5 Questions for Design Stars
Help Your Fellow Houzzers Solve Their Home Design Dilemmas!
Can you help Houzz user danielle_jalbert with her 1850s Colonial home's facade renovation, or carli8020 design a living area around a focal staircase? Pholligan would love help completing an unfinished kitchen design, too. How many of these design dilemmas can you answer this week?
1. How can I update my traditional home and preserve its history? "We have a beautiful 1850s Colonial home, but the original hand-cut shingles and trim work get lost in the solid and boring paint job. How can we show off the craftsmanship and get an updated classic look?" Answer here.
2. How can I add Victorian curb appeal on a tight budget? "I would love to add some curb appeal. The front porch area is very awkward with it's small stoop and outdated glass and metal. I would love some [budget-friendly] suggestions. Inside the home it has a Victorian feel to it, which would somehow be nice to carry over the outside. Thank you!" Answer here.
3. What combination of black and ivory works with my kitchen? "My partner and I are just reaching the business end of a house renovation and it’s time to pick a kitchen ... We also like the idea of black and white/ivory but find it difficult to know what combination would look best with the configuration of cabinets shown ... Most layouts with a mix of colours tend to have a contrasting island or something so I’m not sure if it would look right..." See the full question and answer here.
4. How can I work around a dominating staircase? "I have an open basement staircase (half wall on one side, kitchen on the other). It divides tiny kitchen from tiny dining room. I decided against relocating it, because that would mean losing a bedroom. Ideas so far are: bump out large part of exterior wall to soffit edge, so that it lines up with bay window. Also I want to open up to living room somehow. Can anyone please offer ideas on how to work around these maddening stairs? Their location is too dominant and I pass by the open 'pit' like 50 times daily. Thank you so much." Answer here.