There's nothing I love more than a good Before & After reveal. As in, I'm typically so impatient that I will fast forward entire shows just to see the end result. Just ask my husband. He loves that about me. (HONEY! I SAW THIS THING ON PINTEREST/TV/BLOGWORLD AND I NEED IT RIGHT.THIS.SECOND!) Ha! Unfortunately, unless you have an endless amount of free time, a massive budget and/or the resources of a hollywood production crew, the term "quick renovation" is an oxymoron. It's a good thing my better half is pretty amazing at this whole construction thing. With his building expertise and my design eye, I think we'll make a pretty good team.
We're going to be taking this renovation slow. We want to do it right and we'll be doing 90% of the labor ourselves, meaning we'll be working in our spare time. "Transformation Tuesday" will be taking on a whole new meaning for us now, but be patient as we slowly restore this incredible home. It's lasted 109 years thus far. We want to ensure that it lasts 109 more!
I thought this would be a good time to introduce you to the home as it sits now. The Good, The Bad & The Ugly. As you can imagine, there are some super cool features like a total of SIX fireplaces (two were covered at some point) and an abundance of original hardware and fixtures. But, we're also dealing with 100+ years of piecemeal electrical and not-so-fabulous "updates" like 4685368 brass fixtures, wallpaper galore and emerald green carpeting.
So, without further introduction.. Let me show you what I'm workin' with..
(Warning! Photo Heavy!)
Foyer/Staircase. Stairs need some TLC. We'd like to open up the wall on the left. There's potential here!
First bedroom to the right of the foyer. 14 ft. ceilings, hardwoods & original fixture! One of the covered fireplaces is in this room.
Bath off BR #1. Gorgeous. (Sarcasm) Hello, Wallpaper!
Formal living room to the left of the Foyer. Original door leads into formal dining room.
Bay Window in the formal living room.
Formal dining. Opens up to formal living room and kitchen.
Original double doors leading to kitchen from dining room.
Kitchen. Yikes. It's going to need an overhaul..
Informal Dining/Eat-In area. That wall has to go. We'd love to open it up to enjoy a big open kitchen/LR space!
Informal view from master bedroom. We Love those corner windows! They offer a stunning view of the lake and is something we take advantage of daily.
Laundry & Bathroom #2
Upstairs Bedroom #3
Upstairs Bedroom #3
Upstairs Bedroom #4
After carpet removal! Goodbye, Green shag!
Front Door. We've already removed a large metal storm door, removed all the window screens and pressure washed, so this area has already gotten a minor makeover.
Corn Crib. Needs some TLC and rehab, but it's such a cool space to work with! It's also full of some awesome weathered scrap materials that I CANNOT wait to get my hands on!
Pole Barn. It's Huge. Did I mention? HUGE. Also needs a little TLC. But *wow* at the potential!
So, here she is in all her glory. We love her. All her her curves and all her edges. All her perfect imperfections. Ha! But, sincerely. The imperfections are what make this home authentic and unique and comfortable. I'll be back soon with more updates!