Our house is in a constant state of evolution. Though we aren't exactly to the after phase yet, we've come a long way from the before mess we inherited. Here is a before and after gallery for your enjoyment, with some progress photos thrown in for good measure.
Exterior - Front Yard
We were extremely lucky with the exterior of the house when we purchased it. The previous owner had recently, (in the last 2 years), replaced the siding, roof, and windows. Not only did this save us any upfront costs, but also helps to keep our utilities cost down. Here's the before:
Our living room used to have some sort of striping feature that was not only badly painted, (you shouldn't be able to feel the stripes), but they also effectively made the 8' ceilings seem lower than they were. Even through the weird camera orbs you can see the floor had great potential. Here's the before:
After painting over the stripes (twice), we had the floors refinished, brought in our old furniture and added some more updated curtains. We also have added some accessories and much to Mike's chagrin, I can't help but continue to tweak things here and there. Here's the almost complete after living area as we use it now:
Off of the living room, the dining room had a good feel but desperately needed something to fill the space in the window recess. Also hiding under that blah beige were more stripes like the living room. Here's the before:
Although we haven't done much yet, the dining room received some sanding and fresh coats of paint before we moved in. We also added a window seat to cover up the plywood floor under the window. And of course all the hardwood floors were redone before we moved our furniture in. Here is the current progress state of the dining room while we wait for inspiration to strike:
Picture Coming Soon