Today is our one year house-iversary! This day, one year ago, after our fair share of drama, we closed on this home. It was such an amazing feeling. It has been a year of growth in so many ways and we feel so blessed to be able to live where we live. Even though this house has thrown us a few curveballs, we truly love it. And the parts we don’t love (hey kitchen and 8 ft ceilings), we know we will tweak and love eventually.
We often get asked when we’ll be done renovating this home. If we could guess, we’d say another 3 years? There’s so much to do and we have so many plans. So many! Our biggest project this year was definitely re-doing the floors, however, one year in, we’ve made some headway in a lot of areas. Let’s take a look!
This year, our big exterior project was having a fence installed around our back/side yards. It has been heavenly for Greta and Charly (and us!). We also tore out a bush and planted some new shrubs. Painted the front door. Worked on our grass. And put up a hammock.
Hall half bath before:
Hall half bath progress:
This bathroom was the very first room we tackled in this home and it really set the tone. We like to start in a small area to get warmed up. :) You can see more pictures and read about this room here.
We finished the half bath just barely before our Halloween party and we started the reading room/music room/den right after. It’s such a beautiful little room right in the front of our home, but was also a little boring.
We love the way this room is turning out. The green paint was never meant to stay. We painted it as a backdrop for our Halloween party photos and then it grew on us. We added a header for our Cedar & Moss lights, the thick shelves, and eventually new flooring, too.
Great Room before:
The great room is constantly evolving; every week it looks a little different. But, we have come a long way in a year thanks in large part to redoing the floors and painting the walls (something we are thinking about doing again!), the patio doors and adding some furniture. We also updated the dining room fixture–which made an instant difference!
We really hope by our 2 year house-iversary that we have a brand new kitchen pictured here. To tide us over, we did little things like rework some cabinets for a better layout, paint them, and add a temporary island countertop. You can read about those changes here.
When we went under contract for this home, we didn’t know we were expecting. So this room’s transformation has been the biggest surprise and most fun. You can see more pictures of Faye’s room here.
The Guest Room Before:
The Guest Room Progress:
One of the quickest projects this year was the guest room. I think we put the whole thing together in less than two weeks for our summer guests and it has been put to use several times since. It’s been so wonderful to have a place for our guests to retreat when the rest of the house seems to be in constant reno mode. You can see all the details of the guest room here.
In the past month or so, we’ve been working on our entryway. While it is a definite improvement, we are reworking a few things and ideas. You can read about what we did right here.
Greta’s Room Before:
Greta’s Room Progress:
The project in the works right now is Greta’s room. I snapped that photo after we painted it a few weeks ago and man, I wish I could post a picture of what it looks like right now. Wouldn’t want to ruin it before it’s all the way done though. ;)
With all the rooms that we revamped and renovated in the last year, there’s just as many that we haven’t even touched yet. Really! (Our bedroom and bathroom. Greta’s bathroom. The third bedroom downstairs. The laundry/mudroom/walk-in pantry renovation. The large rec room downstairs). We’re just taking things bit by bit and celebrating our victories along the way with posts just like this. Cheers–To a year’s worth of work!
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