Updating 1970s homes
Aston took some time to learn his background and his tastes and preferences. "He likes a warm space, he likes clean lines, he didn't want anything fussy." Together, they created a space with a contemporary look and a decidedly masculine feel.The six-month project required a total gutting of the kitchen, dining area, living room and bathrooms.
‘The basic bones of the property were there and Dave and I liked the layout, so it was just a case of taking the house back to its original, simple architecture.’ The owners: Liz Every, who is a photographer specialising in floral and garden photography, lives here with her husband Dave, a patent and trademark attorney The property: A four-bedroom detached house built in the mid-1970s The location: Stockport, Cheshire What they spent: The couple bought the house in 2005 for around £590,000 and have spent around £45,000 on renovations.Hutson, who handles cybersecurity and infrastructure protection for Entergy, knew decorating and design weren't his strengths."I had no clue what I wanted, and I put a lot of trust and faith in Carla," he says.As soon as he moved in, he hired designer Carla Aston to help him gut the place and turn it into an elegant home for a busy bachelor."We really kind of took that house from the ashes and molded it into something real livable for today," Aston says."My kitchen, my dining area and my living area are all just one big room," Hutson says. When I have my family over, or friends, to entertain, it feels like everybody's together." In the main living areas, Aston replaced the old tile floors with stained hardwood.
"I originally wanted carpet or something - I don't even remember - and Carla said, 'No, we're going to do wood floors,' " Hutson says.
New fixtures, sleek appliances and Marron Cohiba granite countertops brought the room into the 21st century.
Now the rooms flow together, forming one big open area.
Ryan Hutson looks around at his open kitchen and dining room, pointing out what's changed since he moved in. He found a cozy, 1,700-square-foot place in Grogan's Mill at a great price, but the three-bedroom house hadn't been updated since it was built in the late '70s.
In 2013, when Hutson got a new job in The Woodlands, he decided to give up his Houston apartment and buy his first home closer to work.
Aston had the sunken room filled with concrete to bring the floor even with the rest of the house.