michigan home renovation

My Master Bath Must-Haves

I have yet to photograph the #samuelfamilyfixer for myself and to show you guys the full tour (but this image from the shoot for Domino Magazine is still giving me life, as are the nightly baths right in this spot), so in the meantime I wanted to give you a look into what my non negotiables were for my dream master bath and delve into the design and making of it.

When we moved in there was an un-used and unfinished “hot tub room” just off the master bedroom (which you could also access from clover’s bedroom) that I suppose once had a hot tub in it, but by the time we got there it was by name only. Essentially, it was an un-heated and unfinished exterior room with decking for the flooring and plywood walls but it was a good amount of space and it had the best light with all the windows. The master bathroom at the time had almost no natural light and was divided up into two small rooms, one with the sink/vanity and the toilet and the other had an alcove bathtub and closet. Here is a look at the “as-built” floor plans and then what our plans were for the space.

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Domino Cover!

I took the holidays properly off for the first time in hmm, I don’t know how many years, but after the year and a half of moving and renovating and moving again and again, and momming and working… the holidays lined up with the perfect time to take a minute to settle into the newly finished (top floor) of our house and enjoy the fruits of our labor. The icing on the cake… no, the icing and the sprinkles and the cherry on top, was the Winter Issue of Domino coming out with our own #samuelfamilyfixer (and my face) on the cover!

Domino has always been one of my favorite magazines, I still have a box of all the past issues I saved starting from when was in my early 20’s. To get to share the first look of our house within it’s pages is such an honor and I am thrilled to be able to start to roll out the rest of the reveals and tours here. Until then here are a few of my favorite images from the feature.

Chair is Vintage // Side table from CB2 // Ottoman from Lulu & Georgia // Lamp from Lulu & Georgia // Print from Blockshop // Planter from Cb2

Commissioned Artwork by Jen Garrido // Credenza from Cb2 // Sconce by Human Home // Side Table/ Plant stand from CB2 // Planter from Target // Vase by Cym Warkov // Lamp by Virginia Sin // Tray from MARCH sf 

Cabinet doors by Sarah Sherman Samuel for SemiHandmade on Ikea Boxes // Stools by The Citizenry // Countertops are “fresh concrete” by Caesarstone // Large platter from MARCH sf // Planter by Cym Warkov // Cutting board by Sarah Sherman Samuel // Hardware by Sarah Sherman Samuel for Park Studio // Pendants by Allied Maker // Appliances by Cafe Appliances // Sink by Elkay

Natural Zellige Floor tile by Clé Tile // Farmhouse Brick Wall tile by Clé Tile // Bathtub from Wayfair // Stool from Wayfair // Pendant from Wayfair // Roller Shades by The Shade Store // Planter from Wayfair

Hexagon Tile from Granada Tile // Table from Lulu & Georgia // Vases by Light & Ladder and BDB NY from Spartan Shop 

I’ll be getting down to all the nitty gritty of the renovation and sharing full tours with each of the rooms here, but until then I hope you pick up the Winter Issue of Domino to see the full feature. They are on stands now (until march 2020). You can also read the story and see some of the images here.

Happy 2020! This might even be the year that we finish the other half of the house. ;). To get caught up on all things #samuelfamilyfixer head here.

Images by Mathew Williams for Domino mag
Produced by Kate Berry
Design by Sarah Sherman Samuel

sss new studio!

While I have just started diving deeper into our home renovation on here, we are already looking ahead and simultaneously working on an exciting project that hopefully means a better work/life balance and maybe even a boost in productivity. If you missed out on some of my Instagram stories… we are building me a new office/studio (turns out the separation of working downstairs wasn’t quite enough)! It will be on the same property as our house, which is what I have missed so much from our LA set up. While my babies are so small, I still want to spend as much time with them as I can, and be able to pop in and keep an eye on things throughout the day, so working from home is ideal. However, hearing every single thing and having Archie and/or Clover bust in on conference calls is not. It is a give and take. haha. For me, having a separate working studio on the same property is the best-case scenario. It has the shortest commute, my work messes are separate from the house (marriage saver), and I am still there for everything.

