Home Tour

We bought our 1976 southern California home in October, 2014 and took it through some major renovations before we moved in this past January, 2015. It’s still very much a work in progress but we’re slowly making it our own. (Before pictures are from our initial walk-through.)

house exterior before

So far, all we’ve done to the exterior is replace the old aluminum windows. We have plans to paint and remove the dated faux-balcony above the garage.

Entryway – Before


Living Room – Before

The first room you see when you walk in is a sunken living room. They must have really liked uneven floor plans in the 70s because we have a sunken den as well.

living room before 2

living room before

Living Room – ProgressĀ 

The carpet wasn’t in bad shape, but with two small kids and a dog, the color wasn’t very practical. We installed engineered hardwood floors, windows, painted (Misty Moonstone by Glidden) and replaced the dated railings.

living room progress

Kitchen – Before

kitchen before

Kitchen – Progress

We raised the ceilings and turned the wall between the kitchen & dining room into a half wall.

kitchen demo

Kitchen – After

We installed hardwood floors throughout the house, replaced the old appliances and added new Shaker-style cabinetry with granite countertops.

updated kitchen

new kitchen

Den & Bar Area – Before

You can see more details on the denĀ here in my posts for the One Room Challenge. This area is next to the kitchen and where we spend most of our time as a family. We ripped out the dated bar and updated the fireplace.

den before pic

bar area before

Den – After

See the full post here where I shared about our updates to the den.

den reveal

You can take a look at the before and after shots of the fireplace transformation here.

fireplace redo

Bar Area Work Station – After

work station reveal

Powder Room – Before

Guest Bath Before

Powder Room – Progress

New floorng, paint, window, light fixture and faucet. See more details in this post. We recently replaced the countertop with granite and I have plans down the road to install a new vanity and mirror.

Powder Room Update

There’s much more to come so check back soon!