Fixer Upper: Stylish Update for a Vintage Tudor

Chip and Joanna help a couple with a new baby upgrade a 1927 brick Tudor, making it modern and family-friendly while retaining and enhancing its classic charm.

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Are You Ready?

Chip and Jo pull back the banners to reveal a newly transformed home to homeowners Joey and Courtney Scrivano.

Trademark Charm

Joanna's design plan for the home played off a touchstone theme inspired by period details of the 1920s era home. "Once I see ita blueprint standpoint," said Joanna, "it's really just figuring out how we can maximize the space, make sure the flow feels really natural, and keep as much of the existing charm as we can."

Meet the Scrivanos

Courtney and Joey Scrivano have a new baby and were looking to move from their modest loft space into a house that's more suited to raising a family. They found a historic house they fell in love with but were looking to Chip and Joanna to help them customize the home's spaces to fit their needs and tastes. "They're really magicians, said Joey. "We're just so thankful that we have this opportunity to work with them."

Before

The Scrivanos knew that renovating a 1927 house would bring some challenges. "It's an older home," said Courtney. "It's going to have some of the fun stuff and some of the not-so-fun stuff...We're willing to make the investment and some sacrifices to make this the home of our dreams" The room at the front corner of the house had evidently been a porch that had been enclosed to make a home office, detracting somewhat from the visual integrity of the exterior.

After

Chip and Joanna opened the porch back up, bringing back a more classic and elegant look to the exterior. Though they opted to keep the original brick and not paint the exterior, new stucco and contrasting gray trim highlights the home's traditional Tudor style.

Living Room, Before

Arched details, including entry doors, cased openings and windows, helped establish the theme of the renovation and create an element of visual continuity throughout the design. Only one doorway, which opened onto the front room and may have once been a side entrance from the porch, was lacking the arched shape.

Living Room, After

With the front room converted back to an open front porch, the door was reworked to match the others. Exposed wood beams were added and tie in visually with the original hardwood floors and stained wood doors.

Living Room, Before

The main modifications in the living room would be reworking the fireplace and refinishing the oak hardwood floors.

Living Room, After

The original built-in bookcases flanking the fireplace were retained, echoing the arched detail found in the doors and entryways. The bookcases and trim are painted in ash gray, providing soft contrast with the newly painted white walls.

Living Room, Detail

Antiques and architectural salvage pieces complement the home's traditional period style.

Living Room, Detail

Living Room, Detail

Living Room, Detail

As usual Joanna relies on fresh greenery to bring a touch of nature and color to the interior spaces.

Dining Room, After

Enlarged cased openings help make the dining and living spaces seem larger and more free-flowing.

Dining Room, Before

The dining room was fairly sizable and large windows provided plenty of natural light.

Dining Room, After

New trim work and window treatments help highlight the windows, and a brass chandelier and wooden farm table provide warmth.

Dining Room, Detail

Dining Room, Detail

Kitchen, Before

The kitchen was small, narrow and had a layout that didn't work for the clients. It was constrained on one side by an integrated staircase, behind the built-in cabinets, leading to the attic.

Kitchen, After

The attic staircase was removed, making room for an expanded kitchen with a new corner breakfast nook with built-in bench seating.

Kitchen, Before

Kitchen, After

The original plan for the kitchen was to install hardwood floors, but Joanna opted instead for black and white tile, originally planned for use only in a butler's pantry, to give the entire kitchen added personality and a more dynamic look. Stained antique doors, a wooden island and copper elements help provide a warm counterbalance to the striking black and white.

Kitchen, Detail

Kitchen, Detail

Other highlights in the kitchen include new gray cabinets to match the trim, marble countertops and backsplash and custom vent hood.

Kitchen, Detail

The breakfast nook features a solid walnut bistro table with pedestal base custom made by furniture artisan Clint Harp.

Kitchen, Detail

Master Bedroom, Before

One of the clients' main wishes for the renovation was the creation of a true master suite, which the home's original floor plan was lacking. Two adjacent rooms, including the one seen here, would be transformed to create a master bedroom and elegant new master bath.

Master Bedroom, After

The hardwood floors were restored, new detail trim around the windows were painted in soft gray and twin sconces installed on either side of the bed.

Master Bedroom, Detail

Master Bedroom, Detail

Master Bedroom, Detail

Master Bedroom, Before

Master Bedroom, After

 

Master Bath, After

Walls were opened up to provide substantial room for luxury master bath that includes a standalone tub and new walk-in shower.

Master Bath, Detail

Highlights in the new bath include a double vanity, chair rail painted in gray and a custom marble and wood insert in the floor creating a "tile rug" effect.

Master Bath, Detail

Guest Bath, Before

Guest Bath, After

A small hall bathroom is given a bold but classic look with black and white patterned wallpaper and wood vanity with marble top.

Guest Bath, Detail

Guest Bath, Detail

Front Porch, After

The former front room has now been restored to its original function as a porch that's ideally suited for relaxing or entertaining.

Front Porch, After

The Reveal

 

The Reveal

Before

After

Opening up the porch, retaining the arched details and incorporating contrasting trim elements all help to revive the home's charm and traditiional aesthetic.

The Reveal

They just transformed that house. Every room is a masterpiece; just incredible.
—homeowner Joey Scrivano

Finis

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