Construction and Maintenance

home renovation: before pics

I’ve soon realized that our new home is turning into quite the project!  We began ripping things up this weekend.  Saying goodbye to all the outdated and somewhat generic features is very exciting, but also a little unsettling.  Watching our home turn into a construction site makes me realize just how much blood, sweat, tears, money, & wine that will go into this home, not just now, but in the years to come!   This has been a life long dream that is now becoming a reality.

So let me give you the grand tour.  Here is a pic of the exterior.  (You may have seen this on Instagram/Facebook – if so sorry for the repeat 🙂 )

exterior home

When you first walk in, you come into the Living Room area.  For an older home, it has a pretty open layout, which I’m totally a fan of.  You can see the lovely laminate floor – it actually doesn’t look too bad and was in decent condition, but we want to put in hardwood before we move in.  So adios.


Then you walk right into the Dining area.


The Dining area flows into the Kitchen.  The kitchen was updated in the recent past.  Aside from the hole in the vinyl floor, it is definitely very photogenic.  Up close, it’s another story.  Honestly, the previous owners kinda half-assed their updating efforts.  The countertops, cabinets, backsplash – all items that I want to replace, but the kitchen project is years down the road.  I’m sure the new hardwood will warm it up, and we will make little additions to make it more presentable.  (first purchase: A FRIDGE!!)



That doorway you see in between the Kitchen and Dining Area leads to the 2nd Living Area/Bonus Room. Lots of wood paneling you see!


Here’s the hallway that leads to the bedrooms.


In that hallway is the smallest Powder Bath of life! I kid you not – all 3.5 x 4ft of it!


Then you come to the Master Bedroom.  (Awesome shot isn’t it?? Can’t see anything – we clearly need better lighting)


A cute little bath suite is attached to the Master.  Pineapple frame mirrors – oh boy.


I love the fact that it has a jacuzzi tub, but eventually we will be tearing this up too.   Some have told us this is cray cray, but there is no shower in the Master or a shower/tub combo in the whole house, and we want to put one in for functionality and resale value.


Bedroom #2… complete with built-in drawers and desk!



…And Bedroom #3



(There’s a jack-and-jill bath that connects to Bed #2 & #3 that I didn’t take a picture of!)

Can’t wait to see how it all progresses!  Anybody out there have any advice or past experiences with remodeling their home??? I’m welcome to your opinions 🙂