We've been in our house for a couple months now and have been working hard to make it ours. Probably working a little too hard, but you live and learn. A little back story on our house. Once we narrowed down our town, we frantically started searching for homes on the MLS site. We visited one neighborhood that had some more 'cookie cutter homes' in it, but it just didn't feel right. We drove by this one once and instantly fell for it. The house needed some work, both inside and outside. & because we really enjoy a good DIY project, we were totally hooked.

We started to get some more information on the house once we took a tour of it. It had been sitting vacant for about a 1.5 years. Before that, it was a foreclosure. A company came and did a little work to it, but not much and the price was too high for the work that they did. So, by the time we looked at it, they were very eager to sell.

So, this is what the house looked like when G and I took a drive by it to check out the house and the neighborhood.

After we took bushes out and started to mulch + plant some flowers and new bushes!  

Oh, I love this door so much. We still need to paint it, but one thing at a time.

Will putting up the storm door.
After being in the house for a month with the original door, I now realize how much I love storm doors. We get such a great breeze with this one.

These are the two pictures I took of the back of the house when we went to take a tour. Oh the hot tub + bushes galore. This poor house had been so neglected.

Will added the railing to the deck.

Our neighbors helped us take out all of the bushes on the side of our yard. My father-in-law took out the bushes you see in the first pictures that are closest to the house.

Our neighbor took down the tree you see above, too. We get some wonderful light now through our windows.

The back as it is now. We will add some brick around the mulched area. We planted some flowers that will one day, hopefully grow. I can't believe the difference.

Ok, so this is our half bathroom that's on the main level. We were excited about having this bathroom, however, the bathroom itself was so small. You could not put your legs in front of you if you were using the toilet and couldn't stand at the sink with the door closed. It was so weird. We thought maybe the flippers changed this from a closet to a bathroom, but our neighbors told us it has always been a bathroom. Weird.

So, we ripped out the sink and found there was some water damage. Got that all taken care of, and put in the new smaller sink. It's not perfect, but guys, it's 1,000x better. This bathroom is used so much. Especially by my pregnant self. Since this picture above was taken, we have updated all of the hand towel holder and toilet paper holder. We've updated that mirror, too. We also added shelves behind the toilet. Will still has to add some trim around the bottom.

 Above is before.

Above is After.

 All 3 above pictures are before.

I will leave you with the most dramatic transformation thus far. The taking down of the wall. Will told me right when we saw the house that he liked it, but wanted this wall down. I agreed with him- it made the whole house so choppy and blocked so much light from coming in. I also had an ulterior motive. I wanted the carpet out of the dining room gone ASAP. ;)  So, it was a win, win.

What it looks like currently.

The flooring is all down, thankfully. Still some work to with the new beam, ceiling and cabinets, but I have to hand it to my husband and FIL for doing all the work. It was pretty getting to this point, but it looks amazing.

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