A Diamond in the Rough

A Diamond in the Rough

By Julie Liebetreu As a designer, over the years I have had the good fortune to see hundreds of homes.  A year ago, I had a client take me to see a home they had just purchased on the bay.  They were very excited about the home.  The home was built in 1994 and had a good floor plan but I have to admit, this home was one of the worst decorated homes I had ever seen, even for a home that age.  The worst was a 2” burgundy ceramic tile countertops, with soffits and fluorescent lights.  All the finishes were terrible.  The home actually had a “dog bathing room!”  Which had a raised old acrylic tub in the corner.  At the time, I didn’t appreciate that room as it would be key to the redesign of the home. As we began changing the flooring, my husband, who is not a designer came by to see the work.  He mentioned to me that if it was his, he would take out the main wall between the living room and the kitchen.  I could hardly sleep that night thinking about the possibilities.  We would lose the main wall that the refrigerator and stove were on, plus the cabinets.  I started drawing possible layouts and realized we could use the awful “dog bathing room” as the new laundry and the old laundry to become the new Butler Pantry, giving the homeowner the lost storage.  I had an architect look at the wall to make sure it could come down.  Now to tell the homeowners of my plan! Now the fun begins,...