Budget Breakdown: A San Diego Couple Make Over Their Craftsman Bedroom For $29K
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Budget Breakdown: A San Diego Couple Make Over Their Craftsman Bedroom For $29K

By Anna Squier
Ashley and Ross Goldman document their $29,400 master bedroom renovation on their DIY blog The Gold Hive.

Ashley Goldman, the voice behind the design blog The Gold Hive, and her husband Ross Goldman have been restoring her 1915 craftsman bungalow in San Diego, California, for the past three years.

Room by room, they are transforming their home into a polished blend of craftsman character and modern pieces. This master bedroom renovation is the third remodel in their home inspired by an online design challenge.  The One Room Challenge is a biannual event in which 20 design influencers are selected to transform a space in just six weeks and document the steps along the way.

$2,200
Framing & Electrical Labor
$600
Board & Batten Wall
$5,100
Furniture
$1,600
Artwork
$1,300
Lighting & Hardware
$1,200
Bedding & Accessories
$3,900
Outdoor Furniture
$1,500
Outdoor Decor & Landscape Lighting
$2,000
Rug & Window Coverings
$10,000
Exterior Door & Labor


Grand Total: $29,400
The Gold Hive master bedroom renovation created a continuous view corridor from the living spaces to the bedroom, and out to the rear yard and patio. 

The Gold Hive master bedroom renovation created a continuous view corridor from the living spaces to the bedroom, and out to the rear yard and patio. 

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To transform the master bedroom, the couple focused on re-configuring the layout to gain better functionality, while filling the space with a curated collection of furnishings and accessories. To begin, the door between the bedroom and kitchen was removed, adding additional wall space. The bed was re-oriented centrally in the space underneath the window. 

Centrally located under the window, the bed now has equal spacing on either side, allowing just enough space for matching nightstands and wall sconces. The shades are a combination of roman blackout shades and light-diffusing solar shades from SelectBlinds. 

Centrally located under the window, the bed now has equal spacing on either side, allowing just enough space for matching nightstands and wall sconces. The shades are a combination of roman blackout shades and light-diffusing solar shades from SelectBlinds. 

A wool vintage rug from eSaleRugs its below the light oak bed-frame from Article.  The sheets are an organic sheet set from Target, adorned by a natural linen duvet cover, and pillow shams and oversized throw from Pom Pom at Home.

A wool vintage rug from eSaleRugs its below the light oak bed-frame from Article. The sheets are an organic sheet set from Target, adorned by a natural linen duvet cover, and pillow shams and oversized throw from Pom Pom at Home.

Along with the reconfiguration, all new bedding, furniture, light fixtures, window treatments, a rug, paint, and art combine to create a knockout transformation. To add interest to the walls, board and batten, which closely mimics the 100-year-old room dividers in the home's dining room, was installed on all of the walls. The wood detailing and Farrow & Ball's Mole's Breath painted walls complement the room's true craftsman stature. Matte paint finishes add a rich, velvety look. 

The board and batten siding provides the perfect backdrop for a unique mix of locally crafted artwork.

The board and batten siding provides the perfect backdrop for a unique mix of locally crafted artwork.

The large, metal framed mirror allows daylight from the window to reflect within the space.  The brass-plated light switch is a reproduction authentic to the original era of the home. 

The large, metal framed mirror allows daylight from the window to reflect within the space.  The brass-plated light switch is a reproduction authentic to the original era of the home. 

The bedroom is filled with curated artwork.  This neutral collage by Misty Hughes draws out the wood tones of the bed frame, while subjectively relating to the act of garment dressing.

The bedroom is filled with curated artwork. This neutral collage by Misty Hughes draws out the wood tones of the bed frame, while subjectively relating to the act of garment dressing.

The nightstand tables from Room & Board are customized in size, stain, and hardware to fit the space perfectly.

The nightstand tables from Room & Board are customized in size, stain, and hardware to fit the space perfectly.

A large, gloomy landscape print from Minted hangs on the side wall, blending with the collage work and additional artwork in the room.

A large, gloomy landscape print from Minted hangs on the side wall, blending with the collage work and additional artwork in the room.

One doorway may have been removed, but another custom wood door from Pella was installed to provide direct access onto an outdoor patio. Painted Off-Black by Farrow & Ball, the door includes custom molding patterns that align with the original doors in the home. Modern yet classic hardware in a matte black finish from Emtek is the perfect hardware solution. 

The new exterior door and adjacent window draw plentiful daylight into the bedroom space.

The new exterior door and adjacent window draw plentiful daylight into the bedroom space.

The custom made door from Pella aligns perfectly with the original details of the home.

The custom made door from Pella aligns perfectly with the original details of the home.

From the outside, the new door is matched to the exterior color palette, appearing as an original piece of the home. 

From the outside, the new door is matched to the exterior color palette, appearing as an original piece of the home. 

In addition to the bedroom, the couple transformed the backyard to create the ideal space to enjoy the San Diego sunshine.  Some gardening, paint, furniture, and a few accessories completely transform the backyard from an overgrown landscape into a stylish garden lounge. 

Black framed loveseats from Stori Modern's Graphic Collection,  paired with the matching side and coffee tables, create a sleek environment for enjoying the outdoors.  Patterned throw pillows, a pouf, and rug complement the solid cushions.

Black framed loveseats from Stori Modern's Graphic Collection,  paired with the matching side and coffee tables, create a sleek environment for enjoying the outdoors. Patterned throw pillows, a pouf, and rug complement the solid cushions.

The couple installed external Kichler lighting which provides the perfect, low-energy nighttime lighting.  And, a Kichler lighting complete with a Bluetooth speaker is the perfect accessory. 

The couple installed external Kichler lighting which provides the perfect, low-energy nighttime lighting.  And, a Kichler lighting complete with a Bluetooth speaker is the perfect accessory. 

The existing deck was extended to allow access from the master bedroom to rear yard.

The existing deck was extended to allow access from the master bedroom to rear yard.

Check out the rest of the couple's renovated 1915 craftsman.

Learn more about the One Room Challenge. 

Project Credits:

Interior Design: Ashley Goldman, The Gold Hive / @thegoldhive

Drywall Services: California Quality Drywall Services

Electrical: Herness Electric

Brand Sponsors: Bellacor, Chairish, Emtek, eSaleRugs, Farrow & Ball, Gray Malin, Hedge House Furniture, House of Antique Hardware, Jill Rosenwald, Kichler, Lamps Plus, Metrie, Minted, Overstock, Pella, Pom Pom at Home, Room & Board, Select Blinds, Stori Modern 

All furnishings, decor, retailers, and prices for products used in this renovation can be found on the Shop The House page of Goldman's blog.