The Kuppersmith Project 13: Grand Tour
By: Danny Lipford
When the last of the renovation and remodeling work on the Kuppersmith Project house was complete, Joe Boehm and the design team from Better Homes & Gardens and Renovation Style magazines spent two weeks furnishing and decorating the empty house to turn it into a beautiful showplace home.
After over six months of hard work, it’s finally time to take the grand tour!
Behind the rustic charm of our custom cypress front door, with its Schlage LiNK locking system, is the entry area. The window seat and informal hanging space for coats and bags is the first clue that this is a home to be lived in, not just looked at.
The living room is slightly more formal than the entry, but still very comfortable. The fabrics, furniture and accessories work wonderfully with the warmth of the heart pine wood floors and the natural light offered by all the windows.
The centerpiece of the living room is the unique faux granite fireplace mantel we worked so hard to preserve.
Removing part of the second floor staircase landing really opened up the space. I can just imagine the family photos that will be taken here in the years ahead, with a son or daughter coming down the stairs before their first prom or on their wedding day.
The two smaller bedrooms upstairs seem larger than they are, thanks to plenty of daylight streaming through the windows. The new woodwork we created in the home’s traditional style could make you swear it was original to the house when it was built in 1926.
The larger upstairs bedroom has lots of room and natural light, and the nook created by the dormer is the perfect spot for a reading chair.
The formal dining room has all the elegance you’d expect in a home of this age.
The splashes of color from the china cabinets and wallpaper panels are set off by the light pouring in the bay windows.
The simple clean lines of the Merillat kitchen cabinets provides lots of storage space while the DeNova granite countertop on the island contrasts nicely with the quartz countertops flanking the Bertazzoni gas range and GE Appliances.
The Broan vent hood over the range, and colorful glass tile backsplash give the kitchen on this historic house a more contemporary feel.
Off the kitchen is the family room, with a view of the backyard through the massive sliding glass doors.
The master bedroom suite is exactly the relaxing retreat it should be.
Views of the backyard and access to the porch add to the open feeling from the raised ceiling.
The master bath has ample room with its double vanities and vaulted ceiling.
But the most popular features will be the BainUltra vessel tub and oversized shower with Moen ioDIGITAL controls.
The back porch with its Fiberon composite decking and motorized, retractable Phantom Screens will be great for outdoor entertaining.
The paver patio in the backyard is the perfect transition from the porch to the beautiful back lawn while the sound of flowing water in the fountain adds a soothing soundtrack for relaxing.
Hidden out of sight, the Generac standby generator will provide needed security in the event of a power outage.
Garages are meant to be functional, and thanks to the central vacuum from NuTone and cool storage system from Gladiator GarageWorks, the Kuppersmith garage will do that and a whole lot more.
We would also like to thank CertaPro painters, FrogTape painter’s tape, and Rust-Oleum paints for their support of the Kuppersmith Project.
Watch Videos from This Episode
- Before and After Tour of the Kuppersmith Project House
- Decorating the Interior of the Kuppersmith Project House
- Grand Tour of the Completed Kuppersmith Project House
- Quality Cabinets Add to the Kuppersmith Project House
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