June 27, 2022

Word: This put up was born from an up to date Earlier than & After web page that we heard folks have been having hassle discovering (because it wasn’t on the prime of our weblog feed). So right here it’s, eternally immortalized as a chronological put up. And now, since we’ll proceed to replace our Earlier than & After web page over time, we have now this put up frozen in time, which is sweet to look again on. Want we had performed it round 6 months in and on the 12 months mark too.

We downsized to this 1,400 sq. foot home in Northwest Florida on Could of 2020 after a quick, livid, and long-distance three-month renovation. You may learn extra about how we discovered ourselves craving a pared-down way of life for our household right here and right here (that final one is a extremely good synopsis of what led us to this actual spot). However onward to the earlier than & after photos!

NOTE: We created this Store Our Home web page that will help you search out any furnishings/equipment that you simply see in our home, together with our paint colours.

The Exterior

We stored all the similar cedar siding, black metallic home windows, exterior doorways, and metallic roofing…






… however up to date the decking, railings, entrance steps, and gave the whole lot a recent coat of white paint! You may see this put up for extra images & particulars on the outside renovation.






Then we began layering in all of the tropical landscaping and it developed to this. We have to take extra images and do an up to date weblog put up quickly.






Right here’s the aspect of the home because it seemed once we purchased it again in Feb of 2020:






And right here it’s all painted, with new horizontal railings on that second-floor deck. Eradicating the steeply pitched steps to the higher deck immediately made us really feel safer (somebody exterior with the ability to entry our second-floor home windows & doorways simply felt off). And even small modifications like eradicating the guard rails that minimize by way of these large steps that you simply see (whereas sustaining the railings on the skin ends) made an enormous distinction too!






There’s extra that we did to this space (fences, ferns, and a firepit – oh my!) however let’s pop inside for a second and head again exterior once more in a while within the tour.

The Kitchen

The kitchen concerned some massive renovations and a few small initiatives to get it to its present state. That is what we have been beginning with:






We repaired the flooring, eliminated the soffit, added further lighting, and changed the drywall (goodbye popcorn ceiling!). You may learn extra about these initiatives in this put up and this put up.

We steadily up to date the room in a number of reasonably priced methods, like hanging new lighting & DIY cabinets and portray the cupboards (you too can see a full tour of how our kitchen is organized). Then we scored an superior deal on secondhand home equipment & tweaked the room’s structure and later added an Ikea pantry that we in-built across the fridge, which we moved to the alternative wall (weblog put up about that coming quickly!).






By shifting the fridge to the opposite aspect of the room, you possibly can really see that aspect window now! It was once virtually completely blocked from this vantage level by the fridge (scroll again up a number of images to see what I imply). Plus we gained a whole pantry filled with storage round our newly relocated fridge. Win-win!

As a way to get pleasure from a snug little sitting space on this aspect of the room, we closed off that large doorway that you simply see beneath. You may nonetheless enter that room by way of the door subsequent to the loveseat within the subsequent picture (it’s our bed room – in order that extra-wide doorway wasn’t needed). You may learn extra concerning the sitting space right here & we’re planning an up to date put up all concerning the kitchen now that we added the pantry, so keep tuned.






This room is deceptively massive, so together with having room for an eat-in kitchen desk, we love that we gained this informal bonus hangout spot (since our massive household room with the TV is upstairs, we have a tendency to assemble in right here when somebody’s cooking or when buddies drop in for a espresso or a drink). It’s additionally nice to have when somebody needs to hang around or learn with out listening to the TV upstairs). Having two widespread areas in the home that aren’t open to one another (which means that the sound doesn’t journey between them very a lot and one child can do homework whereas the opposite watches cartoons or does an enormous half undertaking) is vital to feeling like we’re residing massive in a smaller footprint. If we had one bigger adjoined house as our solely shared space in the home, we’d really feel much more cramped & on prime of one another, I believe!

