The cottage remodel with two apartment is now completed and ready for move-in. Here’s a view in the upper unit living-dining rm / kitchen room toward the front. We went with mid-range / affordable (but tasteful) finishes such as Ikea kitchens because these will be rental units. From the courtyard looking at the front of the cottage at the back. The red wall on the left is a 3-unit building at the front of the same lot. Below are some views of the Ikea kitchens in a white lacquer finish with large white tile backsplash:The cleaning crew hadn’t come yet when I took these photos, hence the dusty floors! We got lots of storage in the 39″ high upper cabinets, taking advantage of the 9’+ high ceilings. Because this building is essentially in the backyard it has lots of greenery outside the windows looking into the neighboring gardens. The front building was remodeled at the same time; I did the design way back in 2007 at my old firm. Above is a view of the Edwardian street facade. The owner worked with a colorist to choose the palette – I really like that it’s all one color! Obviously interior paint was still going on… I’ll go back and take more photos – I think the front door is no longer lime. Using a monotone palette celebrates the original detail in a subtle way, rather than using a different color for each of the million pieces of festoonery. On the left is a photo of the one of the Ikea-finished bathrooms….then looking out the window I took this photo of what I think is a chicken coop in the neighbor’s yard! Cute little corrugated-metal roofed hutch. Maybe rabbits live in it..The new relocated stair and railing.