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This 80s Estate Home Was Completely Transformed Into A Modern, Organic Home For A Family Of Five

Ross Alan Reclaimed is an LA-based reclaimed lumber company run by husband-and-wife team Ross and Georgie, and if you read this blog, you are likely already familiar with this duo. Emily worked with them exclusively in the mountain house, where she used their reclaimed wood for all the floors, ceilings, kitchen cabinets, and that beautiful dining table. The work they do is stunning–as evidenced by each room in the mountain house. It’s not often we get to see the homes of the makers we work with and today, we have the pleasure of sharing Ross and Georgie’s newly renovated home that is warm, inviting, and of course, clad with different variations of their gorgeous reclaimed wood. It’s a home tour that will have you appreciating, if not coveting, reclaimed wood and all the warmth and texture it can bring to a space.

BEFORE

stairs before

The home originally had good bones but lacked warmth, and some elements could definitely use a modern update. But what was supposed to be a “simple” renovation, turned into much more than that due to unforeseen issues. I am sure all of you renovators out there can relate (and are perhaps rolling your eyes at me referring to any renovation being ‘simple’ :)).

According to Georgie, “There were a lot of things out of code that we had to replace and make right which cost us a lot more money than we planned. The staircase had to be redone because the original had no stringers (framework that’s load-bearing) in them, all the electrical was old and out of code, joists in ceilings had to be redone to code because there were several missing (which was very weird), and due to our pipes bursting in the bathrooms, we had to redo all of the plumbing and pipes in the house.” So to remedy all of these problems, the project turned into a full gut renovation that spanned over 3 years. They ended up doing the renovation in three phases which is why it took as long as it did, but the result is a beautiful, organic home that is as inviting as the people who live there.

Dining Table | Black Dining Chairs | Armchair | Light Fixture

The after is almost unrecognizable from the before, which is a testament to their style and expertise. Immediately, you can sense how the home feels more open and bright which is in part due to all of the large windows that let in so much beautiful natural light. The other source of warmth comes from all of the wood tones peppered throughout the home. The floors and ceiling are the most obvious and show-stopping, but as we move through this home tour you will notice that they also mix and match wood tones through furniture, decor, and built-in shelves. These aspects all work together to create a cozy and lived-in feel.

Side note: The dining table is from their new made-to-order furniture line, and features reclaimed barn wood and brass table legs. It’s SO good. I love how they gave a farmhouse-style table a modern flair with those awesome wishbone-shaped table legs.

On the opposite side of the dining area, large glass doors bring in an abundance of natural light, creating an extremely open and airy vibe. The space itself is also very open with minimal furniture, so the wood floors really stand out. Since reclaimed wood is such a big part of their lives, I asked Georgie what type of wood they used for the flooring and why. She explained, “We chose to use the oak mixture for the floors because of its durability and shelf life. We have three kids, animals, and a big family so our floors get a lot of heavy use. Oak is just super solid and has already stood the test of time in our house.” Not only is it solid and durable, but it has a beautiful finish that provides a quiet rustic vibe to the home.

Tile | Shelves

In the kitchen, the blue picket pattern tile backsplash creates movement and a hint of Midcentury modern flair. If you remember from the before photos above, the kitchen was very beige and bland, and this kitchen is clearly the opposite of that. The tile is bold and bright and contrasts beautifully with the wood cabinets and shelves. I also love that they went with a white countertop to match the white walls and make the space feel dynamic yet pulled together. Also, how cute is the box on the top shelf that has little succulents popping out?? ADORABLE.

Dining Table | Black Dining Chairs

The dining nook, nestled between the tile wall and the yellow accent wall, is a perfect example of mixing wood tones. The dining nook bench is made with Black Walnut wood from a barn in Ohio, as are the kitchen cabinets. The way the cabinets flow seamlessly into the bench creates a cohesive look and I love how the movement of the grain brings in so much texture. I mean, seriously, that grain is STUNNING. Then there is the dining table with a black finish on top and a natural wood bottom which creates a nice contrast that is accentuated with more black wood dining chairs.

Sofa | Coffee Table | Rug

The living room sits opposite of the dining area and is extremely cozy due to the variation of colors and textures. Multiple wood tones, velvet cushions, organic shapes, and a tufted rug all work together to create a cozy, lived-in feel. The yellow sofa is custom-made by Clad Home and as you can see it was made to fit in this space perfectly, creating its own zone to separate the living room from the dining area. In an open-concept floor plan like theirs, it is so important to lay out furniture in a way that distinguishes the different spaces.

Armchairs | Side Table

On the other side of the living room, the ceiling is clad with white oak and as you can see it is slightly lighter than the floors. This mixing of wood tones was intentional to keep the home from feeling too monochromatic but is also a result of their brand ethos: “We don’t like to waste materials” says Georgie, “and when ordering this batch of white oak from barn wood, there is a lot of red oak that sneaks its way in. You can’t always tell what species of wood it is from just the outside of the board which in our case was about 20%. Also, we loved the contrast that the red oak added to our floors which really gave us room to tie in all the other wood tones to the project like the walnut kitchen.” So with 80% White Oak and 20% Red Oak, the floors have a darker, richer tone that adds even more depth to their home.

Sofa | Coffee Table | Side Table | Arm Chair

Much like the downstairs living room, the family room is rich with texture. The use of so much texture allows the color palette to remain simple, and even with a small amount of color the room still feels so dynamic. One way they achieved this is by painting the ceiling black, which is unexpected but such a cool design choice. It highlights the other black accents in the room to create a cohesive, balanced look. And again, different wood tones are sprinkled throughout so this room has no shortage of natural, rustic warmth.

