It's been some time since I shared an update on our residential project we currently have under construction. I'm afraid photos speak volumes and not everything about a home renovation is actually photogenic!
Lucky for you, the windows arrived today. I'm loving the photos I have to share because they illustrate the ultimate goal of this renovation: bring light into this home! With the bedrooms to one side and the garage to the other, the space was dark and gloomy. The image below is our initial design plan. We were able to blow out the chopped up living, dining, and kitchen areas into one grand space.
Just imagine the space with both the front facing yet private courtyard completed along with the back deck. It should really give you a sense of being connected with the exterior while cozily inside. There will certainly be a clear view!
Things are moving along smoothly at our Ranch-to-MidCentury renovation. Pier foundations are in and floor framing is being completed. The interior is also getting a big shake up.
On the interior, we've blown everything out! The formerly chopped up living room, dining room, kitchen and hallway have been demo'd to give us one large open space. In the photo below, we're looking toward the back of the house into to what will be an open kitchen/dining room area overlooking the new deck. You'll see here we are also reframing the ceiling to really open the space.
More updates to come. We should see some walls going up on the addition soon. Come back to see how it progresses!
Here at Thrasher Works, the design work typically falls into the range of commercial projects. I've spent the last 18 years working on educational, health care and office/retail project types. It's not often that I venture into residential work. The project would really have to spark the imagination.
This spring I've found myself grabbed by just such a project. A long time client of Bart's approached us about renovating a sleepy ranch in East Dallas. Of course, Bart had actually worked as the client's Realtor and they sought out a house with lots of potential. The project clicked with me because they convinced me of how fun it would be to turn the unassuming ranch into a striking mid-centrury modern gem.
So far, so good. We dove into the design work to turn this two bedroom, one bath home into a 3/2.5 with the addition of a master suite and a full renovation of the existing. Below are some of the initial design sketches which we are pretty excited about. Construction is already underway and we can't wait to share the photos as this project unfolds. Stay tuned for more.
Next time you are visiting the Dallas Galleria, swing on down to the Ice Rink level and check out XD Ride. Our project is completed and open for business.
You may ask, what exactly is XD Ride? It's basically a virtual reality like video game. You and the seven other players go on a ride to shoot up zombies, or werewolves, or go on some other crazy adventure. They continually change out the attraction and you can request the one you want.
Upon the final project inspection, the owners let me try it out. I had a blast & immediately made plans to bring my 9-year-old son. He hasn't stopped talking about it. We will be back.
We had the pleasure to work with a group that will be opening a rich multi-sensory interactive gaming experience at the Dallas Galleria. XD Ride Adventures plans to be open for the Christmas season. Located on the rink level of the mall, Thrasher Works designed the storefront and simple interiors while Triotech provides the cutting edge technology. So while you are out doing your last minute holiday shopping, stop in for an exhilarating change of pace.
Posted by Bart Thrasher
Finding the perfect home is not always an easy task. Often time, circumstances such as inventory, location, price, or timing influence the buyer's choice to purchase a home that may only fulfill 8 out of 10 items on their wish list. They say you can't have it all, but let's not give up too soon! With my background in design and home renovation, I've been able to guide my clients through the home buying process armed with more tools in the toolbox.
Posted by Karen Thrasher
Posted by Bart Thrasher
If you’re in the market to buy a house (or about to begin), you’re likely to be engaging in a crash course in home styles. Do you go Craftsman, which, according to Houseplans.com, continue to be among the most popular style of home sold in the third quarter of 2014? Or go Traditional, which is more popular in the Northeast, Midwest and Mountain region. Meanwhile, the Southwest seems to favor Ranch-styles.
Why, though, are Craftsman homes so popular? “The Craftsman is all about a boxy nature and reviving beautiful decorative art. It’s well-designed, well-crafted,” Marika Snider, of Snider Architecture, and a member of the American Institute of Architects‘ Custom Residential Architects Network, told The Huffington Post.
But let’s back up a second. What do all of these home style terms mean exactly? How do you tell a Modern home from a Southern home, for instance? Or a European from a Mediterranean? Luckily, Snider broke it all down for us so you’ll never have to wonder again.
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Posted by Karen Thraher
Here's the current 'pie-in-the-sky-plan'. Split the container up with storage on the end and then convert the back half to a small backyard-bar lounge complete with bar stools, counter, and deck. Kind of fun to imagine all the parties and dinners we could host. We're going to need more friends, and most definitely a more determined approach to back yard maintenance!