Now when it came to designing myself a dream modern shed/studio outpost I knew that #1 I wanted it to be black to match what we painted the main house and #2 that I wanted a wall of glass… floor to ceiling, let the outside inside, modern, streamlined glass. So I was really excited when I found out about Marvin’s brand new Modern line of windows and doors. They have slim frames which means larger expanses of glass and a built-in drywall return so no window casing trim is needed for a super clean modern finish. And my favorite part is that they have a multi-slide door so I can get that full wall of glass I was dreaming of (and one that will be able to stand up to Michigan winters). I ended up designing the entire structure around the doors and windows.

I rounded up a few inspo spaces so you can get the idea of the vibe I am going for.

These all have flat or slanted roofs but in the climate this is going in (hello snow) I didn’t want to battle a flat roof and even though I love the slanted roof on the Muji hut, I also liked the idea of doing a minimal take on a traditional single gabled roof. Essentially stripping down the quintessential house shape you first learn to draw as a kid and making it my own.

The section of the property that the shed is going to sit on is long and narrow with the property line on one side and a hill on the other. The best view from inside will be on the short side of the building, looking down a large wooded ravine so that is right where I wanted to have the wall of glass with Marvin’s Modern Multi-Slide door, which will also be the main entrance. The path to get out to the office will be a short walk through the woods revealing first the solid wall with no windows. I planned it this way to maximize the site views and minimize the views you don’t want to see (window placement is like photo cropping IRL) but also so that you first arrive at a bunkerlike structure and as your walk all the way around it to the front there is a big reveal of the wall of glass and the light and bright interior. We also did a huge direct glaze 12’ window on the wall opposite of the one you first encounter, that will sit right at desk height. I plan to build in the desk so that it sits flush with the base of the window. These kinds of details can be easily overlooked but in modern architecture they make the design.

In contrast to the dark stoic exterior, the inside will be bright, light, and warm. Give me alllll the light. In a designer’s workspace there may not be much more important than natural light, which is why the windows and doors are so crucial. You might remember my previous office at the top of this photo bank, oof do I miss all that natural Cali light. Here is hoping that since the windows and doors going into this new space are way bigger, I will be able to get some of that light in Michigan and maybe even one-up my old creative space.

Now for a peek into some of the finishes and fixtures…

For me an ideal workspace is essentially a blank slate. I work with a lot of color, a variety of materials, patterns and finishes and I want to be able to let my work (and my eye) breathe. So minimal lines, nothing extra, and plenty of open space. Having the large walls of glass with the Marvin doors and windows also bring the outdoors in, which gives my brain, that tends to work overtime, some respite. Being able to look out into the woods with nothing else on the horizon is the ultimate visual palette cleanser.

This is the first freestanding structure we have built from the ground up so wish us luck! If you are curious about the process and where we are or how you might tackle this kind of thing I have outlined our path below. Local codes, zoning and all that fun stuff will be totally different based on location so I am just outlining our process. This doesn’t mean it will work for everyone!

  1. Find out your local code requirements and get a professional survey. (I had envisioned the studio/shed about 20 feet to the right of where it will go but turns out we have to adhere to a 40′ easement. So I had to scale back the size a bit and move it on over).
  2. Get the plans drawn up and apply for permits. Ideally you would probably work with an architect but I knew what I wanted to do so I sketched up my own drawings. I am such a newbie to Michigan though, I was clueless as to what the city needs were and materials/practices that I am used to doing in California don’t all translate to this type of climate etc. So I worked with my friends at KLH custom homes who then formally drafted the plans for me and for our contractor (they also sent in the surveyor they work with). I have been able to lean on them to know what has worked for them material wise, to figure out “the how” to build my vision and what paperwork was needed and where to take it. Spoiler… there is a lot that of paperwork for the permitting process.
  3. Clear the trees and prepare the site. We only had to take down a couple trees, including one that was already dead and now we have to get an excavator in to level out the land.
  4. Find a good contractor. Always hard! Word of mouth is the best way but also interviewing and getting bids from multiples. I find that the GC’s that ask a lot of questions and really comb through the project are the most promising. It shows they have attention to detail and you want that in a GC. I am working with Ayers Construction who I happen to know from high school! So, I think that is me being lucky or cheating. ha

