I love a good “before and after.” Whether it’s a fashion makeover in a beauty magazine or a house remodel on HGTV, I love seeing the transformation from old to new. Admittedly, the final product isn’t always my taste (there have been some real doozies on HGTV, depending on the show), but even then, I love seeing the process.
When it came to renovating my own house, though, I felt a little overwhelmed. So many choices! So many dollar signs! So much industry jargon! But the all-encompassing nature of renovating a house was also very therapeutic. Our renovation came on the heels of a small personal tragedy (a story for another time), so focusing on the ins and outs of bathrooms and load-bearing walls actually helped me heal.
We did a fair amount of work on our house, but instead of going into detail, I thought I’d show you a few “before and after” shots, since, as I said, I love a good before and after. A million thanks to Domers Construction for the awesome work and to Alicia’s Art for the great “after” photos.
So, the master bathroom in our house was decorated circa 1966. That isn’t an exaggeration. That is when the house was built, and that is when the bathroom was last renovated, as far as we could tell. It involved a lot of turquoise.
Here the before and after shots of the work we did.
Bathroom entryway before and after. We moved the doorway. (Yes! You can move doorways! Who knew?)
Vanity, before and after:
View from one end to the other, before and after (we moved the shower!):
We also renovated the family room, which featured an old brick wall and fireplace and a back wall with narrow doorways that made the room feel very small and semi-suffocating. So we blew out the back wall, got rid of the fireplace and brick wall, and added two windows to increase the natural light.
Family room, before and after (I should note that I’ve added more fun tchochkes to the room since these photos were taken, so it doesn’t look quite so barren. Also, the room now features many baby toys and playmats):
Note that we added a slider on the right side of the room. This leads to a screened-in porch we added to the patio. Here’s what the porch looks like inside (alas, only an “after” photo on this one):
So that’s my big “before and after.” What about you? Are you a fan of befores and afters as well?