Wall Cladding | Arm Chair | Coffee Table | Side Table

The original primary bedroom had an option for a vaulted ceiling which they discovered one day while up in the attic space, so they decided to blow out the ceiling to reveal the vaulted ceiling. It automatically opened up the room and created a more grand feel. Once they vaulted the ceiling, they cladded it with their Coyote wall cladding, which has a diverse mixture of gray and brown tones. I love how there is so much variation in color and texture which brings an added layer of warmth to the space.

Faucet

I love that they went with a light wood tone for the built-in bathroom vanity so it really pops against the moody gray tile. Also, continuing the floor tiles up the walls is an exciting choice that makes you feel completely enveloped by the color. It creates a spa-like vibe that is uber-relaxing and inviting.

In the kid’s bathroom, the tile pattern is playful and modern and is balanced with the blue-stained vanity. Seeing that the vanity is clearly made from wood, I asked Georgie if it was another piece made by them with their reclaimed wood. It of course is and shows just how much range reclaimed wood has. “We had so much fun using all of our wood to create these standout pieces in our home that are all unique in their own way,” says Georgie, “The vanity in our kid’s bathroom, as well as the guest bathroom, were done and stained using Rubio. It was fun to play with colors instead of the natural tone of the wood and the end result just gave it that extra ‘wow’ statement.”

Huge thank you to Ross and Georgie for sharing their lovely home and design process with us. Now I must leave you but not without sharing the remarkable before and afters:

*Design by Ross and Georgie Kidder
**Styling by Lori Manthei
***Photo by Sara Ligorria-Tramp

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K
3 months ago

Good transformation

Reanna
3 months ago

They had me at the double mantel!!! STUNNING renovation. Impeccable design. The entire story is a smorgasbord of inspiration.

Sheila
3 months ago

Gorgeous! I don’t know what “Estate Home,” means. Google tells me it means 5 or more bedrooms on a residential zoned lot. Who knows? But the end result here is absolutely stunning.
I’m also very impressed with their furniture line. The designs are simple and let the wood shine and the prices are quite affordable compared with a lot of other reclaimed wood furniture.

🥰 Rusty
3 months ago
Reply to  Sheila

I didn’t know either. I looked it up:
“Estate Home means a single family dwelling with five or more bedrooms located on property zoned R-1-B, R-1-A, R-1-AH, or G-R-5.”

Jeanne
3 months ago
Reply to  Sheila

An Estate Home Sale is when the owner is deceased or has be moved to a facility. The “estate” sells the property and the proceeds are either distributed to the beneficiaries or used to help facilitate the move.

Cris S.
3 months ago
Reply to  Jeanne

It was very sobering to me that this home was built in the 80s (my high school heyday) and is now an “estate home”. I was shocked, but then thought, if the owner was 40 when they moved into their larger family home and now FORTY years have gone by since the 80s, then they are in their 80s now and I am officially middle aged. Fun times.

🥰 Rusty
3 months ago

Ooooo.Mmmmmm.Ggggggg!!!!
💗wood!💗wood!💗wood!

I’m not a huge fan of MCM vibes, but this house, yes!!!

Lisa
3 months ago
Reply to  🥰 Rusty

This feels more 70s to me than MCM, no?

Spero
3 months ago

Ah the wood wrapping from the cabinet into paneling into seating is GLORIOUS. A small detail but so lovely

Jenni
3 months ago

Wow! What a job well done! I wish I had this kind of vision. Absolutely gorgeous results.

jasmine
3 months ago

This is gorgeous, and I wish there were more photos of the kitchen. Where is the fridge??

Maryann
3 months ago
Reply to  jasmine

Where is the fridge!!!?

3 months ago
Reply to  jasmine

We will post more photos over the following couple of weeks to showcase more of the kitchen and home. The fridge is on the wall of cabinets which hasn’t been shown yet. Stay tuned!

B
3 months ago

This is so beautiful. I think this is how the house was intended to look like from the beginning. I would like to see what the exterior looks like.

3 months ago
Reply to  B

We will be posting those photos as the next few weeks progress. Keep an eye out 🙂

Sally
3 months ago

This is a really lovely home that has a very distinct personality and I really like their ethos.
I disagree that it wasn’t open and bright before however, although obviously difficult to convey personality in an unfurnished house. I do have to smile how one day an all white home can be described as clean and fresh and on another day as bland. We can enjoy a house redecoration that reflects a new owner and a new life without always having to feel that the previous version was inferior.

Lisa
3 months ago

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. The use of wood throughout is so original!

Kalle
3 months ago

Hi, any chance you can tell us more about the dining table light fixture? The link goes to a generic website, not the actual product listing. Thanks!

Pam
3 months ago
Reply to  Kalle

This looks like a copy of Lindsey Adelman’s amazing bubble chandelier. If you search that, you’ll find a bunch of companies knocking off her original ($$$) design.

Gretchen
3 months ago

Wow – this is stunning! Especially love the kitchen and the fireplace and that cool black ceiling. Would love to see more pics of all of it.

Emily
3 months ago

All of the wood is beautiful! It is a slight bummer to see knockoff Paul McCobb dining chairs though

kathy
3 months ago

Can you share the tile source with blue rubio vanity?

Kj
3 months ago
Reply to  kathy

I hope you can find out. It reminds me of the Alhambra tile by Cle used in the Modern Deco Kitchen reveal: https://stylebyemilyhenderson.com/blog/modern-deco-kitchen-reveal. These (https://clayimports.com/products/fes-drizzle-8×8-matte-clay-11-11-sf and https://studiocementtile.com/product/cement-tiles-in-stock-naima-navy/) are also similar but not identical.

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