Lori Gilder

Lori Gilder is an award-winning Architectural Interior Designer known for her clean, architectural lines and comfortable California Modern style.

Developing Your Home Renovation Wish List

Brown Residence, Week 3

By analyzing and assessing the way they really live, Liz Brown provided me with a thorough list of what they envisioned for their home and family, and primarily the direction in which this renovation project was headed.

To get a sense of the scope of the Brown’s project, let me share just some of Liz’s wish list with you:Wish List Image 3-1

Downstairs Bedrooms & Bathrooms:
  • Add one additional bedroom and connecting bathroom downstairs.
  • Add one or two additional baths to the existing children’s bedrooms.
  • Remove the current children’s bathroom due to bad location.
  • Add good size linen closet.
Kitchen:
  • Expand current kitchen dramatically and raise ceilings throughout.
  • Dining for 6-8 in kitchen.
  • Like big island with bar stools.
  • Include large picture windows.
  • Lots of cabinetry.
  • Need door to close off kitchen.
  • Design separate laundry room.
  • Can reconfigure current office, maids, and bath for better entry from garage.
  • Add butler’s pantry if possible.
  • Appliances:  8 burner range, warming drawer, XL microwave, separate sub zero refrigerator and freezer, and wine refrigerator.
Main Living Area:
  • Problem areas:  bad entry/foyer, walk through dining room to get to family room. (poor traffic flow).
  • Bad location of powder room, and low ceilings.
  • If ceilings are raised, big custom windows to bring the outside elements inside.
  • Like side lights on either side of front entry door.
Upper Master Bedroom Suite Addition:wish list image 3-1 (2nd)
  • Add one master bedroom suite upstairs.
  • One bedroom – with or without balcony.
  • Window seat if possible.
  • One room for office or treadmill with windows.
  • One bath with two toilets, one bidet, 2 sinks, shower, tub and make-up vanity area (if possible)
  • Two separate walk – in closets

I think you get the idea – Liz’s detailed wish list provided me with a strong vision as to where to begin and the direction this renovation project was headed.  From that point forward, it became my job to turn Liz and Mark’s vision into a reality.

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Article by Lori Gilder, Architectural Interior Designer, Los Angeles, Ca.
© 2009 Lori Gilder. Interior Makeovers Inc



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Lori Gilder is an award-winning Architectural Interior Designer known for her clean, architectural lines and comfortable California Modern style.
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