Our house is in a constant state of evolution. Though we aren't exactly finished, (but are you ever really done?), we've come a long way from the mess we inherited. Here is a before and after gallery for your enjoyment, with some progress photos thrown in for good measure.
We were extremely lucky with the exterior of the house when we purchased it. The previous owner had recently, (in the previous 2 years), replaced the siding, roof, and windows. Not only did this save us a lot of upfront costs, but also helps to keep our utilities cost down. Here's the before:
Our living room used to have some sort of striping feature that was not only badly painted, (you shouldn't be able to feel the stripes), but they also effectively made the 8' ceilings seem lower than they were. Even through the weird camera orbs you can see the floor had great potential. Here's the before:
After painting over the stripes (twice), we had the floors refinished, brought in our old furniture and added some more updated curtains to get to phase 1. We built a fauxdenza, bought a new rug, and got a different TV stand, along with some other furniture updates to finally bring the space to a style that is more us:
Off of the living room, the dining room had a good feel but desperately needed something to fill the space in the window recess. Also hiding under that beige were more stripes like the living room. Here's the before:
The dining room received some sanding and fresh coats of paint before we moved in. We also added a window seat to cover up the plywood floor under the window. And of course all the hardwood floors were redone before we moved our furniture in. During the kitchen remodel, we removed the wall connecting the dining room and kitchen and finally decorated the room.
The back of the house wasn't much to look at. Our backdoor in the kitchen was several feet above the ground and had a small overhang and steps that were anything but safe.
We thought the best use for the back of the house would be a giant deck. So, the summer after we finished the garage, we started our next major outdoor project. It took long days, and even a few nights, but we finished it right before fall hit and we were able to use it for a couple times before winter came. We've yet to purchase any furniture for it, but we're looking forward to the lazy days of summer BBQ-ing and hanging out with friends.