Living Room/Dining Room Makeover: From Gutted to Gorgeous

Candice Olson transforms an empty large main floor into a great room — in more ways than one.

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livingroom-diningroom-before When Candice Olson arrived at this redo, she was greeted by a gutted main floor. See the after picture.

Nothing tests a new marriage like a heap of demolition and dust, and Phillipe and Sara know this firsthand. The couple recently got hitched and decided to move into Phillipe’s place, a 100-year-old triplex in the city. As a bachelor, Phillipe lived on one floor of the house and rented out the other two units. But once married, he and Sara wanted to turn the triplex it into a single-family dwelling.

So, they gutted, demolished and rebuilt for ages. They did a great job on their third floor bedroom and bathroom, and took steps toward finishing the second floor, but that’s when they ran out of steam. They wanted their ground floor to be an open-concept living and dining room that would lead to a kitchen in the back, but were tired of renovating. I stepped in to give them a warm and inviting space, and get them on the road to “happily ever after.”

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