Like seeing what other people’s houses look like? Me too! Come on in and have a virtual tour of our home, without leaving yours.The previous owner installed beige marble tile and a Tiffany style light, neither of which are our style. Oh, and lovely red curtains.
Before: After climbing the stairs, you’re greeted by the living and dining rooms, complete with inlaid hardwood floors and stunning views.
5 Years Later: Replacing the windows lightened the feel, new trim and paint brighten up the space. Grass green curtains add lively color along with a camel leather sofa for warmth. A refinished and upholstered sofa lends vintage charm to the room, across from the leather sofa.
Peek out the windows on the front of the house and you’ll see something like this:
See, cool views, huh? But back to the house.
Before: The bay window, super low light, and 8 foot French door in a room with 8 foot ceilings weren’t working for us.
Before: The kitchen is massive, especially compared to our first kitchen. Ben measured the island. It’s nine feet long. That’s just a foot or so shorter than the stove side at our first house. And we’ve got a little breakfast nook at the end.
Office Before: My new office is right off the kitchen. Which I love, but the ugly wallpaper was in there, too.
Office 3 Years Later: While remodeling the kitchen, we also upgraded my office space. The seating space moved from the side to the center of the window, flanked by two drawer stacks for functional storage space.
Before: The glass door to the right leads to the indoor pool. Yes, I feel like an over-privileged brat just typing that. But, you can see the space needs plenty of work. The roof is leaking, the pool isn’t functional, and we have industrial grade carpet on the deck. So much light pours in thanks to tons of sky lights, doors, and southern exposure. Hot tub anyone? Well, it doesn’t work and is currently collecting bugs.
Next to the entrance is a half bathroom and the three stairs go up to a wet bar.For some reason, the cabinets are insanely high, but the sliding door leads out to a patio and the rest of the back yard.
Pool Room Progress: Progress in here = piles of insulation. This room is not a priority, but we dream of a cedar ceiling and soft gray walls with pretty tile on the floors.
Before: Large windows flank a sliding door. A moss rock fireplace is the center of the room.
5 Years Later: New windows, larger trim, and a refaced fireplace are more modern, but also brighten up the space. A pair of spruced up thrifted chairs sit near an oversized stump coffee table. For a burst of color, I painted a large landscape piece for the mantle.
Before: Although this was the most updated bathroom, the large vanity and clawfoot tub weren’t functional for our family.
5 Years Later: Because this was the only bathroom with a tub, we decided to work on it first, adding a tub/shower combo, a small linen closet, leggy vanity, and pendants. For added storage, we built an open shelving stack to hold the necessities.
Before: The smallest of the bedrooms, the guest bedroom boasts courtyard-esque views and built-in book shelves.
5 years later: A queen sized bed fits nicely, and the bookshelves hold everything I had in my first office. Making a nook in the shelves gives more floor space to the room and creates a cozy nook at the bed.
Before: Oddly enough, the layout of the boys’ bedroom is a slightly larger version of their bedroom at our first house.
Before: Yikes. The electric blue paint is not close to a favorite color of ours. But the room is huge compared to our small master bedroom before.
5 Years Later: When we replaced the old cedar siding, we decided to reuse some of it to create a shiplap accent wall and painted it white. Then we built a beautiful wood and upholstered bed frame and headboard, floating wood nightstands, and leather tab top curtains to layer the room. We use a DIY wooden ladder to store extra blankets near the bed. A large framed mirror fills in the space between the doors, adding function.
Before: Red walls + yellow sinks + dingy tile = a mess made in the 70s. Add in a leaking shower and it was high time to remodel the room.
5 Years Later: We decided to reuse the clawfoot tub from the main bathroom, but to make space for it, we had to eliminate one of the sinks. In place, we created a five foot walnut vanity topped with a stainless steel counter and vessel sink. White tongue and groove wraps the lower third of the bathroom, balancing the nearly black painted upper.
For the shower, we took a less conventional approach with an open stainless steel shower pan and two curtains to prevent the space from feeling closed in and cramped.
Before: Although ugly, this large open area gets a lot of light thanks to two south-facing windows. The space makes an L around into a dark, windowless space.
5 Years Later: This is our current project and has been completely gutted. We’re reconfiguring the layout to create two rooms, a bedroom as well as a theater space.
Before: Um, the Brady family called. They want their countertops back. But we are thankful for the large space with plenty of storage.
5 Years Later: Washer and dryer from our last house work well side by side in here. A left over rug covers the ugly glue covered floor.
Before: More yellow fixtures, orange counters, and glue covered floors. This room will get a complete facelift along with the rest of the basement update.
5 years later: Tearing the room down to the studs, we got a fresh start with new sheetrock, a beautiful dark slate floor, a custom built vanity, and lots of contrast.
Back Yard Before: A stone patio complete with non-functional fountain with a few trees. Even better, we’ve got a steep lot with privacy beyond.
5 Years Later: Oh man, this was a lot of back breaking work. When a local commercial building was demolished, we saved the structural beams and created a beefy deck. Every window has been replaced with new energy efficient ones and the siding is all new as well. Since we’re in Montana, we went with a material that is becoming more popular around here, CorTen steel and traditional lap siding.