5. Foundation! Next they built the forms for the footings and brought in a cement truck. A Very exciting day for the kids. Construction is a hit. 

6. We got our footing inspection approved, first one down! And next came the framing. The framing is the most satisfying because BOOM suddenly there is a structure. Bryon and his guys knocked out the framing in a day and a half. Woop! 

That is as far as we are right now… hoping for a smooth and timely construction period and you know I will keep you updated over on IG!

SHOP THE LOOK: Marvin Modern Multi Slide Doors // Marvin Modern Casement Windows // Marvin Modern Direct Glaze Windows // Pendant // Office Chair // Desk // Rug // Floating Shelves

how we are ditching baseboard heaters

We ripped off the construction band-aid and have been demo-ing our little hearts out over at our #samuelfamilyfixer and sharing loads of progress as we go via Instagram stories. I’ve put a bunch in my highlights if you’ve missed anything and I’ll be sharing more updates here now that things are really rolling. Along the way I’ve gotten a ton of questions over what we are doing with the baseboard heaters, if anything, and I tried to answer as best I could in a few short frames but really this is a full blog post kind of answer so here we go!

We love all the modern lines and unique features in the house but what we didn’t love was the look of the radiant baseboard heaters. They do the job ok, but boy are they a big bummer to have to design around. No matter how you slice it, they make a space feel dated. So I did a deep dive into researching alternative heating systems and the good news is we got to rip those babies out of there, and will be replacing them with radiant heated floors which will be nicely tucked away under the finished flooring.

Through all my digging I found a company called Warmboard, and their pretty green panels are the answer to our prayers. According to their site… As a whole-home heating system Warmboard is the premier radiant heating solution in the US. Their panels outperform all the competitive systems with faster response times, easier installations, AND lower energy use.

Tubing, that will eventually carry hot water, runs through those grooves in the panels and their patented design spreads the heat from the tubing throughout the surface of the entire floor, so there are no hot/cold spots and the water can run at a lower temperature which means its more efficient. What is really exciting from my point of view is that since these panels have a more even surface temperature than a lot of other radiant systems, the flooring possibilities are wide open. From what I gathered some radiant systems aren’t compatible with carpet or hardwood because the heat doesn’t make it thought the carpet efficiently and hardwood isn’t good with the temperature fluctuation, but with Warmboard you can use thick carpets, laminate, tile, hardwood… all fair game and I am using a mix of almost all of the above. WOOT!

Once I locked in on the Warmboard system it opened up my design choices for the flooring. Tile in the sitting room, tile in the kitchen, bathrooms and even tile in the bedroom! I’m doing it. Without the radiant heated floors there would be no way I would install tile in the bedroom in this cold climate, but I was set on keeping the wood ceilings as is and I didn’t want wood on both the ceilings and the floors, so with the Warmboard to keep the tile from feeling too cold and giving me the look I wanted, it was a win, win. We are doing carpet in the kids bedrooms and the large fireplace living room to keep those spaces extra cozy, laminate in the dining room, pantries and closets (I was originally planning on tiling those rooms too but when we got the labor estimates back for tile install we had to make some cut backs), and tile everywhere else. A peek at some of the finishes we’ve narrowed in on above!

