The bungalow renovation is progressing at an alarmingly quick rate, and I’m extremely excited and at the same time a bit saddened at the realization that this roller coaster of a journey will one day come to an end.
If you’re my husband, and you’re reading this, you probably suspect that I have completely lost my mind.
But you see, I’m only now getting into the groove of poring over each detail and finding it amusingly entertaining to devote hours upon hours to filling each square foot with character and personality.
And don’t even get me started on vintage treasure hunting, which, I’m beginning to think, just may be nothing short of my calling in life. I mean, have you seen my five-dollar plant stand? Or my Marcel Beuer chairs I picked up for free?
Thanks to the intense, hands-on experience from this project, I honestly feel able to tackle just about any design dilemma. I’ve even toyed around with the idea of starting my own interior design firm, but knowing myself well, that which brings me joy as a hobby typically loses its luster when it’s called work.
Such is life, I guess.
A few words about the latest updates: The insulation is put in, the front door – although not yet painted – is hung, and we’re finally done with the stucco exterior – a beautiful twilight grey color that will fulfill my modern design dreams when it is paired with contemporary landscaping.
More on contemporary landscaping later, because today’s focus is on the front door.
Chances are, you’ve never given the front door a second thought. Am I right?
Much like kitchen faucets, the front door is one of those design details where function generally takes precedence over fashion.
In the bungalow, however, the front door was one of the few opportunities to preserve the original character of the house, and I planned to do just that with a Craftsman front door.
The terms Craftsman and bungalow are often used interchangeably for the reason that bungalows were most popular during the Arts and Crafts period in America, which spanned approximately from 1900 to 1930.
Known for straight-line design, a typical Craftsman front door has three windows on the top, which are sometimes divided into six parts, and two flat panels on the bottom.
After perusing Craigslist and Southeastern Salvage for months, our hopes of finding a good deal proved fruitless. So one day, while browsing good ol’ Home Depot for a bathtub for the guest bedroom, we discovered the most darling Craftsman front door – for less than $250!
Granted, for that price it came without any sort of bells and whistles, so I’ve been brainstorming ideas on infusing this slab of fiberglass with personality. Wall scones, plants, door handles, welcome mats, and house number plaques are just a few ways to increase curb appeal. As the following mockups indicate, the smallest detail can make a world of difference!