4421 Hobbs is finally finished!
Truth be told most of the grass is photoshopped in as we were not quite ready for the photographer. The remainder of the grass arrived yesterday so we will be ready for the open house Sunday.
The floor plan has changed quite a bit in that the kitchen was moved from the north side of the house to the south
The living room is largely the same, though we removed the opening to the right of the fireplace that led into what was the dining room (now part of the family room, powder bath and hallway), covered the beautiful stained cottage cheese ceiling and rebuilt the mantle:
It is kind of unfair to use an unstaged photo taken by me against a staged professional photo, but the room really does look a lot better.
The old front bedroom (with debris from the tenant) on the south side is now the new dining room:
I am a tried and true white paint devotee so it almost felt like I was cheating on my old standby with a new dark color. I fell in love with Benjamin Moore Hale Navy. In different lighting it can look black or a vivid rich dark blue. I've had the chandelier since last summer and designed the room around it. It is available to the trade from Ro Sham Beaux or through Serena and Lily.
The old family room was an enclosed porch. We pushed out the wall about 3 feet into the yard:
I found the fabulous ampersand at the Rose Bowl Flea Market. Scott Coppersmith is there every month and makes lighting out of recycled building materials.
The backyard has also changed quite a bit. The poor fig tree had to be sacrificed along with a huge ash that would have been inches from the new family room foundation:
The old garage was rebuilt and is now the master bedroom with a new bath added. The new garage is at the SW corner of the yard. It seems like we started this project years ago. It has been a long haul yet feels a bit deflating to finish. I will be sad to see her go but incredibly relieved to loose a mortgage payment! On to the next house...hopefully ours as things are really looking shabby here.
4421 Hobbs is open Sunday from 2:00-5:00. Hope to see you there!