Design Challenge: Living/Dining Renovation
Project Name: Living/Dining Renovation
Project Location: Bountiful, UT
Designers: Tonya Olsen assisted by Kim Johnson - Student Intern
Project Details: 3700 sf remodel of a 1960 rambler
Project Objective: Create inviting, family friendly, living and dining areas that flow with the kitchen and allow for indoor/outdoor entertaining
When Jeff Olsen purchased a home for his wife, Tonya, while she was out of town this summer, he was a little bit nervous. "She didn't have access to a computer so I couldn't send her pictures," he explained. "She said if I felt that strongly about it that she trusted me and I should buy it."
It's a good thing he followed his instincts.
That was six months ago. The home, a 1960 rambler with original interiors, sits on a precipice overlooking Mill Creek Canyon in Bountiful. Jeff was compelled to take a chance despite the low ceilings, small enclosed rooms and obstructed views. Although he couldn't see the potential, he knew Tonya would.
The recently finished renovation required the entire interior to be gutted. Termites had damaged the foundation. The water and sewer lines had to be replaced. Walls were moved. Windows were created where none existed. Despite the extensive work, Jeff and Tonya are glad he made that bold decision.
The end result is an updated open floor plan with expanded views overlooking a pristine canyon.
What's next on the list of projects? Decorating the interior of course!
Tonya, one of the owners of LIV Showroom in Bountiful, has opened her home to one of the store's student interns as "a blank canvas" to see what she can create.
Tonya's requirements are simple. Create a fun, open seating area that will allow guests to flow in and out of the kitchen and in and out onto the deck, plus dining room seating for a family of five.
Check back often to follow the progress of this fun project!