Whole-house renovation updates decades-old decor

Whole-house renovation updates decades-old decor

The house where James and Dianne Deen live hadn’t had an update since Jimmy Carter sat in the Oval Office. The Plano, Texas couple decided it was time for a major upgrade and hired highly rated Creative Elements of Flower Mound, Texas, for a $127,000 whole-house renovation.

“We essentially scraped everything off including all cabinetry, appliances, flooring, popcorn ceiling, and even scraped the texture and wallpaper off,” he says. “The walls of the living room escaped due to the good condition of the paneling.”

In addition to updating the décor, the upgrades will allow the Deens to age in place. “We are older now, and it provides safety features we may come to require,” Deen says. The couple said sayonara to a never-used tub and has space for future wheelchair shower and toilet access as well as a new cabinet and double vanity.

Other highlights include solid oak doors throughout the house as well as an expanded kitchen that took over a former breakfast nook. “This allowed more cabinetry to include two pantries where none previously existed,” Deen says. Granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and porcelain tile floor finish off the kitchen.

Since the couple purchased the materials for the project separately from the renovation, most of the cost with their provider covered labor as well as a few materials. “We bought any specialty lighting, all door hardware, all doors, and all appliances,” he says. The designer helped pick out a few pieces when they hit a roadblock deciding on details.

Despite the dust, the Deens lived in the home throughout the entire project, which allowed for quick discussion if issues came up, even though it complicated the renovation a bit.

“We couldn’t be any more happy than we are,” Deen says. “We’ve been living in our ‘new’ home for several months, and we still can’t believe our good fortune.”


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