Friday, May 16, 2014

Let the Reno Begin!

Well, the beach house reno has begun! Yikes! It all sounded like such a good idea and then when I finally got there and took a good look around...yeah. Pretty overwhelming. Deep breaths.

So I'll be showing you the "befores" of each room and my plans and progress as I move forward, but I thought I'd start off with an overview of the house and what the whole project looks like.

So here it is:

The house was built (and last updated...) in 1980. Yes, all the original wall-to-wall carpet (including in a bathroom!!), appliances, light fixtures, etc. It is about 1600 square feet with 3 bedrooms and two bathrooms. There are 3 decks, a screen porch, a one-car garage, and a full unfinished basement. 

The house has a great layout. You enter through a mudroom and then into the kitchen. The front half of the first floor is a family room with a vaulted ceiling and a wood-burning fireplace. Down a hallway from the kitchen is a full bath and a large bedroom. The second floor has two more bedrooms and a full bath. Structurally, the house is in great shape, but boy does it need updating!

So here are a few highlights of what I'm dealing with.

Wall sconces--note the little crown on top!

Oh joy! Every single switch plate and outlet cover
looks like this!

It's hard to see, but the little ruffled valance
and the shade have matching decorations.

Another awesome light fixture!
And how about that wallpaper?

This is my favorite. No, there's not a problem with your screen.
You are looking at chocolate brown tub with bright gold fittings.

Don't you feel better about your house now? :-)

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