2-Phase Birmingham, MI Remodel

Nearing the “empty nest” stage of their family unit, this Birmingham couple made a conscious decision to downsize from their very large newer suburban home to an early 20th century home in downtown Birmingham. The home had excellent bones with beautiful woodwork throughout. However, the kitchen, dining room, both upstairs bathrooms and the basement bathroom were all in need of total renovation. Additionally, as is common with older homes, it lacked closet space.

While keeping with the integrity of the home’s original layout and design, MainStreet Design Build felt it was important to open up the kitchen a bit more to the dining room. This allowed a larger island with extra seating space and the ability to gain much needed pantry storage. We also kept the framed openings and matching woodwork detail to make the space feel like it was part of the original design.

Kitchen Before

Kitchen After (Snapshots only. Professional photography to come)

The original foyer in the home was quite large for the size of the house. Back in its day, this room likely served as a parlor where coats were kept in a furniture piece. Here, we found the perfect space under the open stairwell to create a much needed coat closet while again matching plaster and woodwork to create a seamless storage solution.

Upstairs, it was very important to our clients to incorporate a full primary suite with a large dual vanity bathroom, walk-in closet and laundry area. They also wanted a hall bath for their two daughters and new walk-in closet to an adjoining bedroom.

Because the remodeled space was located along side one side of the home, it gave MainStreet Design Build the flexibility to borrow and steal areas of space, as needed, for each of these new design elements. Moving some doorways around in the master bedroom allowed for a walk-in closet with a full laundry area.

A separate entrance for the new primary bath allowed for two independent vanities. Stealing a bit of space from the adjacent hall bath made room for an oversized master shower. And, bumping into the hall bath with the primary bathroom shower gave us a great cubby for the toilet area to be a bit more private.

Primary Bathroom Before

Primary Bathroom After (Snapshots only. Professional photography to come)

This then opened up a long wall for a beautiful double vanity with excellent storage. Right next to that space we were able to re-define the new walk-in closet for their youngest daughter. Mission accomplished!

Hall Bathroom Before

Hall Bathroom After (Snapshots only. Professional photography to come)

The two smallest projects in this beautiful home were the basement bathroom renovation and creating a storage closet in the foyer. The lower level bathroom required a tiny vanity and small corner shower, but keeping the finishes light, bright and fun, we were able to create a space that is workable for extra house guests and that wonderful selling feature of a third bathroom.

Basement Bathroom After (Snapshots only. Professional photography to come)

This renovation took a beautiful 100+ year-old home and gave it 21st amenities while staying true to all of its original character and charm.

Are you thinking of embarking on a home remodeling project yourself? Entertaining plans for a new kitchen, bathroom, room addition, or whole house remodel? We would welcome an opportunity to help you begin the process of designing a home you’ll love.

Please feel free to take advantage of our complimentary in-home design consultation by calling 248.644.6330 or filling out our online form.

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Just a note to commend you on a job well done. We now have our dream kitchen! Your crew was great to work with. They were professional, trustworthy and hard working.
The Johnson Family


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