Before + After: Santa Cruz Surf House Bedrooms

Because 36th Ave is a vacation house that's rented out when the owners aren't using it, one of the first things we did was rip out the built-in closets in all three bedrooms. To the left of the below photo was a closet that spanned the length of the wall. Given that these bedrooms were relatively small and all of them had existing nooks, it made sense to tear the closets down to open up the space and build new closets into the nooks.

BEFORE: The master bedroom.

BEFORE: The master bedroom.

Here's a shot of the offending closet that was taking up precious bedroom space. (Also note the wall-to-wall carpeting.)

BEFORE: The master bedroom closet that was removed.

BEFORE: The master bedroom closet that was removed.

For the bedroom adjacent to the backyard, we performed one additional major change: french doors. The house had one critical flaw in it's layout: it was missing direct access to the backyard. You had to go outside from the front, open the fence gate on either side of the house, and then walk down the side of the house to get to the back, basically making the backyard unusable. We decided to provide better access to the backyard by adding these french doors, and making this bedroom a convertible living/bedroom space.

New Milgard french doors installed in the downstairs bedroom and the carpet ripped out.

New Milgard french doors installed in the downstairs bedroom and the carpet ripped out.

For the floors, we extended the red oak flooring in the main living spaces to the master bedroom which is located on the same floor. For the ground level, where the two other bedrooms are located, we did a "skim coat" of concrete which is basically a special concrete product made for thin layers. It's added directly onto the concrete foundation and creates a durable surface. For the bedroom furnishings, we went with neutrals to create a relaxing, restful vibe, and designed window shades with blackout liners. The bright artwork in the rooms keeps it interesting.

AFTER: The new master bedroom.

AFTER: The new master bedroom.

AFTER: The new french doors give the downstairs bedroom ample light and direct access to the backyard.

AFTER: The new french doors give the downstairs bedroom ample light and direct access to the backyard.

The Before + Afters are almost done for 36th Ave, but I'm saving my favorite Before + After for last: the backyard!