Bungalow 404: Farewell

I had often thought that the two bungalows sitting to my left, 404 and 402, had a lot of potential.

And in the fall of 2008 we got to realize that potential.

Bungalow 404 in late August 2008

bungalow 404 before

For those of you who were not around when this was all happening-you might like to know that I had four different exterior paint color choices,

Bungalow 404 paint samples

1. Sherwin Williams, Moody Blue  2. Sherwin Williams, Studio Blue Green  3. Benjamin Moore, Mount Saint Anne

4. Benjamin Moore, Water’s Edge

Choice #2 was the final pick, Sherwin Williams Studio Blue Green

bungalow front exterior

The capstone of this remodel was opening the kitchen up to an addition that was built on to the rear of the house years ago.  Opening the dining room to the kitchen, expanding the master bathroom and finishing the basement round out the other significant changes.

Reunion mix 027

bungalow 404 kitchen progress

When I began remodeling Bungalow 404 I had no idea that I would ultimately live there. So a lot of the decisions were not based on my personal preference. As we approached completion I realized how much I really wanted to live there and then began making choices that better suited me i.e. light fixtures, counter top material, tile etc.

I don’t have a lot of before pictures for you, at the time we began this remodel I had a fussy newborn. But I think you’ll get the idea,

Living Room

bungalow 404 living room before

bungalow 404 Living Room after

bungalow 404 chair


The paint color in the living room is from Martha Stewart’s discontinued paint line at Lowe’s.The color was called Newsprint. It is a white with a hint of gray. I recently sampled Benjamin Moore’s Paperwhite on the wall and it is similar to Newsprint.

DC’s Nursery

Kid's room2

the paint color on the ceiling is Benjamin Moore’s In Your Eyes

Master bedroom

bungalow 404 master before

bungalow 404 master after

bungalow 404 master bedside

The wall color in the master is Benjamin Moore’s Canvas.

Sitting room

Sitting Room


the bookcase that my husband and Dad built, it was designed to be a beefier, taller version of IKEA’s Expedit. It is topped with crown molding that mimics the molding in the house.  The wall color in the sitting room is the same as the living room, Martha Stewart’s Newsprint (discontinued).

bungalow 404 sitting room vignette


I have no before images but trust me they were all hideous especially the master and the basement bath. The master bath looked like a bathroom in a 1990s mobile home until we demo’d the whole thing and raised the ceiling a foot.

Master Bath


black penny rounds in master bath, wall color is Sherwin Williams’ Alabaster

Hall Bath

Hall Bath

Hall bath detail

wall color is Ben Moore’s Silver Crest

Kitchen & Dining progression

bungalow 404 kitchen plan

bungalow 404 framed windows

new windows in dining area

bungalow 404 kitchen progress

bungalow 404 kitchen after

bungalow 404 kitchen after2

We had a chalkboard wall one one side of small and very casual dining area. You can see the now finished casement windows that look out on to the backyard.

dining room

chalk sitting ready to be used on a snowy day,

bungalow 404 chalk closeup


The hall was painted a rich, chocolate brown called Benjamin Moore Mink. It was a bold departure from the watery blues, grays and many neutral whites in the rest of the house. We hung our gallery wall here,

bungalow 404 gallery wall

bungalow 404 gallery wall2


A lot of sweat equity and money went in to the backyard which basically was a wasteland for weeds. The fire pit, formation of the planting beds, irrigation system and land clearing were all done by professionals. The design plan, planting and upkeep was all our handiwork.

bungalow 404 backyard before

flagstone fire pit in fall

This is the second big landscape undertaking that my husband and I have planned and created. One of the most disappointing things about moving so often like this is having to leave all the beautiful plants behind just as they become established and really start to take off. But the challenge we are about to embark on at the new house is by far the biggest. The bonus is that it already has an irrigation system installed and it is on a well!

bungalow back exterior

If you’d like to look back at all of the posts about this house just click RENOVATING BUNGALOW 404

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