I've never shown before-and-after photos of our house. Now that we've lived here a year and a half and we've owned the house for almost 2 years...I thought this would be a good time. Plus, we're trying to refinance which means the appraiser was here the other day and our house was actually a little bit clean. I took photos.
Mainly, this house lacked an open kitchen and a good, solid place to sit and have a family meal. We wanted to change that. Also, we can't abide by carpet and linoleum, so we fixed that while the fixin' was easy.
Living room before:
Living room (with added-on dining area) after:
In the two bedrooms, we painted, replaced doors, and installed "rustic" hickory flooring. (In the bathrooms and mudroom, we laid tile.) Our bedroom before:
Our bedroom after:
I don't have before photos of the kids' room, but it pretty much looked like ours. Kids' room after:
^See the light fixtures? We tore those out of a million dollar home that was slated to be burned down. Crazy, I know. We replaced all light fixtures, fans and curtain rods for free.^
Upstairs, we added on to the loft. What existed originally is our guest-bed/ play-area/ exercise area. Before:
Original loft after:
It was important for me to have a studio space. A project room. A place for my computer, sewing machine, books. So we extended the loft another nine feet and viola. Before:
No one ever expects this little nook of a bathroom to lurk behind that chalkboard door (no changes here):
Looking back toward the living area, stairs and bedrooms. Before (it was all cathedral ceiling):
After (now, there is a flat ceiling over the couch and ending at the chair where we extended the loft):
The only major external change to the house (now our kitchen and dining area):
As they say, a house is never finished. We still have lots of little finishing work as well as bigger, grander dreams (a sunroom off our bedroom???!!!???). But for now we are just peachy.