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A Vacation Home in Pittsburgh

April 17, 2019
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Vacation Vibes

When homeowners John and Leslie decided to leave the city with their 2-year-old, they purchased a Spanish villa-style home in the suburbs. Leanne and Steve were both excited about this project since it’s not every day they get to work on a Spanish villa in Pittsburgh! Leslie wanted the home to feel very vacation-like and Leanne was absolutely on board. With an $80,000 budget and eight weeks, Leanne and Steve lightened, brightened, and modernized the home with touches of vacation vibes throughout.

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Home Exterior

John and Leslie purchased thier Spanish villa a month before bringing Leanne and Steve in to renovate the majority of the first floor.

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Stairway, Before

The original entryway featured a really unique staircase. As cool as it was, it definitely didn’t fit the modern vacation home vibe.

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Stairway, After

After a bit of a back and forth about what to do with the stairs, Leanne’s original vision of wrapping them with steel came to life. Steve created the stairs much like you would a car’s frame and then painted them white. You’ll also notice in this photo that the front door is different. Leanne and Steve sanded it down to bring it back to its original beauty.

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