Christina Haack sees plenty of houses that feel too small, but in the latest “Christina on the Coast,” this is a bigger problem than usual since her clients are tall.
In the episode “Tall Family, Big Reno,” Haack helps her former labor and delivery nurse, Kristin, renovate her home in Huntington Beach, CA. Kristin adores a farmhouse style, while her husband, Eric, prefers a sleeker, modern look. However, combining styles isn’t the hardest part of this renovation.
Kristin is 6-foot-2 and Eric is around 6-foot-4—so everything in their home feels too low, from the kitchen counters to the archways connecting the rooms. Haack needs to make this place feel more height-friendly and fashionable—all with a mere $70,000 renovation budget.
This renovation ends up costing more than anticipated—with Haack spending $85,000—but the splurges seem worth every penny. Check out how Haack makes this home feel more functional and spacious (which is important no matter your height), with some lessons you might be inspired to apply to your own abode.
Remove arches to open up spaces
Arches can be a beautiful addition to a home, giving any space a classic feel and a touch of old-world charm. However, archways can make an otherwise large doorway less accessible, especially for tall homeowners. Even Haack has a problem with these arches: When she first tours the house, she bumps her head on her way into the living room!