. One Fresno-area family loved the neighborhood of their existing home, but neither the layout nor the style was well-suited to their tastes. Ultimately, they chose the remodeling route and enlisted the help of Hayley Chavez of HLC Studio to lead the project. She brought her discerning eye to this full-scale facelift, adding architectural interest in droves. While this home once lacked character, strategic details like wall paneling, casement windows, and archways at every turn managed to drastically change that.
Project: Project Foreman
Location: Fresno, California
Timeline: 9 months
Scope of Work: Entire home remodel with new floor plan
We’d love to hear an overview of your clients and what they were looking for within the space.
Our clients loved so many things about their home. They knew remodeling it instead of moving was the best option. It’s a great neighborhood, but the home’s overall layout was not functional or the style that reflected their family. They wanted to create a large pantry, kitchen, and mudroom. The home had many unnecessary spaces (three dining areas and two living rooms) that we were able to use to create their ideal layout.
Talk to us about the initial inspiration and the process of honing your vision?
We chose an English-inspired design with modern touches to give a more transitional feel. The house had great bones in an older neighborhood but lacked character. We wanted to add architectural details to evoke that old home charm. The arches, wall paneling, and casement windows we added did just that. The unlacquered brass hardware, fluted glass, hardwood flooring, kitchen dutch door, and wallpaper are all examples of the details that helped this home feel old, but new.
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What were some of the major pain points, and how did you problem-solve with design?
The number one concern on this project was lighting. The home was very dark, and our client wanted it to feel bright with natural light. Painting the walls white helped tremendously. We removed all the shutters from the windows blocking natural light and replaced them with light linen curtains. We also added six windows in the kitchen and removed one of the large trees blocking the light through those windows! It’s now so bright and airy!
Another pain point was the kitchen. We knew we wanted to create one large kitchen, but our client wanted to make sure it didn’t feel like you were walking straight into the kitchen from the entry. We decided to add a wall with openings on either side. This enclosed the kitchen while still allowing access and not feeling too closed off. It created a hallway from the entry that guides you into the living room. It also gave us the perfect opportunity for a beautiful dark built-in hutch on the kitchen side and a family gallery wall on the other!
Any favorite details to share?
My favorite detail in the home is the small nook area we added in the kitchen. We wanted that English dine-in kitchen feel. We added a built-in hutch and went with a picture light above instead of the chandelier above the table, which kept it more casual.
The laundry room drying rack is another favorite detail! We originally planned on floating shelves above the washer and dryer but decided to use an English-style airer instead. It creates a space for clothes to dry and perfectly fits the design.
Tell us what made working on this particular project so special?
Our client was so trusting of us every step of the process. It was so special to show our clients how their current home can be their dream home!
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