In October of last year, we broke ground on a home remodel project. I've posted a bit here and there during the past 12 months, but decided it's time to post the befores and afters.
Granted, we have no photos on our walls in the family room and there's a tiny bit of final painting that needs to be done, but if I wait until that's completed, you will not see these pictures until am I very old woman.
We bought our house in 1993. We had no kids, little money, and lots of time. However, not really being the go-getter home improvement types, we were simply thrilled to have a house with a basement that wasn't just a dirt floor as was the case in our previous home.
Our home had been remodeled at some point in the 1970s, and boy did it show. Mirrored tiles on some of the walls. Several rooms with metallic wallpaper. We simply removed the offending elements, and settled into our lives.
Fast forward to 2010. With our family firmly settled at the number 4, we knew this was where we hoped to entertain our grandbabies some day. And with certain parts of our house slowly sinking into the ground (that would be our front porch) we decided to finally set out on a remodel project we'd been thinking of for years.
Initially, it was just to be a facelift of the porch. You know, shore up the foundations, make it level, that sort of thing. Funny how things snowball out of control, isn't it?
But the changes we finally agreed upon definitely add to the livability of our home, especially the remodel of our family room. As you'll see, we closed off the exit to that room to create a fuller room of space, and changed the entrance to the back of our house.
I present to you my Befores and Afters.
Next, the porch.
The family room.
And the scrap/dining room.
And my hidden mini mudroom.
When you buy a house built in 1919, mudrooms aren't exactly plentiful. I love this tiny detail in the overall scheme.
And that is that. We absolutely love the results and fully accept that we will be paying this off until we are very old people. But hey, isn't that just part of the American way?
I like to say I may only have 5 pairs of shoes to my name, but I sure do have a pretty porch now.
Still, we love having a little zest and personality added to our old, Saint Paul neighborhood home. It sticks out enough but not too much, and we like that. It's a strange thing to see people drive by and actually slow down to look at our house, or to have people walk by and simply strike up a conversation about it. What? But we are introverts. We don't talk to strangers in the street! Yes, our remodel has made us connect more to humanity at large. You can't really put a price tag on that one, now can you?
And as one of our neighbors once told us we seemed like "theater people," now we actually have a home that visually backs that up.
Thanks to Michael and Chris at RoehrSchmitt, our creative architects (and friends) and to Michael Beebe of Beebe Construction for being amazing people to work with, and people we very much enjoyed drinking wine and beers with.