Dara Agruss Design

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Classic Coastal

Walking into this townhouse for the first time felt like a timewarp back to the 90s. It had yellow walls, fluorescent lighting, small two-tone cabinets along with laminate countertops. The floors were a mixture of 12×12 generic tile and dingy, stained carpet. Our first step in updating this space was to put in consistent flooring throughout to make the space feel more open. We used LVP (luxury vinyl plank) flooring since it is a durable and affordable option for a home where the neighborhood doesn’t demand hardwood floors. Next, we pulled down all of the heavy drapery and painted the walls Classic Gray by Benjamin Moore for a neutral backdrop. Then, we set out gutting the kitchen. We reconfigured the cabinetry a bit and eliminated the weird angle of one of the islands. The “petite” cabinets were replaced with a soft white cabinet going to the ceiling. Laminate countertops were replaced with easy-to-maintain quartz countertops. We ripped out all of the ugly fluorescent lighting in the kitchen and added recessed lighting.

In the family room, we considered adding an electric fireplace, but instead opted for a feature wall that was more economical and added a focal point in the room. On the staircase, the dated wood spindles were switched out with more contemporary black metal spindles. We ripped out the carpet on the stairs and stained the existing hardwood underneath to match the LVP throughout the home.

Upstairs, we completely gutted the primary bathroom. The giant jacuzzi bath was replaced with a large shower featuring frameless glass, a large built-in seat and updated plumbing fixtures. We used various porcelain tiles throughout the space because porcelain is both inexpensive and highly durable. The large builder-grade mirror was replaced with two moroccan-inspired mirrors complemented with brass sconces.

In the end, we couldn’t be happier with transformation. This once dated and dark townhome is now a coastal-inspired, contemporary home.