Living room ©Justin Botros
Q - Tell us about your experience when you first bought the house?
I had remodeled my last home, which was nearby for 20 years, and started looking for my next project about ten years ago. In 2019 I happened to pass by the for sale sign on this house, and after taking a look at it, I started having dreams that I lived here. Everything about this house felt right to me, even though it needed work. So when we first bought it, it was because we knew we were going to remodel it, which was incredibly exciting. Most people buy houses because they are dying to live in them; I bought mine because I was dying to tear it apart.
We moved in upon the closing to explore and understand how it felt to live here before finalizing the architecture decisions and plans. So, we spent a lot of initial time thinking about how we wanted to transform the house.
Q - What did you want to change about the house?
The first thing on our list was to redo the bathroom, as it was never functional. The tiles in the bathroom were pink, and the shower pan leaked. The next issue was that the kitchen was so teeny – we needed it to be about double the size since I love to cook. We also wanted to change the kitchen layout to make it more functional and increase cooking efficiency.
The downstairs was practically useless. There was one giant narrow room from one end of the house to the other. Behind that room, there was a workshop and laundry area with no finished floors and one room that had a mound of dirt. Every change was to increase the functionality and the livability of the house. The motto was to have a definite use and purpose for each space to maximize what we had.
Q - How did you go about finding an architect? What made you confident that Ogle Designs was the right fit for you?
I was working on a flip for a client, and William was the architect on that project. While working with him, I knew then and there that we could be sure that William was the person we wanted to work with at our home. I had already gotten to go through the whole design process and saw how William functioned from initial conversations to the execution of the project.
While we worked together, it was evident that William cared about the house like his own without losing our voice. It is crucial to walk that fine line of caring about the architecture while balancing the client's needs.