Transformation of a dated bi-level in Indiana

Posted on Fri, 27 Oct 2017 by KiM

It has been a little while since we featured a project by Indiana’s Susan Yeley Interiors but they reached out recently about a new project they have completed and I had to share this one too because I love a good before/after renovation. The owners of this dated bi-level home in Bloomington, Indiana weren’t sure if they should renovate or sell. After a year of deliberating they decided to work on the main living space consisting of the living room, dining room and kitchen. Opening up the space had monumental impact and the result is amazing!

Walls and ceilings came down; clerestory windows went in. A stunning 4-panel sliding door-cum-window wall replaced two separate doors in two separate rooms, and the sun streaming in now gives this house in Indiana a California-like access to the outdoors. The central custom screen does triple duty: displaying the client’s objets d’art, hiding an HVAC chase, and holding up the ceiling. The gas fireplace is completely new, with custom shelving on either side. Of course, in 2017, the kitchen anchors everything. Family Central, it features custom cabinetry, honed quartz, a new window wall, and a huge island. Materials are earthy and natural, lending a warm modern effect to the space. The medium stain of the wood and overall horizontality of the design are a nod to the home’s era (1967), while white cabinetry and charcoal tile provide a neutral but crisp backdrop for the family’s stunning and colorful art collection. 

(photos: Gina Rogers, cabinetry: Tim Graber Furniture, contractor: Rusty Peterson Construction)

BB says:

What a transformation! I am so happy they kept the sofa!

Jennifer Gordon says:

Beautiful. A renovation that kept the lovely joie de vivre of this family, and made the home even more lovely and functional. Many happy, colorful years to come! Congratulations!

sandy says:

Oh my goodness! This is the same house I live in in Colorado! I love to see the renovation. There might be hope for my dated home. My only suggestion would be to remove the dated metal railing and replace it with something more current.

BB says:

Yes… the railing. Even if they just got rid of the squiggly stuff and replaced it with vertical bars.

Beth says:

I think the railing is pretty sweet.

Lex says:

Having spent a few years as a Hoosier undergraduate and a summer in Bloomington, and seeing my share of dwellings, I want to give you a standing ovation for such a stunning spacial transformation! Wonderful outcome for everyone involved in the process. Congratulations!

Lulu says:

Very cool! Love it! I agree with Beth about the railing. I like it, especially since it was original. Got to keep something, eh?!

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