Art · April 22, 2021 0

Before & After – A New Open Floor Plan Is An Important Feature For This Renovated Home

Designer Elizabeth Schulz of Black Forest Design & Build, has completed the renovation of a home in Millersville, Pennsylvania, that dates back to 1967 when it was originally built by Emerson Frey, owner of locally famous iced tea manufacturer, Turkey Hill.

The present owners, a local realtor team, contacted Beth to bring their rancher into the 21st century and make the social areas into an open floor plan.

Let’s take a look at the different rooms that were renovated…

The Living Room

The original living room had sage green walls, dark beams, a stone fireplace, window treatments, and carpeted floor.

A living room before a modern renovation.

To create a more cohesive space, Beth and her team opened up the space between the kitchen and the living room. By keeping the original fireplace, they created a cozy area for relaxing, which makes the space feel warm and inviting.

Small details like the dark painted window sashes create a stark, but eye popping contrast of the new white walls and ceiling in this modern living room.

Small details like the dark painted window sashes create a stark, but eye-popping contrast of the new white walls and ceiling.

Small details like the dark painted window sashes create a stark, but eye popping contrast of the new white walls and ceiling in this modern living room.
A modern living room with black framed art.

The Dining Area

Adjacent to the living room is the dining room, where a chandelier used to hang above the dining table and dark upholstered chairs.

A dining room before a complete renovation.

The updated new dining room showcases the windows, walls, and ceiling, as well as the new floor that’s made up of larger format floor tiles.

A modern dining room surrounded by windows has large format floor tiles.
A modern dining room surrounded by windows has large format floor tiles.

The Kitchen

The original kitchen had dark wood cabinets, some with glass fronts, and an overall U-shaped design.

A wood kitchen before a complete renovation.

The updated kitchen includes a much more open floor plan, with lower wood cabinets, an island, and white upper cabinets along the wall.

A modern kitchen with a large kitchen island provides ample countertop space, while the upper cabinets have a simple shaker style with black hardware, and the lower cabinets are wood.

The large kitchen island provides ample countertop space, while the upper cabinets have a simple shaker style with black hardware.

A modern kitchen with a large kitchen island provides ample countertop space, while the upper cabinets have a simple shaker style with black hardware.

The lower wood cabinets and drawers provide a contrasting element in the kitchen, adding warmth to the space.

A modern kitchen with white countertops, wood and white cabinets, black hardware, and an apron sink.

Breaking up the cabinets are the stainless steel appliances and the under-mount apron sink.

A modern kitchen with white countertops, wood and white cabinets, black hardware, and an apron sink.
A modern kitchen with white countertops, wood cabinets, and an apron sink.
A modern kitchen with white countertops and an apron sink.
Photographer: Rebecca McAlpin