Be aware: This put up was born from an up to date Earlier than & After web page that we heard folks have been having hassle discovering (because it wasn’t on the prime of our weblog feed). So right here it’s, endlessly immortalized as a chronological put up. And now, since we’ll proceed to replace our Before & After page over time, now we have this put up frozen in time, which is good to look again on. Want we had carried out it round 6 months in and on the 12 months mark too.
We downsized to this 1,400 sq. foot home in Northwest Florida on Might of 2020 after a quick, livid, and long-distance three-month renovation. You possibly can learn extra about how we discovered ourselves craving a pared-down life-style for our household here and here (that final one is a very good synopsis of what led us to this actual spot). However onward to the earlier than & after photos!
NOTE: We created this Shop Our House web page that can assist you seek out any furnishings/equipment that you simply see in our home, together with our paint colours.
We saved the entire identical cedar siding, black steel home windows, exterior doorways, and steel roofing…
… however up to date the decking, railings, entrance steps, and gave every little thing a recent coat of white paint! You possibly can see this put up for more photos & details on the exterior renovation.
Then we began layering in all of the tropical landscaping and it advanced to this. We have to take extra photographs and do an up to date weblog put up quickly.
Right here’s the facet of the home because it appeared after we purchased it again in Feb of 2020:
And right here it’s all painted, with new horizontal railings on that second-floor deck. Eradicating the steeply pitched steps to the higher deck immediately made us really feel safer (somebody exterior with the ability to entry our second-floor home windows & doorways simply felt off). And even small modifications like eradicating the guard rails that reduce by means of these extensive steps that you simply see (whereas sustaining the railings on the surface ends) made an enormous distinction too!
There’s extra that we did to this space (fences, ferns, and a firepit – oh my!) however let’s pop inside for a second and head again exterior once more in a while within the tour.
The kitchen concerned some massive renovations and a few small initiatives to get it to its present state. That is what we have been beginning with:
We repaired the floors, eliminated the soffit, added further lighting, and changed the drywall (goodbye popcorn ceiling!). You possibly can learn extra about these initiatives in this post and this post.
We step by step up to date the room in a couple of reasonably priced methods, like hanging new lighting & DIY shelves and painting the cabinets (you can too see a full tour of how our kitchen is organized). Then we scored an superior deal on secondhand appliances & tweaked the room’s layout and later added an Ikea pantry that we in-built across the fridge, which we moved to the alternative wall (weblog put up about that coming quickly!).
By shifting the fridge to the opposite facet of the room, you may truly see that facet window now! It was nearly totally blocked from this vantage level by the fridge (scroll again up a couple of photographs to see what I imply). Plus we gained a whole pantry stuffed with storage round our newly relocated fridge. Win-win!
With a view to get pleasure from a comfortable little sitting space on this facet of the room, we closed off that extensive doorway that you simply see under. You possibly can nonetheless enter that room by way of the door subsequent to the loveseat within the subsequent picture (it’s our bed room – in order that extra-wide doorway wasn’t needed). You possibly can read more about the sitting area here & we’re planning an up to date put up all in regards to the kitchen now that we added the pantry, so keep tuned.
This room is deceptively massive, so together with having room for an eat-in kitchen desk, we love that we gained this informal bonus hangout spot (since our massive household room with the TV is upstairs, we have a tendency to collect in right here when somebody’s cooking or when buddies drop in for a espresso or a drink). It’s additionally nice to have when somebody desires to hang around or learn with out listening to the TV upstairs). Having two widespread areas in the home that aren’t open to one another (which means that the sound doesn’t journey between them very a lot and one child can do homework whereas the opposite watches cartoons or does an enormous half challenge) is essential to feeling like we’re dwelling massive in a smaller footprint. If we had one bigger adjoined house as our solely shared space in the home, we’d really feel much more cramped & on prime of one another, I believe!
The steps that result in our upstairs household room and second-floor deck had cool vertical planking and obtained a lot of pure mild because of a window above them within the household room. However the wooden treads had some end points after we had them redone, and it didn’t match our wood flooring downstairs (extra on that here).
We ended up including a very nice textured runner (and portray the treads to resolve the finish issue), which provides our canine Burger some much-needed traction. It’s an indoor/out of doors rug, so it’s tremendous sturdy (extra on that here). Don’t thoughts this older shot of the kitchen earlier than we added the pantry – we’ll take an up to date picture finally…
The Household Room
The one room upstairs is this massive multi-purpose room that we use as a TV/film room, house workplace, and youngsters’ crafting space (because of the pandemic it was a virtual-learning spot too). It’s by far the biggest room in our home (two 8 x 10 rugs can slot in right here with out touching!) so it’s superior to all get to get pleasure from it – and for it to carry out so many capabilities for our household. Right here’s the way it appeared after we purchased the home. Be aware that scummy mildew alongside the highest of the ceiling…
And right here it’s extra lately after some easy floor refinishing and a recent coat of paint (these massive home windows and funky paneling have been already there!). You possibly can see more of this room in this post – and see a few updates we later added in this post. We’ve additionally made another modifications up there, so we’ll should take extra photographs and a video for an up to date put up.
