3.18.2015

Before & After: The Home Renovation

So many have asked, "What did this place look like before you moved here?"  Well, the answer is....it looked like a home that needed a designer with incredible vision and talent and a skilled contractor that would bring my Pinterest dreams to life.  After I secured those two must-haves, an unbelievable, never thought it was possible, "Before and After" began.  

I've been holding on to these pictures waiting for phase 2 or 3 or 4 or 5 to be completed.  But I'm only growing older and grayer.  Besides, I don't think we will truly ever be finished so I figure there is no time like the present to show you the "Before and After" thus far.  Welcome to our home, designed by Candice Clark with CC Designs and re-modeled by Dave Lowe Construction.  
Before
The front.  Landscape is still desperately needed in the After but we are getting there.
After
The best I could do on this dreary spring day.  But whoa!  What a difference!
No door is complete, nor a house a home, without a welcome sign.  Thanks Lindsi Niebur! 
Before
A little living area begs and pleads for a make-over.

After
No problemo!  Bright and cozy please and thank you.
Before
Candice and Dave compare notes to make this turn into....
 After
THIS!  
And this!
And this!
Before
The Monica (from Friends) in me needed a guest room.  So up went 2.5 walls to create...
 After
This lil slice of heaven lasted about a year before my twelve year old claimed it.

Before
This entry needed a new entry.  An "actual, real deal entry" as I liked to call it.
After
So a new entry it got. A cowhide was an obvious must. Obviously.

Before
Original master bedroom turned... 
After
Large room for the boys.

Before
The red carpet continues into the master bath

After
The monster porcelain tub was removed (among other things) and a double header shower was installed (on the other side of the knock off Pottery Barn Kids shark painting).
Before

This was the surprise design room I waited to see until the very end.

After
Ta-da!  I still swoon over that wallpaper.  Job well done, Candice. 
Before
The back of the house needed to be taken out eight feet to accommodate the kitchen and...

After
The breakfast area.  That thar chandelier is one of the first things we purchased before demo even began.
Before
This sweet little pantry needed to be quadrupled in size with a barn door to top it off

After
Thanks to Etsy and a talented painter we ended up with a brand new old barn door.
Before
This was destined to be a little girl's room

After
That thar light was just five buckaroos at Habitat for Humanity.  Spray paint and Hobby Lobby to the rescue.
Before
This laundry room needed paint and a large island for folding laundry.
I don't remember the last time my island wasn't covered in laundry, craft projects, seedlings, muddy boots and backpacks.
I love the stripes and baskets.  Don't be fooled.  Hardly ever does it look like this.
Before
This once workshop was destined to be a master bath.
Told you!
Complete with a "hotel shower" as my kids call it.
Pardon the yellow "filter" on this.  It really is bright white and oh so refreshing.

A tried and true collection of paint we used and love:
Please note that white on white (Greek Villa) is hard to show.
Greek Villa is a lovey and clean white shade and I highly recommend it
What do you ask, I wish I'd done differently?  For starters, I wish I had hired a professional photographer to take all the before and after pictures to truly capture the project.  I wish I had we had built on a garage then instead of waiting until now.  Stay tuned.  That project is underway and will have a guest/pool house attached to it.  I'll be in touch. 

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