This post has been a long time coming! When Tommy and I got married, we lived in a rental property managed by one of his friends. It was a great first place in a prime location off York Road and we will never forget all the memories we made there. There’s something so special about the first place you come home to as a married couple.
Tommy rehabs homes for a living and he is also a real estate agent. That being said, our search for our first home was very long and at times difficult!! I am quite impulsive and was ready to jump on any house we went and saw. Tommy, on the other hand, knew exactly what we needed and wasn’t going to settle! As frustrated as I got at times, I am so thankful now!! I love our house and couldn’t imagine being in any of the other houses we looked at.
Tommy had been searching and searching for the perfect house to flip for us when he came across our current home. It was early July, and he actually put an offer in before I even saw it!! The offer was accepted and we closed in August and he began renovations. The ENTIRE home needed to be gutted. It was very outdated and in need of a lot of TLC! On top of his normal work, he would come here every night and stay until midnight most nights working to finish our house. We had new tenants moving in our rental in late October so we knew we needed to be out by then. Besides the help of his dad and a few friends, he pretty much did absolutely everything himself. Impressive, right?! Everything from the plumbing to electric to knocking down walls, installing cabinets, etc, etc, etc. Not only that, be he finished the entire house in the nick of time (3 months!!!!) and we were able to move in!!
It was a stressful few months! I wanted to be able to help more than just picking out paint colors, cabinets, vanities, light fixtures, etc. I wanted to be able to help him with everything else but the reality is I was more in the way than I was helpful, so I stuck with things like cleaning the windows and painting the trim and removing wallpaper… HA!
Almost a year later, we are so happy to be settled in and have most things done! There are still a few projects (deck, front porch, etc) that we would love to accomplish in the next year or so, but with a baby on the way, who knows what will happen!
Enjoy these before and after photos!
We removed quite a few trees and it makes such a difference both outside and inside!! There’s so much more natural light in our home now! In the spring, Tommy did the landscaping, we power washed the fence and entire house, and painted all the shutters and front door navy blue! We still would love to put a railing up the stairs and around the front steps, but will likely do it sometime over the next year!
Starting from the front door when you walk in, there’s a stair case straight ahead. Before it was walled on both sides. Tommy removed the right hand wall to open up the kitchen/dining room. It doesn’t seem like a huge deal, but BOY does it make a huge difference! So much more light flows in the kitchen from the front door now!
STAIRCASE AND DINING ROOM
To the right of the front door is our dining room and kitchen! As you can see, before there was a wall between the kitchen and dining room. We knocked that down and created an island (technically a peninsula) It makes the room feel so much bigger!
We decided to go ahead and tooth hardwood into the kitchen (there was laminate there before) and then refinished all of the flooring throughout the first and second floor.
ANOTHER KITCHEN VIEW
FIRST FLOOR HALF BATH
We removed all the wallpaper and paneling, refinished the floors, added trim, tommy built a new mantle, and I white washed the fire place! Since this photo, the second shelf has been decorated, fyi!! ha!
TOP OF STAIRS
When we got the house, there were 4 bedrooms- 2 on each side of the house. We decided to take one side and combine two of the bedrooms to make a master bedroom with a bathroom and walk-in closet. So as you can see we closed off the door on the right. That bedroom is now the bathroom/closet.
MASTER BEDROOM ENTRANCE TO BATHROOM/CLOSET
As you can see, we turned this wall into a space for my dresser and then an entrance to the bathroom.
MASTER BATHROOM (FORMERLY A 4th BEDROOM)
UPSTAIRS HALL BATH
As tempting as it was to keep the moldy jacuzzi, we decide to replace it with a fresh tub and tile ( and everything else!!) Much better, huh? A whole lot cleaner too! Don’t mind the coors light can. I would blame it on the old owners, but it was likely Tommy’s 😂! He needed it with this project, that’s for sure!
When we first moved in, we set this up as a guest bedroom (with a bunch of random furniture and bed coverings), only to find out a month later that we were pregnant!! SO, it quickly went from a guest bedroom to a nursery! So here is before and after #1 and after #2. Haha! The only thing left I need for the nursery is a rug. The rug photographed is too small. (20 days until due date!!)
This room has been finished, however, we JUST converted it from an office to the guest bedroom because we moved the office downstairs (I will explain below in basement section) so it is a work in progress. To be updated… here is the before photo and the only photo I could find in my phone of the office before we moved it! Such a shame because it was actually really cute! To be updated with a photo of the new, very tiny, guest room.
We don’t use the basement much, but the dogs love it! This is where they hang out whenever we are not home. We recently moved Tommy’s office from the third bedroom to the basement corner (behind laundry room door) so that once Henry arrives, he will be able to work, make phone calls, etc. etc. without a crying baby in the background :)
You can’t see in the photo, but on the left there’s actually another fridge and a closet that we use to store cleaning supplies, extra paper towels, toilet paper, etc. Its nice having a fourth bathroom in the basement although it doesn’t get used as often as the others! We also have a ton of storage back in the room behind the closed door— not the prettiest site though!
If you’ve made it this far, thanks for following along!!! We are excited and proud to show off our hard work!! It truly has been a labor of love and we are so grateful to have had the opportunity to rehab this home. We are so excited to call it ours and eager to bring our baby home to this house in just a few weeks. It’s certainly not perfect and there’s still work to be done (isn’t that’s always the case?), but it’s perfect for us and we will continue to accomplish little projects in the next year or so.