I’m so excited to introduce my new blog series, “Inside Look!”. Every month, I will be sharing a virtual home tour of bloggers who inspire us. To kick start this new series, please welcome one of my favourite online couple, Becki Peckham and Chris Nicholas from the blog, The Uncommon Law. When it comes to modern aesthetics, these two knock it out of the park! Just take a look at how they transformed their 80’s dated home.
Author: Becki Peckham. Photography: Becki Peckham
“Chris and I bought our first home 5 years ago and renovated it top to bottom all while sharing our adventure on our blog. I am a freelance graphic designer and photographer specializing in interior photographs. Chris is a medical doctor specializing in diagnostic and interventional radiology. On the side, he is a lifestyle influencer “@Dr.ChrisNicholas” and DIY enthusiast.”
“Chris and I are from St. John’s, Newfoundland and we’ve owned and renovated a home there since 2011. Currently, Chris’ job has landed us temporarily in Vancouver for one year where we rent a 540 sq. ft apartment. We have been here for 4 months and will return to our St. John’s home in the summer of 2017.”
“Our home decor style is modern; we love Mid Century Modern and Scandinavian design. Our house is mostly monochrome with lot’s of wood. We love being surrounded by simplicity and clean lines. We adore wood because it warms up the home and makes it feel cozy.”
“I think the living room is one of our favourite spaces in the home. It contains so many of our favourite projects like the poplar slat wall and the x-ray light boxes. We spend the most time here because we love watching movies and binge watching TV series together. We love that the home is a reflection of our personality – all except for two of our art pieces are original pieces made by us.”
“This entire house is one big DIY. Doing things yourself has the potential to cut a huge amount of cost versus hiring it out. We did almost all of the drywall, plastering, painting, and trim. We laid tile, laminate, and cork. We put down subfloor and installed insulation and vapour barrier. We made and refinished furniture to save money. We even rebuilt our staircase and did the frameless glass rails ourselves because we couldn’t find anyone in town to do it.”
“I think doing all of those projects together allowed us to do what we wanted with the house, otherwise we couldn’t afford it. However with that said, there is something to be said about hiring a professional when it comes to projects that might become a safety issue (like electrical or plumbing).”
“Everyone says that home renovations are one of the biggest testers of a relationship, but I think going through this together brought us closer together. We work pretty well as a team. Not to say there weren’t stressful times – there were.”
“I remember being six months into our renovation and the house was in shambles. We had no kitchen and every room was in tear up, with the exception of the bedroom. We would wear our shoes up to the bedroom door, then take them off to go in. There were a lot of late nights and all-nighters and a couple of minor arguments but nothing we couldn’t handle. I think the fact that Chris and I have the same style and outlook cuts down on the amount of stress. I can’t imagine if our styles were different. THAT would be more difficult than some of the road blocks we have hit during our reno. If you want to check out our DIY projects we have documented them on the DIY category of our blog.”
Interested in giving us a virtual tour of your home? Email firstname.lastname@example.org with a few photos and you just might be our next featured home tour.