A Stylish Makeover

Prince Frederick home goes from builder basic to luxurious living

The basement which at one time was unfinished and seldom used was remodeled into a contemporary finished space including a living area for Mason to study, relax and watch TV, as well as an art/exercise area for Christy. A bedroom and full bathroom were also a great addition to the basement remodel.

Writer: Vickie Kite Milburn
Photographer: August Selckmann

In 2010, when Christy Oliff started looking for a new home for herself and young son Mason, it was important that she find something in a neighborhood where Mason could make friends.
She wanted a place that was safe, had sidewalks and had lots of young families. She decided to buy new construction in Prince Frederick. She chose a house plan that afforded the most space to accommodate her and Mason.

She didn’t load the house with upgrades. It was mostly builder bland; she left the basement unfinished. Any extra budget went to the kitchen.
Christy, who is part owner of ADU, Your Appliance Source, loves to cook and entertain. She knew that when the time and finances were right, she would make some desired improvements.

She looked forward to raising her son in her new home. For the time being, the house and, more importantly, the location were ideal.

The perfect home
The two-story Colonial with a basement in a new neighborhood was the perfect home for her young son to thrive. The main floor of the house had the kitchen, breakfast, den, family room and space for a formal living room.
Instead of the formal living room, Christy set up a playroom so her son could have space for his toys and a place where his friends could play. The second floor had four bedrooms including a master bed and bath.Christy loved her house but looked forward to the day she could make some luxurious changes. The basement was left empty and unused.
Over the years, she made much-needed improvements to the landscaping, added an attached shed for more storage and expanded her deck. But nine years after moving in, she was ready to invest in changes in her house that would improve her quality of life.

Ready for a change

She wanted some luxuries she had been living without. Christy thought about selling and buying a house that already had the improvements she was looking for, but she and Mason loved the neighborhood and the house.

She searched for a contractor to do the work and was pleased to find a home improvement contractor who was also an interior designer — Brooke Stewart Swann of BHomewithBrooke.
Christy discussed with Brooke that she wanted to get rid of the playroom and create an area for enjoying cocktails and coffee with friends. Other changes on the list: a larger closet, an updated more luxurious master bedroom and bathroom suite, a functional space in the basement for her son and a room for her artwork, as well as an update to her overall décor.
She loved Brooke’s excitement and enthusiasm … and style.

A magical transformation

She moved out for a few months so Brooke could work her magic. She moved back into a home that now had the luxuries she had always wanted. But it was still home. It was everything she had hoped for … and more! The results were stunning.
The investment in the quality of life was well worth it, and compared to the expenses of selling her house, buying a new one and decorating it, Christy feels she saved money.

It’s now the house she had always hoped for, in the ideal location, in a neighborhood filled with friends and families who have grown up together.

The right-side living room wall was opened to create another entry for the coffee bar, expanding the space and flow for entertaining. Bedroom is inspiring and relaxing with simple décor elements. The kitchen lighting was updated with industrial pendant lights, backsplash was piazza glass mosaic tile. Organic sisal grass cloth covering was used on the stairway leading to the basement.

• Contractor/designer Brooke Stuart Swann BHomewithBrooke
• Countertops (Solid Rock) master vanity Carrara marble, coffee bar Colonial Cream, bar in basement Blue Dunes
• Flooring Harbor Plank Drifted Acacia
• Paint (All Sherman Williams) first-floor walls Alpaca, first-floor ceiling Windowpane, basement SeaSalt, basement bathroom Silver Strand