Right here’s the opposite half of the room because it appeared after we purchased the home. It was pouring rain after we took this image, therefore it being so darkish (and people foggy home windows):
Right here it’s extra lately from the identical angle. That is such an excellent demonstration of how including furnishings may help a lot with capturing a room’s scale! Doesn’t the room look half as extensive within the earlier than shot above? And it seems to solely have a sliver of house between the home windows on the right-hand wall when there’s actually over 70″ for a large bookshelf with 4 spacious drawers. It’s wild!
The Higher Deck
Proper exterior the lounge is a big upstairs deck that all of us use as an extension of our dwelling space. It was vastly improved by changing the rotting deck, railings, and rickety pergola.
That is what the deck seems like now, because of the magic of latest decking, railings, nixing that chimney that popped up in the midst of the place our massive 8-person desk now lives, and a complete lot of white paint. We’ve additionally added some extra seating, a eating space, and a few string lights to make this one in all our favourite hangout spots! You possibly can learn all about the details of this space right here.
One other enjoyable earlier than & after shot of this upstairs deck is that this one. I can’t inform you how significantly better it’s with out that vast chimney jutting by means of the deck (after we purchased the home it was majorly leaking down into the bed room under).
And right here’s the after shot from that vantage level now. That is one in all our favourite areas in the entire home – for sharing pizza with buddies or having a household recreation evening up within the timber. It’s actually cozy and makes our home really feel a lot larger because of this big out of doors room.
Our Bed room
Right here is our bed room because it appeared after we purchased the home. This home solely had one bed room with an precise door that you can shut after we purchased it (it was initially listed as a one bed room, one lavatory!), so we transformed this lovely light-filled house into our bed room by closing a big further doorway that led to the kitchen.
We refinished the floors, gave it some recent paint, after which it simply took some comfy issues like curtains, furnishings, and a comfy rug to make this really feel like a welcoming retreat.
Right here’s a earlier than and after view of the mattress wall, because it’s exhausting to see within the picture above…
We added a lot more storage to the room and rearranged issues and closed off 2 of the 8 exterior doorways (sure we actually had that many doorways in right here, which is why the 2 on the mattress wall within the earlier than image above are actually gone – however the room continues to be flooded with mild). We additionally added a closet (storage, wonderful storage!) which you’ll examine here. That replace actually was a game-changer!
We’ve got eventual plans to create an hooked up lavatory in an present underutilized nook of the room (you may learn extra about that plan here). Sharing a toilet hasn’t been almost as unhealthy as we anticipated – so we’re not in any rush.
Right here’s one other earlier than shot of our bed room again after we purchased the home:
Right here’s the identical angle now. It truly is a life hack to have a puzzle desk by the fireside if there’s randomly room in your bed room. It retains the kitchen desk clear for meals – and supplies a enjoyable spot to sit down and decompress every time the temper strikes (John could be discovered right here much more than I ever anticipated. He has change into a real puzzle lover).
*And now for a long-winded bedroom-related facet notice, as a result of the commonest query we get about our home is that if we ever thought-about making the massive upstairs household room into our bed room. The brief reply is that we did, however ended up nixing it for plenty of causes:
- 1) all of us choose to sleep on the identical flooring
- 2) that room upstairs is sort of twice as massive (it’s the one largest room in our home!), and we’d a lot quite share it than take all of it for ourselves
- 3) entertaining a bunch of individuals on the massive upstairs deck would imply everybody must stroll by means of our bed room to entry it
- 4) there’s no plumbing upstairs, so including an ensuite lavatory can be a lot pricier than the one now we have deliberate for downstairs
- 5) we already talked about this, however it bears repeating for anybody who’s seeking to downsize & worries they’ll really feel too cramped. We’ve realized that it’s SO HELPFUL in a smaller house if there are two widespread areas that aren’t proper subsequent to one another (somebody can watch a film upstairs or do a zoom name for work whereas another person is downstairs on the kitchen desk working undisturbed or studying within the sitting space). We’ve additionally discovered that when our buddies & their youngsters drop in, the youngsters all run upstairs to play & we sit downstairs within the sitting space and chat & have drinks or a snack.
You could find extra format ideas for a small home (& different common downsizing data) right here in this post. Okay, however on with the tour!
Our home solely has one lavatory – and it didn’t even perform after we purchased it! The sink and self-importance had been torn out, there have been leaks festering within the partitions behind the drywall and the tile, and the bathroom couldn’t even be flushed as a result of absence of a sewer line. Right here’s what it appeared like again then:
Earlier than we moved in, we had mainly every little thing changed (aside from the window!) to make this house useful. I gotta say, as a lot as we just like the enjoyable flooring tile, and the cheerful equipment, a bathroom that flushes actually is the most effective a part of any lavatory. You possibly can see more of the room in this post.
The Laundry Closet
We transformed a (weirdly double-sided) closet proper off the entrance door right into a laundry closet, which truly reminds us a whole lot of the laundry nook that we had in our very first house.
