Come on in and tour our first house! Here’s a complete source list for those of you that are wondering where we got something.
We thought floor plans might be helpful for you to get your bearings. Here’s the main level:
And the basement:
Front of the House and Yard Before:
The front yard was boring, dated and shabby. The doors and windows were original to the house. A small fence blocked off the front. The walkway that is never used cut the yard in half. Nearly dead shrubs didn’t bring any life to the house.
Front Yard After:
The small fence, gas lamp on a post (?!) and shrubs were pulled and replaced with a short vinyl fence, a variety of roses and river rock. New windows, window boxes, shutters, front door and evergreens give character and life to the front. Without the concrete walkway, the yard looks much larger. Ben is OBSESSED with fruit trees and has planted 17 throughout the property.
The walkway was a danger zone with an uneven brick path, leftover landscaping blocks and a dilapidated fence. The old light and numbers were not good-looking or very functional.
A new paver path and fence make our front walk much safer while chairs are a nice spot to sit. Colorful roses, window boxes, shutters and a new light brighten things up and add a feeling of home.
Living Room Before:
Very manly, I know. Ben had already added the crown molding, baseboard, chair rail, and painted. Apparently the house also had atrocious, smoke scented carpet which is not present, thankfully!
The vertical blinds scream 70’s while covering up the window. The house did have one great, original feature-the red oak 3/4 inch thick hardwood floors.
Living Room After:
It’s amazing what a little paint can do! After painting the moldings white, our living feels open and airy. The new front door with a window to lets in more light.
Arranging the couch back toward the front door creates a more defined entry in an open layout.
The entertainment center Ben built adds architectural interest while providing storage for dvds, cds, and children’s toys.
Dining Room Before:
The dining room is pretty small, and the large table with extra chairs made it feel even smaller. Ben made the valance, and yes, its leather.
Dining Room After:
We installed MDF trim to create a plate rack. A coat of white paint brightens up the space while the blue provides contrast. A new rug and curtains soften the hard lines.
The kitchen was remodeled in 1997 by the original owners, so nothing was our style. Orangey oak cabinets, ceramic tile and almond appliances = ugly.
After five years of planning, we finally gutted the kitchen to start with a clean slate. Custom built cabinetry, warm wood counter tops, and stainless appliances update the house, on a ten thousand dollar budget.
White and glass front cabinets extend from counter to ceiling for extra storage. A marble subway tile back splash and crown moulding add a touch of traditional style.
Read more about our kitchen renovation here.
Main Bathroom Before:
Pink, Pink, PINK! Nicotine-stained floral wallpaper (notice the picture frame outline), pink tile and stained grout feel dirty. A light strip, blah mirror and old fixtures are functional, but boring.
Main Bathroom After:
We completely gutted the bathroom. Then installed beadboard, a brick-lay marble tile, a new jetted bathtub and marble tub surround. Ben built a maple vanity complete with granite countertops and a vessel sink and faucet. So much better!!
We installed white and dark grey marble tile in a brick-lay pattern.
Guest Bedroom After:
More trim and paint made a huge difference in this room. We also scored a free headboard (but then had to buy a king bed). The new windows are one foot closer to the floors than the original windows and flood the room with natural light.
Guest Bedroom Other Side:
Master Bedroom Before:
Small windows and quickly purchased laminate flooring make this room boring!
Master Bedroom After:
We installed more trim in a 12 by 12 inch square pattern and crown molding above the doors and windows. Ben added lighting in the crown to make the room glow. The soothing grey/green color is perfect for sleeping.
Master Bedroom Other Side:
The door opens to the master bathroom. The new moldings really add drama to our doors and windows.
Master Bathroom Before:
Originally, this was a half bathroom accessible from the bedroom and kitchen with a closet and duct work in between. Ben closed up the wall to add a shower, making it a 3/4 bath. Here is that stage:
Master Bathroom Other Side:
Master Bathroom After:
After we installed the geothermal heating and cooling unit, we were able to remove the duct work that ran through the bathroom. Without the duct work, we had enough space to move the toilet and add a 5 foot jetted bathtub. White tub to ceiling marble, black granite and white marble checker floor and white trim adds elegance.
Master Bathroom Other Side:
Granite counter tops, a new sink and brushed nickel faucet, sconces and a large mirror (to the ceiling) open up the small space.
Third Bedroom Before:
Ho hum boring bedroom with small baseboard and short windows.
Third Bedroom After:
The white wainscoting topped by a shelf function as a picture shelf. The pale yellow walls are a soothing, gender neutral backdrop.
The tall yellow bed makes a statement while the aqua bedding and art add nice contrast.
Theater Room Before:
The unfinished basement was a dumping ground for anything and everything. Duct work ran through the center of the room and tall people hit their heads on it. Everything needed to be insulated and sheetrocked before finishing work could begin.
Theater Room After:
The wood burning fireplace is nice on cold winter days, too.
Theater Room Other Side:
We created a floor plan to maximize the space in the basement, giving this windowless room a purpose; a theater room. Recessed lights keep the lowish ceilings looking as high as possible. A large sectional is comfortable when we have movie nights with friends and family.
Theater Room Entertainment Center:
The cabinet doors hide toys while shelves hold speakers, theater components, and movies.
The office space was a concrete bunker and storage area before we started working on it. We did have limitations due to the structural pillar.
I loved working in here. We added trim, cabinets and a full bookshelf to give ample storage. Space for everything and space to spare!
We designed this bookshelf for maximum storage, keeping everything in one place. It held all of my stationery supplies and most of our books.
Small Basement Bedroom Before:
Unfinished concrete walls and floors, a washer and a dryer. That’s about it.
Small Basement Bedroom After:
A white trim treatment with picture shelf on top brighten the small space making it feel less basement-y. We never got a bed frame. Don’t judge.
Large Basement Bedroom Before:
Ben had already started hanging sheet rock in this room when I met him, but, it’s definitely far from finished.
Large Basement Bedroom After:
While still not our favorite or most finished room, it is usable when we had guests.
Basement Bathroom Before:
Because Ben bought the house two years before we met, he had already started framing the bathroom layout. The original plan was to have the bathtub along the right hand wall upon entry, hence the concrete board.
Basement Bathroom After:
We tweaked the original layout to allow for a larger vanity and linen closet behind the door. And we have a giant pile of tile in here, which we planned to use for the steam shower under the stairs. Hence the large, unfinished doorway.
Back Yard Before:
A large, uneven patio sat unused. The grass was pretty dry and the landscaping was definitely lacking. The chain link fence was an eye sore and not functional for our dog.
Back Yard After:
New fence, trees, table and chairs make the yard more user-friendly and inviting.