We purchased our current home in the Spring of 2015. The moment I walked into it I had a vision of blowing out the ceiling and some walls to make the space bright, open and airy. I had no idea how we would do it, or how much it would cost. But with this vision in mind we made an offer and began renovations the following year. We felt lost, as neither of us were particularly handy. However, we did have one amazing resource, and I used it extensively for reference. That was Dana Miller’s Housetweaking blog (which she, unfortunately, no longer updates). Now that we’re on the other side, we’re thrilled with the renovations/updates. Below are some before and after pictures, as well as links to any posts associated with them.
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We still have a lot of work to do on our exterior. We changed out the posts, front door and sidelites and that made a HUGE difference in the look from the outside and inside too. It was a complete game changer for us.
For the entrance, we removed the walls and blew out the ceiling, replaced the door and tiles, modified the closet, and added a welcoming sconce.
The Living Room
We tore down two structural walls (and the ceiling) to create a seamless open-concept space between the entrance, living and kitchen areas. We also replaced the floors with new maple hardwood and added tongue and groove planks to the vaulted ceiling.
We closed off the existing exterior door to create more counter and storage room, and added a huge island with lots of storage. Two more skylights were added to the existing skylight to create more natural light. We continued the new maple hardwood here to create a seamless look between the living and kitchen areas.
To read more about the kitchen, click here.
The Dining Room
The dining room is essentially the same as when we moved in. Of course, the structure around it is completely different!
The Master Bedroom
For our bedroom we changed out the linens, door hardware, DIYed the IKEA dresser, and added new furniture and decor.
To read more about the master bedroom refresh, click here.
The Master Bathroom
We updated our master bathroom by repainting the entire room a brighter white, changing the door hardware and adding some accessories. I love how little changes can make a big difference!
We’ve accomplished a lot but there’s still more to come. My son’s bedroom, the office, and our (woefully neglected) yard are all on deck. We hope you’ll follow along.