Name: Andrew Davis
Location: Somersworth, New Hampshire
When I first looked at this 780 square foot loft style condo in 2007, it was boring and uninspired. The building was converted to condos in 1989, and nothing had been updated since. The kitchen cabinets were ugly oak, the appliances were beige and outdated, all the walls were white, the flooring was berber carpet and cheap fake oak, and the lighting fixtures were ugly and poorly placed. I work for an antiques auction house, and have a love of old buildings and old things, and so I bought it. My goal was to restore the old world charm of the space while balancing that with a modern aesthetic.
I purchased all new cabinets from IKEA, and a farmhouse sink, and got tin tiles for the backsplash on eBay. The downstairs bathroom opened in to the kitchen, so I moved the door around the corner and put it on a sliding track, so I could put in a pantry where the door used to be.
For the antique look, I replaced all the closet and bathroom doors with doors I purchased at a salvage yard, and I tore up the flooring in the living room to reveal the original 19th century softwood floor. I added an additional loft in the living room with exposed beams for more space and to make the living room more comfortable. Upstairs, the ugly tub was torn out, and a tile enclosure and a clawfoot tub were put in.
The end result is a space that is very comfortable and unique, and the total renovation from top to bottom cost under $20,000. This condo is now on the market as we are in the process of purchasing a much larger antique home in Maine.
Images: Andrew Davis
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