Another way we are saving some pennies (like $5000 worth of pennies, because we are covering A LOT of square footage) is by installing all the panels ourselves. This whole renovation is a mix of DIY and hired out work through our contractor, to get the most out of our budget (and so I can splurge on certain things like terrazzo floors in the main living space) and the Warmboard installation is a perfect illustration of that. We install the panels and then licensed heating & cooling professionals come in to run all the tubing, install a new boiler (ours is on its last leg) and does all the plumbing and mechanical portion of the install.

We just started installation and Rupe got a new power tool… so he’s happy. It’s an auto-feed drill that allows you to stay standing while screwing in all 16 screws per panel. We did the math based on how many panels we have to install and needed 5,000 screws! Rupe’s knees are very thankful for the screw-loading stand up drill. Pop Pop and Rupe are on panels, me mostly on the sidelines this time, with the kids but jumping in and throwing my 2 cents in whether or not it is appreciated, and Mimi is sweeping up the floors as they go to make sure there’s no princess and the pea situation under the panels. Warmboard supplies an install kit and a detailed custom design plan to follow which makes it a little like a putting together a giant scale, but fairly simple, puzzle. There was a bit of a learning curve at the beginning but once we got into a groove (pun intended) things started to move. I’ll let you know how we do on the rest of the house! Wish us luck. x

Oh and p.s. I got the question a lot on IG if this will be our only heat source and the answer is yes! I’ve heard that some radiant systems may require supplemental heating, but not Warmboard! It is supposed to heat better than forced air, especially when it comes to heating rooms like ours, that are very large and have tall ceilings (ours are 20 feet tall at the peak!). But don’t worry, this girl has been in California for way too long… so it better do the job, I will be the true test and report back.

#samuelfamilyfixer main floor plans

sss-family-fixer-inspirationWe’ve been living, no scratch that… camping out, in our new Michigan house for three weeks now (how is that even possible?!). Just wait until you see (below) how we’ve been living for nearly a month. It’s straight up squatter status. Luckily (or rather not so luckily since it was over a month late), our movers finally showed up on Friday with all of our belongings from LA. So maybe we will get a little more settled soon, that is until we start construction, Lord help us. Somewhere between work and the kids, getting our bearings in a new city, and work and the kids I have only just now started to dig into setting a visual tone for our own house. Putting together the little inspiration/mood board above helped get my creative juices flowing for my worst/pickiest client yet (yes, me) and now I’m gearing up to get going on all the fun stuff, kitchen and bathroom designs, hard finish selections and allll the furniture.

Thankfully I had the “as built” floorplans drawn up while I was still in LA by the lovely local west Michigan folks at KLH Custom Homes, so I was able to work on the renovation plans and layout changes before we even set foot in the house. I made all the changes to the floorplan months ago, starting on them as soon as we closed on the sale, but I wanted to live in the house a little to see if what I had planned actually makes sense for how we naturally use the space. Surprisingly, I haven’t made any further changes (yet, at least). So without further ado, I’m sharing the tour and outlining our plans for the top floor of the house.

Starting at the very beginning, The entryway feels grand when you walk up to it, (see a video of our first time entering it here) but then you open it and walk right into a wall so one change we wanted to make was instead of two small separate pocket doors into the sitting room, we are going to move the opening to the center of the wall and mimic the size of the front doors.

ENTRY

Samuel family fixerIf you were able to walk straight through that wall at the entry, as it is now, you’d end up in the sitting room. A room with no windows. It does have an enormous round sky-light, which I love, so it is the brightest room of the house, BUT I do not want to spend time in a room with no windows, even with the skylight bringing in the natural light (thoughts of “The Room” come to mind). So, we are also going to take down the wall that divides the sitting room from the kitchen to make that all one big open space. With the changes, you’ll be able to see out through the wall of windows in the kitchen while in the sitting room as well as be able to be a part of the conversation in the sitting room while in the kitchen.

