Our House – The Before Photos

We purchased our first home knowing full well that it was definitely a “fixer-upper”. It was left in rough condition by the previous owners. VERY rough condition. But we saw the abundant potential (location, neighborhood, property size, layout, PRICE) and made our offer on it within 48 hours of being listed. We have lots of big plans and ideas for this place. This is the very beginning…

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The front entrance needed to be completely torn apart and built up again because of pet damage.  Beneath that ugly vinal was a subfloor so soaked with cat urine that it had made the wood mushy and soft to step on.


The hardwood floors throughout the house needed to be completely refinished, again, because of pet damage.  The black marks in the wood – cat urine stains that had long been neglected.


There was wallpaper border throughout the ENTIRE house.  Every room except one had to be soaked, scraped and cleaned before painting.  At eight months pregnant, this project was the bane of my existence.


A very messy kitchen, during demo, and before we had moved in.

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The smallest of the three bedrooms.  What will be an office and eventually a kid’s room.


Our master bedroom

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Caroline’s room

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The “futuristic” yet very 1980’s main-floor bathroom

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The finished basement with Florida/Sun room in back

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Second full bath in basement.  The original owners put two, TWO, layers of wallpaper on top of one another and painted on top of that.  Plus one more wallpaper border thrown on top to finish it off nicely. 


The Florida room/ Sun room

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Backyard extends to the street



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