Before & After: An Outdated Mountain Retreat Opens Up

published Jun 25, 2015
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(Image credit: Arron Andrews)

Arron’s Catskills retreat had great bones, but felt closed off and was in need of updating. The after is a picture of modern rustic perfection:

(Image credit: Arron Andrews)

From Arron:

We bought the house in December of 2014 and immediately started planning our renovation. The house was really outdated; walls were glossy yellow or covered with floral wallpaper. The vision for the renovation was Modern Rustic.

The first part of the project started with painting the kitchen cabinets white. We added crown moulding to the contractor grade cabinets to give them a “higher end” look. We replaced the laminate kitchen countertops with John Boos butcher block. We replaced all the appliances with stainless steel and converted the electric stove to gas. After the kitchen was finished we hired a contractor to remove a couple walls in the entry way to open up the space. We had reclaimed barn beams installed to give it the modern rustic look we love so much. We sourced the beams from a company in Pond Eddy, NY called Lumberland Post and Beam. The contractor hand made us a set of rustic barn doors to replace the old bi-fold doors in the front closet. All the trim was ripped out and replaced with a nice thick craftsman trim.

We really enjoy cooking and entertaining but the kitchen was so closed off from the main living area and we new we had to do something. We decided to install a window between the two spaces to give it an open feel. We reached out to a friend in Brooklyn (where we live full time) who is a metal worker to build us a window made from hot rolled steel and diamond wire glass.

Thank you Arron!