In its current April issue, Home magazine reveals the results of its special 99-day home remodeling project, as chronicled this past fall on the popular national network television program "The ABC Home Show."
During the program's 14-week coverage, Home magazine's editor-in-chief Joseph Ruggiero along with Kitty Bartholomew, decorating host for "The ABC Home Show," offered millions of television viewers an opportunity to see how a drab, cramped ranch house from the '50s could be transformed into a space-efficient and charming English country cottage of the nineties."Our April feature captures the sense of excitement and challenge we experienced in remodeling the house," says Ruggiero. "We hope our readers will see what `The ABC Home Show' viewers saw each week - a wealth of innovative and practical ideas that can be adapted and applied to a wide range of remodeling plans."
Bartholomew pointed out that the remodeling and decorating changes made to this house were meaningful for two reasons: The rooms were tastefully transformed without dramatically altering the basic structure of the house, and the entire project was completed within a modest budget by industry standards.
Taking its cue from the comfortable elegance of English country cottages, Home magazine opened up the space and enlivened the boxlike shape of the 1,200 square-foot ranch in Southern California's Woodland Hills area. The following is a glimpse of some of the key changes detailed in the April issue:
- The entry door moves to a more prominent position of the house and calls attention to itself with a wash of Mediterranean blue paint. A pitched gable above and trellises on each side of the door in contrasting white paint further underscore the home's entrance.
- New windows and a French door connecting the kitchen/dining area to the back terrace instantly add new life and expansiveness to the house.
- Welcoming patio areas in the front and back of the house feature concrete flooring patterned to give the illusion of expensive slate. The new technique involves treating wet concrete with a colored mixture called "Bominite."
- New roofing of modern-age fiberglass shingles in a earthy, putty color blend in with the sophisticated color scheme of pewter and white on the home's exterior.
- In addition to the new windows and French doors, the interior is visually expanded by painting the walls, ceilings and beams a soft, cashmere hue and placing neutral-tone furniture in a diagonal configuration.
- In close proximity to the dining area, the open kitchen is given a more decorative, furnished look with a combination of painted-wood cabinets and freestanding pieces of furniture such as a hutch for dish storage and an aged-pine table that functions as a work island.
- The kitchen's refrigerator, ironing center, stacked washer/dryer and pantry are all concealed behind doors of neutral-tone laminate to keep the appliance "clutter" from visually shrinking the small space.
- To provide the house with a modern amenity popular today, Home magazine converted the 400-square-foot garage into a romantic master suite. The original breezeway between the garage and house is enclosed to create a transitional hallway connecting the new master bedroom with the living room.
- Two skylights and a half-ellipse window over the bed in the master bedroom bring in light without compromising privacy. Extra space between the master suite and the new garage becomes a private patio accessible from French doors in the bedroom and master bath.
- Immersed in nostalgia and romantic comfort, the master bath features a period-style freestanding tub, two retro "his" and "her" pedestal sinks and brass fixtures. The bedroom's hardwood flooring in a visually widening, striped pattern continues into the master bath.
- An extended bathroom attached to the teenage daughter's bedroom features a corner tub, French limestone floor and wall tiles and shell-pink fixtures for a romantic atmosphere that echoes the bedroom's decor.
- The original master bedroom now serves a dual purpose - a media center for the family and a bedroom for guests. A wall of built-in, laminated cabinetry stores all the electric paraphernalia.
For those who missed the remodeling project on television last fall, "The ABC Home Show" and Home magazine are currently broadcasting weekly updates on a second home remodeling project. Every Monday through the end of April, viewers can watch Ruggiero and Bartholomew transform a cottage in San Gabriel, Calif., into a European villa in just 17 head-spinning weeks.