So Long Duplex, Hello Single-Family Home

April 19, 2019

Duplex Dilemma

When a tiny duplex with a great location came on the market, Aubrey and Bristol didn’t think twice about buying it. Their dilemma was deciding whether or not to convert it to a single-family property. Ultimately, the decision was made to take out the wall and turn the property into a 3-bedroom, 2-bath home. Aubrey wanted the overall feel of the house to be fun with bright and uplifting colors. After two weeks on the market and one lowball offer, they decided to keep the place as an investment property!


Once the wall between the two units came down, the vision for the place became clear. The new kitchen would sit in the center of the home, facing the front entrance. By extending the back kitchen wall, Aubrey and Bristol were able to incorporate more cabinet space and a privacy hallway between the two bedrooms and living room. For the design, Aubrey chose two-tone cabinets, black granite counters from Zimbabwe, and a bold tile for the backsplash and island.

Dining Room

The right side of the duplex became the dining room space. On the right-hand side, you’ll see a wall and entryway that Aubrey had Bristol put in to give the master bedroom a more "master" feel. On the left, you can see the new yellow front door.

Living Room

Throughout the main living area, Aubrey used a charcoal-colored wood-like tile.

Master Bathroom

The master bedroom only needed cosmetic updates. As with other parts of the house, Aubrey focused on bringing in fun, uplifting colors and patterns.

Master Bathroom

In the master bathroom, Aubrey chose a teal subway tile for the tub/shower.

Master Bathroom

Aubrey used the same granite from the kitchen for the bathroom counters and incorporated a unique patterned tile on the floor.

Guest Bathroom

Aubrey really went for it in both bathrooms in this house. For a young and hip feel, she combined a yellow subway tile with a yellow patterned cement tile.


The right-side of the duplex offered this great den space that could be used as a bedroom. In here, Aubrey created an accent wall with teal wallpaper.


One of the three bedrooms that just needed cosmetic updates.

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