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The Stairs

The steps that result in our upstairs household room and second-floor deck had cool vertical planking and acquired plenty of pure gentle due to a window above them within the household room. However the wooden treads had some end points after we had them redone, and it didn’t match our wooden flooring downstairs (extra on that right here).






We ended up including a very nice textured runner (and portray the treads to unravel the end subject), which provides our canine Burger some much-needed traction. It’s an indoor/out of doors rug, so it’s tremendous sturdy (extra on that right here). Don’t thoughts this older shot of the kitchen earlier than we added the pantry – we’ll take an up to date picture finally…

Finish Sisal Stair Runner On Staircase With Kitchen In Background

The Household Room

The one room upstairs is this huge multi-purpose room that we use as a TV/film room, dwelling workplace, and children’ crafting space (due to the pandemic it was a virtual-learning spot too). It’s by far the most important room in our home (two 8 x 10 rugs can slot in right here with out touching!) so it’s superior to all get to get pleasure from it – and for it to carry out so many capabilities for our household. Right here’s the way it seemed once we purchased the home. Word that scummy mildew alongside the highest of the ceiling…






And right here it’s extra not too long ago after some easy flooring refinishing and a recent coat of paint (these massive home windows and funky paneling have been already there!). You may see extra of this room on this put up – and see a number of updates we later added on this put up. We’ve additionally made another modifications up there, so we’ll need to take extra images and a video for an up to date put up.






Right here’s the opposite half of the room because it seemed once we purchased the home. It was pouring rain once we took this image, therefore it being so darkish (and people foggy home windows):






Right here it’s extra not too long ago from the identical angle. That is such a superb demonstration of how including furnishings may also help a lot with capturing a room’s scale! Doesn’t the room look half as large within the earlier than shot above? And it seems to solely have a sliver of house between the home windows on the right-hand wall when there’s actually over 70″ for a large bookshelf with 4 spacious drawers. It’s wild!






The Higher Deck

Proper exterior the lounge is a big upstairs deck that all of us use as an extension of our residing space. It was vastly improved by changing the rotting deck, railings, and rickety pergola.






That is what the deck seems to be like now, due to the magic of recent decking, railings, nixing that chimney that popped up in the course of the place our massive 8-person desk now lives, and a complete lot of white paint. We’ve additionally added some extra seating, a eating space, and a few string lights to make this certainly one of our favourite hangout spots! You may learn all about the small print of this house proper right here.


Deck Seating Area With Outdoor Couch Table And Two Woven Lounge Chairs



One other enjoyable earlier than & after shot of this upstairs deck is that this one. I can’t let you know how significantly better it’s with out that massive chimney jutting by way of the deck (once we purchased the home it was majorly leaking down into the bed room beneath).






And right here’s the after shot from that vantage level now. That is certainly one of our favourite areas in the entire home – for sharing pizza with buddies or having a household sport night time up within the bushes. It’s actually cozy and makes our home really feel a lot greater due to this enormous out of doors room.


Nighttime View Of Large Deck With String Lights



Our Bed room

Right here is our bed room because it seemed once we purchased the home. This home solely had one bed room with an precise door that you could possibly shut once we purchased it (it was initially listed as a one bed room, one lavatory!), so we transformed this lovely light-filled house into our bed room by closing a big additional doorway that led to the kitchen.






We refinished the flooring, gave it some recent paint, after which it simply took some snug issues like curtains, furnishings, and a comfy rug to make this really feel like a welcoming retreat.






Right here’s a earlier than and after view of the mattress wall, because it’s exhausting to see within the picture above…

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We added much more storage to the room and rearranged issues and closed off 2 of the 8 exterior doorways (sure we actually had that many doorways in right here, which is why the 2 on the mattress wall within the earlier than image above are actually gone – however the room continues to be flooded with gentle). We additionally added a closet (storage, wonderful storage!) which you’ll examine right here. That replace actually was a game-changer!






We have now eventual plans to create an hooked up lavatory in an present underutilized nook of the room (you possibly can learn extra about that plan right here). Sharing a toilet hasn’t been practically as dangerous as we anticipated – so we’re not in any rush.

