Jean Hodges’ Middletown home went from closed off to an open concept masterpiece after a renovation. Check it out on the Tour of Remodeled Homes. Brittney Jackson
Jean Hodges wasnâ€™t able to spend Thanksgiving with her family.
The closed off spaces in her homeÂ isolated family areas, keeping her in the kitchen alone and her extended family separated from each other at different tables in other rooms. Family get-togethers were becoming difficult and Hodges decided she needed to make a change.
After watching HGTV, and seeing how others were able to improve their spaces, she decided to remodel the first floor of her home, physically taking down the walls that kept her family apart.
â€śWe’re here in the same house, but weâ€™re not really together,â€ť Hodges said.
Hodgesâ€™s new open floor planÂ â€”Â the result of a 10 week remodelÂ â€”Â combined with a new bright blue and white color scheme, has breathed new life into her home.
â€śIâ€™m now part of my whole family,â€ť Hodges said smiling.
Hodgesâ€™s family often gathers at her home to watch University ofÂ Kentucky basketballÂ games, cheering on their favorite team.
Before the remodel, she had two TVâ€™s so people closed off in different rooms would all be comfortable and able to watch the game. However, one TV was always a litter faster than the other â€” the curse of a digital delay â€”sometimes ruining each otherâ€™s game experience.Â
The walls separated her family from shared experiences, so Hodges decidedÂ they had to go. â€śAll the rooms were so compartmentalized that it was really hard to interact,â€ť she said.
First up was aÂ laundry room and pantry separating the kitchen from the living room. That was removed to add a second island for the kitchen. Now there is nothing separating the kitchen and living roomÂ but glossy quartzÂ counter tops.
The wall between the kitchen and dining room was removed as well. Off to the side, the kitchen now opens into a dining space with a long dark wooden table surrounded by white chairs and patterned cushion seating. The table is lit by a unique box type light fixture, opening up the space even more.
The coat closet that was once in the entryway of the home was removed as well. The open space now welcomesÂ guests as soon as they step inside her sprawling Middletown home.
Another wall knocked down was the wall between the formal living area and the main livingÂ space.Â The formal area was converted into a casual seating area with four blue armchairs surrounding a circular table.
Each of the four small spaces were connected into one large open space, bringing Hodgesâ€™s family together.Â
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At her last family gathering, Hodges had four people helping her in the kitchen. Before the remodel, if you were in the kitchen, you were cut off from the rest of the party, she said. Now the kitchen isÂ open, bright and full of interaction.Â
The new kitchenâ€™s design began where most of us begin with a room remodel â€” with new cabinets. From there, the concept began to grow. The double island created new counter space and a new stove added a shiny, eye-catching yetÂ functional appliance replacing one that was once barricaded inside a peninsula.
On the side of the kitchen oppositeÂ the dining area is a new window seat, allowing guests to take a break or watchÂ meal preparation. Now everyone can share meals together.
â€śI love that itâ€™s opened up … The whole family can sit at the table together,â€ť Hodges said.
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Blue and white accent pieces used to be just colors that Hodges collected, especially seen in the blue and white dishes thatÂ line cabinets showcased around her home. â€śThose are my passions, those are my yard sale finds,â€ť Hodges said.
Now they are the colors that fill her home.
Most of the furniture and decor in the remodeled downstairsÂ space is new. Pale blue walls in the living room are accented by creamy white couches. Blue patterned pillows are accented by a vibrant rug, the patterns weaving together to create a beachy-eclectic feel.
The shades of blue vary throughout the spaces, but the light and dark compliment each other in an unexpected way. Wooden beams that were formerly white now hang above the living room in their natural shade. A wooden shelf sits below the TV, adding a rustic feel to the area.
Two dark blue arm chairs remain from the old space, carrying with it memories of past family get-togethersÂ â€”Â and the promise of new ones to come.
â€śThey come over every weekend,â€ť Hodges said of her family in the new space. â€śItâ€™s been wonderful.â€ť
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Owner: Jean Hodges, retired customer service manager forÂ Brown-Forman
Home: The home is 2,400 square foot home with 4-beds, and 2-and-1/2- baths.Â During a 10-week renovation, the style of the home was shifted from a more traditional floor plan to a modern, open plan on the first floor.Â
Distinctive Elements: sprawling entryway; cozy seating area near the entrance;Â wooden beams across the ceiling in the main living room; glass shelves in the living room;Â large white cabinets; double kitchen island with quartz counter tops; distinct blue and white color scheme; open floor plan; window seat in kitchen; unique light fixture over the dining room table; cushioned seating in the dining room; natural light throughout the open space.
Applause! Applause! Katharine Hatcher, cabinet designer at PC Home stores; Brandon Bailey at Bailey Remodeling and Construction.
WHAT: The Tour of Remodeled Homes. This year, the annual eventÂ showcases 15 homes across Louisville, St. Matthews, Anchorage and Prospect. Each has been remodeled or renovation by aÂ Building Industry Association of Greater LouisvilleÂ Registered Remodeler.
WHEN: 12- 6 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 11 and Sunday, Aug. 12
COST: Tour all the homes for just $10; children 6 and under are free.
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