SITTING ROOM

The loft area, you’ll see next, is at one end of the sitting room. Above is a shot looking down from the loft that I took yesterday, in its current ‘this is how we’ve been living for a little too long’ state with a halfway assembled crib (Clover has been sleeping in a Pack & Play for a month now!), random tile samples, a blanket for Clover to roll around on and Cracker the dog for scale. We let Archie and his cousins and friends paint on the wall that is coming down (the one dividing this room from the kitchen) and I’m currently working on a way to incorporate their art into the house because it is actually really cool!

LOFT

This loft was possibly half the reason we fell in love with the house, with its’ cool unexpected features like the half moon shape spiral staircase leading to the lower level, it had me from the photos. It was however a death trap for toddlers and babies so we had to make some temporary changes until I can redesign it a touch to be kid and pop pop friendly (he already fell down the stairs once). So, the challenge is on to rework the staircase and integrate some railings and banisters.

KITCHEN

The kitchen is getting a total overhaul. Instead of a small L shaped kitchen in the corner of the room, we are going to re-work the window and door layout, to center the kitchen in the space (you can see the changes in the floor plans at the top). For how large the house is, the kitchen feels small, so I am excited to open it up to the sitting room and extend it along the back wall. I am all about symmetry in the kitchen if possible so that’s what I am going to make happen. We are also going to tear out the bathroom that is just to the right of the refrigerator and convert it into the walk-in pantry of my dreams. woot!

Here is said bathroom that we will turn pantry, but don’t worry we are adding another bathroom just down the hallway so we won’t be losing one completely.

SCREENED IN PORCH

Off to the other side of the kitchen is the screened in porch, aka a three season room. Is this a Michigan thing? No one has these in LA I guess because bugs aren’t that big of a problem there. How far does the three season room trend span across the country? Holler at me southerners with a screened in porch. Either way I am obsessed with this space. We’ve been spending nights out here after the kids go to bed, just relaxing in the super comfortable seating above (insert eye roll). But seriously it’s nice on these warm summer nights to be outside but still under cover. We had our first rainstorm and it was magic. I kind of missed having weather (remind me of that come February will you?). Plans in here include a comfortable lounge space and a small dining area. Painting away that red and tiling the floor.

Now onto the “bedroom wing” of the house.

MASTER BEDROOM

Oh the joys of moving, it’s so glamorous right? We currently only have two bedrooms on the main floor so Archie has been sleeping on a camp cot in our room, right next to our mattress on the floor with borrowed sheets and blankets from my parents. Aside from getting rid of the dark carpet in this room, getting Arch his own room is priority one. You

MASTER BATHROOM

The master bathroom is also getting a total overhaul. Currently it is made up of two small rooms. Navy shag carpeting and yellow walls included. We are planning to open this space up by taking down the walls and adding onto the space by converting the neighboring old “hot tub room” into one big master bathroom. WHAT AM I GOING TO DO WITH ALL THAT SPACE? A bathtub and a shower… I will never leave. I can’t even contain my excitement about finally having a grown up master bath.

HOT TUB ROOM

And the view out the backyard won’t be to shabby either.

KIDS ROOM

There’s not much to report from Clover’s room, new flooring, some paint and furniture. We also have to close up her access doorway to the hot tub room and maybe put a more comfortable chair to nurse in would be nice. At least the pack and play can go away now that her crib has arrived.

LAUNDRY ROOM

The laundry room is getting demoted to the lower level while we expand this space and turn it into the new kid’s bathroom and Archie’s new bedroom. I’m pretty exited to be able to have a dedicated “kids bathroom” in this house, I have to say. No more having guests over and having them step over bath toys and potty step stools to go to the loo.

Timing  wise I am hoping to get the hard finishes selected and on order ASAP so we can start construction, ideally, first of September. We are also hoping (oh the hope at the beginning of a renovation) that it will take roughly three months to complete. I have the powder bath designed and that is it so far. But heck if it isn’t one great powder bath. Design and finish selects coming soon!

