Our House Renovation- The Before

So I promised ya’ll I’d bring you up to speed on work my family and I did on the house I purchased a few years back. Here’s a picture of it again


Nothing has been done to the outside other than some mulching and tidying up. We have a lot of work to look forward to outside. My soon to be husband is a very talented landscaper/gardener/lawn guy (and very talented is an understatement). He’s happiest when he’s working outside with his hands, which is great because mowing the lawn in 100 degree heat is my least favorite thing to do.

Kids, don’t try this at home


(The gutters needed cleaned and we didn’t have a long enough ladder so he got creative. What’s worse? This isn’t the first time this has happened. We will buy a tall ladder one day…)

Here are some before pictures of the kitchen and bath

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And days after signing the dotted line at closing

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(We had to keep the toilet installed for…eh em…obvious reasons. It’s the only bathroom in the house and they frown upon doing your business on your front lawn in this part of VA. Not the best way to meet the new neighbors!)

I know what you’re thinking… “That kitchen and bath was not THAT bad!” I know it wasn’t, the previous owners put on a few band aids and some paint up on the walls to make it sell. I had the opportunity to work on the house before moving into it, so I renovated it while I could.

Keep in mind: My dad is a Class A Licensed Contractor. I do not recommend gutting your kitchen, bath, or any part of your home without contractor supervision. PLEASE consult a licensed contractor before any major renovation project.  I’m simply documenting the transformation, and I got my hands pretty dirty along the way so there are some things I learned and will share. 

One tip I’d share before you start is to have a plan of action and a cushion in your budget. Add at least 10% to your budget because things ALWAYS come up. Add even more if you’re working on an older home. Also, be flexible in your timeline. It’s good to have a goal “finish” date, but if you set your heart on a specific date, you may be setting yourself up for disappointment. It’s better to have things done right than done fast.

Stay tuned for more pictures of the transformation! 

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