18 Aug Townhouse on Gardenia | Before and After
Have we mentioned lately how much we love Central Phoenix? It’s such a fun, quirky neighborhood — beautiful houses on large, grassy lots; mature trees towering over quiet streets; and, of course, a fun new restaurant, bar, or otherwise popping up on almost every other corner! What’s not to love?
Any time we get the chance to do a project in “CenPho”, we are super excited. Most of the properties in that side of town were built between 1950-1980, so there is a huge range of funky architecture to play around with. This was certainly the case with our latest project, 713 E Gardenia!
The Townhouse on Gardenia
At two bedrooms and two baths, and over 1,500 square feet, this was an awesome little place. Not to mention, a huge two-car attached garage, and the cutest little backyard!
If you are thinking you didn’t hear much about this project of ours before now, it isn’t your fault. Truth is, we had this place under contract THREE WEEKS before construction was completed!
We are thrilled for the new owners (Hi, Kent and Megan!), and we think we did a heck of a job putting their new home together!
Before and After
When we purchased Gardenia, it was quite original. The property was built in 1979, and it showed! The kitchen got a thorough rehab, with all the usual suspects. New cabinets, tile, paint, moulding, and sharp appliances were installed. As this is largely a “galley” kitchen, we really needed to add something to set it apart. We chose to raise the soffit in the ceiling and line it with dark-stained pallet wood. The new LED lighting really made it pop!
This townhouse has incredibly high ceilings with cathedral windows along one wall that let gorgeous light pour in. Before we got to it, though, these windows were covered in security tape, drapes, and an old security door. The moment we removed all of this, the townhouse had a completely different feel!
Look at that difference! We stained all of the wood beams and framing to a dark, rich espresso, just like the soffit in the kitchen. The wood flooring tied together the grey tones on the walls with the beams perfectly — and they had SO much texture!
A fireplace made a grand focal point to the main living area. We replaced the dated tile and giant mirror with this chic stacked quartz, all the way to the top. The mantle was stained to match the other wood beams in the room, and the fireplace itself got a fresh cleanup. We carried through the marble on the bench from the kitchen to really tie it all together.
Before, the master suite was dark, cramped and dingy. We were able to open it up and removing the sink against on wall and moving it to a double vanity on the other side. This also allowed us to expand the shower from “barely enough standing room” to 2016’s standards!
A large master bedroom was a great size with lots of closet space, but it desperately needed a freshening up. Clean new carpet, paint, and updated closet doors brought the room back into this century.
The only lighting in this bathroom was a skylight, so we added more canned lighting, bright tile and clean hardware. As with most of these special projects of ours, we laid the white hexagon penny-tile flooring, and all the grout lines got a sharp dark charcoal.
A guest bedroom has access to a little courtyard off the dining room.
As soon as we removed the shades from the window, the space lit up! Fresh carpet, new lighting and paint makes this the perfect room for any guest.
This backyard had pavers through the entire yard, so we removed half of them and put down artificial turf. (You’d never know!) New vines and green bushes were planted along the back wall, and the tree got a good trim. We cleaned up the fire pit, and now it’s a perfect backyard space for the new owners!