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Right here’s one other earlier than shot of our bed room again once we purchased the home:






Right here’s the identical angle now. It truly is a life hack to have a puzzle desk by the fireside if there’s randomly room in your bed room. It retains the kitchen desk clear for meals – and supplies a enjoyable spot to sit down and decompress every time the temper strikes (John may be discovered right here much more than I ever anticipated. He has turn out to be a real puzzle lover).






Talking of the fireside, we up to date ours and shared these particulars in this put up and this put up. It’s such a comfy characteristic to have in a bed room.

*And now for a long-winded bedroom-related aspect observe, as a result of the most typical query we get about our home is that if we ever thought-about making the big upstairs household room into our bed room. The quick reply is that we did, however ended up nixing it for numerous causes:

  • 1) all of us desire to sleep on the identical flooring
  • 2) that room upstairs is sort of twice as massive (it’s the one greatest room in our home!), and we’d a lot somewhat share it than take all of it for ourselves
  • 3) entertaining a bunch of individuals on the large upstairs deck would imply everybody must stroll by way of our bed room to entry it
  • 4) there’s no plumbing upstairs, so including an ensuite lavatory could be a lot pricier than the one we have now deliberate for downstairs
  • 5) we already talked about this, but it surely bears repeating for anybody who’s seeking to downsize & worries they’ll really feel too cramped. We’ve discovered that it’s SO HELPFUL in a smaller dwelling if there are two widespread areas that aren’t proper subsequent to one another (somebody can watch a film upstairs or do a zoom name for work whereas another person is downstairs on the kitchen desk working undisturbed or studying within the sitting space). We’ve additionally discovered that when our buddies & their youngsters drop in, the youngsters all run upstairs to play & we sit downstairs within the sitting space and chat & have drinks or a snack.

You will discover extra structure ideas for a small home (& different common downsizing data) proper right here on this put up. Okay, however on with the tour!

The Toilet

Our home solely has one lavatory – and it didn’t even operate once we purchased it! The sink and self-importance had been torn out, there have been leaks festering within the partitions behind the drywall and the tile, and the bathroom couldn’t even be flushed as a result of absence of a sewer line. Right here’s what it seemed like again then:






Earlier than we moved in, we had principally the whole lot changed (apart from the window!) to make this house practical. I gotta say, as a lot as we just like the enjoyable flooring tile, and the cheerful equipment, a rest room that flushes actually is the perfect a part of any lavatory. You may see extra of the room on this put up.






The Laundry Closet

We transformed a (weirdly double-sided) closet proper off the entrance door right into a laundry closet, which really reminds us quite a lot of the laundry nook that we had in our very first home.






Along with the brand new home equipment, we constructed some good deep cabinets and added plenty of hooks to make it additional hardworking.






Our Daughter’s Bed room

A few of our favourite transformations on this home are our children’ bedrooms, since we have been in a position to vault the ceilings in each rooms – making these areas really feel a lot greater and brighter than they used to really feel.






Yup, this is similar room, from the identical angle. Loopy the distinction that ceiling change made, proper? It wasn’t structural (the roof already had that slope, so we primarily eliminated a drop drywall ceiling, added insulation, and simply adopted the slope of the roof with the planked ceiling). You may click on right here to see extra images (and get a DIY channel headboard tutorial). We have now since modified up the aspect tables and added a desk so we’ll need to share up to date images quickly.






You may also see this room specifically had a really colourful previous…






… which we embraced by hand-painting a big mural on the newly vaulted wall throughout from our daughter’s mattress.






Our Son’s Room

We have been additionally in a position to vault the ceilings in our son’s room to comply with the slope of the roof, in addition to including extra planking and beams to the ceiling, which provides character and a few good dimension. Right here’s the earlier than:






And right here’s what it seems to be like as of late:






This tremendous cozy room is certainly one of our children’ favourite spots to hang around collectively (ever since the seaside home bunk room they’ve cherished quiet time collectively in a small house). We constructed within the mattress by making a easy DIY wraparound headboard, which they hang around on type of like a daybed.

