Yikes! The Before Photo Gallery
Here is a gallery of the pictures that were taken before we moved in. Some of them are cringe worthy, but we managed to see the potential in this little house.
We’ll start with the outside.
Note the lovely landscaping 😉
It’s crazy but the outside really wasn’t that bad. Just needed some basic tlc. The previous owner had bought the house as a fixer upper himself. He had just gotten started on some much-needed upgrades when he and his wife decided to buy a house in the country. This landed us in the perfect situation. He had installed new windows (except in the sunroom), new heating and cooling units, made electrical upgrades, replaced the roof and gutters, and had started on upgrading the kitchen. Oh and did I mention the 25×50 shed that was put up 3 months prior to us buying the place 🙂 Most of the stuff left for us to do was aesthetic.
Now I know what you’re thinking when you look at the pictures but you have to remember that this is a house that was built-in the 1920s and had suffered a lot of neglect. When I walk through homes that have great bones like this one all I can see is potential.
It has beautiful original 7 inch trim throughout, 9 1/2 foot ceilings, all original doors and hardware, original hardwood almost throughout, plus an adorable bead board sunroom! I mean can you say character?! If you don’t see it right away you may just have to squint your eyes a bit as you scroll lol!
My main issue with the house was the kitchen. The doors that led into the kitchen felt like tiny mouse doors and then once you went in the lowered ceiling made the kitchen feel small and like a separate space from the house. Being able to reconfigure the kitchen was something we knew would eventually do and we also knew it would be a big undertaking but we put our brave faces on ha!
The kitchen had some interesting upgrade choices but we did love the brick backsplash.
The hallway. This is where there used to be a floor to ceiling closet that the previous owner tore out with the intention of putting the washer and dryer here instead of the basement. You may look at his space and think it’s disgusting lol, but I looked at it and saw extra square footage we could steal for the kitchen if we removed the wall. These pics were taken later after we had been living her for a while but I felt that they were important to share in this article. The painted trim gives me away 😉
The lovely bathroom.
Gross basement, yes, but we were so glad that it had a basement.
As always I wish I had taken more pictures but like the title says, “Yikes!” Even so it’s always nice to have pictures to look back on and remember where we started because it’s so easy to forget what things used to look like compared to how they look now. I hope you enjoy seeing the transformation of this little house that needed so much love!