Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Show and Tell 8.12.09

Before and After Photos

As I mentioned in a previous post I am on my third (and final) house. Our second home with four bedrooms and a big yard was bought in preparation for having babies. It was a true fixer-upper. I come from a family of people who buy fixer-uppers. In fact, when my parents bought the house they are currently in back in 1977 my dad's mom cried because the place was such a wreck. Their parents thought they were nuts for paying what they did. My parents saw the potential. They turned it into the beautiful Arts and Crafts home it once was. Now it is one of the best houses in town.


House number 2 was an Estate and we were only the second owners since it was built in 1941. It looked like they hadn't touched the decor since the 70's. We saw the potential. We owned this house for 4 years-our entire duration of infertility treatments. I was trying to get pregnant when we bought it, and we moved out one month after MinMan came home. I closed the door on that house and never wanted to look back. Way too many difficult times occurred behind those doors. New son, new house, new life.

However, when I drive by now and look at how pretty it is, I feel proud. We did so much work to that house, and it is lovely. There is nothing like seeing your hard work and efforts turn something from ugly to beautiful. In many ways that house was a huge distraction from our grief because we kept doing things to fix it up. I painted all 9 of those rooms including the back porch. Some rooms were painted more than once. Redecorating that house was an outlet for me. I was able to see progress. In a time where our plans were stagnant if not completely setting us back, re-doing our house allowed to have control over how something turned out.


Here's the house when we closed in 2004.



The kitchen 1980's re-do. The back splash was linoleum (bonus).

An example of wonderful 1950's wallpaper.



The downstairs was army green. Picture walls and carpet combined.

Here is DH muscle man pulling up the 30-40 year old carpet.




Here are the photos from when it was on the market. Remember I am a REALTOR.
New roof, paint job- $11,000
*Return on investment- $0 dollars



Our $1,000 kitchen remodel.
Paint cabinets, remove some cabinet doors to display items, ceramic & glass tile countertops installed ourselves, new hardware on cabinets, wainscoting backsplash.







*A little unsolicited real estate advice. New roofs, paint of exterior, vinyl siding, new driveway are considered deferred maintenance. In other words, these are expenses that should be put forth in order to keep the property in good shape. They do not necessarily make your home more valuable, but they should make it more saleable.


Next time I will show you before and afters of our current home.
Check out the rest of Show and Tell.
P.S. Come visit tomorrow. I will be a featured blogger on SITS. I am doing my first giveaway.





31 comments:

Yaya said...

Good work!

Caroline said...

The house is gorgeous - you did a great job!

Suzy said...

Looks great!

Lollipop Goldstein said...

I can't wait to see the current place. You did a gorgeous job with this one.

areyoukiddingme said...

Nice work. Deferred maintenance or not, you still get a sense of accomplishment.

Kristin said...

Wow, you did a fabulous job overhauling that house. It looked amazing when you were done with it.

KuKd Chick said...

Nice - I especially love the kitchen. Stainless steel makes a big difference, as cliche as that is to say. Coolness!

Stacey said...

Amazing! What a lovely home. You guys did a great job. Can't wait to see more!

GK Program said...

you have a very wonderful and decent house... nice job and congratulations!

Bridgette said...

WOW! You did an awesome job. The house is beautiful!!!

Manic Mother said...

Cute house! Happy SITS day!

loribeth said...

Looks great!! Dh & I love watching "Sell This House," etc. It's amazing what even just a little paint & some de-cluttering can do.

MoxieMamaKC said...

That's the best show and tell I've seen! Great work. You've inspired me on my veerryy slow remodel of our house. We've just got to keep going!

Emmy said...

Wow! You guys did awesome work! So beautiful.

Sara Garcia said...

Stopping by from SITS. Love your blog, and you did a fabulous job on the house. Looks beautiful!

Brandy said...

Great job, the house looks beautiful! I like the idea of getting a fixer-upper, but in reality, I think I'm too lazy for it. Kudos to you!

www.brandysheaif.blogspot.com

African-American Brides said...

This post is right on time for me! I've been considering all these things as hubs and I prepare to look at our options. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for good things, so thanks for the tips!

Erica
http://beautifulbrownbabies.blogspot.com

Kekibird said...

Oh wow! How gorgeous! It looks great and I love the style of your house.

Sula Lee said...

What a great idea for a blog!! Good Real Estate advice too!! (and beautiful home!)

Best to you!

Linda @ My Trendy Tykes said...

Oh, I love before and after pics!

It looks great too.

Minta said...

Wow! I wish I had that fixer upper gene.

R. Wallis @ TrueBeauty said...

Stopping by from SITS. What a great renovation!

Danielle Miller said...

Wow! That's a pretty amazing transformation!

A Mom in Jacksonville, FL said...

What a lovely home! Can't wait to see pics of your current place, as your prior home was SO pretty! :)

sunflowerchilde said...

Beautiful! I'd buy that house, for sure.

Kalei said...

I am in the middle of a lengthy remodel. We are only in year 2 so wish me my sanity. Hopefully at the end of this we will be wiser, still happy and in a "completed home"

Ashley said...

It looks great! Thanks for sharing!

Tiaras said...

oh I did this - my first two homes - TONS of work - I vowed to never do it again - the last house- our current - brand new from the foundation up!

Fiddle1 said...

OMG. I'm totally stealing this idea for my next show and tell. I grew up in a family of fixer-uppers too. My husband and I are still in our first house b/c he's not as fired up about it as I was..but we finished the interior and are holding off on exterior stuff for a year or so. Oh the days of sleeping in the living room while we were refinishing wood floors, etc. etc. Glad they are behind us. Thanks for sharing. What a beautiful house and great job!

becomingwhole said...

Amazing! I am so impressed...and I can't wait for next week's S&T!

Christina said...

Great work! I love it all!

Happy SITS day this past week!

Christina
Mamafabulous.blogspot.com

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