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Indiana Project: Interior Reveal

by Sarah on September 16, 2010, 76 comments


Its been over a month since the last of the subcontractors completed their work at the renovation of the Indiana house. Its high time we shared the final product.

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Betsy showed you the front of the house yesterday.

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Now here is the back of the house.

Before there was a dilapidated screened porch, overgrown shrubs and a strange roof structure built over the entrance in to the cellar. We called it the dog house.

Rear Exterior


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Now for the interior-

Living Room – Before

Living Rm


Indian Project by Beaver Path l CONTACT sarah@theestateofthings.comDining Room-

The dining room was a non-descript room with two windows and a swinging door in to the kitchen. We opened the kitchen up and replaced those windows with a set of french doors that lead out on to our new deck.

dining room


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Half Bath-

A half bath didn’t even exist. There was only one full bath on the first level which served as the master bath. We created a half bath out of a little borrowed space from the kitchen and a coat closet in the hallway. It was the perfect spot to squeeze in a powder room.


hall closet


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The Kitchen-

The kitchen was entirely re-structured due in large part to the relocation of the basement stairwell to the front of the house. The removal of the basement stairwell created an opportunity to open the kitchen to the dining room, create a pantry and shift the appliances around to create a wall of windows over the kitchen sink.

Indiana kitchen before-






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DSC_0092custom cabinet designed to resemble a china cabinet,


There was no laundry room before the remodel. We framed in a tiny screened porch on the back of the house off the kitchen and made it a great place for hanging coats, putting on shoes and doing laundry.




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Master Bedroom-

We kept all of the original windows in this room, cleaned up the walls of course but most importantly we enlarged the room by a few feet and carved out our master suite, complete with a walk through closet a la Carrie Bradshaw.

master bedroom

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DSC_0157 3A peek into the closet before it was filled with drawers and storage galore


Master Bath-

The master bath was formed out of combination of a small den/office room and the existing full bath. The end result was a spacious master bath with a custom double vanity and a spa-like feel.





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Upstairs Hall-

The upstairs hall was a strange and very narrow place. The space was being hindered by knee walls and dysfunctional attic space. So we pushed back in to the attic, raised the ceilings and created a reading and storage nook.

upstairs hallway


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Upstairs Bath-

Like the upstairs hall, the only bathroom upstairs was being hindered by attic space and slanted ceilings.  The second full bath in the house also lacked a shower and it was carpeted. We pushed back in to the attic here too but still had to deal with slanted ceilings but we ended up with a beautiful tub/shower combination and some more space to move around in.


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Upstairs bedroom 1-Before

upstairs right bedroom


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Upstairs bedroom 2-Before


left bedroom



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So you know I have to hear your opinion now so lay it on me.


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76 thoughts on “Indiana Project: Interior Reveal

  1. Wow! It looks fantastic, and you really can’t tell it’s been remodeled (in a good way). Everything looks like it belongs. I really can’t imagine it will stay on the market long.

  2. I am so insanely in love with this house. The exterior color choices are fantastic, the bathrooms are all pure bliss. I wish I was in this real estate market…seriously love it!

  3. Oh my goodness, this is truly amazing–both from a transformation aspect, as well as a style aspect. I love everything about this place. Congratulations!

  4. WOW Sarah!! I love what you did with the built-ins near the fireplace. Nice touch with the glass cabinets.

    There’s a lot of craftmens and bungalows here in LA that need your help!

  5. fantastic!!! I love it. You made the old house look fresh again, without losing it’s historic integrity. As someone in the preservation field, I find it so refreshing to see that care was taken to bring this beauty back to life.

    I am also drooling over all your lighting fixture choices as well as the faucets. I’m shopping for this stuff for my own reno project coming up, and you’ve certainly given me some inspiration.

    thanks for sharing :)

  6. I was doing some serious house stalking on this one and was hoping that the listing agent would have had some interior shots on her webpage. The bathroom and livinging room built-ins and kitchen cabinet with the wine bottle area are definitely working for me. Also really like the warm tones in the stair handrails. Looking forward to following along on your next project!