Many of you asked questions over IG if we are getting a contractor or doing the work ourselves and if we are living through the renovation and the answer is yes to all! We are planning to use a contractor and sub-contractors for some of the projects (like plumbing and such), doing the work ourselves for everything that we can and we will be living through the renovations. Our plan is to concentrate on one floor at a time which is why I only have plans started for the top floor right now. We will be living in the lower level while all the work is happening on this top level. Then when that is all finished and we can move to the top level, we will tackle the lower. Wish us luck!! Until then I will be pretending our house looks like the inspiration. Good thing I am V good at visualizing. ha

To get caught up on the why and where we moved check here.

You might also like to see our LA home renovations or our Palm Spring A-frame renovations.

 

Samuel Family Fixer Before Tour

If you missed our new house news, head to this post first and you’ll be all caught up, but to summarize… we bought a big family home in Michigan and we are going to do our best to turn it into our dream house in the woods, where we can raise our littles. We are trading the palm trees for pine trees and 1,200 square feet for 4,300 (!), in hopes of giving our kids the best childhood we can offer. And if we hate it, well at least we have an exit plan. We are keeping our LA house and renting it out, for the time being (my business will still also be based out of LA), which is helping us rationalize buying a house over the internet, while we were sleep deprived from a newborn and a toddler, and moving our family across the country. So now, let’s get onto the house!

The house was built in 1980 but has the mid-century modern lines I’m drawn to, along with unique features like a 5 foot round skylight, spiral staircase, 22 foot ceilings, a reading loft, and a screened in porch. I fell in love with the project house’s architecture, the peaceful wooded setting that feels miles from anything but is just minutes to downtown Grand Rapids, and that it’s ready for us put our stamp on it. The previous owners were the original owners and they had vision. They worked with an architect to build their own custom dream home and their attention to detail is spot on. The bones of the house are incredible (unique homes like this are much fewer and far between in Michigan, in comparison to California) and while I am calling it #samuelfamilyfixer, it isn’t a major fixer like our a-frame was (thank God). Which means we, hopefully, won’t be having to sink a ton of money into the structure of the house, but all the bathrooms, and kitchens (yes that’s plural) will be getting full renovations, we will be putting new flooring throughout and there will be some walls moved and adjustments to the floorplan made. So, if you didn’t think driving across the country with a baby, a toddler, and two dogs was enough madness, we are adding living through renovations to the mix.

As I mentioned, we still haven’t seen the house, so I’m sharing a tour using the listing photos. I’ll post a full empty house tour once we see it for ourselves and can take some pics!

MAIN KITCHEN

This kitchen technically doesn’t neeeeed renovation. I actually love l.o.v.e. love the cabinets BUT, we do want to open it up to the living room by dropping that wall of tall cabinets and then expand the kitchen to include that breakfast nook so that it fills the space and flows right into the living room. I am planning to save all the cabinet doors and possibly use them somewhere else in the house or for a future project. It does look like the range could definitely use an update but overall it is a great kitchen and I hope to make it even better (and more us). How good is that rug/runner in front of the sink though? I kinda wanted to ask if it would come with the house.

MAIN FLOOR FAMILY ROOM & LOFT

Right on the other side of that wall of cabinets is the family room which, as you can see, if we took out that run of cabinets would flow right together. One of my favorite features of the house is the loft area (hello kids play space) and the half-moon shape nook that houses the spiral staircase leading to the lower level. The wood cladding and the cut-out in the floor, how awesome is that? I am going to have to get creative on how to child-proof it but it is definitely staying. Right now I am hoping to make that lofted area in to a play space for Archie so we will definitely have to figure out a safer railing situation.

