I love a good before and after photos. Sometimes I get so immersed in the project, the process, and the intended outcome that I forget how far we have come since first walking into the area we are transforming. Today I am sharing with you an apartment complex we worked on in Roanoke, Texas: Lost Spurs Ranch. Our goal was to work with the name and family friendly identity of the property, but we did not want to create the feeling of prospective tenants walking into a Dude Ranch theme park; we dubbed the intended style “Rustic Modern”.
Here is the entry before we created the design, renovated and decorated the space. It was a combination of golden walls, terracotta orange tile, with a burgundy carpet rug (you know, the kind of carpet that is installed permanently to look like an area rug). The built in cabinets did not display anything except dust, and the floral display, well, that was covered in dust from the 1990’s.
The image below is from the opposite direction, but you can see we updated the wall color. The main entry walls are a beautiful greige (gray + beige) and the columns that lead into the clubhouse are the same shade but 50% lighter. We took out the terracotta and carpet rug, stained the concrete a beautiful chocolate brown, and laid a pony hide over a sisal rug to accentuate the tin top pedestal table. The glass vases on the table do not block the light, but still add interest to the entry. The weathered console allows the staff to store their marketing material behind closed doors and drawers while also maintaining an updated style.
If you were to continue walking through the entry above, you would find yourself the apartment complex’s clubhouse. This is where tenants gather for events that the the community hosts. Monthly dinners, sports watching and holiday celebrations. Even though our photo is not high quality, it still represents what the space FELT like. It was dark, dated, and while it was not dirty, it just was not as welcoming as the owners and management wanted it to be. And if you were to meet the owners and management, you would understand, our clients are awesome!
Again, a bit of a different angle, but what a difference, right?! And check out the difference having the window treatments go to the ceiling makes. (Seriously, scroll back up and look. The comparison is amazing.) We relocated the couch so it faces the fireplace, and that allowed us room to add another pair of chairs for even more seating. The leather couch is distressed but has a very straight line frame so our Rustic Modern vibe was on point.
Below you will see the fireplace wall in the Clubhouse BEFORE we renovated. The terracotta colored tiles on the face of the fireplace matched the original entry tile, and the fireplace just dwarfed the armoire…this is a large room! And check out the carpet.
We kept the size of the fireplace intact, but replaced the mantel with a simple, rustic wood beam and used stacked stone for the face. We hung the television above the fireplace, so to the right of the fireplace we installed a counter-height piece of granite and three computers for the residents to use in this corner; the copper stools brought in another color of mental for interest.
We never hesitate to consider re-upholstering items for our clients, it can often (not always) be less expensive than replacing. In this instance, the client ended up keeping their work desks, so we found some fabulous fabric to update the matching chairs. Excuse the blurry photo, please. This is what they looked like BEFORE:
Our workroom also touched up the stain and made the chairs look like new. Here they are below – and you can re-visit the view of the entry through the door as well.
Updating less visible rooms has a good return too. The fitness center, below, had gray walls and fluorescent lighting. So working out looks like you are in prison because of the gray walls – and don’t even get me started on how anybody looks with fluorescent lighting.
We lightened the walls, added an aqua stripe around the top half of the wall, took out the old school fluorescent lights and replaced them with cans…and added some orange art. Orange is a color that radiates warmth and happiness – it combines the physical energy and stimulation of the color red, with the cheerfulness of the color yellow. DEFINITELY a better vibe in this fitness center now!
And finally, what used to be a “business center” – that had length of space for computer use, but no computers, was not getting any use. We suggested creating a place for games and television for tenants and the client agreed.
We removed the bar-like counter, replaced it with a shuffle board, added a game table and some swivel chairs in front of the television. We are still trying to convince our clients to get two more TV’s for some serious watch gatherings, but we’ll leave it up to them. We still think the transformation is pretty huge, don’t you?
So those are the key before and after images for Lost Spurs Ranch. We will have more of the “after” images in our Multi Family Portfolio soon. What do you think? Will the monthly gatherings be a little lighter and brighter? And Christmas…I can’t wait until the season rolls around to see the decorations up with the new colors!
Thank you to Lance with Unique Exposure Photography (for the AFTER images, of course!).
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