Historic 1950s McKinney Home Interior Renovation

This exterior/interior renovation in McKinney was completed on a historic 1950s home. The home had been vacant since 1991 after the original owner passed away and the property was extremely neglected. Even though the project was going to take a considerable amount of work, its unique design and placement on an oversized lot with mature trees made it well worth the effort.

The interior of the home was in very bad shape. The foundation had failed and had been left needing attention for 25 years. There were large cracks in every room and the house itself looked just like it did back in the 1970s.

It was furnished with old mid-century style furniture and had retro harvest gold appliances. There was yellow carpet throughout the house with vinyl flooring in the kitchen. The bathrooms had matching yellow tile.

The layout of the home was a classic 1950s floor plan. It was chopped up and didn’t flow properly—there were multiple doors in and out of every room. It felt dark, cramped, and very dated.

The entire house needed to be re-plumbed and re-wired. It didn’t even have air conditioning.

We wanted to make the house as contemporary and comfortable as possible but maintain the original feel of the home. To do this we tried to save as many materials as possible and reuse them while incorporating new appliances and products. We were able to save much of the old flooring and other materials.

The kitchen had to be gutted as it had a very poor layout and was difficult to maneuver. It was blocked off from the living room and you had to go down a hallway in order to get to it. We cut an 8’6” opening in the wall between the kitchen and the living areas, which allowed for convenient access, better lighting, and a more open feel.

We had cabinets custom built for the kitchen in the shaker style. We used the original sink and finished off the room with granite countertops, white subway tile, and Kitchen Aid appliances. It turned out to be a very bright, open, and functional space that felt new but matched the original personality of the home.

During the demo we uncovered quarter-sawn White Oak flooring under the carpet throughout the house. The only place missing the wood floor was in the kitchen. We wanted to make the new open layout feel like it was part of the original design and not just an afterthought. In order to do this I felt that the floor needed to be continuous. We were able to carefully pull enough wood from what would become the carpeted nursery and the area we converted to a master bathroom to accomplish this. In doing so, we created continuity and ensured that the floor would be an exact match to the old quarter-sawn White Oak.

The original house layout had a large addition on the northeast corner of the home. We wanted to use this space to create a master suite, as the original master bath was actually down the hall and we knew that wouldn’t work. We began working on the 19×34 room by framing some walls and dividing it into sections. We added closets and turned a portion of the space into a master bedroom. We were able to save some of the old paneling but repainted it a calming blue color versus the old, dark color. Pocket doors were used on the matching closets to maximize space and keep open doors out of the way.

The other portion of the large room was converted into the master bathroom. There was already a large window in the room so we designed the space around the window in order to maximize natural light and create a bright space. We installed a bathtub below the window and added a large shower with frameless glass. We also installed his and her vanities.

We used Carrara marble for the countertops and stainless fixtures throughout the bathroom. In the shower we used white subway tile with a subtle bead bolding as an accent. For the floor we chose a white hexagonal tile that has been around for ages. This gave the bathroom a clean, modern feel while still maintaining the natural look of a house built in the 1950s.

The remaining bathroom received a similar treatment. We used the same subway tile on the tub walls with a rope mold detail in the tiling. The same hexagonal tile flooring was also used. We added storage space over the toilet and a new vanity cabinet with granite countertops and stainless fixtures.

We created a nursery out of one of the bedrooms, and as previously mentioned, we were able to use the old kitchen paneling to make a great looking wainscoting. We painted the walls and carpeted the floors.

In the remaining bedroom we kept it pretty simple. We refinished the oak flooring and painted the walls and trim. It will make for a nice spare guest bedroom.

The whole house got new LED can lighting or new Hunter ceiling fans.

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