The Bungalow



May 2011

  • 1027 sqft, 2 bedrooms,1 bathroom; unfinished basement and attic.
  • Built in 1922 in the cottage bungalow-style. Straight lines, clean trim, high baseboards, crystal doorknobs, paneled doors, terrible storage space and poor/non-existent insulation.
  • 1/2 mile walk to the center of downtown Asheville, NC.

By January 2012, we completed 90% of the renovations – including digging out the basement to get an extra 2 feet in ceiling height, finishing the space to add a 3rd bedroom, 2nd full bathroom, laundry room, family room, utility room and storage; we also built on a small addition to the back of the house in order to relocate the stairs and add a mudroom. By June 2013, we had added insulation to the attic, replaced all the windows, repainted the exterior, poured a foundation & block wall for the detached garage. By December 2013, the attic was finished with new white paneling and new carpet.


August 2014 — still need to tackle landscaping!

  • 1800 sqft, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, finished basement, attic partially finished (sqft from attic not included since it is unconditioned/heated).
  • New windows, exterior paint, replaced porch decking, added retaining wall, drainage, etc.
  • We kept the bungalow character – straight lines, clean trim, high baseboards, crystal doorknobs, paneled doors…but we added TONS of storage and insulation. And paint!

If you have any questions about paint colors or where we got something, feel free to leave a comment, I’m happy to provide answers!

Click on any picture to see full size images, with easy slideshow viewing.

Thanks for stopping by!

12 thoughts on “The Bungalow

  1. Carol says:

    I love your new site. And the before and after pictures are still amazing!
    Love, Carol

  2. Aw, thanks Carol! Your son is mighty talented! :)

  3. Your house is adorable!! The before and afters are fantastic!!

  4. Thanks, Victoria! We’re actually in the process of finishing up the major projects now so I should have a big update coming soon. Our goal is to get all the interior stuff done by the time the baby arrives in June, so we have a very firm deadline!

  5. K says:

    I really like the padded head board in the master bedroom. Can you tell me where you got it?


  6. K – I got it on; they have some pretty good sales, which is what i waited for to make the price easier on my budget! Here’s the link: ; We’ve been really pleased with the quality, the quick & free shipping and ease of assembly. Good luck!

  7. Bethany says:

    What color did you use in your bedroom and bathroom?

  8. Bethany, the color is the same on the entire main floor – Benjamin Moore Thundercloud Gray. We love it and it takes on different hues throughout the day with sunlight, lamp light, etc.

  9. Peggy says:

    Oh my word! I just found your blog via a comment you left on Apartment Therapy about your kitchen. Well, I haven’t made it to your kitchen pictures… I am still in awe of the exterior changes you made to the bungalow. It is incredible! It is simply stunning! In fact it hardly looks like the same home. Simply incredible! Now I need to drag my husband in here so that we can look at all the changes you made.

  10. Ha! Thanks, Peggy! It’s been a long process but we are really enjoying living in the *mostly* finished space!

  11. bradley eisenmann says:

    I live just a few houses down from the bungalow. I just bought a place about the same age with a basement that is just a bit short. I am entertaining the dig you did. Can I come see it and pick your brain for a bit? Cheers, brad

  12. Kristen says:

    You did an amazing job on your renovation! I came here because of your comments on Apartment Therapy regarding your kitchen. I am thinking of putting IKEA cabinets in a home I am remodeling. I also love the color of the walls in your living room. I was going to ask what color that was, but I see you’ve already answered that. Anyway, great job and thank you for sharing with us!

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