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Before and After: Washburn Lofts

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Often, when a buyer moves into a new condo, they like to make updates to personalize the space. We have seen some exciting transformations in our day! 

Today, we are happy to feature a residence we sold recently at the historic Washburn Lofts. This homeowner enlisted the help of a professional architect, Thomas Whitcomb, and the excellent contractors, Branson Builders, to make their home design dreams a reality. Laurie from Fix Design Haus added the finishing touches to make this home sing! Perhaps you can use some of these ideas when planning your own renovations?

If you have a great before and after project for your home or condo, let us know - we would love to feature your stories!

Project Architect: Thomas Whitcomb www.aia-mn.org/firm/thomas-whitcomb-architect-inc

Builder: Branson Builders bransonbuilders.com

Staging: Laurie Fleming, Fix Design Haus fixdesignhaus.com

Design goals:

  • Open up the layout
  • Simplify paint and lighting to create a cohesive feel 
  • Reveal the historic bones of the unit creating a more serene space

Solutions:

Entry:

Washburn 10 Entry Before

entry

before

entry

after

  • Painted ceiling darker to enhance the visual height of the entry
  • Removed plaster to reveal original concrete columns
  • Painted walls, doors and trim in white to feature artwork

Kitchen:

washburn 10 kitchen before

kitchen

before

washburn lofts after

kitchen

after

 

  • Moved to the center to encourage socializing
  • Added up-lighting to feature the tall concrete ceiling
  • Color matched the cabinets to the countertop
  • Hidden storage added
  • Work center wired for media
  • Backsplash added to match concrete column texture
  • Updated appliances to match industrial feel

Living/Dining:

washburn lofts 10 before

living

before

washburn lofts living after

living

after

  • Updated wooden sliding door to translucent glass sliding panel doors
  • Raised suspended track lighting up to ceiling and updated to LED
  • Repositioned and updated dining room chandelier to center over table


Bedroom:

washburn lofts bed before

bedroom

before

washburn lofts bedroom after

bedroom

after

 

  • Rebuilt wall to open up space
  • Added glass to sliding doors to increase light
  • Enclosed guest bedroom

Bath:

washburn lofts bath before

bath

before

washburn 10 bath after

bath

after

  • Added heated floors
  • Eliminated wall to open up space
  • Added tall glass and mirrors to brighten
  • Added white cabinets and counters to lighten
  • LED fixtures added 

For more photos of this unit before the renovation, visit our sold page!