ORC: One Room Challenge Week One

We are the Bailey Family!

My name is Anna.  My Husband Nathanael, and our four children live in Northern Minnesota, running our small business, Bailey Builds.  In the past 4 ½ years, we have grown our repurposed wood art business to include our workshop, our “Bailey Builds and Friends” storefront, The “Maker’s Loft” airbnb, and our upcoming event space, “The Maker’s Gallery.”  We feel so blessed to be able to work together as a family, doing what we love!  As our children get older, we love that they can be a part of our team!  We decided that the “One Room Challenge” is a great opportunity for our family to tackle a home renovation project as a team!

The One Room Challenge is a bi-annual event, sponsored by Better Homes and Gardens, and is currently in it’s seventeenth season.  Each season, 20 prominent designers across the country are selected to be featured, as they design their own spaces.  Every Wednesday, the designers document their progress, and share professional designer tips about process, design elements, and products they are choosing for their space, through six weekly posts.  Anyone is welcome to join along, reimagining their own spaces, while documenting their process through instagram and/or blog, and linking it up with the One Room Challenge.  It’s a great way to gather design inspiration and encouragement, as you join a large community of participants.  There have been over 3,800 room transformations so far, with many being recognized and featured by Better Homes and Gardens, and the One Room Challenge Community.

For our One Room Challenge, we are taking three small rooms and transforming them into one large, combined laundry and mudroom.  This space will be the workhorse area of our home, accommodating the needs of our active and busy family.  We will have work stations for our laundry needs, bike maintenance, dog care, and the organization of kid stuff.  We hope to create an efficient area that can transform the messy jobs into an intuitive and user friendly space, while seamlessly fitting into the feel of our home as a whole.

Through our design choices, we’d like to bring this space back to the best of its mid-century roots.  With our home being built originally as a 1970’s split level home, we’d like to work with these original elements, while incorporating a modern and streamlined twist that marries form with function.  At its foundation will be a simple color and pattern scheme, with added design elements including splashes of color, mixed wood tones, an accent wall, and an open floating staircase, all grounded by concrete floors.

For week one, our first job was to demo the existing space, opening up three smaller rooms into one large space.  The original layout was a smaller laundry room, directly off the attached garage.  This space then entered another room that led to the enclosed split staircase up to the main level of our home.  Next to the staircase, was an enclosed pantry and storage area.  With our kids on the demo crew, we worked to disconnect any electrical elements in these interior walls, and take down the walls.  As we opened up the space, we brainstormed other structural and mechanical elements that would need modification and replacement, such as electric and plumbing changes for the rearrangement of our laundry area.  During the demo of walls, we worked to open up the staircase, creating a larger, more open visual space.

You can follow along with our process more closely through our Vlog on Youtube, as the whole family works, laughs, dances, and even sings together, to get the job done!