What would your dream home look like if money, time, and experience were no object? That's exactly what Emily Henderson wants to find out with the launch of a new project that invites readers to weigh in on renovation and design choices for a mountain fixer-upper.
"This house will look absolutely different than anything I've ever even done. More importantly how I'll design this will be wildly different than any other project," Henderson explains on her website. "You (the collective you) will be heavily involved … and I'm trembling with excitement to start." Eager to help Henderson design the mountain home if your dreams? Take a peek at the before images and her initial plans.
The home is a two-hour drive from Los Angeles in a quiet mountain community. "While we are dubbing this a 'mountain' house because indeed it is in the mountains, it is also a lake house as it's walking distance to a lake," says Henderson.
It's a three-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bathroom home with four communal areas. "It's 3400 square feet which we consider pretty darn massive and boy does it feel spacious," she says. "We wanted a house that could easily fit more than one family so we could have friends up over the weekend comfortably."
The project is ambitious, she admits. "It's a total rehaul—a gut job, both in style and finish. The property is wonderful, the neighborhood is silent yet safe, the light is great and the flow is easy. But everything else is going to change. I'm so excited."
Upstairs "is this super-lovely loft with amazing light and view of trees. It feels like this peaceful place to either meditate or write," she says.
Henderson admits the kitchen could use "a stylist's touch."
"If you can't tell, everything is very builder-grade and neither the cabinets, appliances or finishes are high quality," she says.
Affectionately dubbed the "yoga room," this loft area boasts stunning views of the natural surrounds.