Oh man, guys. It’s here! Finally! If you missed the before part of this, take a quick jump over there and read that first. It’ll be more fun that way.
Done? Great. The after photos are always more exciting, so I’ll try and keep my jabbering to a minimum and let you enjoy our little renovation transformation. No promises, though.
Disclaimer: these photos still aren’t the best. Hopefully one day my photography skills will improve…sigh.
Ethan is excellent at landscaping (largely due to the fact that he worked for a landscaping company throughout high school and then professionally after college…but he’s also just naturally great at it). And he also builds beautiful things (like our decks. Oh how I miss those decks!). So I have a goodly amount of exterior photos showing off the little oasis he crafted. Take a gander.
Here’s the front of the house.
View from the driveway/garage side of the house. Currently wishing that warm deck wood was under my feet. Oliver and I spent a lot of time out here (Ethan also built that toy box you can see through the deck railing off to the right).
View walking from the front to the back yard with the back deck on your left. Sandbox with small patio off of it center right. That mulch path leading to the right goes to the firepit.
Firepit with our little redneck swing set also pictured. 😉 There’s a seating wall and a fire ring that comprises the fire pit.
View from the backyard. We spent lots of time out here too! Chalking, truck playing, coffee drinking. Decks are glorious. Outdoor living spaces are divine. And that patio! Ethan installed that himself. With a little help from a one-year-old Oliver of course. And let’s talk about that stone bench! That was also the brainchild of Ethan. The limestone top was scrap from a job he had worked on and the rest was lumber he had lying around.
What you don’t see is all of the low voltage lighting installed. There are lights under the bench, along pathways, around the house, and under deck railings. It was pretty cool!
The kitchen! This the is new view from the door that’s on the garage side of the house. We used the same cabinets and cupboards, painted them, and added new hardware. The old hallway (that would’ve been behind where the fridge is here) got closed up to make better use of kitchen space. We opted for laminate floors and new laminate countertops. The appliances are new since there weren’t any left for us anyway with the house being a foreclosure (easy decision!).
View of the kitchen/dining from the living room area. This looks like a tight space, but it worked perfectly for us!
View from the kitchen into the living room. New carpet, and there’s new trim throughout the house as well (and paint and light fixtures…but hopefully that’s obvious 😉 ).
New stairway with custom railing and baby gate! We did a laminate landing off of the front door (to the left of the frame here) so as to keep our carpet as nice as possible for as long as possible. You can also see a vent under the window: Ethan installed ductwork throughout the house so that we didn’t have to use electric heat (i.e. cumbersome baseboard heaters, not to mention expensive).
This is the “master bedroom.” Neither of the upstairs bedrooms was very large, but this one was a tad bigger. So naturally, Oliver got the smaller one across the hallway. And again, it was cozy, but it suited our needs. And it turned out lovely!
Here’s Oliver’s room. Perfect for him. Both bedrooms had closets not pictured. They looked like standard closets, for those of you who are curious. 😉
Also, although it appears as though our house is spinning in circles like a view from The Wizard of Oz, it is most certainly not. Some miracle of photography is causing that illusion you see out Oliver’s bedroom window.
Here’s a picture of the renovated bathroom before decor was added (aka naked).
And here it is fully clothed! 😉 New tub (fiberglass one piece insert deal), new laminate flooring, new vanity and medicine cabinet, new toilet, new lighting and ceiling vent, and we painted the walls and ceiling.
Here’s the hallway! Not too exciting, but much better without the yucky wallpaper border and old nasty carpet. I never did get to painting those door jambs (or the doors and windowsills…word to the wise: do it right away because it’s difficult to get it done once you’re already moved in!).
The basement. Ah. We never did complete it before selling because of Ethan’s job and the nature of house selling: sometimes it doesn’t pay to put the time and cash into finish work! This was tough for Ethan to swallow because he really wanted to get to see this to completion. He’ll get another chance. 😉
This is the laundry room and was the closest to being done. It was reframed, painted, had new flooring and lighting installed, as well as the plumbing required to move the washer over here (and electric for the dryer). We installed a new vanity down here as well.
This was a storage area for us, but the plan had been to use it as a basement rec room/family room. As you can see, it was reframed and sheetrocked. Taping was complete and mudding had begun as well. Ethan also installed can lights throughout the ceiling.
This was going to be Oliver’s future bedroom had we stayed longer in this home. It was framed, and the sheetrock was hung. There was a fourth bedroom that was framed (across the hallway from this one) but hadn’t gotten the sheetrock treatment yet. I’ll spare you the horror of that room (it wasn’t that bad; just insulation and bare lumber).
That was our first house that we renovated and sold for profit. It wasn’t our original intention to “flip” the house, but it ended up being a fabulous catalyst for our next home project(s) and we learned an awful lot along the way. Stick around to read about more house projects (we’re currently renovating a 100-year-old farmhouse!) and keep up with the musings of Caitlin.