The Ultimate Fixer-Upper
Chris and Megan Culbertson bought a 20-year-old house in Winterset Park last fall. It was not only stuck in the past with pickled oak cabinetry, etc., it was a total wreck. Over a couple of months, they turned it into the house of their dreams, serving as the subcontractors and doing a lot of the work themselves. “Type A,” super-organized Megan created vision boards and Chris determined the budget; they stuck to both throughout the process.
The lovely kitchen serves as the heart of the home; it’s a bright, open space with a cozy sitting room and a built-in breakfast nook. Megan hand selected every knob, fixture and detail. The appliances are all from Craig’s List, including a brand new wine refrigerator. Saving on things like that allowed them to do the extras throughout the house, like the extra large custom-designed island and a table created specifically for the kitchen eating area. Subtle details are creatively repeated throughout the home, like the pattern found on the tile backsplash.
Their design approach was guided by a desire to create a home that felt like them. Nowhere in the house feels more so than the luxuriously appointed dining area, the first room viewed upon entry. The happy aqua pieces greet guests with a hint that this is not a family that takes itself too seriously, and who enjoys life and each other. That color is tastefully woven throughout the home’s carefully curated decor.
The owners were not intending to do a full remodel, but they fell in love with the neighborhood immediately. The residence had good bones, the price was right and the location was good. After replacing the windows and flooring, the first level living area now offers their family a light-filled and cozy space to enjoy each other and have fun. One wall is decorated with rows of the kids’ framed artwork, giving the room a true family feel.
The huge master suite manifests their vision of ending the day snuggling up for bedtime stories or watching movies, so they created a sitting area with a large screen TV. The floor-to-ceiling windows welcome the outside in and provide a beautiful woodland view, one of the attractive features of the neighborhood. The master bath features modern, clean lines and updated flooring and fixtures.
“We want to raise our kids in our dream house,” says Megan. “We got to do it by renovating it. We did all the demo ourselves and it was a labor of love.” They are thankful to their Realtor, Susie Zammar of The Gale Team, a close family friend who knows the area well and helped the Culbertsons find their perfect home.