April marked one year since we began our 5-month gut renovation adventure. In honor of the anniversary, (and because I’ve not been keeping up with the posts) I been posting “where are they now” posts. Basically this is a catch up post for the former living room, which is now a bedroom.
First, let me remind you where we started.
You’d walk up the gargantuan steps into the front door and be met with:
A lovely mix of fake wood products in the 12×14 living room and a pretty awful just shy of rot smell. To the immediate left, behind the front door was the kitchen, and behind the wall to the left, the basement stairs. Across from the front door is the hall for access to the rest of the house.
We removed all the paneling, insulation, and flooring. Being the hippy that I am, I insisted on finding homes/uses for just about everything we removed from the house (except the insulation). The windows in the above photo are in the chicken coop. The laminate flooring and paneling were advertised on craigslist as free and were picked up the same day.
We took it down to the studs then put up new insulation and dry wall. We (Mr. Awesome) moved the door opening off the hall, walled off the door to the former kitchen, moved the front door, and replaced and enlarged the window.
Side by side, you can really see the changes:
It is a huge transformation and I’ve very pleased.