Before and After: An Almost Unrecognizable Modern Transformation of a Beige Suburban House

Before and After: An Almost Unrecognizable Modern Transformation of a Beige Suburban House

Adrienne Breaux
Mar 30, 2017

Dream of living in an open, airy, minimal home but find yourself in a beige-hued, standard suburban house? After you pick your jaw up off the floor upon viewing these before and afters of a renovated Cleveland home, you'll likely be inspired and motivated to try your hand at modernizing your own space!

Molly Fitzpatrick, the designer and owner behind the colorful home textiles of Ditto House, and her husband William Sill, weren't completely happy with the Cleveland house they bought in 2010. Built in 1955, it wasn't full of charming mid-century details; it was dark, beige and on the small side.

With two creative power houses collaborating, it's not surprising that their renovation — which William did almost entirely by himself on evenings and weekends — resulted in a fresh, modern space perfect for a young family and a designer's work space.

Besides the unfinished attic turned home office, the biggest changes occurred in the living room and kitchen. The entire area was brightened by opening up walls and ceilings and giving the area a fresh paint job. Innovative elements like the custom-made light fixtures in the living room give the minimally designed space character. And the modern lines and addition in the kitchen aren't just for show — much-needed storage was stylishly added.

Molly writes:

"My husband and I purchased our bungalow in a suburb of Cleveland in 2010 and began the process of making our home brighter, more open and more modern. I am a textile designer and my husband William is a mason and our home is a collaboration that we are so proud of. This collaboration has been slow, since my husband does everything himself, after hours and on weekends, but it is so rewarding to be in a space we love so much!"

You can see all of this couple's handiwork and style in their full house tour.

Thank you Molly and William!

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