I don’t know where to start when it comes to this Malibu remodel project that TE and I have been working on since last year. As I mentioned in a earlier post, TE and I started a house hunt almost a year and half ago. After months of searching, we found this house overlooking the Pacific Ocean last March. The minute we saw it, the hunt was over.
Now, after months of TE negotiating the home purchase, meeting with architects, going over plans, talking contractors, fretting over permits, going back and forth with each other on decisions and design aesthetic, the real work is beginning.
Just Monday, after work, TE and I drove out to Malibu to see the progress…we walked in and saw that the entire back wall of the house had been obliterated and the view was front and center as planned. It was a definite wow moment. The house currently looks like a bomb has gone off in it…and it kind of just looks like a tent of sorts…with no walls and roof. But because we have been with this house every step of the way, we think it looks great…even in this in between state of disrepair.
A few weeks ago, the new windows and doors arrived. When we first saw the house, it was a 1970’s Spanish outdated stucco, with small metal windows with a spectacular view trying to get noticed. The plan from the beginning was to exploit those views and really make the house and the outdoors one with large windows and doors.
Might be hard for you to tell what we are trying to do…will try to share a bit of the house regularly…including floor plans and before shots…but today I want to focus on windows and doors.
Our contractor is awesome. He introduced us to a wonderful guy who made all of the wood windows and doors custom to the house. They were all delivered two weeks ago and since then, every day the house gets transformed. Here are some “before and durings” (the afters will come this summer as we hope to be moving in then).
LIVING ROOM – BEFORE REMODEL
LIVING ROOM – DURING THE REMODEL
DEN – BEFORE THE REMODEL
DEN – DURING THE REMODEL
FRONT DOOR – BEFORE REMODEL
FRONT DOOR – DURING THE REMODEL
Will try to make this into a regular series so you all can see the process as it unfolds. I have googobs of photos I have taken since we found the house and TE closed on it a few months later.
If you are remodeling, you may ask why we chose all wood windows instead of metal clad. The house is going to be modern with a nod to rustic Mediterranean in the finishes. We might do a light wire brushing on the wood to give it a little texture. We thought wood would speak to that aesthetic. Also, the house is far enough away from the ocean that we will not have to worry about extreme salt air corroding the wood. We figure that every 5 to 7 years we’ll do a little refresh on the stain of the exterior wood to keep it looking like new.
I have got to say, each day as something new is revealed in the plan TE and I get more and more excited.
Hope you all will enjoy our Malibu Remodel Project posts. Let me know if there is any topic you want me to cover…basically we are redoing EVERYTHING in the house so I am happy to share what we are learning in this process about remodeling and each other!
Photos in this post by Coco of COCOCOZY