Our Second House-Baby
If you're really into some CRAZY before and after photos you will love, I'm talking LOVE these. Our current house was the scariest of scary when we first saw it but it had this potential that was just calling our names! Read the whole story of how it all went down here. (Such a blessing!) But here's a room-by-room look at our current house.
The downstairs of the house was dated and unattractive upon first look, but the overall flow of the house was great. We moved the powder room to open the kitchen to the living room and relocated the laundry from the kitchen closet to upstairs for easy access from the bedrooms. The doorways were widened, wainscoting replaced, windows replaced, stairway replaced (due to a code issue) and beams and paneling removed. We only have a few "before" photos taken from the MLS, but they give a great idea of the feel of the place.
The kitchen was an exciting transformation. I chose shaker style cabinetry in white for upper and lower wall cabinets and went with a light grey on the island. The white penny tile backsplash gave some unexpected texture and a light-hearted feel (and was budget friendly). The countertops are carrara marble and despite their delicate nature and tendency to etch, I love them! There is something to be said about natural stone that can't be mimicked. The Regina Andrew capiz shell light fixtures are another natural element with a nod to my love of the beach.
Upstairs, we refinished the bathrooms, carrying the carrara marble counters throughout and shaker style cabinetry in shades of gray. The bedrooms were all repainted and the hardwood flooring throughout the house was refinished. The door hardware was all updated, which is a small detail that makes a big difference.
Some major changes happened in the master bedroom. Here's a couple pictures of the previous closet and master bathroom situation. We ended up switching the two, so the smaller master bath was repurposed as a closet (no pic, sorry!) and the wall of closets was opened up a few feet and made into a galley style bath. This new layout suited our needs with two sinks (something I really hoped for in house two), a private water closet, and walk in shower. No tub, but that was okay with us.
The exterior of the house was painted, got a new garage door, and a new screened porch to replace the existing brick porch that was not properly supported. You can read about the patio addition here and staining the porch here. We really enjoy entertaining in the screened porch and patio area.
The house was majorly transformed during the renovation process and made into the perfect home for us. I'd do it all over again if I got the chance.