Along with the brand new home equipment, we built some nice deep shelves and added a lot of hooks to make it further hardworking.
Our Daughter’s Bed room
A few of our favourite transformations on this home are our children’ bedrooms, since we have been in a position to vault the ceilings in each rooms – making these areas really feel a lot larger and brighter than they used to really feel.
Yup, this is identical room, from the identical angle. Loopy the distinction that ceiling change made, proper? It wasn’t structural (the roof already had that slope, so we primarily eliminated a drop drywall ceiling, added insulation, and simply adopted the slope of the roof with the planked ceiling). You possibly can click on right here to see more photos (and get a DIY channel headboard tutorial). We’ve got since modified up the facet tables and added a desk so we’ll should share up to date photographs quickly.
You too can see this room particularly had a really colourful previous…
… which we embraced by hand-painting a large mural on the newly vaulted wall throughout from our daughter’s mattress.
Our Son’s Room
We have been additionally in a position to vault the ceilings in our son’s room to comply with the slope of the roof, in addition to including extra planking and beams to the ceiling, which provides character and a few good dimension. Right here’s the earlier than:
And right here’s what it seems like lately:
This tremendous cozy room is one in all our children’ favourite spots to hang around collectively (ever since the beach house bunk room they’ve beloved quiet time collectively in a small house). We constructed within the mattress by creating a simple DIY wraparound headboard, which they hang around on type of like a daybed.
Right here’s one other earlier than shot that was taken with the digicam swung extra in the direction of the precise wall of the room:
And right here’s the identical angle of the room because it seems now:
Each inch issues in smaller areas like this, so the built-in bookshelf we made is actually useful too. That foot or so of flooring house alongside that wall works a lot more durable for us now! You too can see that we added some horizontal planking alongside that facet wall and painted it a bunch of enjoyable colours. You possibly can see how we did that entire project right here. We’ve got additionally since added customized cabinets to the closet and in-built a desk – so once more, now we have to shoot new photographs and share an up to date put up quickly (new ingesting recreation ever time I say that on this put up…).
The Outside Bathe
We weren’t fairly positive what to make of this house after we purchased the home as a result of it felt fairly grody with a lot grime occurring…
… however after some strain washing, resealing the cedar with teak oil, and including lights, crops, and new bathe fixtures, it has truly become one in all our favourite areas. The entire household prefers this bathe to our indoor one! You possibly can see more of it in this post and we simply saved including extra crops from there (so that you’ll see that it’s much more lush on this up to date picture under):
Whereas we’re speaking in regards to the out of doors bathe, the world that results in it’s type of like a coated facet porch, and that is what it began out wanting like.
It has come a LONG WAY, because of eradicating the mildewed screening round it, changing the rotten flooring, rebuilding the railing with a contemporary horizontal design (just like the one we added up on the second flooring deck) and a complete lot of paint. And for anybody questioning what our secret is to avoiding mosquitoes with out screens – it’s that ceiling fan we added! They hate flying into shifting air, so after we’re on the market we flip it on and so they don’t hassle us. You possibly can learn extra about our side porch update and how we built the hanging daybed.
We even have a coated porch on the opposite facet of the home, which appeared like this after we purchased the home:
Now seems like this, because of a lot of paint and a dangling swing that each youngsters like to lounge on (okay, us too). You can read more about this space here.
We additionally added a fence to create extra of a personal courtyard and made a comfy little firepit zone from a previously unused space that felt uncovered to the road. That is the earlier than:
And right here’s what it seems like now that there’s a fence to outline that space and make a pleasant little non-public courtyard:
Right here’s one other angle from earlier than we painted the home, redid the railings, and added the fence to create this new out of doors house of ours.
It used to simply be an space the place we by no means spent any time, and now it will get a lot use. We will entry this by means of a gate within the fence close to our entrance porch, or from the wall of glass doorways in our bed room, so it’s very nice to hang around at evening and make s’mores with the youngsters – or sit exterior with a chilly beverage after they’re tucked into mattress.
And in one in all our longest-running updates up to now (it took a few 12 months from after we utilized for the allow to completion!), we additionally added a pool to this previously weed-riddled a part of our yard. Right here’s the most effective earlier than image I can discover, which was taken proper after we added that fence on the precise, however earlier than we painted something:
And right here’s what it seems like now that we painted all of the fences to match and added a pool with a retaining wall and three fountains that sound higher than any white noise machine we’ve ever had (it’s so soothing!). We additionally added a pool deck with some spots to lounge and planted a lot of leafy landscaping that’ll fill in a bunch over the subsequent few years. Oh and including some extra massive crops to that enormous mattress behind the retaining wall is subsequent on the record:
In order that’s our progress to date on this home, a few 12 months and some months into dwelling right here. We will’t wait to take some up to date photographs and share the opposite ways in which this home evolves for our household over time. Within the meantime, you may try these associated pages for much more data, particulars, challenge tutorials, and so forth:
P.S. And to see your entire makeover of our home in chronological order, this category has you covered!