I have news! Those of you who follow me on Twitter may have already heard, but in the last week and a half we accomplished 3 things:
- We put the house on the market…
- We received a full-priced offer…
- We went under contract!
Crazy, right? We weren’t actually planning to sell until next spring, we were just going to put it on the market for 2 months as a sort of test to see what kind of feedback we got. Considering that the people who made the offer were the very first to see the house, I’d say that’s pretty good feedback 🙂
Here comes the mind-blowing part: Check out these before & after shots. We did all the work ourselves (I was the designer, Jason the manual labor, ha ha)… I wont bore you with the entire house, 100% of which is remodeled, I’ll just share a few of my favorite spots.
The Kitchen: BEFORE
The house was built in 1978 and never really updated before we bought it (unless you consider adding a new layer of wallpaper every year “updating”). It was in good condition but really dated. Highlights of the kitchen (before) included appliances that barely worked and wallpaper everywhere, even over the outlet covers… PS- these pictures were taken during the inspection, so the millions of pieces of furniture and dusty tchochkes? Belonged to the previous owner… Just wanted to make that crystal clear 🙂
The Kitchen: AFTER
Brand new everything! We reconfigured the layout to give us more space, and actually pushed the peninsula out about 8 inches farther than it had been and added the breakfast bar. The kitchen opens into the family room and that same stone facade is on our fireplace too, to tie the rooms together.
This is where the TWV? magic happens!
The Powder Room: BEFORE
Remember in A Christmas Story when the dad says “He looks like a pink nightmare”? This room was a wallpapered nightmare! If you had any questions about the age of the woman we bought the house from, I think this picture tells you she was, umm… not young. And yes, that was some sort of podium with a book on it. In front of the toilet. Klassy.
The Powder Room: AFTER
I think this proves that in small spaces, less is more. Especially when you’re talking about flowered wallpaper. Don’t you just love vessel sinks?
Look at this ugly dried out backyard… doesn’t look like a very nice place to hang out, does it?
This was the most expensive project of the house, I think… And the only one that we contracted out. They dug into the hill and installed those stone walls, and we put sod everywhere. Jason put in the fence to keep the puppy dogs safe! The back deck/backyard is my favorite place to be. Look how private it is! The hill behind is part of our property, and is protected by covenants so nothing can ever be built up there.
These little guys love to hangout back there too!
Ok, those were just a few of my favorites… and now all I can think about is how much I’m going to miss this house!