  7. Timmy-Let me at Pasadena, just need about 700K to get in on a property there and get to work

    Sherry-Glad to make you drool, thanks for taking a look

    Jenn-Hope to hear more about your adventures in remodeling

    Haley-def happy with the built-ins, especially pleased with the storage upstairs

    Megan-we’re doing a post on interior paint next week, meanwhile the paint color is BM’s Stonewashed, lovin’ that color

  8. Amazing!!! What a great job. This makes me want to buy a run-down place and fix it up.

    One thing I’d like to see are some after pics taken from the same angles as the before pics (like you did for the view from the front).

  9. Absolutely beautiful inside and out! Loved every part of it. The exterior turned out wonderful and the interior looks like the perfect blend of period and contemporary. Great job!

  10. Oh my goodness. This is incredible! I wish I could have you renovate my parents’ house in Nebraska. It’s very similar – a run down 1920s. I love the colors and the yellow door is perfect!

  11. Holy smokes, I just had to mop a pile of drool off my floor. This is STUNNING! Y’all are amazing! I LOVE the serene paint colors, ALL the fixtures and finishes, and the exterior is to die for. These homeowners have to be beside themselves. I’m from Indiana – perhaps I can talk the parental units into a move :) What town is it in?

  12. Hi Stephanie,
    The Indiana project is named for the street its on, its actually in NC. Maybe your parents are looking for a change of scenery–a move to the South!

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  14. We are currently in the process of building a co-housing community in Washington. I love the color of the exterior on the Indiana Project. What is the name of the paint?

  15. Hi, do you have the paint colors for: The Hall Bath (the slate / blue color) and the Master bath? I love this whole house and your colors are fantastic! :)

  16. Please share your sources and colors for the project….please?! Like kitchen cabinet color, counter top color, upstairs hall paint color, hall light source, master bedroom wall color.
    AK xo

  17. AK-Thanks for your compliments!A lot of the sources you asked about were mentioned in posts about the Indiana house when it was under construction. Search “indiana” and you will find all related posts and you should find all of the answers.

  18. Vincent-got that at Pottery Barn & they are not selling that particular style any more. Shades of Light has one or I would just conduct a Google search to find the cheapest version.

  19. This house is so beautiful! Is the exterior color really Shermin Williams’ Outerspace? The color on SW’s paint fan seems much grayer, while the house looks more teal/blue. But beautiful!

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  22. Hi there! Any chance you can tell me where you purchased the green tiles for the upstairs bathroom? I NEED to have them in my master bathroom. Thank you :-)

    • I purchased them through a local tile store, Meadow Creek Tile in Southern Pines. Go to your local tile showroom and ask to see the different collections they carry in a classic 4×4 tile. I think these tiles were likely American Olean or Daltile. I really wanted subway but it wasn’t in the budget. The inspirational image that originally guided me had light green subway tiles (3×6)!

      • Hey Sarah,

        Thanks so much for this info. Just one last question, are the tiles more of a spearmint color or like a actual green? American Olean and Daltile have some similar shades but I think yours look more spearmint in the photo.

        Thanks again for your help :-)

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  24. Probably my favorite site to check in on. I love the work you do, and I wish I had the same skill set and ideas to follow in your footsteps. In the meantime, I’ll live vicariously through you :) Keep it up!

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  26. What an amazing transformation! I wanted to ask you about the exposed rafter tails on the new exterior. Were they uncovered during construction or added somehow–I don’t even know if that’s possible. It is a great look and adds to the charm. Thanks for sharing!

  27. Absolutely amazing! So impressed…and so in love! The color of the house and exterior door is so eye catching.

    • Thank you. I still love it too! I drove by the house recently and the new owners painted the door orange and they have a great landscape design project under way.

  28. Is it rude to ask the total cost of your home makeover? We are debating building over remodeling and trying to get an honest cost analysis. Thanks!!

    • It’s not rude Kathy and it’s something that not a lot of bloggers divulge. A renovation like this is well above 175K. This is likely a conservative amount because I don’t use a contractor, I am my own contractor basically. The cost is also influenced by what area of the country you live in too.

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  31. I pinned your house some time ago…I really love the yellow front door. I scanned through the comments to see if you already answered this question and it doesn’t look like it. Can you tell me the color of the yellow door? everything you did is really lovely.

    • Hi Kristi.
      Thanks for stopping in and for the kinds words about Sarah’s renovation.
      The yellow door is Showtime by Benjamin Moore

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