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Category Archives: before&after
This post was originally published at Urban Turf, The DC Real Estate Guide. It is one in a series of features called “Re-imagined,” which will look at DC homes in need of renovations and imagine what they could look like one day.
Single-click anywhere on the images below to move the slider bar, revealing the before and after photos. Use the links at the bottom to ‘show only before’ or ‘show only after.’
The Living Room
In the living room, there are some great details in the built-in wooden shelves and the fireplace surround. However, it felt a little heavy, with a bit too much going on. Weʼd keep the side shelves intact, and try to make the fireplace feel a little more cohesive with a new stone veneer. Though the original wood trim was beautiful, it felt as if it was competing with the bookshelves, and the stone tiling inside it felt small and overpowered, like it was a design afterthought. Ideally, the fireplace trim could be salvaged and re-used for another project by donating it to a place like Community Forklift.
By creating a uniform center with the new fireplace, the wall feels a little more balanced and the room has a focal point. For the floors, weʼd make the two rooms flow together with the same wood flooring, and, as there are currently checkerboard floors throughout the house, weʼd opt to only keep them in one or two of the rooms to avoid overdoing it. Finally, the large space and high ceilings could benefit from more of a statement chandelier that doesnʼt feel quite as tiny in the space.
The kitchen offers an opportunity to embrace the checkerboard floors, and the only thing we would do is a little bit of restoration to clean them up. Weʼd choose cabinets and countertops that are light and white tones to avoid competing with the floor, as well as new appliances. Along the right wall, weʼd add a seating area with some pops of bright color.
The bedroom is in pretty decent shape and could simply benefit from a fresh coat of paint and some refinished floors. A darker stain on the floors and a darker accent wall would help to make the space feel more intimate. We also decided to add a seating area in the curved window area to take advantage of the beautiful space.
The Rear Porch and Deck
The backyard is currently almost non-existent, due to the detached carriage house/garage directly behind the house that takes up much of the lot. Adding a deck on the roof of this structure would help maximize the outdoor space while providing a good place to grill and entertain. Weʼd fix up the wooden porch by adding a new canopy structure overhead, and remove the existing railings for access to the extended deck.
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hit play to watch each step of the rendering process – a backyard transformed
People often think that creating a rendering is as simple as pushing the “Render” button. While I really wish that my keyboard had one of these magical buttons, it’s not always that easy. Creating a rendering involves lots of steps, and is generally a very iterative process. Every artist works in a slightly different way, but I wanted to give everyone a little glimpse of one of my renderings in progress, from start to finish. The two particular renderings posted here were done for a feature article on Urban Turf called Re-Imagined, where I envision how various features of a home could be transformed. You can check out the article to get a better idea of the purpose of these images.
I started with some basic listing photos from a home for sale on Redfin.com. This is the photo that you see in the first frame of the movies posted here. Each step after that represents one more iterative rendering, in other words, each time I hit that “render” button. When each of the images in the process are strung together, you can get a little insight into how I went about creating the rendering. You’ll notice there is a lot of trial and error – adding new lights, adjusting the brightness, rearranging furniture, adding colors, and creating new textures.
hit play to watch each step of the rendering process – making of a living room
In each of these examples, you’ll notice there are about 14-15 steps to creating the final look. Each step can take anywhere from 5 to 45 minutes to do, depending on what is being added or adjusted. Usually, I am working with textures and furniture from my library of resources, but sometimes, I’ll have to build a new custom piece of furniture or create an original texture from scratch, which adds to the time spent on a project. Other times, I will buy a new model or texture from a site like Turbosquid, which saves time. Each project is totally unique in how I get from start to finish.
What do you think? See anything you’d have done differently?
These are the latest ‘before & after’ interior design renderings that were created for Urban Turf. In the first set of images, we looked at updating a Brookland Farmhouse that was in great need of a facelift. To read the full article, with a detailed description of the changes, check out the article, Re-Imagined. (click the images to view them larger)
This next set of images show the updates we imagined for a true “fixer-upper” located in Trinidad. You can read the full description of the changes here.
What do you think of the renderings? What would you do differently if you were the homeowner?
Here’s the latest rendering for Newport Tower, a project by Lock 7 Development located at 1120 Rhode Island Avenue NW (map). The renovation will bring eight new condo units, and is set to deliver this summer. For this image, several paint-color schemes were investigated before settling on this grey and blue combination. Also note the gold paint accents, which will really bring out the intricate details in the trim on the building.
Here’s how the building looks now, as renovations begin.