Here it is. The whole enchilada.
When we bought this house, it was split into two spaces; a main living area and a mother-in-law apartment. Over the past four and half years, we’ve been slowly working out way through and turning it into our home.
Because this home was split into two, there were two entrances. The entrance below walked into the mother-in-law suite. The “main” entrance was at the back of the house and opened to a mudroom with two doorways – one going to the apartment and the other to the main house. We removed that entrance entirely and made this entrance the main one.
After a long process with the county, we finally got a permit to add a garage which was finished in 2019. We’ve also redone the front porch, which is prepping for the some-day wrap-around deck.
This entry has received a double-makeover; the first featuring white built-ins, brick floor and a barn wood plank wall.
After realizing white just doesn’t fit with our family, we ripped out the built-ins and went darker. I have to say, Brett took the reigns on this project and he knocked it outta the park.
The Living Room
As I mentioned above, the home was split into two spaces. The second project we completed in this home was tearing down the divider wall (the first was scraping all the popcorn ceiling).
From there, we’ve added a fireplace, installed a staircase and added a linen closet.
Painting the kitchen cabinets was at the top of my list when we moved in.
We opted for a bright teal island color and a cream colored cabinet with a glaze.
After living with that for a year, I wanted to try white cabinets, so we repainted.
A year and a half later, we started the kitchen renovation which is nearly ready to wrap up. Included in that project is new cabinets, concrete counters, new floor, a sliding glass door, a new window, an extended kitchen footprint and a pantry.
The Guest Bathroom
The original guest bathroom was attached to a bedroom in the mother-in-law apartment. Also, it was huge; a waste of space in our opinion. So, we cut it in half and did a complete remodel of the space.
We changed the location of the doorway, reconfigured the plumbing, added a tub/shower combo and Brett built a custom vanity with a concrete counter.
The Laundry Room
Originally, the laundry room was downstairs. When we reconfigured the guest bathroom, we decided to make the other half a closet for the laundry room and cut into the existing bedroom to make the rest of the laundry. Also part of this reconfiguration was the fact that we had plans to add on a garage and wanted the entrance from said garage to walk into the laundry/mudroom.
The Guest Bedroom
There are two guest bedrooms on the main floor and this is the only one we’ve done anything with. When we tore out the mudroom/second entrance, we added a closet to this bedroom to make it ‘legal’ and then shortly after, gave it a full remodel.
About a year into the renovations, we decided to add a staircase to the other side of the house; it’s easier access to the garage and made more sense for the flow of the home.
After deciding in the stairs, it meant we had to figure out what to do with the space between the stairs and our bedroom. What was there was a bathroom and two closets. A portion went to the pantry and on the other side of that is space for a shower in our master bath. With the area that used to be the two closets, well we converted that into a home office.
The Master Bath
While we don’t have plans to tackle our bedroom/bathroom any time soon, I wanted to give it a budget-friendly update. I tried my hand at painting tile, refinishing an entire vanity and swapping in a DIY light fixture.