Before & After: Traditional Bungalow Modernized

Before & After: Traditional Bungalow Modernized

Amanda Johnson
Feb 1, 2011

When Matt moved into his traditional Northeast Ohio bungalow, he had a vision for a modern dwelling infused with a mix of sleek and vintage details. After months of gutting the place and rebuilding, the results are outstanding!

Matt began the extensive project by ripping out the carpet and damaged wood floor that had been hidden underneath it. Then he took a sledge hammer to the two-foot wall which had previously separated the dining area from the living area. This revealed a slight problem, though. The wall he had just demolished was housing a crucial air vent for the home's HVAC system.

After some quick thinking, Matt decided to replace the square air vent with a skinnier wider vent. This was easily hidden in the wall that was built out to build the new fireplace facade. A header was then built to support the second floor of the home, new flooring went in, and cement board was used to build out the new fireplace wall.

During the process of building the wall, tubes were inserted from an opening in the middle of the wall where the television would be mounted. Wires now easily navigated the tubes through the wall and exit at the bottom of the fireplace. Now the living room is anchored by a bold feature wall that serves as a media center, with no visible wires to distract from the view.

To learn more about the television installation, check out the informative article on Unplggd, and be sure to check out Matt's House Tour as well!

Images: Matt Graber & Amanda Graber Johnson

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