OUR FIRST HOUSE
We bought our (very first!) house on June 12, 2013 and compared to the looooong house hunting and settlement process, our remodeling/changes/decorating started happening right away. We couldn’t wait to jump right in! However, in order to get an “after“, there has to be a “before“, right? You’re about to embark on the adventure with us, so find a comfy seat and settle in…
Alright, let’s go!
The picture above is our home, looking from the parking lot at the front door. If you turn to the left and look down the sidewalk, this is what you’ll see:
And if you turn around to look back at the parking lot (the house is behind you)…
When you come in the front door, you’ll be greeted by our mini foyer and the staircase leading to the second story. Here’s the before:
Here’s a quick glimpse at that foyer (to the right) and you can even see the door to the downstairs bathroom (on the left).
And after the paint job and board and batten:
Here we are, with a before shot of the family room. Through the hallway is the hall closet (door on the right) and the kitchen.
After paint, furniture, and small changes here and there, our room looks like this today:
Looking back toward the Family Room from the Kitchen before…
Through the hallway, on your left, you’ll find the hall closet. Feel free to hang up your coat and stay awhile! Here’s a before photo:
The afters (yes, we actually have afters of this “room”!) will be coming shortly.
On the other side of the hallway (to your right), is our Downstairs 1/2 bath. Check out these befores:
Second floor time. Here is our Master Bedroom before we transformed it into more of a relaxing “getaway”.
Oh, and a close up of that window nook!
Of all the rooms in the house, this space has undergone the most changes. It started out as our “go crazy with bold ideas that we can’t try anywhere else” room. Here is a before shot of the Spare Bedroom when we first bought it…
After about two years, we decided that it was time for a change… we needed the space to do more and we wanted to try a different design scheme. We took the doors off the closet and made it into an office (there are ten chapters to that story and you can read through them here) and painted the room neutral. Aka. WHITE!
This room is definitely a work in progress and space has evolved even since this update! Details coming soon!
Need a bathroom break? Here’s a shot or two of the room before changing things around:
A hidden gem, found in the Spare Bedroom. Just like the hall closet, this little space got a makeover of its own! Here is what it looked like before:
And last, but definitely not least, welcome to the great outdoors (and actually a major selling point for us!). We have our own patio that opens up to the neighborhood common space. We feel very blessed to be off to the side and hidden behind a large tree, which makes it pretty difficult to see into our space. Also, there’s a creek, which makes us giddy for warm weather months! Here are a few before shots (hey, dad!):
The backyard project was a lot of fun and took us quite a few posts to share everything. You can see a comprehensive (mostly finished!) to-do list here. Oh, and beyond our little plot lies the common space, complete with a field to run around in and a stream to play in…
And there you have it, our humble home! Thanks for stopping by If you’re curious to see the progress as it happens or just want to pop in every once in a while, we’d love to have you join us for the journey. It’s not always a smooth ride (we have clogged drains and spilled milk on the carpet just like anyone else!), but we’re always careful to enjoy the adventure. Thanks for coming along for the ride!
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