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Right here’s one other earlier than shot that was taken with the digital camera swung extra in direction of the best wall of the room:






And right here’s the identical angle of the room because it seems to be now:


Boys Twin Bed With Fabric Headboard Bookcase And Rainbow Gradient Wall Treatment



Each inch issues in smaller areas like this, so the built-in bookshelf we made is absolutely practical too. That foot or so of flooring house alongside that wall works a lot tougher for us now! You may also see that we added some horizontal planking alongside that aspect wall and painted it a bunch of enjoyable colours. You may see how we did that total undertaking proper right here. We have now additionally since added customized cabinets to the closet and in-built a desk – so once more, we have now to shoot new images and share an up to date put up quickly (new consuming sport ever time I say that on this put up…).

The Out of doors Bathe

We weren’t fairly certain what to make of this house once we purchased the home as a result of it felt fairly grody with a lot grime happening…






… however after some strain washing, resealing the cedar with teak oil, and including lights, crops, and new bathe fixtures, it has really became certainly one of our favourite areas. The entire household prefers this bathe to our indoor one! You may see extra of it on this put up and we simply stored including extra crops from there (so that you’ll see that it’s much more lush on this up to date picture beneath):


Wood Outdoor Shower With Cascading Planters And Bench



Whereas we’re speaking concerning the out of doors bathe, the realm that results in it’s type of like a coated aspect porch, and that is what it began out wanting like.

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It has come a LONG WAY, due to eradicating the mildewed screening round it, changing the rotten flooring, rebuilding the railing with a contemporary horizontal design (just like the one we added up on the second flooring deck) and a complete lot of paint. And for anybody questioning what our secret is to avoiding mosquitoes with out screens – it’s that ceiling fan we added! They hate flying into shifting air, so once we’re on the market we flip it on they usually don’t trouble us. You may learn extra about our aspect porch replace and how we constructed the hanging daybed.


Finished White Hanging Daybed Under Covered Front Porch



We even have a coated porch on the opposite aspect of the home, which seemed like this once we purchased the home:






Now seems to be like this, due to plenty of paint and a dangling swing that each youngsters like to lounge on (okay, us too). You may learn extra about this house right here.






We additionally added a fence to create extra of a personal courtyard and made a comfy little firepit zone from a previously unused space that felt uncovered to the road. That is the earlier than:






And right here’s what it seems to be like now that there’s a fence to outline that space and make a pleasant little non-public courtyard:






Right here’s one other angle from earlier than we painted the home, redid the railings, and added the fence to create this new out of doors house of ours.






It used to only be an space the place we by no means spent any time, and now it will get a lot use. We are able to entry this by way of a gate within the fence close to our entrance porch, or from the wall of glass doorways in our bed room, so it’s very nice to hang around at night time and make s’mores with the youngsters – or sit exterior with a chilly beverage after they’re tucked into mattress.






And in certainly one of our longest-running updates to this point (it took a few 12 months from once we utilized for the allow to completion!), we additionally added a pool to this previously weed-riddled a part of our yard. Right here’s the perfect earlier than image I can discover, which was taken proper after we added that fence on the best, however earlier than we painted something:






And right here’s what it seems to be like now that we painted all of the fences to match and added a pool with a retaining wall and three fountains that sound higher than any white noise machine we’ve ever had (it’s so soothing!). We additionally added a pool deck with some spots to lounge and planted plenty of leafy landscaping that’ll fill in a bunch over the subsequent few years. Oh and including some extra massive crops to that giant mattress behind the retaining wall is subsequent on the record:






In order that’s our progress to date on this home, a few 12 months and some months into residing right here. We are able to’t wait to take some up to date images and share the opposite ways in which this home evolves for our household over time. Within the meantime, you possibly can try these associated pages for much more data, particulars, undertaking tutorials, and many others:

P.S. And to see the complete makeover of our home in chronological order, this class has you coated!