Renovation Ideas - Bettershelter Traditional Bungalow: Part 1

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Bettershelter Traditional Bungalow

Steve Jones of bettershelter recently purchased a traditional bungalow that was in major despair. When I saw it for the first time the floors were barely in place and electric wires were hanging from the ceiling. It was very dark, dirty, and hard to envision someone living in the home at some point. What has happened to this cute home? This is where someone like master house flipper Steve Jones comes in. He walks in, sees the vision, and falls in love with its potential!

Often we just see the finished product of major home renovations, but I am going to take you through the entire construction process from start to finish. Steve Jones is going to be offering remodel tips, while sharing pictures of the "during," with a final reveal at the end. Be sure to keep checking back in to the Renovation Ideas series to follow the remodel of bettershelter's traditional bungalow.

 bettershelter home and Steve Jones

LAMPS PLUS: The bungalow was in really bad shape when you purchased it. What hooked you on this particular house to see the vision beyond its neglected state?

STEVE JONES: We really believe in the location; it is a block from Spaulding Square, a charming neighborhood. The area is very pedestrian friendly; you can walk to so many restaurants and see all sorts of people walking their dogs and everyone seems to know each other! It is a very tight knit community. The style of the home would be considered "traditional;" we will restore it with that aesthetic in mind.

Traditional Living Room Remodel

LAMPS PLUS: For home buyers considering properties that require a little or a lot of TLC, what is your advice for tackling DIY projects?

STEVE JONES: First create a budget and a calendar; those will determine everything else! Put together a wish list and prioritize your list; at some point your money will run out and you won't be able to do everything, hopefully you will have taken care of the important stuff!

If you have any friends in the construction/rehab world, drag them to your home and ask "what would you do if you were me?" Get as many opinions as you can, you will learn from all of them and at some point you start your project! Bring in a trained professional if you do not have the experience.

bettershelter bungalow remodel

LAMPS PLUS: For someone renovating a home over time, where do you start and what is your advice for living in the home during construction?

STEVE JONES: Living in a home during construction is VERY stressful. I would highly advice against it. Having said that, if you must, secure an area in the home with plastic and blankets. Store as much as you can off site. Grin and bear it. Pretend you are camping! That is kind of the experience, except instead of the beautiful trees and nature you will be surrounded by 2x4s and bundles of insulation. Not glamorous.

Bathroom Remodel

LAMPS PLUS: What are your big plans for the traditional bungalow?

STEVE JONES: We have created a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom with an open floor plan and plenty of light along with cathedral ceilings in most of the home. The style will be a traditional Cape Cod with a modern bettershelter touch. The outdoor spaces are always important to us and we have plans to make the whole property enclosed and private, like a little oasis in the city. The home came with many mature trees and we are keeping those!

bettershelter home and backyard

LAMPS PLUS: What type of light fixtures will make up the lighting scheme?

STEVE JONES: We like fixtures that are period appropriate! The house will be as if you had the coolest aunt who was very modern and world wise and had lived in the home for a long time and had kept it up impeccably. The fixtures will reflect that sensibility!

LAMPS PLUS: What Lamps Plus lighting options do you love for a traditional bungalow home?

STEVE JONES: Traditional wall lights and ceiling lights like the ones below...

Traditional Bungalow and Ceiling Lights

Hudson Valley Winfield Nickel Ceiling Light (left), Hudson Valley Haverhill Polished Nickel Pendant (right)

Traditional Bungalow and Wall Lights

Hudson Valley Exeter Old Bronze Swing Arm Light (left; no longer available), Hudson Valley Adjustable Polished Nickel Wall Sconce (right)

For more tips from Steve Jones, check out Steve Jones' designer interview.  


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  • I love Steve's work! He is so talented....loved the interview. Anything I can learn from him is a bonus.

  • This looks like a great project.

Renovation Ideas - Bettershelter Traditional Bungalow: Part 1