When I spotted our home 3 years ago, the things that immediately made me want to put in an offer was the location/school district, the large backyard, and the huge potential of the remodel. I always wanted a house with either tall or vaulted ceilings and open site lines. This home came with neither but once Ed visited the attic and told me it could happen we wrote an offer, crossed our fingers and said many prayers. It’s been 3 years of living here and it’s not finished but here is our progress.
The original homeowners put together a very tedious broken mirror mosaic wall. That is my sister-in-law with my daughter showcasing this wall in all of it’s awesomeness.
This wall came down and the ceilings went up. This house had a tremendous amount of termite damage so just about every stud was replaced. Our entry now features a gallery wall with come DIY art and Etsy purchases. I’m loving the grey, white and small punches of color we have introduced throughout our main space.
One more close-up.
The original living room had 3 skylights, a 7.5 ft ceiling, old gross carpet and a very tight feel.
We kept the skylights in their place. I love the all the natural light they let in even on gloomy days. Vaulting the ceiling, taking down the dividing walls, and adding our hand-scraped hardwood floors throughout made a huge difference! This room feels so much bigger even though the footprint is essentially the same.
I love the firm sofa cushions and the teak finish on the legs. So far it’s one of the only Ikea items we have bought that hasn’t completely started falling apart or looking less than fresh within the first year. The Karlstad was a great buy! I don’t know why they stopped making it?! The chevron rug was a Target.com sale purchase and the tables are Collector’s Editions I purchased from Ethan Allen around 12 years ago. Although the little hand prints I have on my glass constantly drive me crazy they still look great!
Here is a closer look. I made the drapery with a Robert Allen medallion print purchased on fabric guru. I spent a few hours looking for this exact print but I didn’t see it. It may not be available any longer. The woven shades are a cut to fit from Lowe’s. They are not perfect but the drapery covers the cut edges. The rod was a DIY project I’ll share in another post.
Before the remodel we had a very dated bar area that separated the living room and the kitchen.
We decided to forgo the wall altogether and have one large open space. Now this is our little reading corner. It’s rather beige right now with our old Soho chair from Ethan Allen that I plan to recover and this gold lamp shade. Adding a cream color throw and white printed pillow really seems to help right now. The large woven basket was a HomeGoods find that holds my yoga mat and our extra throws. This wall is super blank right now. I’m still brainstorming some affordable art for this spot and how to keep this chair from moving all over our floor!
Although I no longer have my original post with all of our changes this house sure has gone through a lot. We now have sturdy termite free walls, an insulated exterior (something that wasn’t included in the before) and a large open space our family of four loves to hang out in together.
And just for good measure here is the Before.
The construction phase. This picture is from the front door through the living room and the kitchen. Yeah, it’s a nightmare and that is a round fireplace in the middle of the room. More on that in another post.
And here we are today.
Still lots of work to do before I get to the point that I can call it done (Does that ever really happen?) but a far cry from the house with all of the potential we walked through three years ago!