Home Tour: Builder Grade Turned Custom


I hope you’re having a good week.  Summer is getting away from me, and my kids are having anxiety attacks seeing the school supply displays in stores now.  While I love the routine of the school year, there is something to be said for lazy summer days.

A friend of mine is in the process of building their dream home for her family of six, which is sure to be gorgeous since she has amazing taste.  As part of the process, their current home is on the market, and I had to share.  Way back when, I gave you a bit of a Christmas tour of her home, but this will give you more shots of what a great home they’ve made it over the many years they’ve lived there.

They built their first home 17 years ago, and like many of us, when we buy/build our first home, we don’t always have the money to turn it into exactly what we want at that very moment.  So, over time, we turn it into a home that truly reflects our personal taste and style.  This is the case with their home.  They started with a builder grade home, and over the years, turned it into a custom home.

I’ll shut up now and get on with the tour – photos are courtesy of the real estate listing agent.

They completely overhauled their kitchen and turned it into an entertainer’s dream.

To give you an idea of what it looked like before, I pulled a photo of a similar kitchen so that you can get an idea of how the space was transformed.  This isn’t a before shot of her actual kitchen, but you get the idea.

It goes to show you what you can do to turn a builder grade home into something really beautiful.

In the family room, they added a brick accent wall to frame the fireplace.

The bookcases really add to the dramatic effect.

My friend is a business owner and mother of four (including a set of twins).  I think she could have a career as a designer, home stager or blogger.  She’s always changing things up in her home, and I love seeing how she changes things up every time I’m there.

A pretty pop of color with some pretty wallpaper in the powder room.

A tranquil master bedroom… 

Complete with a great little nook.  Notice on the desk/dressing table how she’s placed photos underneath the glass top.  So clever.

They updated the master bathroom as well.  One thing she showed me that I love, is that there are outlets included in the drawers.  Brilliant.

This is her twin boys’ room.  To make more room for them, they extended the room over what used to be a two story foyer (notice the arched window in the corner).  Such a great way to add space to a home, and precisely why I’m not a fan of two story rooms like I used to be.  

A quick peek back at the foyer – you don’t even miss the two story entry!

Her sweet girl’s room.

The kids’ bathroom got a bit of an overhaul too.

Their basement has space for everyone, with stained concrete floors throughout.

I absolutely adore this kid’s craft room.  Isn’t it fantastic?

And this room may very well be my favorite.  It’s the grown up craft room, with furniture courtesy of the Ballard Outlet that you know is near and dear to my heart. 😉  Everything has a place, and it is a space that would make any potential buyer swoon.

Another thing that they’ve done is move the laundry room downstairs, turning the former laundry space (the dreaded walk through laundry room off of the garage) into a mud room (which unfortunately, I don’t have any photos to share).  Imagine built-in cubbies and shelves with hooks for hanging jackets.  😉

Their home went up for sale, had one showing and is now sale pending!  How great is that?  One less thing to worry about when you’re building a new home and planning a big move.  Can’t wait to share their new home with you – I know it will be filled with wonderful ideas and inspiration.

Speaking of ideas and inspiration – I’m headed to Homearama tonight.  Can’t wait to share the eye candy from this tour of 10 gorgeous homes!


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    July 24, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Wow it's gorgeous! I love that they made it their own in every space.

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    Simply LKJ
    July 24, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    What a beautiful home!

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    Calypso In The Country
    July 24, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    Beautiful home and it's nice to see what can be done with a builder grade home (like mine). Can't wait for Homarama!!!

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    khaki salmon
    July 25, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    I can't believe they did all those wonderful things but chose not to remove the hideous "popcorn" ceilings! It's a labor-intensive project…..and it makes a mess. But it's not impossible to rid your home of that telltale "builder grade" feature.

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    Cinderella K
    October 14, 2014 at 9:37 am

    It is really great to have a home where automation system is so responsive and pleasant to work with! I would highly recommend finding a highly responsive automation system.
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    Nicole Kidman
    April 2, 2015 at 7:33 am

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