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March 05, 2005

Home Renovation Pics

As many of you know, I bought my home out of foreclosure four years ago. Someone was obviously pissed to have lost his home, either that or the place became a neighborhood hang out once it was abandoned.

Skylights and toilets littered the yard. The holes in the ceiling (where the skylights had been) allowed every season of weather into the living room. The half bath boasted the same purple carpet featured in the "before" pics below, along with mirrored tile walls.

As my husband was working full-time, I was the one with enough time on my hands to manage the subs for the project, so I made the executive decision to gut the place and basically start over. Nothing was salvageable save the oversized and elevated rock hearth surround on the fireplace.

I laid out the ideas to my main carpenter, and fortunately his back woods, misogynistic mentality only saw fit to question my judgment (by clearing something first with the husband) once. After that he called me "Boss." Okay, and as often, "Legs."

The project took four months. I loved every minute of it, and miraculously, stayed within budget, closing after renovations with an 80% LTV, meaning I (thankfully) MADE money on the upgrades.

Here are a couple of "before" pics:



And the following "after" pic shows the same two rooms, but from the opposite angle:


What you can't see is the left side of the kitchen, which includes a built-in desk (where I connect from home and bitch about my dial-up), several feet of countertop/cabinets and a pantry.

And I know, I have a crooked light fixture and a need for new light bulbs. (Or maybe the flaws aren't as obvious to everyone!)

I've been pleased though. And, of course, that would have to be my story either way, since I am responsible for the changes, but - this time - it also happens to be the truth.

A woman has to love her Kitchen...Real Estate 101.

posted by Key on 05:40 PM | Comments (11)

Beautiful! But, I can only see about 1/3 of the second picture (on the right). Am I the only one?

I LOVE what you have done.

Posted by: Moogie at March 5, 2005 05:58 PM

You should be proud! It looks wonderful.

Posted by: Tammi at March 5, 2005 06:26 PM

We've been doing a lot of the same thing you are; redoing an 'old' farmhouse is time consuming and expensive, but we are almost finished!!

Posted by: Michele at March 5, 2005 07:21 PM

Just beautiful!

Posted by: Christina at March 5, 2005 07:29 PM

Very nice reno work. Where did you say you live? Those holes in the wall look eerily familiar. I may have done those after a crystal meth deal gone bad. Unfortunately, when I say I did it, I mean my body did it.

Posted by: Velociman at March 5, 2005 09:55 PM

It's one thing to buy a house and decorate it and another to buy a house and re-construct it. The reconstructed home bears part of your Soul...a deeper investment, if you will. You did an excellent job! Some more pics would be nice...

Posted by: Dana at March 6, 2005 01:53 AM

The "before" pictures remind me of a few places where I've lived. The "after" pictures look nice.

Posted by: Acidman at March 6, 2005 08:01 AM

That's beautiful!

Posted by: zonker at March 6, 2005 11:13 AM

The first two, well, I've been there before. It was fun......

Posted by: Yabu at March 6, 2005 11:32 AM

Wow!!! I'm impressed and you should be very proud!

Posted by: WarWagon at March 7, 2005 12:00 PM

You did a great job. You need to make money with your skills and open an business, Cat.

Posted by: Catfish at March 7, 2005 11:30 PM
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