MAIN FLOOR LIVING ROOM

Hello amazing HUGE room with tall wonderful ceilings. To give you an idea of the scale of this room, those are full sized sofas and that is a full sized grand piano in the corner (not even a baby grand). I have no idea what I am going to do with all this space but I can’t wait to get in there and start figuring it out. One thing I need to make a decision on soon is the flooring and I am so torn about it. I don’t love the look of wood on both the floor and the ceilings and I do love the wood on the ceilings here, so while installing some wide plank light-ish wood flooring would be the most cost effective and easiest way to go, I feel like then I would have to paint the ceilings, which I don’t necessarily want to do (even though I love me some white paint). I won’t be making this decision until I see it in person because in these photos the wood reads pretty orangey, it is after all that 80’s, probably pine, wood, but it could look totally different in person. In a perfect world I would keep the wood ceilings and do terrazzo in the main living spaces but it may be cost prohibitive given the large amount of square footage. Oh decisions, why is it so much harder when it is for yourself?

DINING ROOM

Look how grown up I will be with my very own dining room. We can even throw dinner parties where everyone gets a chair.

MASTER BEDROOM

The master bedroom won’t need much outside of some new flooring and a lick of paint. Seeing the green through the windows alone is getting me excited about waking up in this room.

MASTER BATHROOM

And on the less exciting side is the master bathroom. You know me and carpet in the bathroom aren’t friends, for starters, but also in a house so big the master bathroom is relatively small. I have plans to expand it and re-work the layout all together. When we added our master bedroom and bathroom onto our Los Angeles house, we didn’t go crazy with square footage because we wanted the extension to not feel like an extension at all. We wanted it to blend in with the cottage size and style of the house, so even though we built it from the ground up, and could have technically made large rooms, we kept both the bedroom and the bathroom on the small side. But in a house this large you better believe I am going to finally get my dream bathroom, freestanding tub and all (I hope).

LAUNDRY ROOM

On the main level there are only two bedrooms and we almost passed over this house at first glance because of that fact. In my opinion, my kids are too young to be on an entirely separate floor than me at night. But when I saw the size of the laundry room (I’m pretty sure it is about the same size as Archie’s current bedroom) and where it is situated on the floorplan, my wheels got turning and we are planning to knock down a wall in here and steal some space (and some windows) from the garage to turn this into a third bedroom and bathroom on the main level. We will then move the laundry room into the lower level, which isn’t the most convenient but I’d rather my kids close at night than the wash.

DOWNSTAIRS LIVING AREA

This space will be my office for the time being while we get our feet wet in Michigan.

DOWNSTAIRS BEDROOMS

The two downstairs bedrooms are quite large and will be reserved for guests. I want to pinch myself that we will finally have space to host friends and family. Currently visitors from out of town sleep on make-shift beds in my studio, so this will be a nice change to have a dedicated space just for them. Guests will also will have their own bathroom and kitchen to boot… who’s coming over?!

DOWNSTAIRS BATHROOM

They didn’t skimp on space in this bathroom. We will be tackling the main floor renovations first but this bathroom is on the list for a big update as well.

DOWNSTAIRS KITCHEN

The layout is a bit funky but the kitchen feels huge, especially for a second kitchen. All that counter space…woah. This will be getting an overhaul but again the priority will be the main floor first.

SCREENED IN PORCH AKA THREE SEASONS ROOM

This screened in porch is another space that I am itching to get my hands on. I think this ranks right up there with the spiral staircase as one of my favorite features of the house. Once we paint over the red (sorry to those of you who like the color red. It is my mom and my sister’s favorite so I don’t judge but I can’t take it in large amounts or almost any kind of amounts. It is just one of those polarizing colors) and swap out the flooring, this will be the perfect spot to hang on the warm summer nights.

There is also another bedroom and another bathroom on the main level that I don’t have photos of, but you know I already have plans for. I am sure some plans might change once we are able to see the house in person but for now I think we have a good start. Once we do reach Michigan I will have to document our first impression of the house and will be sure to share it with a video tour on my IG story so follow along at @sarahshermansamuel!

So what do you think now that you have seen just as much of the house that we have seen. ha Would you have bought it from these photos?

P.s. I’ve started a new category on the blog for this renovation which you can find under the “categories” tab on the right under “michigan home renovation” or click here.