Our current home was a fixer-upper when we purchased it almost 9 years ago. The four of us moved into the two bedroom, one bath house with the intention of adding on as quickly as possible.
On moving day, David and I claimed one of the bedrooms on the main floor. Rachel (18 at the time) claimed the second bedroom on the main floor and Danny (16) happily claimed the sort-of-bedroom in the basement. He really got the raw end of the deal, though, because he had to walk through the hot garage to get to the basement and there was no bathroom down there. The sort-of-bedroom wasn’t all that awesome either. But he didn’t seem to mind.
We did a few odds and ends around the house for the first six months and then started the addition the first week of December. After about ten months of hard work, the addition was done! Rachel eagerly moved into the spacious upstairs which included a large bedroom, bathroom, walk-in closet and small craft room (glorified closet). Looking back, I’m not sure why David and I didn’t take that room but it never crossed our minds.
In case you’re interested in seeing the before and after pictures, here they are.
These first pictures show what the house looked like on moving day.
The first thing we did was remove that awful fence. The previous owner installed the fence along the sides of the driveway as well as across the front of the yard. The part next to the driveway was in the way. We also hated the way the fence sections were staggered. It just didn’t look right. We eventually replaced it with a cedar split-rail fence.
The previous owner had also covered the front porch floor with ceramic tiles. He also covered the foundation on the front of the house with the same tiles and added some stars and hearts for decoration. Rachel and I took on the project of removing all those tiles. It took us weeks to get all that tile off. It was really hard work and we were so glad when it was done! The house looked better and the porch floor was safer (the tiles were extremely slick when wet).
The house also required extensive yard clean up. The original owners had lived there 50 years and had collected piles and piles and piles of old wood. We filled at least one very large dumpster with all the old wood and other debris from the yard. We didn’t think we were ever going to get it all cleaned up.
Six months after moving in, during the first week of December, we started the biggest project we would do to this house – adding a second floor. We thought December would be a good month since it wouldn’t be horribly cold and we wouldn’t get any rain. Wrong. It was cold and it rained at least twice. We also had extremely strong winds that week. That’s how things go for us!
My husband, David, did the work himself with help from his dad and a friend who is also in the remodeling business. They spent a week removing the old roof and building the new. By the end of the week, the house was safe from the elements. Within the next couple of weeks, all the outside finish work was complete. David and another friend did that work.
Are you ready? These pictures are a little scary. At least they scared me. It just didn’t seem right to cut a big hole in the roof of your house.
We covered the roof with a tarp each night to protect it from the elements. By the end of the week, the roof was on. And within a few weeks, the outside was completely done. Here was the new look:
During the next couple of years we continued work on the yard and added the screened porch so the back of the house looked like this:
And this is what it looks like now.
Did you notice that our black lab is in most of the pictures? That’s because she follows me EVERYWHERE!
In couple of weeks I’ll show you the pictures of the finished upstairs rooms. In the meantime, let me know if you have any questions about anything you saw in these photos.
Have you done a major remodeling project like this? How did it go? Were you pleased with the results?